First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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First Professional Football League
First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) logo.jpg
Country Bulgaria
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1924 (as BSFC)
1948 (as A Group)
2016 (as Parva Liga)
Divisions 1
Number of teams 14
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Second League
Domestic cup(s) Bulgarian Cup
Bulgarian Supercup
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Ludogorets Razgrad (5th title)
(2015–16)
Most championships CSKA Sofia (31 titles)
TV partners Nova Broadcasting Group
Website www.fpleague.bg
2016–17 season

The First Professional Football League (Bulgarian: Първа професионална футболна лига) is a Bulgarian professional league for men's association football clubs. Standing at the top of the Bulgarian football league system, it serves as the country's primary football competition. The league determines the champion of Bulgaria and is contested by fourteen teams. It operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the second tier of the Bulgarian football league pyramid, the Second League. Known by its previous name A Group, the Bulgarian top-tier was fully restructured during the summer of 2016, when new licensing criteria were introduced.

The Bulgarian football championship was inaugurated in 1924 as the Bulgarian State Football Championship and has been played in a league format since 1948, when the A Group was established. The champions of the First League have the right to participate in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League based on the league's European coefficient. Additionally, two UEFA Europa League spots are allocated to the second team in the final standings and the winner of the European playoffs. A further fourth spot may also be granted to the fourth placed team in the final league ranking, given that the Bulgarian Cup holder has finished among the top three teams at the end of the season.

A total of 67 clubs have competed in the Bulgarian top-tier since its establishment. In the last decade, many teams such as the current champions Ludogorets were introduced for the first time in the league. In 2016–17, Vereya Stara Zagora became the 67th club to participate in the competition. Since 1948, eleven different teams have been crowned champions of Bulgaria. The three most successful clubs are CSKA Sofia with 31 titles, Levski Sofia with 26 titles and Slavia Sofia with 7 titles respectively. The current champions Ludogorets Razgrad won their fifth consecutive title in their fifth First League season in 2015–16.

History[edit]

Former A Group logo

Foundation[edit]

The first football championship of Bulgaria started in 1924 in a knockout format. An attempt to form a league as the top division of the Bulgarian football league system was made in 1937–1940, when the National Football Division was created. There were 10 teams, each playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. The team that finished first in the table became champions. [1] (needs direct citations)

A Republican Football Group[edit]

The first season of the A Republican Football Group started in the autumn of 1948. In that season, ten teams participated in the league: Levski, Septemvri, Lokomotiv, Slavia and Spartak from the capital city Sofia, and Botev (Varna), Slavia (Plovdiv), Marek (Stanke Dimitrov), Benkovski (Vidin) and Luybislav (Burgas). The first football champion of the A Republican Football Group was Levski in 1948–49.[citation needed]

The 1949/50 season in the A Group was not completed. The league was stopped after the first fixture. It was then decided that the championship of Bulgaria would be played in a spring-autumn cycle as in the Soviet Union. In the autumn of 1949, qualification tournaments were played to determine the teams that would play in the next 1950 season. In the next two seasons the number of teams in the league was increased to 12, and for the 1953 season there were 15 teams (the 16th team was the Bulgarian National Football Team). In seasons 1954 and 1955 there were 14 teams in the league, and in seasons 1956 and 1957 there were 10.[citation needed]

In 1958, the championship was again stopped after the spring half-season, as had happened in 1948. New re-organizations were accepted and the league was again going to be played in the autumn-spring format. Despite the fact that the teams had played just 1 match, CDNA was crowned as the champion of Bulgaria.[citation needed]

The frequent changes in the number of teams in A Group continued in the 1960s. In the first two seasons after the reforms in 1958, the number of teams in the league was 12, in the period 1960–1962 – 14, until season 1967/68, when the teams were 16.

There were new reforms at the end of the 1960s. There were many mergers between Bulgarian clubs. The most-famous are between CSKA Red Flag and Septemvri Sofia in CSKA September Flag, the capital teams Levski and Spartak in Levski-Spartak, Lokomotiv and Slavia in Slavia, the Plovdiv teams Botev, Spartak and Academic in Trakiya. Mergers happened between other Bulgarian clubs too. These mergers between clubs and reforms in A Group where made at the winter break of the 1968/69 season.

After the winter reforms in 1968 until 2000, A Group remained with 16 teams, except in seasons 1971/72 and 1972/73, when 18 teams competed in the league.

Premier Professional Football League[edit]

The Bulgarian Football Union decided to make reforms. The Premier Professional Football League, created in the autumn of 2000, had 14 teams participating in it. At the end of the 2000/01 season, the last two teams were directly relegated to the lower division and the team that finished 12th had the chance to compete in the promotion/relegation play-off for the remaining place in the league. Levski Sofia became champions in the first season of the Premier League.

In the 2001/02 season there was experimentation with the regulations. The championship was divided into two phases. In the first phase the teams played a regular season, each team playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. The second phase was a play-off phase.

In the following season, 2002/03, the championship returned to the regulations of 2000/01 – 14 teams playing in a home and away format. For the first time in 6 years, CSKA Sofia became champions.

A Group[edit]

The A Group Trophy as of 2005

The Bulgarian A Professional Football Group was created in 2003. The group was formed by 16 teams, each playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. In the first season of the newly created A Group, the 2003/04 season, for the first time in history, Lokomotiv Plovdiv became champions, finishing with 75 points. In 2004/05, CSKA Sofia won A Group for the 30th time. For the next two seasons, Levski Sofia were champions under manager Stanimir Stoilov. From 2005/2006 the league's name has been A Football Group. In 2007/08, CSKA became champions of A Group for a record-breaking 31st time without a loss out of 30 matches. But in the summer, UEFA didn't give a license for the club to play in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds and Levski Sofia entered to play in the tournament instead of CSKA. In the following season Levski Sofia won their last A Group title, finishing one point ahead of CSKA. Later on, two years in a row Litex Lovech won another two titles like in 1997/98 and 1998/99. In 2011/12, after winning promotion from B Group, Ludogorets Razgrad became the second team after Litex to win the A Group in their first season.

The Bulgarian Football Union decided to make some changes in the format of A Group prior to season 2014–15 with the reduction of the number of the teams participating in the top league from 16 to 12.

First for season 2013–14, the number of teams competing in A Group was reduced from sixteen to fourteen. The championship was divided into two stages. In the first stage, the regular season, each team must play two times against the other thirteen teams on a home-away basis until each team has played with each of the other teams twice, for a subtotal of 26 matches per team. In the second stage, the playoffs, the top seven teams and the bottom seven were divided into two subgroups, which were to play twice with each of their respective group rivals, again on a home-away basis, for a subtotal of 12 games per team. The top seven teams determined the champion of Bulgaria as well as the teams eligible to play in the European tournaments because of their position at the end of the season. The bottom seven determined the four teams that are to be relegated to B Group for season 2014–15 and two teams promoted in their place from the lower level division.

For the next 2014–15 A Group season, the teams that took part were 12, with Ludogorets winning their fourth consecutive championship.[citation needed]

Before the beginning of season 2015–16, the Sofia teams, including title record-holder CSKA and Lokomotiv were excluded from the league due not receiving license to play in A Group.[citation needed]

First Professional Football League[edit]

On June 7, 2016 the league's name was changed to First Professional Football League, following an approval of new licensing criteria for the clubs.[2]

Competition format[edit]

Starting from the 2016-17 season, a new league format was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union, in an attempt to improve each participating club's competitiveness, match attendance and performance in the league. It involves 14 teams playing in two phases, a regular season and playoffs. The first phase includes each club competing against every other team twice in a double round-robin system, on a home-away basis at a total of 26 games per team and played in 26 fixtures. Seven matches are played in every fixture at a total of 182 games played during the first phase. In the second phase, the top six teams form an European qualifying table, while the bottom eight teams participate in a relegation group. The winner of the top group is declared as Champions of Bulgaria and is awarded with the title.

International qualification[edit]

The six top teams compete against each other on a home-away basis. Three matches are played in every fixture of the top six, with the results and points after the regular season also included. At the end of the stage, every team will have played a total of 36 games. The winner of the group is declared as Champions of Bulgaria and automatically secures participation in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. The team that ranks second is awarded with a place in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. The third team in the final standings would participate in a play-off match against a representative team from the bottom eight. Depending on the winner of the Bulgarian Cup final, a possible fourth team from the first six may compete in a play-off match for an UEFA Europa League spot instead of the third ranked team.

Note: If the Bulgarian Cup winner has secured its qualification for the European tournaments for the next season through results from Parva Liga, then the place in the UEFA Europa League play-off is awarded to the fourth ranked team in the final standings.

Relegation[edit]

The teams in the bottom eight are split in two sub-groups of four teams, Group A and Group B, depending on their final position after the regular season standings. The teams that enter Group A are the 7th, 10th, 11th and the 14th, and the teams that participate in Group B are the 8th, 9th, 12th and the 13th. Every participant plays twice against the other three teams in their group on a home-away basis. The teams from the botttom eight also ccmpete with the results from the regular season. After the group stages, every team will have played a total number of 32 games. Depending on their final position in Group A and Group B, two sections will be formed, one for a play-off spot in next season's European competitions and one to avoid relegation. The first two teams from each group continue in the semi-finals, and the last two teams of each group continue to the semi-finals for a relegation match. After this phase, one team is directly relegated to the Second League and the remaining two teams will compete in two relegation matches against the second and the third ranked clubs from the Second League.[3]

Tiebreakers[edit]

In case of a tie on points between two or more clubs, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[4]

  1. Number of wins;
  2. Goal difference;
  3. Goals pro;
  4. Goals away;
  5. Fewer red cards;
  6. Less number of yellow cards;
  7. Draw

Current clubs[edit]

The following clubs are competing in First Professional Football League during the 2016–17 season.[5]

Club City[6] Stadium Capacity
Botev Plovdiv Hristo Botev Stadium (Plovdiv) 18,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha Stadium 8,250
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 30,000
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv Stadium (Plovdiv) 11,800
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev Stadium (Blagoevgrad) 7,500
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena 8,808
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe Stadium 12,128
Montana Montana Ogosta Stadium 6,000
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armia Stadium 22,995
Slavia Sofia Ovcha Kupel Stadium 25,556
Vereya Stara Zagora Trace Arena 3,000
Dunav Ruse Gradski Stadium 19,960
Neftochimic Burgas Lazur Stadium 18,037
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa Lokomotiv Stadium (Gorna Oryahovitsa) 10,500

List of champions[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

  • Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
  • Italics indicates clubs no longer exist.
Club Titles Runners-up Winning Years(s)
CSKA Sofia
31
22
1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2008
Levski Sofia
26
32
1933, 1937, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009
Slavia Sofia
7
10
1928, 1930, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1996
Ludogorets Razgrad
5
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Lokomotiv Sofia
4
6
1940, 1945, 1964, 1978
Cherno More Varna
6
1925, 1926, 1934, 1938
Litex Lovech
1
1998, 1999, 2010, 2011
Botev Plovdiv
2
2
1929, 1967
Spartak Varna
1
2
1932
Spartak Plovdiv
1
1963
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1
2004
Beroe Stara Zagora
1
1986
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
1991
Sportklub Sofia
1935
Athletic Slava 1923
1931

Notes:

  • Cherno More was created after Vladislav (Varna) and Ticha (Varna) merged. The titles include those won by both teams.
  • CSKA Sofia titles include those won as Septemvri pri CDNV, CDNA, and CFKA-Sredets.
  • Levski Sofia titles include those won as Levski-Spartak and Vitosha, as well as the re-awarded 1984/85 title.
  • Botev Plovdiv total does not include the Trakia originally awarded the 1984/85 title.

All-time league table (1948-present)[edit]

Source: All-time table of the A Group at bgclubs.eu

# Club City S Pl. W D L GF GA GD Pts Best
classification
Notes
1 Levski Sofia 68 1912 1139 438 335 3770 1716 +2054 3199 1st (21 titles) Never relegated.
2 CSKA Sofia 67 1912 1161 433 314 3955 1678 +2277 3159 1st (31 titles)
3 Slavia Sofia 67 1890 826 451 613 2860 2198 +662 2432 1st (1 title)
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 64 1835 770 460 605 2644 2215 +429 2279 1st (2 titles) Dissolved in 2015.
5 Botev Plovdiv 61 1725 668 401 656 2505 2391 +114 1949 1st (1 title)
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 55 1594 621 363 609 2177 2187 -10 1885 1st (1 title)
7 Cherno More Varna 52 1473 521 378 572 1760 1869 -109 1637 3rd
8 Beroe Stara Zagora 49 1421 477 326 618 1732 2092 -360 1472 1st (1 title)
9 Litex Lovech 20 608 354 123 131 1113 552 +561 1149 1st (4 titles)
10 Spartak Varna 43 1202 378 270 554 1385 1829 -444 1144 3rd
11 Minyor Pernik 38 1055 330 248 477 1175 1594 -419 1000 4th
12 Spartak Pleven 35 994 314 245 435 1150 1511 -361 886 3rd
13 Chernomorets [a] Burgas 29 866 277 188 401 1057 1410 -353 775 5th Dissolved in 2006.
14 Botev Vratsa 28 848 288 185 375 1055 1266 -211 774 3rd
15 Marek Dupnitsa 29 838 251 177 410 920 1374 -454 737 3rd
16 Etar [b] Veliko Tarnovo 24 726 264 161 301 951 1043 -92 731 1st (1 title) Dissolved in 2003.
17 Sliven 2000 Sliven 25 750 246 164 340 906 1109 -203 675 6th
18 Pirin Blagoevgrad 23 688 220 167 301 743 934 -191 650 5th
19 Dunav Ruse 25 699 220 172 307 747 1064 -317 609 4th
20 Neftochimic [c] Burgas 13 394 161 76 157 560 512 +48 538 2nd Dissolved in 2014.
21 Akademik Sofia 18 505 163 136 206 589 676 -87 467 3rd Dissolved in 2012.
22 Spartak Plovdiv 17 441 158 121 162 562 581 -19 455 1st (1 title) Dissolved in 2016.
23 Dobrudzha Dobrich 14 414 126 82 206 448 682 -234 411 7th
24 Spartak Sofia 15 377 135 124 118 456 416 +40 394 2nd Dissolved in 2007.
25 Belasitsa Petrich 12 368 116 68 184 377 590 -213 360 6th
26 Ludogorets Razgrad 5 130 87 28 15 268 73 +195 359 1st (5 titles)
27 Chernomorets Burgas Burgas 7 218 92 53 73 288 223 +65 329 4th
28 Velbazhd Kyustendil 7 201 98 27 76 299 269 +30 314 3rd
29 Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 9 268 95 48 125 280 390 -110 259 8th
30 Montana Montana 8 210 55 48 107 212 321 -109 213 9th
31 Shumen 2010 [d] Shumen 7 212 61 38 113 219 368 -149 201 4th Dissolved in 2013.
32 Pirin Blagoevgrad [e] Blagoevgrad 6 178 53 41 84 189 254 -65 200 8th Merged to form Pirin in 2008.
33 Yantra Gabrovo 7 214 65 50 99 239 332 -93 174 8th
34 Vihren Sandanski 4 118 38 14 66 117 173 -56 128 9th
35 Haskovo Haskovo 7 212 52 31 129 210 400 -190 139 8th
36 Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo 5 150 28 36 86 126 271 -145 120 12th
37 Rodopa Smolyan 4 118 31 17 70 106 194 -88 110 10th
38 Akademik Svishtov 4 120 36 26 58 136 195 -59 97 11th
39 Maritsa Plovdiv 4 120 28 25 67 129 225 -126 89 14th
40 Tundzha Yambol 3 97 28 22 47 98 152 -57 78 13th
41 Zavod 12 Sofia 3 74 23 27 24 72 80 -8 73 4th
42 Metalurg Pernik 2 58 22 6 30 60 77 -17 72 10th
43 Hebar Pazardzhik 3 86 20 21 45 85 141 -56 68 9th
44 Lokomotiv [f] Mezdra 2 60 17 13 30 69 89 -20 64 8th Dissolved in 2012.
45 Pirin Gotse Delchev 2 68 16 8 44 62 148 -86 56 11th
46 Septemvri Sofia 3 78 16 20 42 101 160 -59 56 5th
47 VVS Sofia 2 54 13 21 20 60 63 -3 47 8th Merged into CDNA in 1956.
48 Stroitel Sofia 2 50 13 18 19 47 53 -6 44 8th Disbanded in 1954.
49 Kaliakra Kavarna 2 60 10 11 39 45 117 -72 41 12th
50 Cherveno Zname Sofia 2 40 13 13 14 46 50 -4 39 6th Merged with CSKA in 1962.
51 Rilski Sportist Samokov 2 56 11 6 39 51 116 -65 39 14th
52 Olimpik Teteven 1 30 11 2 17 26 50 -24 35 14th
53 Rakovski Ruse 2 60 9 6 45 41 151 -110 33 13th
54 Torpedo Pleven 3 66 9 14 43 48 137 -89 32 8th Merged with Spartak in 1957.
55 Akademik Varna 1 28 9 7 12 26 43 -17 25 10th Merged with Cherno More in 1969.
56 Dimitrovgrad Dimitrovgrad 1 30 8 6 16 32 66 -34 21 16th
57 Lyubimets Lyubimets 1 38 6 3 29 35 104 -69 21 14th
58 Himik Dimitrovgrad 1 30 7 6 17 36 60 -24 20 16th Merged to form Dimitrovgrad in 1967.
59 Nesebar Nesebar 1 30 5 5 20 26 63 -37 20 15th
60 Rozova Dolina Kazanlak 1 30 7 5 18 30 53 -23 19 15th
61 Sportist Svoge 1 30 5 4 21 23 59 -36 19 15th
62 Slavia Plovdiv 1 18 4 8 6 16 21 -5 16 7th
63 Pavlikeni Pavlikeni 1 26 5 4 17 12 45 -33 14 14th
64 Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo 1 30 4 4 22 20 75 -55 13 16th Dissolved in 2013.
65 Bdin Vidin 1 18 2 4 12 13 35 -22 8 9th
66 Svetkavitsa Targovishte 1 30 1 5 24 8 71 -63 8 16th
67 Conegliano German 1 30 0 1 29 8 131 -123 −2 16th Dissolved in 2007.
Key
Competing in First League
Competing in Second League
Competing below Second League
Not competing (See Notes)

Currently, Sliven 2000, Spartak Plovdiv and Tundzha Yambol have only youth academies.

  1. ^ Team was dissolved in 2006. PSFC Chernomorets Burgas and FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas are recognized by the fans, but they are not official representers of the original club.
  2. ^ Team was dissolved in 2003. FC Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo and later OFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo are recognized by the fans, but they are not official representers of the original club.
  3. ^ Team was dissolved in 2014. Neftochimic Burgas is recognized by the fans, but it is not an official representer of the original club.
  4. ^ Team was dissolved in 2014. FC Shumen 1929 is recognized by the fans, but itis not an official representer of the original club.
  5. ^ Team was dissolved in 2008. OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad is recognized by the fans, but it is not an official representer of the original club.
  6. ^ Team was dissolved in 2012. FC Lokomotiv 2012 Mezdra and FC Lokomotiv 1929 Mezdra are recognized by the fans, but they are not official representers of the original club.

The Derbies[edit]

There are some matches that can be called derby matches. Of course the matches between the two most successful clubs in the history of Bulgarian football, CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia are called the Eternal Derby. The second largest city in Bulgaria Plovdiv has its own derby match, the Plovdiv Derby, between the two historic clubs of the city, Botev and Lokomotiv. Other derby matches with teams from one city are the derby of the third largest city, Varna, between Spartak and Cherno More and the derby of the fourth largest city Burgas between Chernomorets and Neftochimic. The oldest Sofia derby is between Levski (1914) and Slavia (1913).

The Eternal Derby[edit]

The Eternal Derby of Bulgarian football is contested by the two most successful football clubs in Bulgaria – CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia.[citation needed]

The Plovdiv Derby[edit]

The second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv also has a football derby match. It is called the Plovdiv Derby, performed by the two historic clubs of the city, Botev (created 1912) and Lokomotiv.[citation needed]

The first match between the two teams in A Group was in 1951 when Lokomotiv Plovdiv won 3–0. The biggest win for Lokomotiv was 7:3 (on 8 September 1974), and the biggest win for Botev is 5:0 twice, in seasons 1988/89 and 1995/96.[citation needed]

The two teams are the most supported ones in Plovdiv and the games between them are well known to the Bulgarian football community. This may be one of the fiercest rivalries in the world.[7] Botev is the country's oldest team, created in 1912, whereas Lokomotiv grew popular in the 1970s. Traditionally, Lokomotiv drew support from the lower working classes of society, whereas Botev drew support form the middle and upper classes, although that no longer applies.[8]

Media coverage[edit]

Georgi Hristov from Slavia playing Nikolay Bodurov from Litex in a 2011 A Group match

From 2000 to 2008 the Bulgarian National Television broadcast all matches from A Group on its first channel – Kanal 1.[citation needed]

In 2008, the broadcasting rights were purchased by the private channels TV2 and Ring TV for three plus two years for the price of $33 million. BNT had the first pick for each fixture and broadcast the most interesting match for the weekend. For seasons 2009/10 and 2010/11, PRO.BG (the former TV2) and RING.BG (the former Ring TV) bought the rights to broadcast the full pack of six matches from each fixture. At the end of season 2010/11, after bTV bought PRO.BG, the channel was re-branded to bTV Action and got on broadcasting only on cable networks. The new owners didn't want to fully pay to every club in the league, because of the unmet stadium requirements for journalists and cameramen places at some stadiums. The clubs weren't happy and they threatened to ban cameras at their matches. Matches in that period were broadcast also in Romania. In the 2008–09 season, the Romanian sports channel Sport.ro broadcast the Friday game, and in the next season, 2009/10, only the matches of CSKA Sofia.[citation needed]

Days before the start of the 2011/12 season, the private terrestrial channel TV7 bought the rights to broadcast two matches per fixture. As before, the national television BNT1 got the first pick and broadcast the most interesting match for the fixture. The rest of the matches were broadcast live online on the websites Topsport.bg,[9] Livesport.bg,[10] Bookmakers.bg,[11] and Sportline.bg.[12][citation needed]

For the start of the new 2012/2013 season, the clubs refused the rights requests from four TV stations because of low payments offered – Bulgarian National Television, Nova Television, TV7 and TV+. Finally after the first set of fixtures, the satellite broadcaster Bulsatcom with its channel TV+ bought the rights, along with BNT. Before the start of the spring half-season the rights were bought by TV7 and News7, who had rights for the first, third and fourth pick, and BNT 1 along with the international channel BNT World broadcasting the second pick of a match.[13]

For the 2013–14 season, 7 Media Group bought the full rights for another three seasons prior to 2016 and will broadcast six matches per fixture on their channels – TV7 and News7. In 2014 because of financial problems TV7 lost the rights for the championship and they were transferred to Nova Broadcasting Group. The 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons will be broadcast by Nova, Diema, Nova Sport and Diema Sport.[citation needed]

The next seasons will be broadcast on the channels Diema, Diema Sport and Diema Sport 2, part of the Diema Extra paid pack.[14]

Sponsorship[edit]

Until 2011 the official sponsor of A Group was TBI Credit and the league was officially known as TBI A Football Group.[15]

For 2011–12, A Group had a new sponsor, the Victoria FATA Insurance, and therefore the league name in that season was Victoria A Football Championship.[16]

In early 2013, for a short period of time the naming rights of A Group were bought from the news television network News7 and therefore the league's name was NEWS7 Football Championship.[17]

UEFA ranking[edit]

The national league rankings for the 2013/14 season of UEFA competitions is based upon results in UEFA competitions from the 2008/09 through 2012/13 seasons.

Current Bulgarian A Group ranking (2013)

Records[edit]

Teams[edit]

All-time top scorers[edit]

[19] (Needs to be checked)

All-time top scorers in A Group
Rank Player Goals
1 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov 253
2 Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov 195
3 Bulgaria Dinko Dermendzhiev 194
4 Bulgaria Hristo Bonev 185
5 Bulgaria Martin Kamburov 183
6 Bulgaria Plamen Getov 164
7 Bulgaria Nikola Kotkov 163
8 Bulgaria Stefan Bogomilov 162
9 Bulgaria Petar Mihtarski 158
10 Bulgaria Petko Petkov 152
In bold: currently playing in A Group
Goals updated as of November 29, 2016.

Topscorers[edit]

[citation needed]

Year Topscorer(s) Club(s) Goals
1937–38 Bulgaria Krum Milev PFC Slavia Sofia 12
1938–39 Bulgaria Georgi Pachedzhiev AS 23 Sofia 14
1939–40 Bulgaria Yanko Stoyanov
Bulgaria Dimitar Nikolaev
PFC Levski Sofia
FC 13 Sofia
14
1948–49 Bulgaria Dimitar Milanov
Bulgaria Nedko Nedev
PFC CSKA Sofia
PFC Cherno More Varna
11
1950 Bulgaria Lyubomir Hranov PFC Levski Sofia 13
1951 Bulgaria Dimitar Milanov (2) PFC CSKA Sofia 14
1952 Bulgaria Dimitar Isakov
Bulgaria Dobromir Tashkov
PFC Slavia Sofia
Spartak Sofia
10
1953 Bulgaria Dimitar Minchev PFC Spartak Pleven and VVS Sofia 15
1954 Bulgaria Dobromir Tashkov (2) PFC Slavia Sofia 25
1955 Bulgaria Todor Diev FC Spartak Plovdiv 13
1956 Bulgaria Pavel Vladimirov PFC Minyor Pernik 16
1957 Bulgaria Hristo Iliev
Bulgaria Dimitar Milanov (3)
PFC Levski Sofia
PFC CSKA Sofia
14
1958 Bulgaria Dobromir Tashkov (3)
Bulgaria Georgi Arnaudov
PFC Slavia Sofia
PFC Spartak Varna
9
1958–59 Bulgaria Aleksandar Vasilev PFC Slavia Sofia 13
1959–60 Bulgaria Dimitar Yordanov
Bulgaria Lyuben Kostov
PFC Levski Sofia
PFC Spartak Varna
12
1960–61 Bulgaria Ivan Sotirov PFC Botev Plovdiv 20
1961–62 Bulgaria Nikola Yordanov
Bulgaria Todor Diev (2)
FC Dunav Ruse
FC Spartak Plovdiv
23
1962–63 Bulgaria Todor Diev (3) FC Spartak Plovdiv 26
1963–64 Bulgaria Nikola Tsanev PFC CSKA Sofia 26
1964–65 Bulgaria Georgi Asparuhov PFC Levski Sofia 27
1965–66 Bulgaria Traycho Spasov PFC Marek Dupnitsa 21
1966–67 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov PFC Beroe Stara Zagora 21
1967–68 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (2) PFC Beroe Stara Zagora 31
1968–69 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (3) PFC CSKA Sofia 36
1969–70 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (4) PFC CSKA Sofia 31
1970–71 Bulgaria Dimitar Yakimov PFC CSKA Sofia 26
1971–72 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (5) PFC CSKA Sofia 27
1972–73 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (6) PFC CSKA Sofia 29
1973–74 Bulgaria Petko Petkov
Bulgaria Kiril Milanov
PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
PFC Levski Sofia
19
1974–75 Bulgaria Ivan Pritargov PFC Botev Plovdiv 20
1975–76 Bulgaria Petko Petkov (2)
Bulgaria Pavel Panov
PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
PFC Levski Sofia
18
1976–77 Bulgaria Pavel Panov (2) PFC Levski Sofia 20
1977–78 Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov PFC Beroe Stara Zagora 21
1978–79 Bulgaria Rusi Gochev PSFC Chernomorets Burgas and PFC Levski Sofia 19
1979–80 Bulgaria Spas Dzhevizov PFC CSKA Sofia 23
1980–81 Bulgaria Georgi Slavkov PFC Botev Plovdiv 31
1981–82 Bulgaria Mihail Valchev PFC Levski Sofia 24
1982–83 Bulgaria Antim Pehlivanov PFC Botev Plovdiv 20
1983–84 Bulgaria Eduard Eranosyan
Bulgaria Emil Spasov
PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
PFC Levski Sofia
19
1984–85 Bulgaria Plamen Getov PFC Spartak Pleven 26
1985–86 Bulgaria Atanas Pashev PFC Botev Plovdiv 30
1986–87 Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov PFC Levski Sofia 36
1987–88 Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov (2) PFC Levski Sofia 28
1988–89 Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov PFC CSKA Sofia 23
1989–90 Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov (2) PFC CSKA Sofia 38
1990–91 Bulgaria Ivaylo Yordanov FC Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 21
1991–92 Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov (3) PFC Levski Sofia 26
1992–93 Bulgaria Plamen Getov (2) PFC Levski Sofia 26
1993–94 Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov (4) PFC Levski Sofia 30
1994–95 Bulgaria Petar Mihtarski PFC CSKA Sofia 24
1995–96 Bulgaria Ivo Georgiev PFC Spartak Varna 21
1996–97 Bulgaria Todor Pramatarov PFC Slavia Sofia 26
1997–98 Bulgaria Anton Spasov
Bulgaria Bontcho Guentchev
Neftochimic Burgas
PFC CSKA Sofia
17
1998–99 Bulgaria Dimcho Belyakov PFC Litex Lovech 21
1999–2000 Bulgaria Mihail Mihaylov Velbazhd Kyustendil 20
2000–01 Bulgaria Georgi Ivanov PFC Levski Sofia 22
2001–02 Bulgaria Vladimir Manchev PFC CSKA Sofia 21
2002–03 Bulgaria Georgi Chilikov PFC Levski Sofia 23
2003–04 Bulgaria Martin Kamburov PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 25
2004–05 Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (2) PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 27
2005–06 Slovenia Milivoje Novakovič
Portugal Jose Emilio Furtado
PFC Litex Lovech
Vihren and PFC CSKA Sofia
16
2006–07 Bulgaria Tsvetan Genkov PFC Lokomotiv Sofia 27
2007–08 Bulgaria Georgi Hristov PFC Botev Plovdiv 19
2008–09 Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (3) PFC Lokomotiv Sofia 17
2009–10 France Wilfried Niflore PFC Litex Lovech 19
2010–11 Mali Garra Dembele PFC Levski Sofia 26
2011–12 Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov
Brazil Júnior Moraes
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
PFC CSKA Sofia
16
2012–13 Guinea-Bissau Basile de Carvalho PFC Levski Sofia 19
2013–14 Colombia Wilmar Jordán
Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (4)
PFC Litex Lovech
PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
20
2014–15 Spain Antonio Salas Quinta PFC Levski Sofia 14
2015–16 Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (5) PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 18

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