2003–04 A PFG

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A PFG
Season 2003-04
Champions Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1st Bulgarian title
Relegated Botev Plovdiv
Makedonska slava
Chernomorets Burgas
Champions League Lokomotiv Plovdiv
UEFA Cup CSKA
Levski Sofia
Litex
Intertoto Cup Marek Dupnitsa
Matches played 240
Goals scored 686 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorer Martin Kamburov
(25 goals)
Biggest home win Lokomotiv Plovdiv 8–1 Cherno More Varna
Biggest away win Rodopa Smolyan 1–5 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Belasitsa Petrich 0–4 CSKA
Makedonska slava 0–4 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Highest scoring Lokomotiv Plovdiv 8–1 Cherno More Varna (9 goals)

The 2003–04 A PFG (A Professional Football Group) is the 56th season of the top Bulgarian national football league (commonly referred to as A Group) and the 80th edition of a Bulgarian national championship tournament.

This is the first season since the revision of the league rules after an unsuccessful attempt for a creation of a so-called Premier Professional Football League.

Overview[edit]

In the doorstep of the new millennium the Bulgarian Football Union decided to reform the football league system creating the Premier Professional Football League. The new top tier of Bulgarian football required all of its participants to be licensed as professional football clubs. The reforms also saw the number of teams reduced and introduced relegation play-offs during the years of its existence. The Bulgarian Premier League, however, was unsuccessful so from season 2003–04 the top Bulgarian league was re-established as the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group, returning to the traditions of A Republican Football Group and increasing the number of teams participating back to 16. Still, A Group retained the requirement of a professional status of all participants.

In season 2003-04 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv became champions for the first time in their history.

Teams[edit]

A total of 16 clubs contested the league, including 12 from the previous season in the tier, and 4 promoted from the second flight.

As before the start of the season, the top flight of Bulgarian football was once again restructured and the number of participants in the league was increased back to the traditional 16 teams from 14 the previous season, there were no promotion play-offs for the right to participate in A Group that season. Instead after the end of season 2002–03 the last two teams in the top level - Dobrudzha Dobrich placed 13th, and Rilski Sportist Samokov placed 14th - were directly relegated to B Group, while the winners and the runner-ups from the two divisions of B Group in season 2002–03 - Vidima-Rakovski and Rodopa Smolyan from the East division, and Belasitsa and Makedonska slava from the West division - were directly promoted to the top level of Bulgarian football.

Stadia and Locations[edit]

Their home grounds are located as follows.

Team City Stadium Stadium capacity
Belasitsa Petrich Tsar Samuil Stadium 15,000
Botev Plovdiv Hristo Botev Stadium 22,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha 12,000
Chernomorets Burgas Burgas Lazur 18,037
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armia 22,015
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov 29,986
Litex Lovech Lovech 7,050
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 13,800
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv (Sofia) 22,000
Makedonska slava Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev 11,000
Marek Dupnitsa Bonchuk Stadium 16,050
Naftex Burgas Lazur 18,037
Rodopa Smolyan Smolyan Septemvri 6,100
Slavia Sofia Ovcha Kupel 18,000
Spartak Varna Spartak Stadium 7,500
Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo Rakovski 8,816

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Lokomotiv Plovdiv (C) 30 24 3 3 74 24 +50 75 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Levski Sofia 30 22 6 2 59 16 +43 72 2004–05 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
3 CSKA Sofia 30 20 5 5 65 28 +37 65
4 Litex Lovech 30 18 10 2 43 20 +23 64
5 Slavia Sofia 30 18 3 9 57 30 +27 57
6 Cherno More Varna 30 10 8 12 45 53 −8 38 CHM 3–0 MAR
MAR 4–2 CHM
7 Marek Dupnitsa 30 12 2 16 33 50 −17 38 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
8 Naftex Burgas 30 9 8 13 49 38 +11 35
9 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 8 9 13 37 48 −11 33 LSO 1–0 RSM
RSM 2–1 LSO
10 Rodopa Smolyan 30 10 3 17 28 47 −19 33
11 Belasitsa Petrich 30 8 7 15 34 52 −18 31
12 Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo 30 6 12 12 32 48 −16 30 VRA 1–1 SPV
SPV 1–2 VRA
13 Spartak Varna 30 8 6 16 35 46 −11 30
14 Botev Plovdiv (R) 30 7 6 17 33 60 −27 27 Relegation to B PFG
15 Makedonska slava (R) 30 8 2 20 32 58 −26 26
16 Chernomorets Burgas (R) 30 4 6 20 30 68 −38 18

Updated to games played on 23 March 2014.
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 season goal difference; 7th season goals scored; 8th "sportsmanship" (R & Y cards); 9th draw
(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] BEL BOT CHM CHB CSK LEV LIT LPL LSO MKS MAR NAF RSM SLA SPV VRA
Belasitsa Petrich 3–0 3–1 1–0 0–4 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–3 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–2
Botev Plovdiv 1–0 3–4 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
Cherno More Varna 0–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 4–1
Chernomorets Burgas 2–0 2–5 0–3 1–3 1–2 0–3 0–1 3–3 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 2–5 0–0 3–0
CSKA Sofia 5–1 4–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 4–1 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–1
Levski Sofia 4–2 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 6–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
Litex Lovech 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–2
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2–0 3–2 8–1 6–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–0
Lokomotiv Sofia 5–2 0–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–1
Makedonska slava 1–3 4–3 3–4 3–2 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–4 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–0
Marek Dupnitsa 0–0 1–0 4–2 1–0 0–3 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–1 3–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–0
Naftex Burgas 3–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 5–0 5–0 0–1 4–1 0–0
Rodopa Smolyan 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 1–5 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–1
Slavia Sofia 3–0 5–0 2–0 3–1 2–4 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 4–0 2–0
Spartak Varna 4–0 4–2 1–2 4–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–4 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–2
Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo 0–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 0–3 0–2 1–4 3–3 3–2 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 24 March 2014.
Source: A PFG
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

25 goals
17 goals

References[edit]

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