Bulgarian State Football Championship

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Bulgarian State Football Championship
Sport Football
Founded 1924
No. of teams various
Country Bulgaria Bulgaria
Ceased 1944
Most titles Slavia Sofia
(6-time champions)
Related competitions Republic Championship
A Professional Football Group

The State Football Championship was the first national football competition in Bulgaria. It was organised between 1924 and 1944 by the Bulgarian National Sport Federation.

The championship didn't finish in years 1924, 1927 and 1944 because of different reasons. After 1944 it was replaced by the Republic Championship.

Format[edit]

The championship was a knockout tournament featuring six clubs that had won six regional divisions. These divisions were round-robin tournaments that included football clubs that were founded in different geographic areas. The winners of each division were drawn in pairs at random for each of the three one-match rounds. Two of the clubs qualified directly for the second round (the semi-final stage) and the other four had to play two quarter-final matches.

The championship had many changes in its format during the years, mainly in the number of legs played in each round and the number of teams that qualified from the regional divisions. In seasons 1937-38, 1938–39 and 1939–40 the championship was reorganised to a 10-club National football division but it proved to be an unsuccessful decision and from season 1940-41 the division was reverted to a knockout tournament.

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up
1924 Not finished
1925 Vladislav Varna Levski Sofia
1926 Vladislav Varna Slavia Sofia
1927 Not finished
1928 Slavia Sofia Vladislav Varna
1929 Botev Plovdiv Levski Sofia
1930 Slavia Sofia Vladislav Varna
1931 AS–23 Shipchenski Sokol
1932 Shipchenski Sokol Slavia Sofia
1933 Levski Sofia Shipchenski Sokol
1934 Vladislav Varna Slavia Sofia
1935 Sportklub Sofia Ticha Varna
1936 Slavia Sofia Ticha Varna
1937 Levski Sofia Levski Ruse
1937-38 Ticha Varna Vladislav Varna
1938-39 Slavia Sofia Vladislav Varna
1939-40 ZhSK Sofia Levski Sofia
1941 Slavia Sofia ZhSK Sofia
1942 Levski Sofia Makedonija
1943 Slavia Sofia Levski Sofia
1944 Not finished

All-time table 1924-2011[edit]

Pos. Team S P W D L F A Pts
1 Levski Sofia 73 1737 1020 412 305 3416 1605 2452 26 28 7
2 CSKA Sofia 63 1682 1017 377 288 3577 1565 2411 31 20 4
3 Slavia Sofia 72 1732 778 416 538 2737 2011 1972 7 10 13
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 62 1604 666 409 529 2323 1946 1738 4 6 9
5 Botev Plovdiv 64 1531 604 360 567 2287 2110 1568 2 2 12
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 59 1398 537 333 527 1918 1925 1407 1 1 5
7 Cherno More Varna 60 1294 444 338 512 1583 1724 1226 4 6 3
8 Beroe Stara Zagora 43 1148 373 262 513 1428 1789 1008 1 1
9 Spartak Varna 49 1143 375 252 516 1384 1738 1002 1 1 3
10 Spartak Pleven 51 1053 323 255 475 1211 1650 901 1
11 Minyor Pernik 36 910 287 211 412 1028 1402 785
12 FC Chernomorets Burgas 43 924 287 198 439 1131 1563 772
13 Botev Vratsa 38 822 281 173 368 1050 1267 735 1
14 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 27 730 265 161 304 959 1060 691 1
15 Dunav Ruse 42 784 250 190 344 862 1193 690 1
16 Marek Dupnitsa 37 768 240 164 364 896 1239 644 1
17 Pirin Blagoevgrad 24 690 220 167 303 744 940 607
18 OFC Sliven 2000 23 661 225 144 292 823 980 594
19 Spartak Sofia 21 443 161 142 140 566 514 464 2 1
20 Akademic Sofia 17 485 158 131 186 573 625 447 2
21 Spartak Plovdiv 18 445 160 121 164 568 592 441 1 1
22 Litex Lovech 12 326 185 65 76 594 319 435 3 1
23 Naftex Burgas 12 356 154 72 130 534 420 380 1
24 Dobrudzha Dobrich 17 419 128 82 209 457 695 338

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