What have Lazio and Ludogorets in common beyond their games in the Europa League? Well, both teams are called “Eagles”, but the big difference between them is that Lazio had one and Ludogorets did not.
After Ludogorets’ visit to Rome where they won 1-0, their president Kiril Domuschiev was impressed with Lazio’s eagle Olimpia and after the Bulgarian team managed to eliminate their more illustrious opponent, they received a gift from the Italian team – an eagle.
It arrived a week before Ludogorets’ first game against Valencia in the quarter- finals of Europa League with Juan Bernabe, the well-known eagle trainer who works with Lazio’s eagle and before that with Benfica’s.
The eagle is only four-years old and it will make Ludogorets the third team in the world (after Benfica and Lazio) to have an eagle. It has yet to be named, but an online vote will take place soon so that the fans can choose a suitable name for their new ‘pet’.
Juan Bernabe’s associate is the person who is taking care of the eagle in Bulgaria. Its first appearance was against Valencia and everyone loved it. A few days ago it made a home debut in Razgrad at Ludogorets Arena.
The names which the fans will choose between are:
Fortuna, Gloria , Slava, Pobeda, Viara (three Bulgarian words which mean glory, victory and faith), Niké