2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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The 2019–20 First Professional Football League, also known as efbet League for sponsorship reasons,[1] is the 96th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 71st since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the 4th season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. Ludogorets Razgrad are the defending champions for the eight successive year.


Fourteen teams are competing in the league – the top twelve teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from the Second League.[2]

Tsarsko Selo Sofia were promoted as champions of the 2018–19 Second League.[3] This will be their debut in the Bulgarian top tier. Tsarsko Selo replaces Vereya, who were disqualified for match-fixing, ending their 3 year stay in the Bulgarian top tier.[4][5]

The second team to be promoted was Arda, who earned promotion after winning their play-off match against Septemvri Sofia.[6] Arda's win meant that the team will make their first appearance in the Bulgarian top tier, while Septemvri ended their two year stay in the First League.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Arda Beroe Botev Plovdiv Botev Vratsa
Arena Arda Beroe Botev 1912 Football Complex Hristo Botev
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 12,128 Capacity: 4,000 Capacity: 12,000
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Cherno More
2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) (Bulgaria)
Location of Sofia teams.
Ticha Balgarska Armia
Capacity: 8,250 Capacity: 18,495
Ticha Stadium 2018.jpg Balgarska Armija 2017.jpg
Dunav Ruse Etar
Gradski Ivaylo
Capacity: 12,400 Capacity: 15,000
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Levski Lokomotiv
Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov Lokomotiv
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 8,500
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Ludogorets Slavia Tsarsko Selo Vitosha
Ludogorets Arena Slavia Tsarsko Selo Sports Complex Bistritsa
Capacity: 10,422 Capacity: 25,556 Capacity: 1,550 Capacity: 2,500
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Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Additional
Arda Bulgaria Stamen Belchev Bulgaria Plamen Krumov United States Nike[7] Efbet
Beroe Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash Bulgaria Martin Kamburov Germany Uhlsport[8] Refan, Ajax Group
Botev Plovdiv Montenegro Željko Petrović Bulgaria Lachezar Baltanov Germany Uhlsport[9] WinBet
Botev Vratsa Bulgaria Sasho Angelov Bulgaria Valeri Domovchiyski Italy Errea[10] WinBet
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria Dobromir Mitov Bulgaria Nikolay Bodurov Germany adidas[11] A1 Bulgaria WinBet, Baristo
Cherno More Bulgaria Ilian Iliev Bulgaria Stefan Stanchev Germany Uhlsport Armeets
Dunav Ruse Bulgaria Lyudmil Kirov Bulgaria Martin Kovachev Spain Joma WinBet
Etar Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov Spain Joma[12] WinBet
Levski Sofia Bulgaria Petar Hubchev Bulgaria Zhivko Milanov United States Nike[13] 7777.bg
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Bosnia and Herzegovina Bruno Akrapović Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev Germany Uhlsport[14] Efbet General Broker
Ludogorets Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov United States Nike Efbet Vivacom
Slavia Sofia Bulgaria Zlatomir Zagorčić Bulgaria Georgi Petkov Spain Joma bet365 Asset Insurance
Tsarsko Selo Bulgaria Nikola Spasov Bulgaria Veselin Minev United States Nike WinBet
Vitosha Bistritsa Bulgaria Engibar Engibarov Bulgaria Chetin Sadula Bulgaria Jumper Efbet

Note: Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising. However, only one sponsorship is permitted per jersey for official tournaments organised by UEFA in addition to that of the kit manufacturer (exceptions are made for non-profit organisations). Clubs in the domestic league can have more than one sponsorship per jersey which can feature on the front of the shirt, incorporated with the main sponsor or in place of it; or on the back, either below the squad number or on the collar area. Shorts also have space available for advertisement.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Levski Sofia Bulgaria Georgi Todorov End of caretaker tenure 29 May 2019 Pre-season Bulgaria Petar Hubchev 29 May 2019[15]
Etar Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov Signed by Bulgaria 29 May 2019 Pre-season Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov 9 June 2019[16]
Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria Nikolay Kirov Sacked 29 May 2019[17] Pre-season Montenegro Željko Petrović 9 June 2019[18]
Vitosha Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov Mutual consent 3 June 2019[19] Pre-season Bulgaria Engibar Engibarov 6 June 2019[20]

Regular season[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Cherno More 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 6 Qualification for the Championship round
2 Ludogorets 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 6
3 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 3
4 Levski Sofia 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 3
5 Beroe 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
6 Slavia Sofia 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
7 Arda 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 Qualification for the Relegation round
8 Etar 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
9 CSKA Sofia 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2 1
10 Botev Plovdiv 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
11 Tsarsko Selo 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1
12 Vitosha Bistritsa 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
13 Botev Vratsa 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0
14 Dunav Ruse 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 20 July 2019. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[21]


Arda 0–0
Beroe 2–4
Botev Plovdiv
Botev Vratsa 1–3
Cherno More 3–1
CSKA Sofia 1–3 2–2
Dunav Ruse 1–4
Levski Sofia
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3–2
Ludogorets 2–0
Slavia Sofia 3–2
Tsarsko Selo 0–0
Vitosha Bistritsa
Updated to match(es) played on 20 July 2019. Source: bulgarian-football.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by round[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Source: bulgarian-football.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Season statistics[edit]


Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Romania Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets 2
Bulgaria Daniel Mladenov Etar
Switzerland Davide Mariani Levski Sofia
4 Bulgaria Miroslav Budinov Botev Vratsa 1
Portugal Pedro Eugenio Beroe
Portugal Ruben Brigido Beroe
Bulgaria Milen Zhelev Beroe
The Gambia Ali Sowe CSKA Sofia
Bulgaria Mitko Mitkov CSKA Sofia
Bulgaria Yanis Karabelyov Slavia Sofia
North Macedonia Darko Tasevski Slavia Sofia
Bulgaria Kaloyan Krastev Slavia Sofia
Bulgaria Georgi Amzin Vitosha Bistritsa
Bulgaria Emil Gargorov Vitosha Bistritsa
Democratic Republic of the Congo Aristote N'Dongala Cherno More
Bulgaria Ismail Isa Cherno More
Croatia Ante Aralica Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Bulgaria Ahmed Ahmedov Dunav
Bulgaria Stanislav Ivanov Levski Sofia
Brazil Paulinho Levski Sofia

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Bulgaria Ivan Karadzhov Arda 1
Bulgaria Georgi Argilashki Botev Plovdiv
Brazil Renan Ludogorets



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