2009–10 A Group

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A Group
Season 2009–10
Champions Litex Lovech
(3rd title)
Relegated Botev Plovdiv
Sportist Svoge
Loko Mezdra
Champions League Litex Lovech
Europa League CSKA Sofia
Levski Sofia
Beroe (via domestic cup)
Matches played 191
Goals scored 462 (2.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Wilfried Niflore
(19 goals)
Biggest home win Levski 5–0 Botev
Litex 5–0 Loko P.
Levski 5–0 Sportist
Biggest away win Loko M. 0–5 Litex
Loko P. 0–5 CSKA
Loko M. 0–5 Ch'morets
Highest scoring Minyor 4–2 Sliven
Ch. More 4–2 Loko S.
Loko P. 3–3 Minyor
Sportist 1–5 Loko S.
Sliven 2–4 CSKA
Loko P. 2–4 Montana
CSKA 5–1 Loko S.
Sportist 2–4 Litex

The 2009–10 A Group was the 86th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 62nd of A Group as the top tier football league in the country. It began on 7 August 2009 with the game between Beroe and Lokomotiv Sofia. The last round took place on 30 May 2010. Levski Sofia were the defending champions, but they were unable to defend it and Litex Lovech won the title, which was their third overall.

Promotion and relegation from 2008–09[edit]

Belasitsa, Spartak Varna and Vihren were directly relegated for finishing in the bottom three places. Belasitsa ended a six-year stint in the Bulgarian top flight, while Spartak Varna were relegated for a record ninth time since the introduction of the A PFG, after three years. Vihren ended their four-year tenure in the A PFG, the club's first ever in the top division.

The relegated teams were replaced by Montana, champions of the West B PFG 2008-2009, and Beroe, champions of the East B PFG 2008-2009. Montana returned to the A PFG after twelve years, while Beroe won promotion for the ninth time in its history. The club did this for the ninth time, therefore equaling the record previously set by Minyor Pernik.

A further place in the league was decided through a one-legged play-off. Sportist Svoge as runner-up in West B PFG had to face Naftex Burgas, who came second in East B PFG. Sportist Svoge won the game 4–2 after a penalty shootout, following a regular time score of 2–2. This was Sportist's first participation in the Bulgarian top flight.

Team overview[edit]

Club Location Manager Stadium Capacity Team captain
Beroe Stara Zagora Bulgaria Iliev, IlianIlian Iliev Beroe 17,800[1] Bulgaria Slavi Zhekov
Botev Plovdiv Italy Piccioni, EnricoEnrico Piccioni Hristo Botev (Plovdiv) 21,000[2] Bulgaria Vasil Vasilev
Cherno More Varna Bulgaria Popov, VelizarVelizar Popov Ticha 8,250 Bulgaria Georgi Iliev
Chernomorets Burgas Bulgaria Balakov, KrassimirKrassimir Balakov Lazur 18,037[3] Bulgaria Cvetomir Conkov
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria Dochev, PavelPavel Dochev Bulgarian Army 22,015[4] Bulgaria Todor Yanchev
Levski Sofia Bulgaria Ivanov, GeorgiGeorgi Ivanov Georgi Asparuhov 29,200[5] Bulgaria Georgi Petkov
Litex Lovech Bulgaria Chervenkov, AngelAngel Chervenkov Gradski Stadion 7,050[6] Bulgaria Ivelin Popov
Lokomotiv Mezdra Mezdra Bulgaria Voynov, VoynVoyn Voynov Lokomotiv (Mezdra) 5,000 Bulgaria Strati Iliev
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Plovdiv Bulgaria Bonev, HristoHristo Bonev Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 13,800 Bulgaria Georgi Mechedzhiev
Lokomotiv Sofia Sofia Bulgaria Vasev, DimitarDimitar Vasev Lokomotiv (Sofia) 22,000[7] Bulgaria Georgi Markov
Minyor Pernik Bulgaria Velkov, AntonAnton Velkov Minyor 12,000[8] Bulgaria Ivaylo Ivanov
Montana Montana Bulgaria Dzhambazki, AtanasAtanas Dzhambazki Ogosta 8,000 Bulgaria Ventsislav Ivanov
Sliven 2000 Sliven Serbia Simonović, DragoljubDragoljub Simonović Hadzhi Dimitar 10,000 Bulgaria Miroslav Mindev
Pirin Blagoevgrad Bulgaria Grozdanov, StefanStefan Grozdanov Hristo Botev (Bgd) 7,500 Bulgaria Georgi Georgiev
Slavia Sofia Bulgaria Vutsov, VelislavVelislav Vutsov Ovcha Kupel 18,000[2] Bulgaria Yordan Petkov
Sportist Svoge Bulgaria Stoev, StoychoStoycho Stoev Chavdar Cvetkov 3,500[9] Bulgaria Todor Kyuchukov

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Litex Lovech (C) 30 22 4 4 59 17 +42 70 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 CSKA Sofia 30 16 10 4 51 25 +26 58 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
3 Levski Sofia 30 17 6 7 57 26 +31 57 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 15 7 8 47 33 +14 52
5 Chernomorets Burgas 30 15 6 9 44 29 +15 51
6 Slavia Sofia 30 14 8 8 34 28 +6 50
7 Cherno More Varna 30 13 9 8 40 28 +12 48
8 Minyor Pernik 30 13 6 11 38 26 +12 45
9 Pirin Blagoevgrad 30 11 10 9 34 32 +2 43
10 Beroe Stara Zagora 30 10 8 12 30 36 −6 38 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
11 Montana 30 9 9 12 30 37 −7 36
12 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 9 6 15 36 52 −16 33
13 OFC Sliven 30 9 5 16 29 40 −11 32
14 Lokomotiv Mezdra (R) 30 7 6 17 30 48 −18 27 Relegation to 2010–11 B PFG
15 Sportist Svoge (R) 30 5 4 21 23 59 −36 19
16 Botev Plovdiv (R) 30 1 4 25 12 78 −66 012

Source: Soccerway
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
1Via Bulgarian Cup 2009–10.
2Botev Plovdiv were expelled from the league during the winter break because they were unable to meet the criteria required to continue the season, and deducted six points for administrative irregularities. All of their remaining matches have been scratched and will be counted as a 3–0 win for their opponents.[10][11]
(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 BSZ BOT CHM CHB CSK LEV LIT LME LPL LSO MIN MON OFC PIR SLA SPO
Beroe Stara Zagora 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 3–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0
Botev Plovdiv 0–32 0–32 0–32 0–1 0–32 0–32 0–32 1–0 0–32 0–3 2–3 0–32 2–2 0–1 1–1
Cherno More Varna 0–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 4–2 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–0
Chernomorets Burgas 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 3–0
CSKA Sofia 3–0 3–02 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 3–2 5–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 4–1
Levski Sofia 0–1 5–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 5–0
Litex Lovech 3–0 2–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 3–0 5–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0
Lokomotiv Mezdra 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–5 4–03 1–1 0–5 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–0 2–1
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1–3 3–02 1–0 2–1 0–5 2–2 0–3 0–1 2–1 3–3 2–4 1–2 2–0 0–2 3–0
Lokomotiv Sofia 2–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–2
Minyor Pernik 3–0 3–02 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 0–1 0–1 1–2
Montana 2–1 3–02 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–0 1–0
OFC Sliven 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 2–4 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–0 4–0 1–2 1–0
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2–2 3–02 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–2 4–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0
Slavia Sofia 3–1 3–02 1–0 3–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 0–0 1–0
Sportist Svoge 1–2 3–02 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–3 2–4 0–4 2–1 1–5 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1

Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Matches awarded after Botev's expulsion during the winter break.
3This match was abandoned after 66 minutes, with Lokomotiv Mezdra leading 1–0, due to a pitch invasion by CSKA supporters. The match was awarded a 4–0 win in favour of Lokomotiv Mezdra; CSKA Sofia were fined $10,370 and their stadium was suspended for three games.[12]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Champions[edit]

Litex Lovech
Goalkeepers
01 Serbia Uroš Golubović 19 0(0)
12 Bulgaria Todor Todorov 00 0(0)
30 Bulgaria Evgeni Aleksandrov 00 0(0)
31 Brazil Rodrigo Galatto 12 0(0)
Defenders
02 France Alexandre Barthe 27 0(2)
03 Bulgaria Petar Zanev 19 0(0)
05 Bulgaria Mihail Venkov 10 0(1)
06 Bulgaria Ivaylo Petkov 15 0(1)
14 Bulgaria Tsvetomir Panov 01 0(0)
18 Bulgaria Iliya Milanov 01 0(0)
22 Bulgaria Plamen Nikolov 27 0(1)
25 Bulgaria Radostin Kishishev 20 0(0)
33 Bulgaria Nikolay Bodurov 18 0(2)
Midfielders
07 Bulgaria Hristo Yanev 26 0(6)
08 Brazil Tom 18 0(2)
10 Brazil Sandrinho 25 0(1)
13 Bulgaria Maksim Stoykov 01 0(0)
15 Brazil Doka Madureira 26 0(6)
17 Bulgaria Georgi Milanov 27 0(2)
21 Bulgaria Aleksandar Tsvetkov 01 0(0)
23 Serbia Nebojša Jelenković 24 0(1)
24 Brazil Adriano Miranda* 01 0(0)
27 Bulgaria Momchil Tsvetanov 04 0(1)
28 Brazil Diego Ferraresso 09 0(0)
Forwards
09 Bulgaria Svetoslav Todorov 12 0(1)
19 France Wilfried Niflore 27 (19)
71 Bulgaria Ivelin Popov 18 0(7)
99 Bulgaria Dormushali Saidhodzha* 11 0(1)
Manager
Bulgaria Angel Chervenkov
  • Saidhodzha and Miranda left the club during a season.

Statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Accessed on 9 August 2009 (Bulgarian).
  2. ^ a b [2] Accessed on 1 August 2009 (Bulgarian).
  3. ^ [3] Accessed on 1 August 2009 (English).
  4. ^ [4] Accessed on 1 August 2009 (Bulgarian).
  5. ^ [5] Accessed on 1 August 2009 (Bulgarian).
  6. ^ [6] Accessed on 7 August 2009 (Bulgarian).
  7. ^ [7] Accessed on 9 August 2009 (Bulgarian).
  8. ^ The capacity of the stadium was reduced to 8,000 spectators Accessed on 13 August 2009
  9. ^ The capacity of the stadium was expanded to 3,500 spectators Accessed on 7 August 2009 (Bulgarian).
  10. ^ БФС: Ботев не изпълни нито едно условие, сами се досещате накъде отиват нещата (Bulgarian)
  11. ^ Изхвърлиха официално Ботев Пловдив от "А" група (Bulgarian)
  12. ^ "CSKA Sofia handed 4-0 loss for pitch invasion". Reuters. 23 March 2010. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.