2014–15 B PFG

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Bulgarian B Professional Football Group
Season 2014–15
Matches played 232
Goals scored 560 (2.41 per match)

The 2014–15 B PFG season will be the 60th season of the Bulgarian B PFG, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system.

Team changes from 2013/14[edit]

Movement between A PFG and B PFG[edit]

At the end of last season the first two teams of the second division of Bulgarian football were promoted to the top division - A PFG. These were Marek Dupnitsa and Haskovo 2009.

Because of the changes made in the number of teams in A PFG for this season the bottom four teams in A Group at the end of the last one were relegated to B Group for season 2014-2015. These were Chernomorets Burgas, Neftochimic Burgas, Pirin Gotse Delchev and Lyubimets 2007.

Movement between B PFG and V AFG[edit]

The four V AFG champions - Sozopol (South-East), Benkovski Byala (North-East), Pirin Blagoevgrad (South-West) and Lokomotiv Mezdra (North-West) - were promoted to B PFG because of their standings in their respective groups the previous season.

Further pre-season changes[edit]

On June 16 Benkovski Byala sent an official letter to the Bulgarian Football Union and declined to participate in the 2014–15 B PFG, citing financial problems.[1] On the next day media reports suggested that three additional clubs did not meet the license criteria in the initial investigation by the BFU - Lyubimets, Neftochimic and Pirin Gotse Delchev. All three clubs were in danger of being refused a spot in the group, while the 2nd placed teams in the 2013/14 V AFG were preparing to make bids to replace them.[2]

On June 19 the BFU confirmed Benkovski's withdrawal and officially invited FC Master Burgas to take their spot as the 2nd placed team in the Southeast V AFG.[3] On June 22 the club announced it has accepted the invitation, and in addition will change its name to FC Burgas and switch colours from red and white to blue and white.[4] On June 30, the BFU announced the final list of participants for the 2014-15 season after a six hour session. Lyubimets, Neftochimic and Pirin Gotse Delchev were all denied a professional license for the following season due to outstanding debts and would have to compete in the V AFG or fold. The group was kept at 16 teams with the addition of Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa (2nd place in Northwest V AFG), Septemvri Simitli (2nd place in Southwest V AFG) and Vereya Stara Zagora (3rd place in Southeast V AFG). Vereya was chosen ahead of Oborishte Panagyurishte (3rd placed in Southwest V AFG) because of its higher coefficient and better infrastructure.[5]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity
Bansko Bansko Saint Peter 3,000
Botev Galabovo Energetik 3,000
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev 32,000
Burgas Burgas Balgarovo 3,000
Chernomorets Burgas Lazur 18,037
Dobrudzha Dobrich Druzhba 12,500
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa Lokomotiv 12,000
Lokomotiv Mezdra Lokomotiv 5,000
Montana Montana Ogosta 8,000
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev 11,000
Pirin Razlog Pirin 2,000
Rakovski Rakovski Legia 3,000
Septemvri Simitli Struma 8,000
Sozopol Sozopol Arena Sozopol 3,000
Spartak Varna Spartak 8,000
Vereya Stara Zagora Trace Arena 1,000

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Montana (C) (P) 29 24 3 2 69 16 +53 75 Promotion to 2015–16 A PFG
2 Pirin Blagoevgrad 29 16 10 3 48 15 +33 58
3 Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 29 17 5 7 56 32 +24 56
4 Bansko 29 13 11 5 34 18 +16 50
5 Dobrudzha Dobrich 29 13 6 10 41 28 +13 45
6 Sozopol 29 12 9 8 39 25 +14 45
7 Burgas 29 11 10 8 34 26 +8 43
8 Botev Galabovo 29 11 9 9 33 36 −3 42
9 Pirin Razlog 29 10 10 9 31 34 −3 40
10 Lokomotiv Mezdra 29 11 5 13 39 39 0 38
11 Septemvri Simitli 30 11 3 16 30 47 −17 36
12 Vereya Stara Zagora 29 8 10 11 22 24 −2 34
13 Botev Vratsa (R) 29 8 5 16 26 39 −13 29 Relegation to V AFG
14 Chernomorets Burgas (R) 30 7 7 16 25 40 −15 28
15 Rakovski 2011 (R) 28 6 1 21 25 68 −43 0161
16 Spartak Varna (R) 28 2 0 26 9 74 −65 062

Updated to games played on 27 May 2015.
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points; 8th Draw
1 Rakovski 2011 decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break due to financial difficulties. They were unable to register four professional players for their matches against Burgas and Botev Galabovo. All remaining fixtures are awarded 0−3 against them.[6] The decision was confirmed by the Bulgarian Football Union on 27 February 2015.[7] On 5 March 2015 the Union deducted 3 points due to the non-attendance of their game against PFC Burgas.[8]
2 Spartal Varna decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break due to financial difficulties. They were unable to register four professional players for their match against Bansko, which was the second time a match had to be cancelled due to a fault of Spartak Varna. All remaining fixtures are awarded 0−3 against them.[9] The decision was confirmed by the Bulgarian Football Union on 5 March 2015.[8]
(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] BAN GAL BVR BUR CHB DOB LGO LME MON PIR PRZ RAK SIM SOZ SPV VER
Bansko 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0* 2–0 0–0 3–0* 0–0
Botev Galabovo 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–2 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
Botev Vratsa 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–4 0–1 0–0 3–0* 3–1 0–1 5–0 0–0
Burgas 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–0* 1–0 1–1 3–0* 0–0
Chernomorets Burgas 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–0* 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1
Dobrudzha Dobrich 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–0 4–2 3–4 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 3–0* 1–0
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 2–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–2 3–0* 2–0 4–3 3–0* 0–0
Lokomotiv Mezdra 1–0 0–4 4–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–4 1–2 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 4–1
Montana 3–0 5–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 0–0 3–0 3–3 6–1 2–0 3–0 2–0
Pirin Blagoevgrad 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Pirin Razlog 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 3–0* 2–1 1–2 3–0* 0–1
Rakovski 2011 2–0 0–3* 3–2 0–1 4–1 0–3* 0–3 0–3* 0–3* 3–0 3–6 2–0 1 0–3*
Septemvri Simitli 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–3 3–2 1–4 0–3 0–0 3–0* 1–0 3–0* 2–1
Sozopol 1–0 6–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 2–2 3–0* 1–0 4–0 0–0
Spartak Varna 0–3* 0–3* 0–3* 1–2 0–3* 0–3 0–2 0–3* 0–3* 0–3* 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–3* 2–1
Vereya Stara Zagora 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0

Updated to games played on 27 May 2015.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
(*) Match awarded
(1) The game between Rakovski 2011 and Spartak Varna is not conducted due to the exclusion of both clubs from B PFG
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[10]
1 Bulgaria Yanaki Smirnov Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 22
2 Bulgaria Miroslav Antonov Montana 18
3 Bulgaria Atanas Iliev Dobrudzha Dobrich 17
4 Bulgaria Petar Atanasov Rakovski 13
5 Bulgaria Georgi Kirilov Botev Galabovo 12
6 Bulgaria Nikolay Tsvetkov Lokomotiv Mezdra 11
7 Bulgaria Antoniy Balakov Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 10
8 Bulgaria Deyan Hristov Chernomorets Burgas 9
Bulgaria Sergey Georgiev Montana 9
Bulgaria Martin Toshev Pirin Blagoevgrad 9
11 Bulgaria Vladimir Kaptiev Pirin Razlog 8

Updated on 24 May 2015

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Б група може да стартира с намален състав" (in Bulgarian). www.sportal.bg. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Мастер Бс ще играе в Б група" (in Bulgarian). www.sportal.bg. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Мастер Бургас си смени името" (in Bulgarian). www.gong.bg. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Окончателно: Три отбора от "Б" група без лиценз" (in Bulgarian). www.sportal.bg. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Б група остава с един отбор по-малко" (in Bulgarian). www.gong.bg. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Официално: Мачът ПФК Бургас - Раковски няма да се играе" (in Bulgarian). www.gong.bg. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "БФС изхвърли Спартак Вн от Б група" (in Bulgarian). www.gong.bg. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Мач Спартак Варна - Банско няма да има" (in Bulgarian). www.gong.bg. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Голмайсторите в "Б" Група" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg.