2010–11 B PFG

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Bulgarian B Professional Football Group
Season 2010–11
Champions Botev Vratsa (West)
Ludogorets Razgrad (East)

The 2010/11 B PFG season was the 56th season of the Bulgarian B PFG, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system. The season started on 31 July 2010 and will finish in May 2011 with the A PFG promotion play-off.

On 3 June the Executive Committee of Bulgarian Football Union decided to reduce the number of teams in both West and East B PFG due the licensing problems that occurred in the last 5 years. The new format will consist 12 teams in each group playing three times during the season. The draw for the third matches will be conducted after Round 22 based in the Berger tables. The same principles were used in the first level football leagues in Macedonia and Montenegro.

There is also change regarding the A PFG promotion play-off. Since this season it will be played in two stages. The first will be the match between the runners-up from the East and West B PFG. The final stage will be played between the 14th finished team from A PFG and the winner from the first stage.[1]

Team changes from 2009-10[edit]

Movement between A Group and B Group[edit]

The champions of the two B Group 2009/10 divisions were promoted to the A Group 2010/11. These were Kaliakra Kavarna (East) and Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo (West).

Lokomotiv Mezdra, Sportist Svoge and Botev Plovdiv were relegated from A Group 2009/10 after finishing in the bottom three places. Botev and Lokomotiv did not even receive license for the B Group, so they will participate in 2010-11 V AFG

Movement between B Group and third-level leagues[edit]

Rodopa Smolyan and Belite Orli Pleven declared bankruptcy during the winter break and so relegated from respectively East B PFG and West B PFG. Bdin Vidin finished on 15th place in West B PFG and relegated to the Bulgarian North-West V AFG.

The relegated teams were replaced by teams from the third-level leagues of the Bulgarian league pyramid and allocated to one of the two divisions. Dorostol Silistra as winners of a North-East V AFG and Ravda as winners of South-East V AFG joined the Eastern division. Malesh Mikrevo as winners of South-West V AFG and Chavdar Byala Slatina as winners of North-West V AFG were included to the Western division.

On 20 July AKB Minyor Radnevo declared that their financial status would not be secured, so they were removed from East B PFG.[2] It is not clear what the future of AKB Minyor would be. On 27 July the Executive committee of Bulgarian Football Union decided that the new member of East B PFG will be FC Razgrad 2000.[3] At the same time FC Razgrad renamed themselves and from this season they will be PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

Reducing the size of the divisions[edit]

Because of the reducing the size of the divisions, some teams from both East and West B Group lost their license. The teams of Spartak Varna, Volov Shumen, Svilengrad and Botev Plovdiv, which should play in East B PFG this season, did not receive professional license and so were relegated to the next division levels. The same is the case with the following teams from West B PFG - Marek Dupnitsa, Balkan Botevgrad, Rislki Sportist Samokov and Lokomotiv Mezdra.

East B PFG[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ludogorets Razgrad (C) (P) 24 12 8 4 38 16 +22 44 Promotion to the 2011–12 A PFG
2 Chernomorets Pomorie 24 9 9 6 23 19 +4 36 Qualification to the Promotion Play-Off
3 Spartak Plovdiv (R) 24 10 6 8 26 17 +9 36 Relegation to the 2011-12 V AFG
4 Svetkavitsa Targovishte (P) 24 8 9 7 24 23 +1 33 Promotion to the 2011–12 A PFG
5 Nesebar 24 9 5 10 20 22 −2 32
6 Lyubimetz 24 7 9 8 22 26 −4 30
7 Dorostol Silistra 24 7 7 10 18 22 −4 28
8 Brestnik (R) 24 6 8 10 21 29 −8 26 Relegation to the 2011-12 V AFG
9 Dobrudzha Dobrich 24 7 5 12 14 30 −16 26
Chernomorets Balchik (R) 14 5 6 3 11 7 +4 0211 Relegation to the 2011-12 V AFG
Dunav Ruse (R) 14 3 5 6 8 14 −6 0142
Ravda (R) 10 1 1 8 12 27 −15 043

Source: Soccerway
1Chernomorets Balchik decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break after the city municipality decided not to continue its financial support for the club. All its results are annulled and their opponents will rest if they should play against them.[4]
2Dunav Ruse decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break due to financial difficulties. All its results are annulled and their opponents will rest if they should play against them.[5]
3Ravda decided to cancel their participation in the championship after Round 10 due "unacceptable results". All its results are annulled and their opponents will rest if they should play against them.[6]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of December 6, 2011
Source: Soccerway

11 goals
9 goals
7 goals

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Notes
Brestnik 1948 Brestnik Berkut 7,000 6th in 2009/10
Chernomorets Balchik Balchik Balchik 2,500 8th in 2009/10
Chernomorets Pomorie Pomorie Pomorie 3,000 7th in 2009/10
Dobrudzha Dobrich Druzhba 12,500 13th in 2009/10
Dorostol Silistra Louis Ayer 12,000 Promoted from Third Division (North East)
Dunav Ruse Gradski Stadium 22,000 3rd in 2009/10
Ludogorets Razgrad Dyanko Stefanov 12,000 Promoted from Third Division (North East)
Lyubimetz 2007 Lyubimets Lyubimetz 5,000 5th in 2009/10
Nesebar Nesebar Nesebar 10,000 2nd in 2009/10
Ravda Ravda Nesebar 10,000 Promoted from Third Division (South East)
Svetkavitsa Targovishte Svetkavitsa 7,000 11th in 2009/10
Spartak Plovdiv Plovdiv Todor Diev 3,548 4th in 2009/10

West B PFG[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Botev Vratsa (C) (P) 30 20 2 8 52 28 +24 62 Promotion to the 2011–12 A PFG
2 Sportist Svoge 30 15 7 8 36 15 +21 52 Qualification to the Promotion Play-Off
3 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 30 13 12 5 33 19 +14 51
4 Bansko 30 14 6 10 42 35 +7 48
5 Chavdar Etropole 30 13 5 12 37 34 +3 44
6 Septemvri Simitli 30 12 7 11 30 31 −1 43
7 Vihren Sandanski (R) 30 13 3 14 37 32 +5 42 Relegation to the 2011-12 V AFG
8 Pirin Gotse Delchev 30 10 6 14 27 38 −11 36
9 Chavdar Byala Slatina 30 9 7 14 27 36 −9 34
10 Malesh Mikrevo 30 8 8 14 22 37 −15 32
11 Botev Krivodol (R) 30 4 5 21 25 63 −38 17 Relegation to the 2011-12 V AFG
Kom-Minyor (R) 16 1 8 7 5 15 −10 0111

Source: Soccerway
1Kom-Minyor decided to cancel their participation in the championship on 1st March 2011 due financial difficulties. All its results are annulled and their opponents will rest if they should play against them.[7]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of December 6, 2011
Source: Soccerway

11 goals
9 goals

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in West B PFG 2010-11
Team City Stadium Capacity Notes
Bansko Bansko Saint Peter 3,000 3rd in 2009/10
Botev Krivodol Krivodol Hristo Botev 3,000 10th in 2008-09
Botev Vratsa Vratsa Hristo Botev 32,000 6th in 2009/10
Chavdar Byala Slatina Byala Slatina Chavdar 3,000 Promoted from Third Division (North West)
Chavdar Etropole Etropole Chavdar 5,000 8th in 2009/10
Etar Veliko Tarnovo Ivaylo 18,000 5th in 2009/10
Kom-Minyor Berkovitsa Gradski 6,000 12th in 2009/10
Malesh Mikrevo Malesh 1,500 Promoted from Third Division (South West)
Pirin Gotse Delchev Gradski 8,000 11th in 2009/10
Septemvri Simitli Struma 8,000 7th in 2009/10
Sportist Svoge Chavdar Tsvetkov 3,500 Relegated from First Division
Vihren Sandanski Sandanski 6,000 4th in 2009/10

Relegation play-off[edit]

8 June 2011
17:00 EEST
Sportist Svoge 1 – 2 Chernomorets Pomorie
Mladenov Goal 82' (Report) Koparanov Goal 38'
Kostadinov Goal 41'
Hadzhi Dimitar
Attendance: 600
Referee: Nikolay Yordanov (Sofia)

12 June 2011
17:00 EEST
Vidima-Rakovski 0 – 3 Chernomorets Pomorie
Report Atanasov Goal 57'
Kaloyanov Goal 60'80'
Hadzhi Dimitar
Attendance: 800
Referee: Stanislav Todorov

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