Bulgarian Cup

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Bulgarian Cup
Bulgarian Cup Sponsor Logo.jpg
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Founded 1938; 78 years ago (1938)
Region Bulgaria
Number of teams Various
Current champions Cherno More Varna
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) Levski Sofia
(25 titles)
Television broadcasters Nova, Diema
Nova Sport, Diema Sport
2015–16 Season

The Bulgarian Cup (Bulgarian: Купа на България) is a Bulgarian annual football competition. It is the country's main cup competition and all officially registered Bulgarian football teams take part in it. It is sponsored by the Bulgarian Corporate Commercial Bank.

The tournament's format is single-elimination, with all matches being one-legged, except the semi-final. The competition's winner achieves the right to take part in the UEFA Europa League. If the winner has already secured a place through the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group, the team that has come fourth in the championship substitutes it.

The competition has been dominated by Sofia-based teams. The Sofia teams have won together a total number of 61 titles. The two most successful teams are Levski Sofia (25 cups) and CSKA Sofia (19 cups). The most recent winners of the Bulgarian Cup is Cherno More Varna, who beat Levski Sofia 2–1 after extra time in 2015 Bulgarian Cup Final.

History[edit]

The Bulgarian Cup as a domestic cup knock-out tournament, has its roots in several tournaments held in Bulgaria through the early 20th century, simultaneously or successively starting in the 1910s with regional Sofia competitions.

Sketch of the Tsar's Cup

The first Bulgarian national tournament was the Tsar's Cup ("King's Cup"). The competition is officially recognised as the foundation of the modern domestic cup by the Bulgarian Football Union. From 1924 until 1937 the tournament was the de facto state championship to determine the Bulgarian national football champions and winners of the tournament for those years are recognised as such by the BFU). The trophy was decided over a series of direct knock-out matches in which the champions of the country's oblasts played in one-legged single-elimination rounds.

In 1937 the first national national league was created to determine the football champion of Bulgaria. The tournament for the Tsar's Cup, however, remained a prestigious competition in the country. The winners of the trophy between 1938 and 1942 are officially recognised as domestic cup holders by the BFU.

The competition was not held between 1942 and 1945 due to World War II and only returned in 1946. Bulgaria was now under Communist rule, and reformed their football league structure and competitions along the lines of other Soviet states. The new Central Football Committee created the Soviet Army Cup (Bulgarian: Купа на Съветската армия) in time for the 1945-46 season. For the remainder of the communist period in Bulgaria (between 1945 and 1990), an annual two-legged knock-out tournament was held. The tournament had a national scope but initially included only top tier clubs. It served as the primary means of qualification to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup between 1960 and 1982.

In 1981, in honour of the 1300th anniversary of the country, another national knock-out football tournament took place awarding the winner the Cup of Bulgaria. The tournament for the Cup of the Soviet Army gradually lost its importance due to the success of the Bulgarian Cup and in 1983 it ceded primacy to the new competition.

The Bulgarian Football Union recognises the historic winners of the Soviet Army Cup as official domestic cup holders for the seasons between 1945–46 and 1981–82, while holders of the Bulgarian Cup are the official domestic cup holders from 1982-83 onwards. Levski Sofia, as the club to have won the Soviet Army Cup most times, were awarded the original trophy to keep in their collection.

Competition format[edit]

The Bulgarian Cup tournament is divided in two phases - the Qualification phase and the Final phase.

Qualification phase[edit]

In this phase are participating teams from the four groups of the amateur division V AFG (3rd level of the Bulgarian football league system) and teams from Bulgarian A Regional Football Group (A RFG) (4th level of the Bulgarian football league system).

Final phase[edit]

In this phase are participating the teams that have won their matches in the Qualification phase, with the 20 teams from the two groups of B PFG (10 teams from West B PFG and 10 teams from East B PFG) and 16 teams from A PFG. The team from a lower league division is the home team. In matches between teams from same division the home team is determined by lot.

  • Round 1 (Round of 32) - 32 teams participate (the teams that have won their matches in the Qualification phase, with the 20 teams from the two groups of B PFG (10 teams from West B PFG and 10 teams from East B PFG).
  • Round 2 (Round of 32) - 32 teams participate (16 teams from Round 1 and 16 teams from A PFG).
  • Round 3 (Round of 16) - 16 teams participate (16 teams from Round 2).
  • Quarter-finals - 8 teams participate (8 teams from Round 3).
  • Semi-finals.
  • Final.

Sponsorship[edit]

From 1997 to 2011 the Bulgarian Cup is sponsored by the American car manufacturer Ford and its official distributor in Bulgaria Moto-Pfohe.

From season 2011–12 the Bulgarian Cup is sponsored by the Bulgarian Corporate Commercial Bank.

Non-official winners[edit]

Bulgarian Cup (1981–1982)[edit]

Season Winner Result Runner-up Date Venue Attendance
1981 CSKA Sofia 1–0 Slavia Sofia 6 June 1981 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 25,000
1982 Levski Sofia 4–0 CSKA Sofia 16 June 1982 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 30,000

Official winners[edit]

The performance of various clubs is shown in the following tables:[1]

Tsar's Cup (1938–1942)[edit]

Tsar's Cup (English: Cup of the King) is the first name of the present tournament Bulgarian Cup.

Season Winner Result Runner-up Date Venue Attendance
1938 FC 13 Sofia 3–0 (w/o) Levski Ruse 3 October 1938 Yunak Stadium, Sofia 10,000
1939 Shipka Sofia 2–0 Levski Ruse 3 October 1939 Levski Playground, Sofia 4,000
1940 FC 13 Sofia 2–1 Sportklub Plovdiv 13 October 1940 Levski Playground, Sofia 5,000
1941 AS 23 Sofia 4–2 Napredak Ruse 3 October 1941 City Stadium, Dobrich 10,000
1942 Levski Sofia 3–0 (w/o) Sportklub Plovdiv 3 October 1942 Yunak Stadium, Sofia 8,000

Cup of the Soviet Army (1945–1982)[edit]

Season Winner Result Runner-up Date Venue Attendance
1945–46 Levski Sofia 4–1 Chernolomets Popovo (II) 6 May 1946 Yunak Stadium, Sofia 15,000
1946–47 Levski Sofia 1–0 Botev Plovdiv 1 June 1947 Yunak Stadium, Sofia 17,000
1947–48 Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0 Slavia-Chengelov Plovdiv 9 May 1948 Yunak Stadium, Sofia 12,000
1948–49 Levski Sofia 1–1 (aet)
2–2 (aet)
2–1 (aet)
CSKA Sofia 8 May 1949
16 May 1949
17 May 1949
Yunak Stadium, Sofia
Yunak Stadium, Sofia
Yunak Stadium, Sofia
35,000
35,000
35,000
1950 Levski Sofia 1–1 (aet)
1–1 (aet)
1–0 (aet)
CSKA Sofia 26 November 1950
27 November 1950
3 December 1950
People's Army Stadium, Sofia
People's Army Stadium, Sofia
People's Army Stadium, Sofia
30,000
30,000
30,000
1951 CSKA Sofia 1–0 (aet) Akademik Sofia 7 November 1951 People's Army Stadium, Sofia 25,000
1952 Slavia Sofia 3–1 Spartak Sofia 9 November 1952 People's Army Stadium, Sofia 22,000
1953 Lokomotiv Sofia 2–1 Levski Sofia 25 November 1953 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 30,000
1954 CSKA Sofia 2–1 Slavia Sofia 7 November 1954 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 30,000
1955 CSKA Sofia 5–2 (aet) Spartak Plovdiv 11 December 1955 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 32,000
1956 Levski Sofia 5–2 Botev Plovdiv 18 November 1956 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1957 Levski Sofia 2–1 Spartak Pleven 7 November 1957 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 28,000
1958 Spartak Plovdiv 1–0 Minyor Pernik 7 November 1958 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 20,000
1958–59 Levski Sofia 1–0 Spartak Plovdiv 2 May 1959 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1959–60 Septemvri Sofia 4–3 (aet) Lokomotiv Plovdiv (II) 15 June 1960 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 25,000
1960–61 CSKA Sofia 3–0 Spartak Varna 28 June 1961 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 25,000
1961–62 Botev Plovdiv 3–0 Dunav Ruse 12 August 1962 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 20,000
1962–63 Slavia Sofia 2–0 Botev Plovdiv 10 September 1963 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1963–64 Slavia Sofia 3–2 Botev Plovdiv 9 September 1964 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 31,000
1964–65 CSKA Sofia 3–2 Levski Sofia 8 September 1965 Ovcha Kupel Stadium, Sofia 30,000
1965–66 Slavia Sofia 1–0 CSKA Sofia 10 September 1966 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 25,000
1966–67 Levski Sofia 3–0 Spartak Sofia 16 July 1967 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 38,000
1967–68 Spartak Sofia 3–2 (aet) Beroe Stara Zagora 6 June 1968 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 18,000
1968–69 CSKA Sofia 2–1 Levski Sofia 30 April 1969 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1969–70 Levski Sofia 2–1 CSKA Sofia 25 August 1970 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 46,000
1970–71 Levski Sofia 3–0 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 25 August 1971 Bulgarian Army Stadium, Sofia 30,000
1971–72 CSKA Sofia 3–0 Slavia Sofia 25 August 1972 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 25,000
1972–73 CSKA Sofia 2–1 Beroe Stara Zagora 3 June 1973 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 18,000
1973–74 CSKA Sofia 2–1 (aet) Levski Sofia 10 August 1974 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1974–75 Slavia Sofia 3–2 Lokomotiv Sofia 21 June 1975 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 15,000
1975–76 Levski Sofia 4–3 (aet) CSKA Sofia 2 June 1976 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 65,000
1976–77 Levski Sofia 2–1 Lokomotiv Sofia 12 June 1977 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 45,000
1977–78 Marek Dupnitsa 1–0 CSKA Sofia 24 May 1978 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1978–79 Levski Sofia 4–1 Beroe Stara Zagora 23 May 1979 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1979–80 Slavia Sofia 3–1 Beroe Stara Zagora 13 May 1980 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 30,000
1980–81 Botev Plovdiv 1–0 Pirin Blagoevgrad 5 May 1981 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 20,000
1981–82 Lokomotiv Sofia 2–1 (aet) Lokomotiv Plovdiv (II) 12 June 1982 Pleven Stadium, Pleven 8,000

Notes:

Bulgarian Cup (1982–present)[edit]

Season Winner Result Runner-up Date Venue Attendance
1982–83 CSKA Sofia 4–0 Spartak Varna 3 April 1983 9th September Stadium, Plovdiv 15,000
1983–84 Levski Sofia 1–0 Botev Plovdiv 2 May 1984 Druzhba Stadium, Kardzhali 30,000
1984–85 CSKA Sofia 2–1 Levski Sofia 19 June 1985 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 30,000
1985–86 Vitosha Sofia 2–1 Sredets Sofia 27 April 1986 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 28,000
1986–87 Sredets Sofia 2–1 Vitosha Sofia 13 May 1987 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 40,000
1987–88 Sredets Sofia 4–1 Vitosha Sofia 11 May 1988 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 50,000
1988–89 Sredets Sofia 3–0 Chernomorets Burgas (II) 24 May 1989 Pleven Stadium, Pleven 15,000
1989–90 Sliven 2–0 CSKA Sofia 30 May 1990 Hristo Botev Stadium, Gabrovo 15,000
1990–91 Levski Sofia 2–1 Botev Plovdiv 29 May 1991 Ivaylo Stadium, Veliko Tarnovo 10,000
1991–92 Levski Sofia 5–0 Pirin Blagoevgrad 27 May 1992 Georgi Benkovski Stadium, Pazardzhik 10,000
1992–93 CSKA Sofia 1–0 Botev Plovdiv 2 June 1993 Hristo Botev Stadium, Blagoevgrad 18,000
1993–94 Levski Sofia 1–0 Pirin Blagoevgrad 4 May 1994 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 18,000
1994–95 Lokomotiv Sofia 4–2 Botev Plovdiv 27 May 1995 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 20,000
1995–96 Slavia Sofia 4–0 (w/o) Levski Sofia 1 May 1996 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 22,000
1996–97 CSKA Sofia 3–1 Levski Sofia 27 May 1997 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 18,500
1997–98 Levski Sofia 5–0 CSKA Sofia 13 May 1998 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 50,000
1998–99 CSKA Sofia 1–0 Litex Lovech 25 May 1999 Balgarska Armia Stadium, Sofia 20,000
1999–00 Levski Sofia 2–0 Neftohimik Burgas 31 May 2000 Hristo Botev Stadium, Plovdiv 18,000
2000–01 Litex Lovech 1–0 (aet) Velbazhd Kyustendil 24 May 2001 Lokomotiv Stadium, Sofia 8,000
2001–02 Levski Sofia 3–1 CSKA Sofia 15 May 2002 Ovcha Kupel Stadium, Sofia 17,500
2002–03 Levski Sofia 2–1 Litex Lovech 21 May 2003 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 10,453
2003–04 Litex Lovech 2–2 (4–3 pen.) CSKA Sofia 12 May 2004 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 11,461
2004–05 Levski Sofia 2–1 CSKA Sofia 25 May 2005 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 10,848
2005–06 CSKA Sofia 3–1 Cherno More Varna 24 May 2006 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 7,216
2006–07 Levski Sofia 1–0 (aet) Litex Lovech 24 May 2007 Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora 11,000
2007–08 Litex Lovech 1–0 Cherno More Varna 14 May 2008 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 2,040
2008–09 Litex Lovech 3–0 OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad 26 May 2009 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia 9,500
2009–10 Beroe Stara Zagora 1–0 Chernomorets Pomorie (II) 5 May 2010 Lovech Stadium, Lovech 5,250
2010–11 CSKA Sofia 1–0 Slavia Sofia 25 May 2011 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia 17,500
2011–12 Ludogorets Razgrad 2–1 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 19 May 2012 Naftex Stadium, Burgas 13,103
2012–13 Beroe Stara Zagora 3–3 (3–1 pen.) Levski Sofia 15 May 2013 Lovech Stadium, Lovech 7,500
2013–14 Ludogorets Razgrad 1–0 Botev Plovdiv 15 May 2014 Naftex Stadium, Burgas 13,250
2014–15 Cherno More Varna 2–1 (aet) Levski Sofia 30 May 2015 Naftex Stadium, Burgas 13,910
2015–16 26 May 2016 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia

Notes:

Performances[edit]

The totals below include the Tsar's Cup (1938–1942), Cup of the Soviet Army (1945–1982) and Bulgarian Cup (1982–present).

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Levski Sofia
25
11
1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007
CSKA Sofia
19
12
1951, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2011
Slavia Sofia
7
3
1952, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1975, 1980, 1996
Litex Lovech
4
3
2001, 2004, 2008, 2009
Lokomotiv Sofia
4
2
1948, 1953, 1982, 1995
Botev Plovdiv
2
9
1962, 1981
Beroe Stara Zagora
2
4
2010, 2013
Ludogorets Razgrad
2
2012, 2014
FC 13 Sofia
2
1938, 1940
Cherno More Varna
1
2
2015
Spartak Sofia
1
2
1968
Spartak Plovdiv
1
2
1958
Sliven
1
1990
Marek Dupnitsa
1
1978
Septemvri Sofia
1
1960
AS 23 Sofia
1
1941
Shipka Sofia
1
1939
OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad
4
Lokomotiv Plovdiv dagger
4
Sportklub Plovdiv dagger
3
Spartak Varna
2
Levski Ruse
2
Chernomorets Pomorie
1
Velbazhd Kyustendil
1
Neftochimic Burgas
1
Chernomorets Burgas
1
Dunav Ruse
1
Minyor Pernik
1
Spartak Pleven
1
Akademik Sofia
1
Chernolomets Popovo
1
Napredak Ruse
1

Notes:

Performance by city[edit]

City Cups Winning Clubs
BG Sofia coa.svg Sofia
61
Levski Sofia (25), CSKA Sofia (19), Slavia (7), Lokomotiv Sofia (4), FC 13 Sofia (2), Spartak Sofia (1), Shipka Sofia (1), AS 23 Sofia (1), Septemvri Sofia (1)
Lovech-coat-of-arms.svg Lovech
4
Litex Lovech (4)
Plovdiv-coat-of-arms.svg Plovdiv
3
Botev Plovdiv (2), Spartak Plovdiv (1)
Emblem of Razgrad.png Razgrad
2
Ludogorets Razgrad (2)
Stara-Zagora-coat-of-arms.svg Stara Zagora
2
Beroe Stara Zagora (2)
Герб на Варна, България.svg Varna
1
Cherno More (1)
Dupnitsa-coat-of-arms.svg Dupnitsa
1
Marek Dupnitsa (1)
BUL Сливен COA.png Sliven
1
Sliven (1)

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