2007–08 A Group

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A Group
Season 2007–08
Champions CSKA Sofia
(31st title)
Relegated Beroe
Vidima-Rakovski
Marek
Champions League Levski Sofia
UEFA Cup Lokomotiv Sofia
Litex
Cherno More
Intertoto Cup Chernomorets
Matches played 240
Goals scored 558 (2.33 per match)
Top goalscorer Georgi Hristov
(19 goals)
Biggest home win Cherno More 7–0 Vidima-Rakovski
Biggest away win Belasitsa 1–6 Chernomorets
Highest scoring Levski 6–2 Botev (8 goals)

The 2007–08 A Group was the 60th season of the Bulgarian A Football Group since its establishment in 1948 and the 84th of a Bulgarian national top football division. The season began on 11 August 2007 and ended on 17 May 2008. CSKA Sofia won their 31st record league title.[1] Last time they scooped the title was in 2004–05 season. CSKA managed to win the league without a single defeat, 16 points ahead of their archrival Levski Sofia.

Despite the convincing results during the season, CSKA failed to get a UEFA license to participate in the Champions League due to unpaid debts. The guilt for the disaster in the club was taken by their chairman Aleksandar Tomov.[2][3]

The league was contested by 16 teams, thirteen returning from the 2006-07 season and three promoted from the Bulgarian B Professional Football Group. The defending champion was Levski Sofia. Chernomorets Burgas and Pirin Blagoevgrad gained automatic promotion as winners of East and West B PFG. Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo gained promotion through the Promotion Play-Off beating Naftex Burgas 1–0 on 2 June 2007.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Belasitsa Petrich Tsar Samuil Stadium 9,500
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe Stadium 13,512
Botev Plovdiv Hristo Botev Stadium 22,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha Stadium 8,250
Chernomorets Burgas Lazur Stadium 18,037
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya Stadium 22,015
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 29,200
Litex Lovech Lovech Stadium 7,050
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 13,800
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv Sofia 22,000
Marek Dupnitsa Bonchuk Stadium 16,050
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev Stadium1 11,000
Slavia Sofia Ovcha Kupel Stadium 18,000
Spartak Varna Spartak Stadium 7,500
Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo Rakovski Stadium 8,816
Vihren Sandanski Sandanski Stadium 6,000

1^. Stadiums of Botev Plovdiv and Pirin Blagoevgrad have the same names, but they are placed in different cities.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 CSKA Sofia (C) 30 24 6 0 53 11 +42 78 Excluded from European competitions 1
2 Levski Sofia 30 19 5 6 56 19 +37 62 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 16 9 5 47 28 +19 57 2008–09 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round 2
4 Litex Lovech 30 16 8 6 51 26 +25 56
5 Cherno More Varna 30 13 9 8 39 28 +11 48 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
6 Chernomorets Burgas 30 13 8 9 39 32 +7 47 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
7 Slavia Sofia 30 13 8 9 38 28 +10 47
8 Pirin Blagoevgrad 30 13 7 10 33 29 +4 46
9 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 12 7 11 37 28 +9 43
10 Vihren Sandanski 30 9 6 15 26 29 −3 33
11 Spartak Varna 30 8 7 15 21 34 −13 31
12 Botev Plovdiv 30 8 6 16 36 54 −18 30
13 Belasitsa Petrich 30 7 5 18 23 43 −20 26
14 Beroe Stara Zagora (R) 30 6 8 16 23 39 −16 26 Relegation to 2008–09 B PFG
15 Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo (R) 30 4 6 20 17 61 −44 18
16 Marek Dupnitsa (R) 30 5 3 22 16 66 −50 18

Source: soccerway.com
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 goal difference; 7th goals scored
1 CSKA failed to get a license for the competition due to unpaid debts
2 Litex qualify via 2007–08 Bulgarian Cup
(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 BEL BSZ BOT CHM CHB CSK LEV LIT LPL LSO MAR PIR SLA SPV VRA VIH
Belasitsa Petrich 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–6 1–3 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0
Beroe Stara Zagora 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–0
Botev Plovdiv 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–3 1–2 1–2 2–2 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 5–0 1–0
Cherno More Varna 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 7–0 1–0
Chernomorets Burgas 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–4 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
CSKA Sofia 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–0 2–0 3–2 3–1 1–0
Levski Sofia 4–0 1–0 6–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 0–1 4–2 4–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–0
Litex Lovech 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 6–1 2–1
Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0 3–0 2–2 4–3 4–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–2
Marek Dupnitsa 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–4 1–4 1–3 0–4 0–3 2–1 1–4 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 0–0
Slavia Sofia 3–1 2–0 4–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 5–0 2–0 0–0
Spartak Varna 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–1
Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–3 3–2 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1
Vihren Sandanski 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1

Updated to games played on 17 May 2008.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Champions[edit]

CSKA Sofia
Goalkeepers
01 Cameroon Daniel Bekono 00 0(0)
12 Bulgaria Ivaylo Petrov 28 0(0)
22 Bulgaria Ilko Pirgov 02 0(0)
Defenders
02 Serbia Nenad Nastić 07 0(0)
03 Bulgaria Aleksandar Tunchev 26 0(3)
06 Bulgaria Kiril Kotev 18 0(0)
13 Montenegro Nikola Vujadinović 24 0(1)
14 Bulgaria Valentin Iliev* 14 0(1)
15 Republic of Macedonia Robert Petrov 00 0(0)
27 Netherlands Quido Lanzaat 08 0(0)
30 Bulgaria Yordan Todorov 26 0(1)
84 Brazil Filipe Machado 15 0(2)
Midfielders
05 Bulgaria Todor Yanchev 28 0(2)
10 Bulgaria Georgi Iliev 16 0(1)
11 Bulgaria Emil Gargorov 13 0(0)
16 Bulgaria Ivaylo Dimitrov 01 0(0)
17 Cape Verde Zé Rui 13 0(0)
18 Romania Florentin Petre 24 (11)
20 Bulgaria Yordan Yurukov 08 0(1)
21 Nigeria Chigozie Udoji 23 0(1)
23 Morocco Abderrahman Kabous* 08 0(0)
24 Bulgaria Aleksandar Tonev 02 0(0)
28 Bulgaria Marquinhos 25 0(1)
Forwards
08 Bulgaria Velizar Dimitrov 24 0(4)
09 Panama José Luis Garcés 14 0(3)
19 Bulgaria Evgeni Yordanov 08 0(1)
99 Brazil Nei 29 (14)
Nigeria Kevin Amuneke* 10 0(2)
Bulgaria Georgi Chilikov* 12 0(3)
Manager
Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov
  • Iliev, Kabous, Amuneke and Chilikov left the club during a season.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Bulgaria Georgi Hristov Botev Plovdiv
19
2 Brazil Nei CSKA Sofia
14
3 Bulgaria Marcho Dafchev Lokomotiv Sofia
13
Republic of Macedonia Zoran Baldovaliev Lokomotiv Sofia
5 Bulgaria Aleksandar Aleksandrov Cherno More Varna
12
6 Bulgaria Plamen Krumov Chernomorets Burgas
11
Romania Florentin Petre CSKA Sofia
Bulgaria Ivelin Popov Litex Lovech
9 Argentina Germán Pietrobon Pirin Blagoevgrad
10
10 Bulgaria Anatoli Todorov Lokomotiv Plovdiv
9
Bulgaria Miroslav Manolov Cherno More Varna
Bulgaria Ivan Naydenov Spartak Varna

References[edit]

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