2011–12 A Group
|Relegated||Vidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra, Svetkavitsa|
|Champions League||Ludogorets Razgrad|
|Europa League||CSKA Sofia
|Goals scored||643 (2.68 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Junior Moraes
(16 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Levski 7–0 Svetkavitsa|
|Biggest away win||Minyor 0–7 Ludogorets|
|Highest scoring||Cherno More 7–1 Kaliakra
Botev 6–2 Kaliakra
Litex 6–2 Lokomotiv
The 2011–12 A Group was the 88th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 64th of A Group as the top tier football league in the country. The season began on 6 August 2011 and ended on 23 May 2012. Ludogorets Razgrad claimed their maiden title in their debut season, after winning the last round clash against CSKA, which were leading by 2 points prior to the match. Vidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra and Svetkavitsa were relegated.
Akademik Sofia and Sliven were directly relegated after finishing in the bottom two places of the table at the end of season 2010/11. Akademik were relegated after one year in the top league of Bulgarian football, while Sliven ended a three-year tenure at the top flight. Furthermore, Pirin (Blagoevgrad) were excluded from A Group due to financial difficulties and demoted to V Group.
The relegated teams were replaced by Botev (Vratsa), champions of West B Group, Ludogorets Razgrad, champions of East B Group and promotion play-off winners Svetkavitsa. Botev returned to A Group after twenty-two years, while Ludogorets Razgrad and Svetkavitsa made their debut on the highest level of Bulgarian football.
There was some controversy regarding the relegation/promotion play-offs at the end of season 2010/11. In the original match-up, 14th-placed Vidima-Rakovski lost 3-0 against B Group play-off winners Chernomorets (Pomorie). However, Chernomorets did not receive an A Group licence, so Vidima-Rakovski were spared from relegation. In order to fill the void, a second play-off match was scheduled between Svetkavitsa, 4th-placed team of East B Group, and Etar (Veliko Tarnovo), 3rd-placed team of West B Group. Svetkavitsa won this match by a score of 3-1.
Stadia and locations
- Lokomotiv Sofia play their home matches at Vasil Levski National Stadium as their own ground, Lokomotiv Stadium, had not received approval from the BFU license committee.
Personnel and sponsoring
|Team||Outgoing manager(s)||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Levski Sofia||Yasen Petrov||End of contract||27 May 2011||Pre-season||Georgi Ivanov||27 May 2011|
|Slavia Sofia||Emil Velev||Sacked||28 May 2011||Martin Kushev||28 May 2011|
|Kaliakra Kavarna||Antoni Zdravkov||End of contract||28 May 2011||Adalbert Zafirov||28 May 2011|
|Chernomorets Burgas||Georgi Vasilev||Sacked||30 May 2011||Dimitar Dimitrov||30 May 2011|
|Montana||Atanas Dzhambazki||End of contract||2 June 2011||Stefan Grozdanov||11 June 2011|
|Lokomotiv Plovdiv||Saša Nikolić||Sacked||14 June 2011||Dragan Kanatlarovski||17 June 2011|
|Vidima-Rakovski||Dimitar Todorov||Sacked||16 June 2011||Kostadin Angelov||17 June 2011|
|Lokomotiv Sofia||Dian Petkov||Sacked||3 October 2011||10th||Anton Velkov||3 October 2011|
|Kaliakra Kavarna||Adalbert Zafirov||Sacked||19 October 2011||15th||Radostin Trifonov||19 October 2011|
|Svetkavitsa Targovishte||Plamen Donev||Resigned||19 October 2011||16th||Nikola Spasov||23 October 2011|
|Litex Lovech||Lyuboslav Penev||Resigned||24 October 2011||5th||Atanas Dzhambazki||24 October 2011|
|CSKA Sofia||Milen Radukanov||Sacked||25 October 2011||2nd||Dimitar Penev||25 October 2011|
|Levski Sofia||Georgi Ivanov||Resigned||4 November 2011||5th||Nikolay Kostov||7 November 2011|
|Lokomotiv Plovdiv||Dragan Kanatlarovski||Sacked||7 November 2011||6th||Emil Velev||8 November 2011|
|Levski Sofia||Nikolay Kostov||Resigned||26 March 2012||4th||Georgi Ivanov (caretaker)||March 2012|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Ludogorets Razgrad (C)||30||22||4||4||73||16||+57||70||2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||CSKA Sofia||30||22||3||5||60||19||+41||69||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round|
|6||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||30||17||6||7||44||39||+5||57||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1|
|7||Cherno More Varna||30||16||4||10||46||25||+21||52|
|10||Beroe Stara Zagora||30||9||8||13||28||37||−9||35|
|14||Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo (R)||30||3||6||21||19||59||−40||15||Relegation to 2012–13 B PFG|
|15||Kaliakra Kavarna (R)||30||2||5||23||26||77||−51||11|
Updated to games played on 23 May 2012.
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
1Ludogorets Razgrad won the 2011–12 Bulgarian Cup competition but were qualified for 2012–13 UEFA Champions League via winning the league, hence their Europa League berth was awarded to the cup runners-up, Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
(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.
|Home ╲ Away||BSZ||BVR||CHM||CHB||CSK||KAV||LEV||LIT||LPL||LSO||RAZ||MIN||MON||SLA||SVE||VRA|
|Beroe Stara Zagora||1–2||2–0||1–2||0–1||3–1||1–2||1–1||1–1||1–0||1–2||0–0||2–0||1–0||2–0||1–0|
|Cherno More Varna||2–0||1–0||0–2||0–0||7–1||3–1||0–1||1–2||3–0||0–1||2–0||2–0||2–0||1–0||2–1|
Updated to games played on 23 May 2012.
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 The match between Lokomotiv Sofia and Slavia Sofia was awarded to Slavia by a score of 3–0. The original fixture was not played after police security for the match could not be provided.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.