Eternal derby of Bulgarian football

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The Eternal Derby of Bulgarian Football
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Fans of Levski Sofia (left) and CSKA Sofia (right)
City or region Sofia, Bulgaria
Teams involved Levski Sofia
CSKA Sofia
First contested 5 May 1948
Most wins Levski Sofia (78)
Most player appearances Manol Manolov (35)
Largest victory CSKA 1–7 Levski (1994)

The Eternal Derby of Bulgarian Football or simply The Eternal Derby is the name of the local derby football match between the two most popular and successful football clubs in Sofia and Bulgaria: PFC Levski Sofia and PFC CSKA Sofia. The clubs have won 26 and 31 national championship titles and 25 and 19 Bulgarian Cup titles, respectively.

History[edit]

The rivalry started in the late 1940s when the newly founded club of CSKA became a champion in their first year in competitive football in 1948. Both the 1948–49 and 1950 seasons ended with the two teams facing each other in Soviet Army Cup finals with Levski Sofia winning on both occasions after extra time of the second final replay, as the previous two final matches had finished as draws.

During the years, as the two teams became more and more successful, they gained large supporter bases. The confrontations between the clubs and their fans became commonplace and often resulted in tense encounters on the pitch and hooligan clashes between the fans off the pitch.[citation needed]

The hostility reached its climax on 19 June 1985 during the Bulgarian Cup final held at Vasil Levski National Stadium when, after many disputable referee decisions, both teams demonstrated poor sportsmanship which resulted in regular fights between them on the pitch. On 21 June, the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party issued a decree that disbanded both teams. CSKA Septemvriysko zname had to be re-founded as Sredets and Levski-Spartak as Vitosha. Six players (including Hristo Stoichkov and Borislav Mikhailov) were banned for life from playing competitive football; many other players and staff members were banned for three months to one year. A year later, the decision was abolished and the players continued their sport careers.[1]

Venues[edit]

During the years, all the matches between Levski and CSKA were held at a neutral venue, in most cases at the Vasil Levski National Stadium. During the 2000s the clubs started to play their eternal derby matches at their own stadiums Georgi Asparuhov Stadium and Balgarska Armiya Stadium but soon they decided to move the matches between them back to the National Stadium because of its higher capacity.

Only once in the history of the Eternal derby it was held outside Sofia – in 1991, Levski won the Bulgarian Cup quarter-final 2–0 in a match that was played at Tundzha Stadium in Yambol.[2]

Summary of results[edit]

Competition Matches Levski Sofia wins draws CSKA Sofia wins Goal difference
League 137 52 36 49 190:190
Cup 38 20 9 9 64:43
Other 13 6 2 5 14:18
Total 188 78 47 63 268:251

Note: All matches that have finished with a win after extra time are represented as a win for the respective club. All matches that have finished with a penalty shoot-out are represented as draws with the final score after 120 minutes.

Matches list[edit]

A PFG (1948–49 – present)[edit]

Levski – CSKA CSKA – Levski
Season
Date
Venue
Atten.
Score
Date
Venue
Attend.
Score
1948–49 11–12–1948 Yunak Stadium 15,000 1–0 13–07–1949 Yunak Stadium 18,000 0–0
1950 23–03–1950 Yunak Stadium 15,000 1–0 11–06–1950 Balgarska Armia Stadium 20,000 0–0
1951 06–05–1951 Balgarska Armia Stadium 25,000 2–1
12–09–1951 Balgarska Armia Stadium 25,000 0–2
1952 04–04–1952 Yunak Stadium 20,000 1–3
23–09–1952 Spartak Stadium 20,000 0–1
1953 23–09–1953 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 0–5 29–03–1953 Balgarska Armia Stadium 25,000 0–1
1954 20–03–1954 Balgarska Armia Stadium 30,000 2–2
15–11–1954 Balgarska Armia Stadium 25,000 3–1
1955 30–09–1955 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 0–3 13–03–1955 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 3–1
1956 08–04–1956 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 1–1 01–08–1956 Vasil Levski National Stadium 45,000 3–1
1957 14–04–1957 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 0–4 28–08–1957 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 0–0
1958 06–07–1958 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 2–2
1958–59 08–03–1959 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–0 23–08–1958 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 2–0
1959–60 29–11–1959 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–1 29–05–1960 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 3–2
1960–61 16–09–1960 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–0 12–03–1961 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 2–0
1961–62 26–11–1961 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–1 15–07–1962 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 3–6
1962–63 27–12–1962 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 3–2 25–05–1963 Vasil Levski National Stadium 45,000 1–1
1963–64 06–10–1963 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 2–1 18–04–1964 Vasil Levski National Stadium 45,000 1–2
1964–65 13–09–1964 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–0 10–04–1965 Ovcha Kupel Stadium 38,000 0–3
1965–66 28–04–1966 Vasil Levski National Stadium 60,000 0–3 10–04–1966 Vasil Levski National Stadium 62,000 1–0
1966–67 11–03–1967 Vasil Levski National Stadium 70,000 1–1 03–09–1966 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 3–1
1967–68 29–10–1967 Vasil Levski National Stadium 65,000 1–1 15–06–1968 Vasil Levski National Stadium 65,000 0–0
1968–69 31–05–1969 Vasil Levski National Stadium 70,000 1–3 17–11–1968 Vasil Levski National Stadium 55,000 2–7
1969–70 07–07–1970 Vasil Levski National Stadium 32,000 5–2 01–11–1969 Vasil Levski National Stadium 60,000 4–2
1970–71 20–12–1970 Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 2–2 28–06–1971 Vasil Levski National Stadium 60,000 0–1
1971–72 05–07–1972 Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 0–2 18–12–1971 Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 0–1
1972–73 24–03–1973 Vasil Levski National Stadium 55,000 1–2 17–09–1972 Vasil Levski National Stadium 30,000 2–2
1973–74 24–04–1974 Vasil Levski National Stadium 60,000 1–1 12–11–1973 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 0–1
1974–75 28–09–1974 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 1–2 18–04–1975 Vasil Levski National Stadium 55,000 1–0
1975–76 07–05–1976 Vasil Levski National Stadium 65,000 1–3 04–12–1975 Vasil Levski National Stadium 45,000 1–4
1976–77 25–09–1976 Vasil Levski National Stadium 60,000 3–2 09–04–1977 Vasil Levski National Stadium 65,000 1–3
1977–78 29–10–1977 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 4–1 20–05–1978 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 2–2
1978–79 30–05–1979 Vasil Levski National Stadium 65,000 2–1 03–12–1978 Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 2–1
1979–80 22–03–1980 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 2–3 01–09–1979 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–1
1980–81 25–04–1981 Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 2–0 07–10–1980 Vasil Levski National Stadium 55,000 2–2
1981–82 05–09–1981 Vasil Levski National Stadium 55,000 2–2 13–03–1982 Vasil Levski National Stadium 45,000 2–1
1982–83 15–12–1982 Vasil Levski National Stadium 30,000 0–0 28–05–1983 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 0–3
1983–84 10–12–1983 Vasil Levski National Stadium 17,000 2–0 03–06–1984 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–3
1984–85 09–03–1985 Vasil Levski National Stadium 31,000 3–1 22–08–1984 Vasil Levski National Stadium 30,000 0–1
1985–86 22–12–1985 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 25,000 1–3 31–08–1985 Balgarska Armia Stadium 30,000 1–2
1986–87 23–11–1986 Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 0–1 30–05–1987 Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 1–0
1987–88 23–08–1987 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 2–2 06–03–1988 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 2–3
1988–89 17–09–1988 Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 2–2 01–04–1989 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 2–1
1989–90 07–04–1990 Vasil Levski National Stadium 30,000 2–2 01–10–1989 Vasil Levski National Stadium 30,000 5–0
1990–91 20–10–1990 Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 0–1 05–05–1991 Vasil Levski National Stadium 20,000 1–1
1991–92 23–11–1991 Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 2–1 24–05–1992 Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 2–2
1992–93 17–10–1992 Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 1–3 08–05–1993 Vasil Levski National Stadium 20,000 2–3
1993–94 07–11–1993 Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 2–1 24–04–1994 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 1–4
1994–95 02–04–1995 Vasil Levski National Stadium 20,000 3–0 23–09–1994 Vasil Levski National Stadium 30,000 1–7
1995–96 18–11–1995 Vasil Levski National Stadium 8,000 3–1 27–04–1996 Vasil Levski National Stadium 20,000 1–0
1996–97 04–05–1997 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 0–2 04–11–1996 Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 1–1
1997–98 10–04–1998 Vasil Levski National Stadium 30,000 3–3 24–10–1997 Vasil Levski National Stadium 22,000 0–1
1998–99 16–08–1998 Vasil Levski National Stadium 36,000 2–0 06–03–1999 Ovcha Kupel Stadium 23,000 2–3
1999–00 13–05–2000 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 25,000 1–0 30–10–1999 Balgarska Armia Stadium 21,000 1–0
2000–01 22–04–2001 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 27,300 2–1 15–10–2000 Balgarska Armia Stadium 22,000 1–1
2001–02 30–09–2001 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 18,000 2–0 02–03–2002 Balgarska Armia Stadium 19,000 2–2
24–04–2002 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 22,000 2–0 26–05–2002 Balgarska Armia Stadium 8,000 1–0
2002–03 10–05–2003 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 14,000 1–1 26–10–2002 Balgarska Armia Stadium 16,000 3–0
2003–04 31–10–2003 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 16,000 1–1 23–04–2004 Balgarska Armia Stadium 19,000 1–2
2004–05 23–04–2005 Vasil Levski National Stadium 24,000 0–1 17–10–2004 Vasil Levski National Stadium 16,000 2–2
2005–06 11–09–2005 Vasil Levski National Stadium 16,000 1–1 02–04–2006 Vasil Levski National Stadium 19,000 0–1
2006–07 17–09–2006 Vasil Levski National Stadium 14,000 1–0 08–04–2007 Vasil Levski National Stadium 20,000 0–1
2007–08 02–12–2007 Vasil Levski National Stadium 17,500 0–1 10–05–2008 Balgarska Armia Stadium 18,500 1–1
2008–09 11–11–2008 Vasil Levski National Stadium 17,400 1–1 09–05–2009 Vasil Levski National Stadium 23,000 0–2
2009–10 27–03–2010 Vasil Levski National Stadium 15,000 0–0 20–09–2009 Vasil Levski National Stadium 16,800 2–0
2010–11 26–02–2011 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 19,000 1–3 01–08–2010 Vasil Levski National Stadium 13,000 0–1
2011–12 29–04–2012 Vasil Levski National Stadium 18,000 1–0 28–10–2011 Vasil Levski National Stadium 14,000 1–0
2012–13 27–04–2013 Vasil Levski National Stadium 17,500 2–1 20–10–2012 Vasil Levski National Stadium 17,300 1–0
2013–14 08–03–2014 Vasil Levski National Stadium 12,000 0–1 19–10–2013 Vasil Levski National Stadium 16,000 3–0
21–04–2014 Vasil Levski National Stadium 10,000 1–3 15–03–2014 Vasil Levski National Stadium 12,000 1–0
2014–15 25–10–2014 Vasil Levski National Stadium 9,000 0–3 27–07–2014 Vasil Levski National Stadium 11,400 2–0
Vasil Levski National Stadium Vasil Levski National Stadium

Bulgarian Cup and other[edit]

Season Date Match Stadium Attendance Competition
1948 5 May 1948 Levski Sofia 1−0 CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 12,000 Sofia First Division
1948 5 September 1948 Levski Sofia 2–1 CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 30,000 Bulgarian Republic Championship First Final
9 September 1948 CSKA Sofia 3–1 Levski Sofia Yunak Stadium 30,000 Bulgarian Republic Championship Second Final
1948–49 8 May 1949 CSKA Sofia 1–1 Levski Sofia Yunak Stadium 35,000 Bulgarian Cup Final №1
16 May 1949 Levski Sofia 2–2 CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 35,000 Bulgarian Cup Final №2
17 May 1949 Levski Sofia 2–1 CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 35,000 Bulgarian Cup Final №3
1949 8 December 1949 Levski Sofia 2–0 CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 15,000 Sofia Qualification for A PFG
1950 26 November 1950 Levski Sofia 1–1 CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 30,000 Bulgarian Cup Final №1
27 November 1950 CSKA Sofia 1–1 Levski Sofia Balgarska Armiya Stadium 30,000 Bulgarian Cup Final №2
3 December 1950 Levski Sofia 1−0 (a.e.t.) CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 30,000 Bulgarian Cup Final №3
24 December 1950 Levski Sofia 1–0 CSKA Sofia Yunak Stadium 20,000 Joseph Stalin Birthday Cup - Final
1951 3 November 1951 CSKA Sofia 3–0 Levski Sofia Balgarska Armiya Stadium 25,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final
1957 23 October 1957 Levski Sofia 2−0 (a.e.t.) CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final
1964–65 8 September 1965 CSKA Sofia 3–2 Levski Sofia Slavia Stadium 30,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1968–69 30 April 1969 CSKA Sofia 2–1 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1969–70 25 August 1970 Levski Sofia 2–1 CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 46,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1970–71 14 April 1971 Levski Sofia 2–2 (5−4 p) CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 Bulgarian Cup ¼ Final
1973–74 10 August 1974 CSKA Sofia 2−1 (a.e.t.) Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1975–76 2 June 1976 Levski Sofia 4−3 (a.e.t.) CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 65,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1978–79 4 April 1979 Levski Sofia 2–1 CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 60,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final
1980–81 10 June 1981 Levski Sofia 0–1 CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 Bulgarian Cup Final Group
29 July 1981 Levski Sofia 2–0 CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 Cup 1300 Years Bulgaria ½ Final
1981–82 16 June 1982 Levski Sofia 4–0 CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 45,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1982–83 2 March 1983 Levski Sofia 1–1 (3−4 p) CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 Soviet Army Cup ¼ Final
1983–84 14 March 1984 CSKA Sofia 0–1 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 28,000 Soviet Army Cup ½ Final
31 March 1984 CSKA Sofia 1–3 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final
1984–85 19 June 1985 CSKA Sofia 2–1 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 35,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1985–86 27 April 1986 CSKA Sofia 1–2 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 28,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1986–87 13 May 1987 CSKA Sofia 2–1 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1987–88 13 February 1988 CSKA Sofia 0–3 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 25,000 Soviet Army Cup 1/8 Final
11 May 1988 Levski Sofia 1–4 CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 40,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1990–91 13 February 1991 CSKA Sofia 0–2 Levski Sofia Tundzha Stadium - Yambol 20,000 Bulgarian Cup ¼ Group
1995–96 21 February 1996 Levski Sofia 2–0 CSKA Sofia Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 40,000 Bulgarian League Cup ¼ Group
3 April 1996 Levski Sofia 1–0 CSKA Sofia Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 25,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final - First game
17 April 1996 CSKA Sofia 2–4 Levski Sofia Balgarska Armiya Stadium 25,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final - Second game
1996–97 9 November 1996 CSKA Sofia 3–0 Awarded Levski Sofia Bulgarian League Cup ¼ Group
11 December 1996 Levski Sofia 0–3 Awarded CSKA Sofia Bulgarian League Cup ¼ Group
28 May 1997 CSKA Sofia 3–1 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 18,500 Bulgarian Cup Final
1997–98 13 May 1998 CSKA Sofia 0–5 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 50,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
1999–2000 22 March 2000 CSKA Sofia 0–1 Levski Sofia Balgarska Armiya Stadium 18,000 Bulgarian Cup quarterfinal - First game
5 April 2000 Levski Sofia 3–1 CSKA Sofia Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 22,000 Bulgarian Cup ¼ Final - Second Game
2001–02 15 May 2002 CSKA Sofia 1–3 Levski Sofia Slavia Stadium 17,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
2002–03 16 April 2003 CSKA Sofia 0–1 Levski Sofia Balgarska Armiya Stadium 15,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final - First game
3 May 2003 Levski Sofia 0–0 CSKA Sofia Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 17,000 Bulgarian Cup ½ Final - Second Game
2004–05 25 May 2005 Levski Sofia 2–1 CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 12,000 Bulgarian Cup Final
2005–06 31 July 2005 CSKA Sofia 1–1 (1−3 p) Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 11,000 Bulgarian Supercup
2006–07 30 July 2006 Levski Sofia 0–0 (0−3 p) CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 10,000 Bulgarian Supercup
2013–14 16 November 2013 CSKA Sofia 0–0 Levski Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 11,700 Bulgarian Cup 1/8 Final - First leg
19 December 2013 Levski Sofia 0–0 (7−6 p) CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 8,500 Bulgarian Cup 1/8 Final - Second leg

Trophies[edit]

International Competition Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia
Intercontinental Cup / FIFA Club World Cup - -
European Cup / UEFA Champions League - -
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League - -
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup - -
UEFA Super Cup - -
Intertoto Cup - -
National Competition Levski Sofia CSKA Sofia
Bulgarian Championship 26 31
Bulgarian Cup 25 19
Bulgarian Supercup 3 4
Total 54 54

Head-to-head ranking in A PFG[edit]

P. 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 6 6
7
8
9
10
11 11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Total: Levski 26 times higher, CSKA 28 times higher.

Statistics[edit]

Biggest wins[edit]

Levski wins[edit]

7:1 - 23 September 1994
7:2 - 17 November 1968
5:0 - 13 May 1998
4:0 - 16 June 1982

CSKA wins[edit]

5:0 - 23 September 1953
5:0 - 1 October 1989
4:0 - 14 April 1957

Most derby appearances[edit]

35 - Manol Manolov (CSKA)
32 - Stefan Bozhkov (CSKA)
31 - Emil Spasov (Levski)

Most derby goals[edit]

15 - Georgi Ivanov (Levski)
14 - Nasko Sirakov (Levski)
12 - Pavel Panov (Levski)
11 - Dimitar Milanov (CSKA)

Record attendances[edit]

Highest attendance: 70,000 – 11 March 1967, Vasil Levski National Stadium (final score Levski 1:1 CSKA) and 31 May 1969, Vasil Levski National Stadium (final score Levski 1:3 CSKA)
Lowest attendance: 8,000 – 18 November 1995, Vasil Levski National Stadium (final score Levski 3–1 CSKA) and 26 May 2002, Balgarska Armiya Stadium (final score CSKA 1–0 Levski)

Notes and references[edit]