2012–13 A PFG

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A Football Group
Season 2012–13
Champions Ludogorets Razgrad
Relegated Botev Vratsa
Minyor Pernik
Etar 1924
Montana
Champions League Ludogorets Razgrad
Europa League Levski Sofia
Botev
Beroe
Matches played 240
Goals scored 600 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorer Basile de Carvalho
(19 goals)
Biggest home win Levski 7–1 Etar 1924
Biggest away win Pirin 0–5 CSKA Sofia
Highest scoring Levski 7–1 Etar 1924

The 2012–13 A Group was the 89th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 65th of A Group as the top tier football league in the country. The season began on 11 August 2012[1] and ended with the last games on 25 May 2013. Ludogorets Razgrad won the A Group title for second time.[2][3][4][5]

Teams[edit]

Vidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra and Svetkavitsa were relegated after finishing in the bottom three places of the table at the end of season 2011/12.[6][7][8]

The relegated teams were replaced by Pirin (Gotse Delchev), champions of West B Group, Etar 1924 (Veliko Tarnovo), champions of East B Group and promotion play-off winners Botev (Plovdiv). Botev returned to A Group after three years of absence, while Pirin made their debut on the highest level of Bulgarian football. For Etar 1924 this is the first season in A Group since 1997–98.

Stadia and locations[edit]

As in the previous year, the league comprised the best thirteen teams of season 2011–12, the champions of the two B Groups and the winners of the promotion play-offs.

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.[9]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe 12,300
Botev Plovdiv Hristo Botev 18,000
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev 32,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha 10,000
Chernomorets Burgas Lazur 18,037
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya 22,015
Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo Ivaylo 18,000
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov 19,200
Litex Lovech Lovech 8,100
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 10,000
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv 22,000
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena 6,000
Minyor Pernik Minyor 8,000
Montana Montana Ogosta 8,000
Pirin Gotse Delchev Gradski 5,000
Slavia Sofia Ovcha Kupel 15,992

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Beroe Stara Zagora Bulgaria Petar Hubchev Bulgaria Doncho Atanasov Uhlsport Bulsatcom
Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria Stanimir Stoilov Bulgaria Asen Karaslavov adidas KTB AD
Botev Vratsa Bulgaria Antoni Zdravkov Bulgaria Iliya Iliev Zeus
Cherno More Varna Bulgaria Georgi Ivanov Bulgaria Georgi Iliev Misho Armeets
Chernomorets Burgas Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov Bulgaria Trayan Dyankov Legea
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria Milen Radukanov Bulgaria Ivan Bandalovski Legea GLOBUL
Etar Turkey Serdar Dayat Bulgaria Dormushali Saidhodzha Jumper CBA
Levski Sofia Bulgaria Nikolay Mitov Bulgaria Stanislav Angelov Puma VTB Bank, M-tel
Litex Lovech Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Serbia Nebojša Jelenković adidas b-connect
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Bulgaria Stefan Genov Bulgaria Zdravko Lazarov Uhlsport
Lokomotiv Sofia Bulgaria Emil Velev Bulgaria Kristian Dobrev Joma MALIZIA, Casa Boyana
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev Bulgaria Emil Gargorov adidas Navibulgar
Minyor Pernik Bulgaria Nikolay Todorov Bulgaria Ivaylo Tsvetkov Jumper Municipal Insurance Company
Montana Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev Bulgaria Georgi Mechedzhiev Jako Ogosta Icecream
Pirin Bulgaria Tencho Tenev Bulgaria Petar Lazarov Tinger
Slavia Sofia Bulgaria Velislav Vutsov Bulgaria Bogomil Dyakov Joma

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Ludogorets Razgrad (C) 30 22 6 2 58 13 +45 72 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Levski Sofia 30 22 5 3 59 20 +39 71 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 CSKA Sofia 30 19 6 5 54 20 +34 63 Excluded from European competitions 1
4 Botev Plovdiv 30 18 6 6 51 21 +30 60 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
5 Litex Lovech 30 15 5 10 56 24 +32 50
6 Chernomorets Burgas 30 14 5 11 32 28 +4 47
7 Beroe Stara Zagora 30 13 6 11 36 38 −2 45 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 2
8 Slavia Sofia 30 12 6 12 39 35 +4 42
9 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 10 9 11 37 34 +3 39
10 Cherno More Varna 30 9 8 13 33 39 −6 35
11 Pirin Gotse Delchev 30 10 4 16 27 57 −30 34
12 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 7 10 13 27 38 −11 31 LSO 3–0 BVR
BVR 0–0 LSO
13 Botev Vratsa (R) 30 8 7 15 23 51 −28 31 Relegation to 2013–14 B PFG
14 Minyor Pernik (R) 30 5 5 20 20 49 −29 20
15 Etar Veliko Tarnovo (R) 30 4 4 22 20 75 −55 16 MON 2–3 ETA
ETA 2–1 MON
16 Montana (R) 30 4 4 22 27 57 −30 16

Source: A PFG (Bulgarian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th head-to-head away goals scored; 6th goal difference; 7th goals scored
1PFC CSKA Sofia were excluded from European competitions due to debts.
2Beroe Stara Zagora qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2012–13 Bulgarian Cup.
(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.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BSZ BOT BVR CHM CHB CSK ETA LEV LIT LPL LSO RAZ MIN MON PGD SLA
Beroe Stara Zagora 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–3 2–1
Botev Plovdiv 1–2 5–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 5–0 3–0
Botev Vratsa 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–4 2–1 1–3 0–4 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–2 1–0
Cherno More Varna 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–1 5–1 0–0
Chernomorets Burgas 0–1 1–2 2–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0
CSKA Sofia 2–0 1–0 3–0 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–1
Etar Veliko Tarnovo 0–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 0–4 0–3 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–5 0–3 2–1 0–1 1–1
Levski Sofia 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 7–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1
Litex Lovech 1–2 0–1 5–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 6–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–0 2–0 5–0 5–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–5 5–1 4–0 1–0 1–0
Lokomotiv Sofia 2–2 1–2 3–0 0–0 0–3 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0
Ludogorets Razgrad 3–1 2–0 4–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 2–1
Minyor Pernik 3–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–4 1–0 0–4 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–4
Montana 1–3 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–3 2–3 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–3 0–3 2–0 3–0 0–1
Pirin Gotse Delchev 0–0 0–1 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–5 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 4–2 0–3
Slavia Sofia 6–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 3–0 0–2 3–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0

Source: A PFG
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]