2008–09 A Group

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A Group
Season 2008–09
Champions Levski Sofia
(26th title)
Relegated Vihren
Spartak
Belasitsa
Champions League Levski
Europa League CSKA
Cherno More
Litex (via domestic cup)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 619 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Martin Kamburov
(17 goals)
Biggest home win Cherno More 6–0 Belasitsa
Levski 6–0 Botev
Biggest away win Belasitsa 1–7 Levski
Highest scoring Vihren 3–5 Chernomorets
Belasitsa 1–7 Levski

The 2008–09 A Group was the 85th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 61st of A Group as the top tier football league in the country.. It began on 9 August 2008 and ended on 13 June 2009. CSKA Sofia were the defending champions, but they were unable to retain it and Levski Sofia won the title, which was their 26th overall.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams promoted from B PFG after the 2007–08 season

Teams relegated to B PFG after the 2007–08 season

Team overview[edit]

Club Location Manager Venue Capacity
Belasitsa Petrich Bulgaria Mitev, MiroslavMiroslav Mitev Tsar Samuil Stadium 9,500
Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria Angelov, KostadinKostadin Angelov Hristo Botev Stadium, Plovdiv 22,000
Cherno More Varna Bulgaria Spasov, NikolaNikola Spasov Ticha Stadium 8,250
Chernomorets Burgas Bulgaria Dimitrov, DimitarDimitar Dimitrov Naftex Stadium 18,037
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria Penev, LuboslavLuboslav Penev Balgarska Armiya Stadium 22,015
Levski Sofia Bulgaria Velev, EmilEmil Velev Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 29,800
Litex Lovech Bulgaria Stoilov, StanimirStanimir Stoilov Lovech Stadium 7,000
Lokomotiv Mezdra Mezdra Bulgaria Bachev, GeorgiGeorgi Bachev Lokomotiv Stadium, Mezdra 5,000
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Plovdiv Bulgaria Sadakov, AyanAyan Sadakov Lokomotiv Stadium, Plovdiv 13,800
Lokomotiv Sofia Sofia Serbia Okuka, DragomirDragomir Okuka Lokomotiv Stadium, Sofia 22,000
Minyor Pernik Bulgaria Aleksiev, DimitarDimitar Aleksiev Minyor Stadium 16,500
OFC Sliven Sliven Bulgaria Dermendzhiev, GeorgiGeorgi Dermendzhiev Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium 10,000
Pirin Blagoevgrad Bulgaria Tsvetkov, PetarPetar Tsvetkov Hristo Botev Stadium, Blagoevgrad 7,500
Slavia Sofia Republic of Macedonia Kuzmanovski, StevicaStevica Kuzmanovski Ovcha Kupel Stadium 18,000
Spartak Varna Serbia Simonović, DragoljubDragoljub Simonović Spartak Stadium 8,000
Vihren Sandanski Bulgaria Filipov, FilipFilip Filipov Sandanski Stadium 6,000

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Levski Sofia 30 21 6 3 57 18 +39 69 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 CSKA Sofia 30 21 5 4 54 22 +32 68 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
3 Cherno More Varna 30 18 6 6 48 19 +29 60 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Litex Lovech 30 17 7 6 53 26 +27 58 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
5 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 16 6 8 52 29 +23 54
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 12 7 11 40 43 −3 43 CHB 1–3 LPL
LPL 1–1 CHB
7 Chernomorets Burgas 30 11 10 9 41 37 +4 43
8 Lokomotiv Mezdra 30 10 7 13 39 41 −2 37 SLA 0–0 LME
LME 1–0 SLA
9 Slavia Sofia 30 11 4 15 41 38 +3 37
10 Pirin Blagoevgrad 30 10 5 15 35 50 −15 35 MIN 0–0 PIR
PIR 1–0 MIN
11 Minyor Pernik 30 9 8 13 24 39 −15 35
12 OFC Sliven 30 8 8 14 32 40 −8 32
13 Botev Plovdiv 30 8 6 16 31 50 −19 30
14 Vihren Sandanski (R) 30 8 2 20 29 50 −21 26 Relegation to 2009–10 B PFG
15 Spartak Varna (R) 30 5 10 15 19 46 −27 25
16 Belasitsa Petrich (R) 30 4 5 21 24 71 −47 17

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
1Litex Lovech won the Bulgarian Cup 2008–09 and qualified for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.
(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 BOT CSK CHM CHB LEV LIT LME LPL LSO MIN OFC PIR SLA SPV VIH
Belasitsa Petrich 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–1 1–7 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–4 0–0 2–1 1–4 2–5 0–0 1–2
Botev Plovdiv 5–0 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–3 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–1
CSKA Sofia 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 2–0
Cherno More Varna 6–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 2–0
Chernomorets Burgas 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–3
Levski Sofia 2–0 6–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 5–0 3–2
Litex Lovech 4–1 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–0
Lokomotiv Mezdra 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–4 1–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–1
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–3 1–3 0–2 3–2 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 2–1 0–1
Lokomotiv Sofia 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 5–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–0
Minyor Pernik 0–3 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–2
OFC Sliven 0–2 3–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2–0 0–3 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–4 1–0 3–1 3–2 0–0 2–1
Slavia Sofia 3–0 4–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–2 2–0
Spartak Varna 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1
Vihren Sandanski 4–1 0–0 1–4 0–2 3–5 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–0

Source: soccerway.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Champions[edit]

Levski Sofia
Goalkeepers
01 Bulgaria Georgi Petkov 17 0(0)
12 Bulgaria Bozhidar Mitrev 07 0(0)
29 Slovakia Daniel Kiss 03 0(0)
31 Bulgaria Tsvetan Dimitrov 03 0(0)
Defenders
02 Bulgaria Viktor Genev 14 0(0)
03 Bulgaria Zhivko Milanov 23 0(2)
05 Morocco Youssef Rabeh 22 0(0)
14 Bulgaria Veselin Minev 18 0(0)
15 Morocco Chakib Benzoukane 03 0(0)
20 Czech Republic David Bystroň 19 0(2)
25 Bulgaria Lúcio Wagner 16 0(0)
26 Bulgaria Martin Dimov 01 0(0)
33 Bulgaria Stefan Stanchev 01 0(0)
34 Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov 01 0(0)
37 Bulgaria Simeon Ivanov 01 0(0)
55 Bulgaria Yordan Miliev 04 0(0)
Midfielders
04 Bulgaria Georgi Chakarov 02 0(0)
06 Morocco Rachid Tiberkanine 14 0(3)
08 Bulgaria Georgi Sarmov 21 0(2)
16 Bulgaria Mariyan Ognyanov 01 0(0)
17 Bulgaria Georgi Nedyalkov 01 0(1)
18 Bulgaria Miroslav Ivanov 20 0(0)
20 Brazil Joãozinho 19 0(4)
21 Brazil Zé Soares 25 0(3)
22 Republic of Macedonia Darko Tasevski 23 0(6)
24 Bulgaria Nikolay Dimitrov 17 0(1)
30 Bulgaria Lachezar Baltanov 15 0(0)
45 Bulgaria Vladimir Gadzhev 23 0(1)
70 Portugal Filipe da Costa 08 0(0)
Bulgaria Boyan Iliev* 02 0(0)
Forwards
07 Brazil Jean Carlos* 04 0(1)
09 Bulgaria Georgi Ivanov 23 (12)
10 Bulgaria Hristo Yovov 11 0(4)
11 Bulgaria Georgi Hristov 25 (11)
19 Bulgaria Ivan Tsachev 09 0(4)
27 Bulgaria Enyo Krastovchev 03 0(0)
32 Bulgaria Boyan Tabakov 01 0(0)
Manager
Bulgaria Emil Velev
  • Iliev and Jean Carlos left the club during a season.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Bulgaria Martin Kamburov Lokomotiv Sofia
17
2 Bulgaria Dormushali Saidhodzha CSKA Sofia1
14
3 Bulgaria Georgi Ivanov Levski Sofia
12
4 Bulgaria Yordan Yurukov Cherno More Varna
11
Bulgaria Georgi Hristov Levski Sofia
6 Republic of Macedonia Zoran Baldovaliev Lokomotiv Sofia
10
Serbia Pavle Delibašić Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Brazil Michel Platini Chernomorets Burgas
9 Bulgaria Krum Bibishkov Litex Lovech
9
Argentina Adrián Fernández Chernomorets Burgas2
Bulgaria Miroslav Manolov Cherno More Varna
Serbia Saša Simonović Lokomotiv Mezdra
Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov Sliven
Bulgaria Yordan Todorov CSKA Sofia

1. Saidhodzha scored 7 goals for Botev Plovdiv and 7 for CSKA Sofia (he was transferred during the winter break)
2. Fernández scored 4 goals for Cherno More Varna and 5 for Chernomorets Burgas (he was transferred during the winter break)

Annual awards[edit]

Team of the season[edit]

The team have been voted by selected media representatives (Note: First team members are denoted in bold).[1]

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A PFG Team of the season, first squad
Petkov
Manolev
I. Ivanov
Rabeh
Minev
Yanchev
Tonev
Alex
Joãozinho
Kamburov
G. Ivanov
Position Name Club
Goalkeepers Kiril Akalski Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Georgi Petkov Levski
Defenders Tanko Dyakov Cherno More
Ivan Ivanov CSKA
Stanislav Manolev Litex
Zhivko Milanov Levski
Veselin Minev Levski
Youssef Rabeh Levski
Midfielders Alex Cherno More
Joãozinho Levski
Dani Kiki Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Aleksandar Tonev CSKA
Todor Yanchev CSKA
Kosta Yanev Sliven
Forwards Spas Delev Pirin
Georgi Ivanov Levski
Martin Kamburov Lokomotiv Sofia
Ivelin Popov Litex
Head coach Emil Velev Levski

See also[edit]

References[edit]