2011–12 B Group

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B Group
Season 2011–12

The 2011–12 B Group was the 57th season of the Bulgarian B Football Group, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system. The season started on 13 August 2011 and finished in June 2012 with the A Group promotion play-off.

On 9 June the Executive Committee of Bulgarian Football Union decided to reduce further the number of teams in both West and East B PFG due licensing problems in most of the clubs. The new format will consist 10 teams in each group playing three times against all the other during the season. There will be no draw for the matches between fixture 19 and fixture 27. The program will be issued depending the position of every club after the completion of fixture 18.

Like in the last season, the A Group promotion play-off will be played in two stages. The first will be the match between the runners-up from the West and East B PFG. The final stage will be played between the 14th finished team from A Group and the winner from the first stage.[1]

Team changes from 2010–11[edit]

Movement between A PFG and B PFG[edit]

The champions of the two groups of B PFG were promoted to A PFG. These were Botev (Vratsa) (West B PFG champions) and Ludogorets Razgrad (East B PFG champions). The third promoted team is Svetkavitsa, which won the promotion play-off against Etar (Veliko Tarnovo).

Akademik (Sofia) and Sliven were directly relegated from A PFG after finishing in the bottom two places. The team that finished 14th in A PFG - Vidima-Rakovski (Sevlievo) lost the promotion/relegation play-off against Chernomorets (Pomorie), but Chernomorets did not receive a license for A PFG, so Vidima-Rakovski retained its place. The third relegated team is Pirin (Blagoevgrad), finished 13th, because it filed bankruptcy. Pirin did not even receive license for B PFG, so the team will participate in V AFG.[2]

Movement between B PFG and V AFG[edit]

In different stages Chernomorets (Balchik), Dunav (Rousse) and Ravda decided to cancel their participation in the East B PFG and relegated from the group. Additionally the teams of Spartak (Plovdiv) and Brestnik 1948 (Plovdiv) declared not being ready to fulfill the license regulations and voluntarily got relegted to V AFG. On the place of those five teams came the third league champions Botev (Plovdiv) (South-East), Spartak (Varna) (North-East) and the winner of the promotion play-off Neftochimic 1986 (Burgas). Further the team of Etar (Veliko Tarnovo) was moved from West to East B PFG so that the league has ten participating teams.

The situation in the West B PFG was much more clearer. Kom-Minyor left the competition during the winter break due financial difficulties, Botev (Krivodol) relegated after finishing on 11th place and Vihren (Sandanski) voluntarily left West B PFG after the end of the season. Those teams will be replaced with the V AFG champions - Slivnishki Geroi (Slivnitsa) (South-West) and Bdin (Vidin) (North-West).

East B Group[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Etar 1924 (P) 27 15 8 4 31 14 +17 53 Promotion to 2012–13 A Group
2 Botev Plovdiv (P) 27 14 9 4 40 17 +23 51 Qualification to Promotion Play-Off
3 Neftochimic Burgas 27 14 7 6 46 29 +17 49
4 Lyubimets 27 14 6 7 42 22 +20 48
5 Chernomorets Pomorie (R) 27 10 7 10 38 29 +9 37 Relegation to V AFG
6 Sliven 2000 27 10 6 11 29 23 +6 36
7 Spartak Varna 27 10 6 11 27 35 −8 36
8 Dobrudzha Dobrich (R) 27 8 8 11 22 28 −6 32 Relegation to V AFG
9 Nesebar (R) 27 7 5 15 24 44 −20 26
10 Dorostol Silistra (R) 27 1 2 24 6 66 −60 021

Source: Soccerway
1 Dorostol Silistra decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break due to financial difficulties. All remaining fixtures are awarded 0-3 against them.[3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity
Botev Plovdiv Hristo Botev 22,000
Chernomorets Pomorie Pomorie 3,000
Dobrudzha Dobrich Druzhba 12,500
Dorostol Silistra Louis Ayer 12,000
Etar Veliko Tarnovo Ivaylo 18,000
Lyubimetz 2007 Lyubimets Lyubimetz 5,000
Neftochimic Burgas Lazur 18,037
Nesebar Nesebar Nesebar 10,000
Spartak Varna Spartak 13,000
Sliven 2000 Sliven Hadzhi Dimitar 10,000

West B Group[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Pirin Gotse Delchev (P) 27 19 5 3 41 12 +29 62 Promotion to 2012–13 A Group
2 Sportist Svoge 27 17 5 5 44 23 +21 56 Qualification to Promotion Play-Off
3 Bdin Vidin 27 15 6 6 42 20 +22 51
4 Bansko 27 10 10 7 36 24 +12 40
5 Chavdar Etropole 27 10 9 8 36 33 +3 39
6 Septemvri Simitli 27 8 10 9 35 33 +2 34
7 Akademik Sofia (R) 27 9 4 14 25 33 −8 31 Relegation to V AFG
8 Slivnishki Geroi (R) 27 7 4 16 28 48 −20 25
9 Malesh Mikrevo (R) 27 6 4 17 19 38 −19 22
10 Chavdar Byala Slatina (R) 27 4 3 20 14 56 −42 0121

Source: Soccerway
1 Chavdar Byala Slatina decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break due to financial difficulties. All remaining fixtures are awarded 0-3 against them.[4]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in West B Group 2011-12
Team City Stadium Capacity
Akademik Sofia Akademik 10,000
Bansko Bansko Saint Peter 3,000
Bdin Vidin Georgi Benkovski 15,000
Chavdar Byala Slatina Chavdar 3,000
Chavdar Etropole Chavdar 5,000
Malesh Mikrevo Malesh 1,500
Pirin Gotse Delchev Gradski 8,000
Septemvri Simitli Struma 8,000
Slivnishki geroi Slivnitsa Slivnishki geroi 10,000
Sportist Svoge Chavdar Tsvetkov 5,500

Promotion Play-Off[edit]

30 May 2012
17:00 EEST
Sportist Svoge 0 – 2 Botev Plovdiv
Report Rahov Goal 22'
Aleksandrov Goal 43'
Ovcha Kupel, Sofia
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Stefan Spasov (Sofia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Решения на Изпълкома на БФС" (in Bulgarian). BFU. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Решения на Лицензионната комисия и Бюрото на Изпълкома на БФС" (in Bulgarian). BFU. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Официално: Доростол се отказа от участие в "Б" група" (in Bulgarian). www.sportal.bg. 2012-02-16. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Чавдар (Бяла Слатина) напуска Западна Б група" (in Bulgarian). www.sportal.bg. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-02-06.