First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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First Professional Football League
Organising bodyBulgarian Football Union (BFS)
Founded1924; 95 years ago (1924) (as BSFC)
1948 (as A Grupa)
2016 (as Parva liga)
CountryBulgaria
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toSecond League
Domestic cup(s)Bulgarian Cup
Bulgarian Supercup
International cup(s)Champions League
Europa League
Current championsLudogorets Razgrad (8th title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsCSKA Sofia (31 titles)
TV partnersNova Broadcasting Group
Websitewww.fpleague.bg
2019–20 season

The First Professional Football League (Bulgarian: Първа професионална футболна лига), also known as the Bulgarian First League or Parva liga, currently known as the efbet League for sponsorship reasons,[1] is a professional association football league, located at the top of the Bulgarian football league system. Contested by 14 teams, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Vtora liga.

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 Ludogorets Razgrad with 8 titles respectively. The current champions Ludogorets Razgrad won their eight consecutive title in their eight First League season in 2018–19.

History[edit]

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.[2] (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), [[FC Bdin|Benkovd 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 were 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.[citation needed]

First Professional Football League[edit]

On June 7, 2016 the league's name was changed to First Professional Football League, following approval of new licensing criteria for the clubs.[3]

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 a 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 bottom eight also compete 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.[4]

Tiebreakers[edit]

In case of a tie on points between two or more clubs, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[5]

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

Current clubs[edit]

The following clubs are competing in the Prva profesionalna Liga during the 2019–20 season.

Sofia 2019–20 First League football clubs
Team[6] Location Stadium Capacity (seating)
Arda Kardzhali Arena Arda 15,000
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe 12,128
Botev Plovdiv Botev 1912 Football Complex 3,500
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev 25,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha 8,250
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya 18,495
Dunav Ruse Gradski 12,400
Etar Veliko Tarnovo Ivaylo 15,000
Levski Sofia Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov 25,000
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 13,000
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena 10,422
Slaviа Sofia Slavia 25,556
Tsarsko Selo Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 43,230
Vitosha Bistritsa Bistritsa Stadium 2,000

List of champions[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

  • Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
  • Italics indicates clubs which no longer exist.
Club Titles Runners-up Winning Years(s)
CSKA Sofia
31
25
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
Ludogorets Razgrad
8
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Slavia Sofia
7
10
1928, 1930, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1996
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]

Last updated following the 2018–19 season[7]

# Club City S Pl. W D L GF GA GD Pts Best
classification
Notes
1 Levski Sofia 71 2052 1211 471 370 3975 1829 +2146 3392 1st (21 titles) Never relegated.
2 CSKA Sofia 70 2020 1232 458 330 4143 1742 +2401 3385 1st (31 titles)
3 Slavia Sofia 70 2028 877 483 668 3027 2379 +648 2568 1st (1 title) Never relegated. Expelled with political decision for 1 season.
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 64 1835 770 460 605 2644 2215 +429 2279 1st (2 titles)
5 Botev Plovdiv 64 1863 719 434 710 2693 2572 +121 2102 1st (1 title)
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 58 1732 671 397 664 2339 2372 -33 2019 1st (1 title)
7 Cherno More Varna 55 1613 573 409 631 1920 2050 -130 1786 3rd
8 Beroe Stara Zagora 52 1559 536 366 657 1896 2229 -333 1636 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 Botev Vratsa 29 882 301 192 389 1104 1311 -207 820 3rd
14 Chernomorets [a] Burgas 29 866 277 188 401 1057 1410 -353 775 5th Dissolved in 2006.
15 Pirin Blagoevgrad 26 788 244 196 348 844 1072 -228 751 5th
16 Dunav Ruse 28 807 254 198 355 862 1215 -353 737 4th
17 Marek Dupnitsa 29 838 251 177 410 920 1374 -454 737 3rd
18 Etar [b] Veliko Tarnovo 24 726 264 161 301 951 1043 -92 731 1st (1 title) Dissolved in 2003.
19 Sliven 2000 Sliven 25 750 246 164 340 906 1109 -203 675 6th
20 Ludogorets Razgrad 8 270 167 64 39 540 187 +353 609 1st (8 titles) Finished 1st each of their seasons in First League.
21 Neftochimic Burgas 14 430 171 83 176 600 567 +33 575 2nd
22 Akademik Sofia 18 505 163 136 206 589 676 -87 467 3rd
23 Spartak Plovdiv 17 441 158 121 162 562 581 -19 455 1st (1 title)
24 Dobrudzha Dobrich 14 414 126 82 206 448 682 -234 411 7th
25 Spartak Sofia 15 377 135 124 118 456 416 +40 394 2nd Dissolved in 2007.
26 Belasitsa Petrich 12 368 116 68 184 377 590 -213 360 6th
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 10 304 102 59 143 310 462 -152 291 8th
30 Montana Montana 9 278 64 61 153 265 436 -171 253 9th
31 Shumen [c] Shumen 7 212 61 38 113 219 368 -149 201 4th
32 Pirin Blagoevgrad [d] 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 Haskovo Haskovo 7 212 52 31 129 210 400 -190 139 8th
35 Septemvri Sofia 5 148 40 31 77 176 273 -97 139 5th
36 Vihren Sandanski 4 118 38 14 66 117 173 -56 128 9th
37 Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo 5 150 28 36 86 126 271 -145 120 12th
38 Rodopa Smolyan 4 118 31 17 70 106 194 -88 110 10th
39 SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo 2 72 28 16 28 82 86 -4 100 7th
40 Akademik Svishtov 4 120 36 26 58 136 195 -59 97 11th
41 Vereya Stara Zagora 3 106 24 19 63 73 195 -122 91 6th
42 Maritsa Plovdiv 4 120 28 25 67 129 225 -126 89 14th
43 Tundzha Yambol 3 97 28 22 47 98 152 -57 78 13th
44 Zavod 12 Sofia 3 74 23 27 24 72 80 -8 73 4th Merged with Slavia and dissolved in 1957.
45 Metalurg Pernik 2 58 22 6 30 60 77 -17 72 10th
46 Hebar Pazardzhik 3 86 20 21 45 85 141 -56 68 9th
47 Lokomotiv [e] Mezdra 2 60 17 13 30 69 89 -20 64 8th Dissolved in 2012.
48 Vitosha Bistritsa Bistritsa 2 72 14 15 43 52 116 -64 57 13th
49 Pirin Gotse Delchev 2 68 16 8 44 62 148 -86 56 11th
50 VVS Sofia 2 54 13 21 20 60 63 -3 47 8th Merged into CDNA in 1956.
51 Stroitel Sofia 2 50 13 18 19 47 53 -6 44 8th Disbanded in 1954.
52 Kaliakra Kavarna 2 60 10 11 39 45 117 -72 41 12th
53 Cherveno Zname Sofia 2 40 13 13 14 46 50 -4 39 6th Merged with CSKA in 1962.
54 Rilski Sportist Samokov 2 56 11 6 39 51 116 -65 39 14th
55 Olimpik Teteven 1 30 11 2 17 26 50 -24 35 14th
56 Rakovski Ruse 2 60 9 6 45 41 151 -110 33 13th
57 Torpedo Pleven 3 66 9 14 43 48 137 -89 32 8th Merged with Spartak in 1957.
58 Akademik Varna 1 28 9 7 12 26 43 -17 25 10th Merged with Cherno More in 1969.
59 Dimitrovgrad Dimitrovgrad 1 30 8 6 16 32 66 -34 21 16th
60 Lyubimets Lyubimets 1 38 6 3 29 35 104 -69 21 14th
61 Himik Dimitrovgrad 1 30 7 6 17 36 60 -24 20 16th Merged to form Dimitrovgrad in 1967.
62 Nesebar Nesebar 1 30 5 5 20 26 63 -37 20 15th
63 Rozova Dolina Kazanlak 1 30 7 5 18 30 53 -23 19 15th
64 Sportist Svoge 1 30 5 4 21 23 59 -36 19 15th
65 Slavia Plovdiv 1 18 4 8 6 16 21 -5 16 7th
66 Pavlikeni Pavlikeni 1 26 5 4 17 12 45 -33 14 14th
67 Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo 1 30 4 4 22 20 75 -55 13 16th Dissolved in 2013.
68 Bdin Vidin 1 18 2 4 12 13 35 -22 8 9th
69 Svetkavitsa Targovishte 1 30 1 5 24 8 71 -63 8 16th
70 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 and Olimpik Teteven have only youth academies.

  1. ^ Team was dissolved in 2006. PSFC Chernomorets Burgas and later FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas have been 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 have been recognized by the fans, but they are not official representers of the original club.
  3. ^ Team was dissolved in 2014 and refounded again in 2018. FC Shumen 1929 was recognized by the fans during its existence from 2013 to 2016, but was not an official representative of the original club.
  4. ^ Team was dissolved in 2008. OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad is recognized by the fans, but it is not an official representer of the original club.
  5. ^ 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.

Bulgarian derbies[edit]

The Eternal Derby[edit]

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

Plovdiv derby[edit]

The Plovdiv derby is contested between Botev and Lokomotiv.[8]

Media coverage[edit]

Georgi Hristov from Slavia (white) playing for the ball against Nikolay Bodurov from Litex (orange) 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 at a 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 (formerly as 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. The league matches in this period were also broadcast in Romania. During the 2008–09 season, the Romanian sports channel Sport.ro broadcast the Friday game, and in the following 2009-10 season, only the league matches of CSKA Sofia.[citation needed]

For the start of the new 2012-13 season, the football clubs rejected requests from four TV stations due to the low payments being 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.[9]

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 however due to financial problems, TV7 opted-out of its league contract for the championship and the rights 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 also be broadcast on the Nova Broadcasting Group channels Diema, Diema Sport and Diema Sport 2, part of the Diema Extra paid pack, as their contract with the league was additionally extended.[10]

Sponsorship[edit]

Until 2011 the official sponsor of the championship was TBI Credit and the league was officially known as TBI A Football Group.[11]

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

In early 2013, for a short period of time the naming rights of A Group were bought from the news television network News7, eventually renaming the competition's name to NEWS7 Football Championship.[13]

On 11 July 2019, the Bulgarian Football Union announced that the football divisions's name had been changed to efbet League, following a two-year sponsorship deal with a betting company of the same name.[1]

Statistics[edit]

UEFA coefficients[edit]

The following data indicates Bulgarian coefficient rankings between European football leagues.[14]

Records[edit]

All-time league appearances[edit]

Georgi Iliev holds the records for most appearances in First League
Top 10 appearances in Bulgarian First League
Rank Player Period Goals
1 Bulgaria Georgi Iliev 2000–present 455
2 Bulgaria Marin Bakalov 1980–1999 454
3 Bulgaria Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978 447
4 Bulgaria Vidin Apostolov 1959–1976 444
5 Bulgaria Todor Marev 1972–1990 422
6 Bulgaria Hristo Bonev 1964–1984 410
7 Bulgaria Zapryan Rakov 1983–1999 403
8 Bulgaria Malin Orachev 1990–2008 398
9 Bulgaria Todor Yanchev 1997–2014 395
10 Bulgaria Dimitar Mladenov 1979–1997 389
Bulgaria Yordan Todorov 1997–2016
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 30 October 2019

All-time top scorers[edit]

[citation needed]

Petar Zhekov is the all-time top goalscorer in First League with 253 goals
Top 10 goalscorers in Bulgarian First League
Rank Player Period Goals
1 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov 1962–1975 253
2 Bulgaria Martin Kamburov 1998–present 222
3 Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov 1980–1998 196
4 Bulgaria Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978 194
5 Bulgaria Hristo Bonev 1964–1984 185
6 Bulgaria Plamen Getov 1977–1998 164
7 Bulgaria Nikola Kotkov 1956–1971 163
8 Bulgaria Stefan Bogomilov 1962–1976 162
9 Bulgaria Petar Mihtarski 1982–2001 158
10 Bulgaria Petko Petkov 1968–1980 152
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 17 August 2019

Other records[edit]

As of August 5, 2019

Top scorers by season[edit]

[19]

Bold indicates all-time highest.

Season Player (Club) Nat. Goals
1937–38 Krum Milev (Slavia Sofia)  BUL 12
1938–39 Georgi Pachedzhiev (AS 23 Sofia)  BUL 14
1939–40 Yanko Stoyanov (Levski Sofia)
Dimitar Nikolaev (FC 13 Sofia)
 BUL
 BUL
14
1948–49 Dimitar Milanov (CSKA Sofia)
Nedko Nedev (Cherno More Varna)
 BUL
 BUL
11
1950 Lyubomir Hranov (Levski Sofia)  BUL 13
1951 Dimitar Milanov (2) (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 14
1952 Dimitar Isakov (Slavia Sofia)
Dobromir Tashkov (Spartak Sofia)
 BUL
 BUL
10
1953 Dimitar Minchev (Spartak Pleven and VVS Sofia)  BUL 15
1954 Dobromir Tashkov (2) (Slavia Sofia)  BUL 25
1955 Todor Diev (Spartak Plovdiv)  BUL 13
1956 Pavel Vladimirov (Minyor Pernik)  BUL 16
1957 Hristo Iliev (Levski Sofia)
Dimitar Milanov (3) (CSKA Sofia)
 BUL
 BUL
14
1958 Dobromir Tashkov (3) (Slavia Sofia)
Georgi Arnaudov (Spartak Varna)
 BUL
 BUL
9
1958–59 Aleksandar Vasilev (Slavia Sofia)  BUL 13
1959–60 Dimitar Yordanov (Levski Sofia)
Lyuben Kostov (Spartak Varna)
 BUL
 BUL
12
1960–61 Ivan Sotirov (Botev Plovdiv)  BUL 20
1961–62 Nikola Yordanov (Dunav Ruse)
Todor Diev (2) (Spartak Plovdiv)
 BUL
 BUL
23
1962–63 Todor Diev (3) (Spartak Plovdiv)  BUL 26
1963–64 Nikola Tsanev (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 26
1964–65 Georgi Asparuhov (Levski Sofia)  BUL 27
1965–66 Traycho Spasov (Marek Dupnitsa)  BUL 21
1966–67 Petar Zhekov (Beroe Stara Zagora)  BUL 21
1967–68 Petar Zhekov (2) (Beroe Stara Zagora)  BUL 31
1968–69 Petar Zhekov (3) (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 36
1969–70 Petar Zhekov (4) (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 31
1970–71 Dimitar Yakimov (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 26
1971–72 Petar Zhekov (5) (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 27
1972–73 Petar Zhekov (6) (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 29
1973–74 Petko Petkov (Beroe Stara Zagora)  BUL 20
1974–75 Ivan Pritargov (Botev Plovdiv)  BUL 20
1975–76 Petko Petkov (2) (Beroe Stara Zagora)  BUL 19
1976–77 Pavel Panov (Levski Sofia)  BUL 20
1977–78 Stoycho Mladenov (Beroe Stara Zagora)  BUL 21
1978–79 Rusi Gochev (Chernomorets Burgas and Levski Sofia)  BUL 19
1979–80 Spas Dzhevizov (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 23
1980–81 Georgi Slavkov (Botev Plovdiv)  BUL 31
1981–82 Mihail Valchev (Levski Sofia)  BUL 24
1982–83 Antim Pehlivanov (Botev Plovdiv)  BUL 20
1983–84 Eduard Eranosyan (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)  BUL 19
1984–85 Plamen Getov (Spartak Pleven)  BUL 26
1985–86 Atanas Pashev (Botev Plovdiv)  BUL 30
1986–87 Nasko Sirakov (Levski Sofia)  BUL 36
1987–88 Nasko Sirakov (2) (Levski Sofia)  BUL 28
1988–89 Hristo Stoichkov (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 23
1989–90 Hristo Stoichkov (2) (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 38
1990–91 Ivaylo Yordanov (Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa)  BUL 21
1991–92 Nasko Sirakov (3) (Levski Sofia)  BUL 26
1992–93 Plamen Getov (2) (Levski Sofia)  BUL 26
1993–94 Nasko Sirakov (4) (Levski Sofia)  BUL 30
1994–95 Petar Mihtarski (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 24
1995–96 Ivo Georgiev (Spartak Varna)  BUL 21
1996–97 Todor Pramatarov (Slavia Sofia)  BUL 26
1997–98 Anton Spasov (Naftex Burgas)
Bontcho Guentchev (CSKA Sofia)
 BUL
 BUL
17
1998–99 Dimcho Belyakov (Litex Lovech)  BUL 21
1999–00 Mihail Mihaylov (Velbazhd Kyustendil)  BUL 20
2000–01 Georgi Ivanov (Levski Sofia)  BUL 22
2001–02 Vladimir Manchev (CSKA Sofia)  BUL 21
2002–03 Georgi Chilikov (Levski Sofia)  BUL 23
2003–04 Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)  BUL 25
2004–05 Martin Kamburov (2) (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)  BUL 27
2005–06 Milivoje Novaković (Litex Lovech)
José Emílio Furtado (Vihren and CSKA Sofia)
 SVN
 PRT
16
2006–07 Tsvetan Genkov (Lokomotiv Sofia)  BUL 27
2007–08 Georgi Hristov (Botev Plovdiv)  BUL 19
2008–09 Martin Kamburov (3) (Lokomotiv Sofia)  BUL 17
2009–10 Wilfried Niflore (Litex Lovech)  FRA 19
2010–11 Garra Dembélé (Levski Sofia)  MLI 26
2011–12 Ivan Stoyanov (Ludogorets Razgrad)
Júnior Moraes (CSKA Sofia)
 BUL
 BRA
16
2012–13 Basile de Carvalho (Levski Sofia)  GNB 19
2013–14 Wilmar Jordán (Litex Lovech)
Martin Kamburov (4) (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
 COL
 BUL
20
2014–15 Añete (Levski Sofia)  ESP 14
2015–16 Martin Kamburov (5) (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)  BUL 18
2016–17 Claudiu Keșerü (Ludogorets Razgrad)  ROM 22
2017–18 Claudiu Keșerü (2) (Ludogorets Razgrad)  ROM 26
2018–19 Stanislav Kostov (1) (Levski Sofia)  BUL 23

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