Bulgarian Cup

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Bulgarian Cup
Bulgarian Cup Sponsor Logo.jpg
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Founded 1938; 76 years ago (1938)
Region  Bulgaria
Number of teams 38 (2012/2013)
Current champions Ludogorets Razgrad (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Levski Sofia (25)
Television broadcasters TV7, News7, Sport7
2013–14 Season

The Bulgarian Cup (Bulgarian: Купа на България) is a Bulgarian annual football competition. It is the country's main cup competition and all officially registered Bulgarian football teams take part in it. It is sponsored by the Bulgarian Corporate Commercial Bank.

The tournament's format is single-elimination, with all matches being one-legged. The Bulgarian Cup final is usually held at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia. Only twice in the last five years the final was played in the province - the 2010 final between Beroe (Stara Zagora) and Chernomorets (Pomorie) (1:0) and the last year final between Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) and Ludogorets Razgrad (1:2). The competition's winner achieves the right to take part in the UEFA Europa League. If the winner has already secured a place through the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group, the team that has come fourth in the championship substitutes it.

The competition has been dominated by Sofia-based teams. The Sofia teams have won together a total number of 61 titles. The two most successful teams are Levski Sofia (25 championships) and CSKA Sofia (19 championships). The most recent winners of the Bulgarian Cup are Beroe Stara Zagora, who beat Levski Sofia 3-1 on penalties after finishing 3:3 in the 2013 Bulgarian Cup Final.

History[edit]

The Bulgarian Cup as a domestic cup knock-out tournament, has its roots in several tournaments held in Bulgaria through the 20th century, simultaneously or successively.

Sketch of the Tsar's Cup

The first one is the tournament for the Tsar's Cup ("King's Cup"). The tournament is officially recognised as the foundation for the modern domestic cup tournament (the Bulgarian Cup) by the Bulgarian Football Union, and holders of the trophy between 1938 and 1942 are officially recognised as domestic cup holders. However the trophy itself had been awarded in the direct knock-out tournament in which the champions of the country's oblasts played in a one-legged single-elimination rounds with the host being determined by lot, since 1924. Form 1924 till 1937 that tournament was considered the state championship to determine the national football champion (winners of the tournament between 1924 and 1937 are recognised as official football champions of the country by the BFU). In 1937 a national league was created in which the teams played on a round-robin basis to determine the football champion of Bulgaria. The tournament for the Tsar's Cup, however, remained a prestige competition in the country. With the change of the political regime in the country in the 1940s, the tournament ceased to exist.

Whilst the Communist period in Bulgaria lasted (between 1945 and 1990), a two-legged knock-out tournament for the Soviet Army Cup (Bulgarian: Купа на Съветската армия) was annually held. The tournament had a national scope but initially included only top tier clubs. In 1981, in honour of the 1300th anniversary of the country, another national knock-out football tournament took place awarding the winner the Cup of Bulgaria. As a symbol of national pride, the competition has widely popular and continued to be held annually afterwards. After 1981, the tournament for the Cup of the Soviet Army gradually lost its importance due to the success of the Bulgarian Cup tournament. Nowadays, the Bulgarian Football Union recognises the clubs holders of the Soviet Army Cup as official domestic cup holders for the years between 1945 and 1982, while holders of the Bulgarian Cup are the official domestic cup holders from 1983 onwards. Levski Sofia, as the club to have won the Soviet Army Cup most times, were awarded the original trophy to keep in their collection.

Competition format[edit]

The Bulgarian Cup tournament is divided in two phases - the Qualification phase and the Final phase.

Qualification phase[edit]

In this phase are participating teams from the four groups of the amateur division V AFG (3rd level of the Bulgarian football league system) and teams from Bulgarian A Regional Football Group (A RFG) (4th level of the Bulgarian football league system).

Final phase[edit]

In this phase are participating the teams that have won their matches in the Qualification phase, with the 20 teams from the two groups of B PFG (10 teams from West B PFG and 10 teams from East B PFG) and 16 teams from A PFG. The team from a lower league division is the home team. In matches between teams from same division the home team is determined by lot.

  • Round 1 (Round of 32) - 32 teams participate (the teams that have won their matches in the Qualification phase, with the 20 teams from the two groups of B PFG (10 teams from West B PFG and 10 teams from East B PFG).
  • Round 2 (Round of 32) - 32 teams participate (16 teams from Round 1 and 16 teams from A PFG).
  • Round 3 (Round of 16) - 16 teams participate (16 teams from Round 2).
  • Quarter-finals - 8 teams participate (8 teams from Round 3).
  • Semi-finals.
  • Final.

Sponsorship[edit]

From 1997 to 2011 the Bulgarian Cup is sponsored by the American car manufacturer Ford and its official distributor in Bulgaria Moto-Pfohe.

From season 2011/2012 the cup has new sponsor - the Bulgarian Corporate Commercial Bank.

Winners[edit]

Tsar's Cup (1938-1942)[edit]

Tsar's Cup (Cup of the King) is the first name of the present tournament Bulgarian Cup. The matches from the tournament were held in the period of 1938-1942.

Year Winner Runner Up Result Date Venue
1938 FK-13 Sofia Levski Ruse 3:0 3 October 1938 Sofia
1939 Shipka Sofia Levski Ruse 2:0 3 October 1939 Sofia
1940 FK-13 Sofia Sportklub Plovdiv 2:1 13 October 1940 Sofia
1941 AS-23 Sofia Napredak Ruse 4:2 3 October 1941 Dobrich
1942 Levski Sofia Sportklub Plovdiv 3:0 3 October 1942 Sofia

Cup of the Soviet Army (1946-1982)[edit]

Year Winner Runner Up Result Date Venue Attendance
1946 Levski Sofia Chernolomets Popovo (II) 4:1 6 May 1946 Sofia 15,000
1947 Levski Sofia Botev Plovdiv 1:0 1 May 1947 Sofia 17,000
1948 Lokomotiv Sofia Slavia-Chengelov Plovdiv 1:0 9 May 1948 Sofia 12,000
1949 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 1:1 ET
2:2
2:1 ET
8 May 1949
16 May 1949
17 May 1949
Sofia 35,000
35,000
35,000
1950 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 1:1 ET
1:1
1:0 ET
16 November 1950
17 November 1950
3 December 1950
Sofia 30,000
30,000
30,000
1951 CSKA Sofia Akademik Sofia 1:0 ET 7 November 1951 Sofia 25,000
1952 Slavia Sofia Spartak Sofia 3:1 9 November 1952 Sofia 22,000
1953 Lokomotiv Sofia Levski Sofia 2:1 25 November 1953 Sofia 30,000
1954 CSKA Sofia Slavia Sofia 2:1 7 November 1954 Sofia 30,000
1955 CSKA Sofia Spartak Plovdiv 5:2 ET 11 December 1955 Sofia 32,000
1956 Levski Sofia Botev Plovdiv 5:2 18 November 1956 Sofia 40,000
1957 Levski Sofia Spartak Pleven 2:1 7 November 1957 Sofia 28,000
1958 Spartak Plovdiv Minyor Pernik 1:0 7 November 1958 Sofia 20,000
1959 Levski Sofia Spartak Plovdiv 1:0 2 May 1959 Sofia 30,000
1960 Septemvri Sofia Lokomotiv Plovdiv (II) 4:3 ET 15 June 1960 Sofia 15,000
1961 CSKA Sofia Spartak Varna 3:0 28 June 1961 Sofia 25,000
1962 Botev Plovdiv Dunav 3:0 12 August 1962 Sofia 20,000
1963 Slavia Sofia Botev Plovdiv 2:0 10 September 1963 Sofia 22,000
1964 Slavia Sofia Botev Plovdiv 3:2 9 September 1964 Sofia 31,000
1965 CSKA Sofia Levski Sofia 3:2 8 September 1965 Sofia 30,000
1966 Slavia Sofia CSKA Sofia 1:0 10 September 1966 Sofia 25,000
1967 Levski Sofia Spartak Sofia 3:0 16 July 1967 Sofia 38,000
1968 Spartak Sofia Beroe Stara Zagora 3:2 6 Juny 1968 Sofia 18,000
1969 CSKA Sofia Levski Sofia 2:1 30 April 1969 Sofia 40,000
1970 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 2:1 25 August 1970 Sofia 46,000
1971 Levski Sofia Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3:0 25 August 1971 Sofia 30,000
1972 CSKA Sofia Slavia Sofia 3:0 25 August 1972 Sofia 25,000
1973 CSKA Sofia Beroe Stara Zagora 2:1 3 July 1973 Sofia 18,000
1974 CSKA Sofia Levski Sofia 2:1 ET 10 August 1974 Sofia 40,000
1975 Slavia Sofia Lokomotiv Sofia 3:2 10 June 1975 Sofia 15,000
1976 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 4:3 ET 2 June 1976 Sofia 65,000
1977 Levski Sofia Lokomotiv Sofia 2:1 12 June 1977 Sofia 45,000
1978 Marek Stanke Dimitrov CSKA Sofia 1:0 24 May 1978 Sofia 40,000
1979 Levski Sofia Beroe Stara Zagora 4:1 23 May 1979 Sofia 40,000
1980 Slavia Sofia Beroe Stara Zagora 3:1 13 May 1980 Sofia 30,000
1981 Botev Plovdiv Pirin Blagoevgrad 1:0 5 May 1981 Sofia 20,000
1982 Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv Plovdiv (II) 2:1 ET 12 June 1982 Pleven 8,000

Bulgarian Cup (1983-present)[edit]

Year Winner Runner Up Result Date Venue Attendance
1982-83 CSKA Sofia Spartak Varna 4:0 3 April 1983 Plovdiv 15,000
1983-84 Levski Sofia Botev Plovdiv 1:0 2 May 1984 Kardzhali 30,000
1984-85 CSKA Sofia Levski Sofia 2:1 2 May 1985 Sofia 30,000
1985-86 Vitosha Sofia Sredets Sofia 2:0 27 April 1986 Sofia 28,000
1986-87 Sredets Sofia Vitosha Sofia 2:1 17 April 1987 Sofia 30,000
1987-88 Sredets Sofia Vitosha Sofia 4:1 11 May 1988 Sofia 50,000
1988-89 Sredets Sofia Chernomorets Burgas 3:0 24 May 1989 Pleven 15,000
1989-90 Sliven CSKA Sofia 2:0 30 May 1990 Gabrovo 15,000
1990-91 Levski Sofia Botev Plovdiv 2:1 29 May 1991 Veliko Tarnovo 10,000
1991-92 Levski Sofia Pirin Blagoevgrad 5:0 27 May 1992 Pazardzhik 10,000
1992-93 CSKA Sofia Botev Plovdiv 1:0 2 June 1993 Blagoevgrad 18,000
1993-94 Levski Sofia Pirin Blagoevgrad 1:0 4 May 1994 Sofia 16,000
1994-95 Lokomotiv Sofia Botev Plovdiv 4:2 27 May 1995 Sofia 20,000
1995-96 Slavia Sofia Levski Sofia 4:0 1 May 1996 Sofia 22,000
1996-97 CSKA Sofia Levski Sofia 3:1 27 May 1997 Sofia 18,500
1997-98 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 5:0 13 May 1998 Sofia 50,000
1998-99 CSKA Sofia Litex Lovech 1:0 25 May 1999 Sofia 20,000
1999-00 Levski Sofia Neftohimik Burgas 2:0 31 May 2000 Plovdiv 18,000
2000-01 Litex Lovech Velbazhd Kyustendil 1:0 ET 24 May 2001 Sofia 8,000
2001-02 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 3:1 15 May 2002 Sofia 15,000
2002-03 Levski Sofia Litex Lovech 2:1 21 May 2003 Sofia 10,453
2003-04 Litex Lovech CSKA Sofia 2:2 (4-3 pen.) 12 May 2004 Sofia 11,461
2004-05 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 2:1 25 May 2005 Sofia 12,000
2005-06 CSKA Sofia Cherno More Varna 3:1 24 May 2006 Sofia 7,216
2006-07 Levski Sofia Litex Lovech 1:0 ET 24 May 2007 Stara Zagora 11,000
2007-08 Litex Lovech Cherno More Varna 1:0 14 May 2008 Sofia 2,040
2008-09 Litex Lovech PFC Pirin Blagoevgrad 3:0 26 May 2009 Sofia 6,200
2009-10 Beroe Stara Zagora Chernomorets Pomorie (II) 1:0 5 May 2010 Lovech 5,000
2010-11 CSKA Sofia Slavia Sofia 1:0 25 May 2011 Sofia 15,000
2011-12 Ludogorets Razgrad Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2:1 19 May 2012 Burgas 12,000
2012-13 Beroe Stara Zagora Levski Sofia 3:3 (3-1 pen.) 15 May 2013 Lovech 7,500
2013-14 Ludogorets Razgrad Botev Plovdiv 1:0 15 May 2014 Burgas 15,000

Non-official winners[edit]

Cup of the Soviet Army (1983-1990)[edit]

Year Winner Runner Up Result Date Venue Attendance
1983 Lokomotiv Plovdiv (II) FK Chirpan (II) 3:1 1 June 1983 Sofia 25,000
1984 Levski Sofia Dorostol Silistra (II) 4:0 9 May 1984 Sofia 25,000
1985 CSKA Sofia Cherno More Varna 4:0 9 May 1985 Sofia 15,000
1986 CSKA Sofia Lokomotiv Sofia 2:0 21 May 1986 Sofia 12,000
1987 Levski Sofia Spartak Pleven 3:2 9 May 1987 Sofia 15,000
1988 Levski Sofia Cherno More Varna (II) 2:0 1 June 1988 Sofia 20,000
1989 CSKA Sofia Maritsa-Iztok Radnevo (III) 6:1 7 June 1989 Sofia 6,000
1990 CSKA Sofia Botev Plovdiv 2:1 1 June 1990 Sofia 25,000

Bulgarian Cup (1981-1982)[edit]

Year Winner Runner Up Result Date Venue Attendance
1980-81 CSKA Sofia Slavia Sofia 1:0 6 June 1981 Sofia 25,000
1981-82 Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia 4:0 16 June 1982 Sofia 30,000

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Levski Sofia 25 10 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007
CSKA Sofia 19 12 1951, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2011
Slavia Sofia 7 3 1952, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1975, 1980, 1996
Litex 4 3 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009
Lokomotiv Sofia 4 2 1948, 1953, 1982, 1995
Botev Plovdiv 2 9 1962, 1981
Beroe Stara Zagora 2 4 2010, 2013
Ludogorets Razgrad 2 - 2012, 2014
FK-13 Sofia 2 - 1938, 1940
Spartak Sofia 1 2 1968
Spartak Plovdiv 1 2 1958
Sliven 1 - 1990
Marek Dupnitsa 1 - 1978
Septemvri Sofia 1 - 1960
AS-23 Sofia 1 - 1941
Shipka Sofia 1 - 1939
Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 5 -
Pirin Blagoevgrad - 4 -
Cherno More Varna - 2 -
Spartak Varna - 2 -
Sportklub Plovdiv - 2 -
Levski Ruse - 2 -
Chernomorets Pomorie - 1 -
Velbazhd Kyustendil - 1 -
Neftochimic Burgas - 1 -
Chernomorets Burgas - 1 -
Dunav - 1
Minyor Pernik - 1 -
Spartak Pleven - 1 -
Akademik Sofia - 1 -
Chernolomets Popovo - 1 -
Napredak Ruse - 1 -

Titles by city[edit]

City Titles Winning Clubs
BG Sofia coa.svg Sofia
61
Levski Sofia (25), CSKA Sofia (19), Slavia (7), Lokomotiv Sofia (4), FK-13 (2), Spartak Sofia (1), Shipka Sofia (1), AS 23 Sofia (1), Septemvri Sofia (1)
Lovech-coat-of-arms.svg Lovech
4
Litex Lovech (4)
Plovdiv-coat-of-arms.svg Plovdiv
3
Botev Plovdiv (2), Spartak Plovdiv (1)
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2
Ludogorets Razgrad (2)
Stara-Zagora-coat-of-arms.svg Stara Zagora
2
Beroe Stara Zagora (2)
Dupnitsa-coat-of-arms.svg Dupnitsa
1
Marek Dupnitsa (1)
BUL Сливен COA.png Sliven
1
Sliven (1)

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