2000–01 A Group

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The 2000–01 A Group was the 53rd season of the A Football Group, the top Bulgarian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1948.

A Group
Season2000–01
ChampionsLevski Sofia
(22nd title)
RelegatedBotev Plovdiv, Minyor
Champions LeagueLevski
UEFA CupCSKA
Matches played182
Goals scored552 (3.03 per match)
Top goalscorerGeorgi Ivanov
(21 goals)

The league was contested by the top 12 teams from the 1999–2000 season as well as Cherno More Varna and Hebar Pazardzhik, who joined as the promoted clubs from the 1999–2000 B Group.

Defending champions Levski Sofia won their 22nd Bulgarian league title overall. Botev Plovdiv and Minyor Pernik were relegated at the end of the season by finishing in the last two places.

TeamsEdit

Fourteen teams competed in the league – the top twelve teams from the previous season and the two teams promoted from the B Group. The promoted teams were Cherno More Varna (returning to the top flight after a six-year absence) and Hebar Pazardzhik (returning after an eight-year absence). They replaced Dobrudzha Dobrich, Belasitsa Petrich, Pirin Blagoevgrad and Shumen.

Stadiums and LocationsEdit

Sofia 2000–01 A Group football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe 22,500
Botev Plovdiv Hristo Botev 22,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha 8,250
Chernomorets Burgas Chernomorets 22,000
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armia 22,015
Hebar Pazardzhik Georgi Benkovski 13,128
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov 29,200
Lovech Lovech Gradski 7,050
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv 22,000
Minyor Pernik Minyor 20,000
Neftochimic Burgas Lazur 18,037
Slavia Sofia Slavia 32,000
Spartak Varna Spartak 7,500
Velbazhd Kyustendil Osogovo 13,000

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Beroe   Tsvetomir Parvanov     Erima[1] AKSA[2]
Botev Plovdiv   Georgi Lazarov Vitosha AD
Cherno More   Bozhil Kolev   Ventsislav Marinov   Asics VAI Holding
Chernomorets   Nikolay Rusev   Angel Stoykov
CSKA Sofia   Enrico Catuzzi   Lotto
Hebar   Voyn Voynov
Levski Sofia   Ljupko Petrović   Stanimir Stoilov   Diadora Mobiltel
Lokomotiv Sofia   Angel Kolev   Adidas Delta-G
Lovech   Ferario Spasov   Vitomir Vutov   Asics Litex Commerce
Minyor   Ventsislav Arsov   Nike
Neftochimic   Dimitar Stoychev   Veliyan Parushev   Puma Petrol AD
Slavia Sofia   Kiril Kachamanov   Veselin Vachev   Adidas Sofiyski Imoti
Spartak Varna   Stefan Grozdanov
Velbazhd   Dimitar Dimitrov   Slavcho Pavlov   Nike VIS-2

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Botev Plovdiv   Dinko Dermendzhiev Mutual consent 1 June 2000 Pre-season   Marin Bakalov 26 June 2000
Lovech   Čedomir Đoinčević Sacked 10 June 2000 Pre-season   Mihai Stoichiță 1 July 2000
Levski Sofia   Dimitar Dimitrov Sacked 15 June 2000[3] Pre-season   Vladimir Fedotov 7 July 2000[4]
CSKA Sofia   Aleksandar Stankov End of caretaker tenure 23 June 2000 Pre-season   Enrico Catuzzi 24 June 2000[5]
Beroe   Ventsislav Kepov Mutual consent June 2000 Pre-season   Nikola Ivanov June 2000
Slavia   Miroslav Mironov Mutual consent June 2000 Pre-season   Žarko Olarević June 2000
Cherno More   Radoslav Zdravkov Mutual consent June 2000 Pre-season   Bozhil Kolev June 2000
Velbazhd   Dimitar Sokolov Mutual consent 26 June 2000 Pre-season   Dimitar Dimitrov 26 June 2000[6]
Neftochimic   Dimitar Stoychev Mutual consent 30 June 2000 Pre-season   Salvatore Polverino 1 July 2000[7]
Neftochimic   Salvatore Polverino Sacked 6 August 2000 13th   Dimitar Stoychev 6 August 2000
Beroe   Nikola Ivanov Sacked 14 August 2000 12th   Petko Petkov 14 August 2000
Lokomotiv Sofia   Pavel Panov Sacked 29 August 2000 8th   Radoslav Zdravkov 29 August 2000[8]
Levski Sofia   Vladimir Fedotov Sacked 30 August 2000[9] 2nd   Nasko Sirakov (caretaker) 30 August 2000
Levski Sofia   Nasko Sirakov End of caretaker tenure 2 October 2000 1st   Ljupko Petrović 2 October 2000
Lovech   Mihai Stoichiță Sacked 21 October 2000 6th   Ferario Spasov 21 October 2000[10]
Slavia Sofia   Žarko Olarević Mutual consent 27 November 2000 10th   Kiril Kachamanov 27 November 2000[11]
CSKA Sofia   Enrico Catuzzi Mutual consent 19 December 2000 2nd   Aleksandar Stankov 20 December 2000
CSKA Sofia   Aleksandar Stankov Mutual consent 3 March 2001 2nd   Enrico Catuzzi 4 March 2001
Beroe   Petko Petkov Sacked 20 March 2001 ?   Tsvetomir Parvanov 20 March 2001
Lokomotiv Sofia   Radoslav Zdravkov Sacked 29 April 2001 ?   Angel Kolev 29 April 2001

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Levski Sofia (C) 26 22 3 1 63 13 +50 69 Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round
2 CSKA Sofia 26 19 5 2 65 16 +49 62 Qualification for UEFA Cup qualifying round
3 Velbazhd Kyustendil 26 18 3 5 48 29 +19 57
4 Lovech 26 17 4 5 70 23 +47 55 Qualification for UEFA Cup qualifying round[a]
5 Neftochimic Burgas 26 12 6 8 47 34 +13 42
6 Slavia Sofia 26 10 5 11 35 35 0 35
7 Spartak Varna 26 10 4 12 38 40 −2 34 Qualification for Intertoto Cup first round
8 Lokomotiv Sofia 26 9 6 11 37 37 0 33
9 Hebar Pazardzhik 26 7 5 14 38 55 −17 26
10 Cherno More 26 7 5 14 20 49 −29 26
11 Chernomorets Burgas 26 6 4 16 22 48 −26 22
12 Beroe (O) 26 6 4 16 21 47 −26 22 Qualification for relegation play-off
13 Botev Plovdiv (R) 26 6 2 18 28 55 −27 20 Relegation to 2001–02 B Group
14 Minyor Pernik (R) 26 3 4 19 19 71 −52 13
Source: A PFG (in Bulgarian) and rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th head-to-head away goals scored; 6th season goal difference; 7th season goals scored; 8th "sportsmanship" (R & Y cards); 9th draw
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Lovech won the 2000–01 Bulgarian Cup and qualified for the 2001–02 UEFA Cup qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BSZ BOT CHB CHM CSK HEB LEV LSO LOV MIN NEF SLA SPV VEL
Beroe 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–2
Botev Plovdiv 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–4
Chernomorets Burgas 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–2
Cherno More 1–2 3–2 3–0 1–4 2–1 0–3 2–2 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–3
CSKA Sofia 5–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 9–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
Hebar Pazardzhik 3–0 3–0 5–1 2–0 2–4 0–1 2–2 1–4 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 1–3
Levski Sofia 3–0 3–0 4–0 6–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–0
Lokomotiv Sofia 3–2 3–2 0–1 3–0 1–4 3–1 0–2 2–2 6–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–0
Lovech 4–0 6–0 3–0 5–0 4–1 2–0 3–4 2–0 4–1 2–0 6–1 4–0 5–0
Minyor Pernik 2–0 4–3 2–0 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–4[a] 0–1 1–4 1–4 0–3 1–2 0–0
Neftochimic Burgas 4–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 0–3[b] 5–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–2 2–5 5–0
Slavia Sofia 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 7–1 0–0 3–2 0–2
Spartak Varna 4–1 1–0 4–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 1–2 2–0 0–3
Velbazhd Kyustendil 2–0 4–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 0–1 2–1
Source: todor66.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Match awarded after was abandoned at 0-1 in 65th minute due to home fans throwing stones following a second sending off.
  2. ^ Match awarded (originally finished 1–3).

ChampionsEdit

Levski Sofia
Goalkeepers
01   Dimitar Ivankov 25 0(5)
12   Georgi Sheytanov 01 0(0)
30   Vihren Uzunov 01 0(0)
Defenders
02   Martin Stankov 18 0(0)
03   Stanimir Stoilov 15 0(2)
05   Georgi Markov 22 0(0)
06   Zahari Sirakov 17 0(2)
11   Elin Topuzakov 22 0(3)
14   Miroslav Savić 08 0(0)
15   Aleksey Dionisiev 07 0(0)
22   Ilian Stoyanov 20 0(1)
23   Dalibor Dragić 16 0(2)
  Predrag Pažin* 06 0(0)
  Oleksandr Koval* 03 0(0)
Midfielders
04   Biser Ivanov 22 0(0)
10   Asen Nikolov 07 0(0)
16   Chavdar Atanasov 15 0(2)
17   Konstantin Golovskoy 04 0(0)
19   Svetoslav Barkanichkov 04 0(0)
20   Neško Milovanović 05 0(0)
21   Dimitar Telkiyski 15 0(5)
25   Yordan Terziev 09 0(0)
26   Viktorio Pavlov 01 0(0)
28   Vladislav Radimov 03 0(1)
  Aleksandar Aleksandrov* 07 0(1)
  Eduard Tsykhmeystruk* 12 0(1)
  Konstantin Kaynov* 02 0(0)
Forwards
07   Rogério Gaúcho 08 0(0)
08   Georgi Bachev 11 0(2)
09   Georgi Ivanov 24 (21)
18   Krum Bibishkov 02 0(1)
24   Miodrag Pantelić 12 0(1)
29   Dimitar Makriev 01 0(0)
99   Petar Mihtarski 11 0(4)
  Georgi Georgiev* 04 0(3)
Manager
  Ljupko Petrović
  • Pažin, Koval, Aleksandrov, Tsykhmeystruk, Kaynov and Georgiev left the club during a season.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Georgi Ivanov Levski Sofia 22
2   Hristo Yovov Lovech 17
3   Stefan Yurukov Lovech 14
4   Vladimir Manchev CSKA Sofia 13
  Valentin Stanchev Spartak Varna
  Zoran Janković Lovech
7   Hristo Yanev CSKA Sofia 12
8   Martin Kushev Slavia Sofia 11
  Boyko Velichkov Velbazhd Kyustendil
10   Ivan Tonchev Beroe Stara Zagora 9

Relegation Play-OffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "„Берое в елита": 2000-2001 г. – Бараж" (in Bulgarian). beroe.bg.
  2. ^ "Турски спонсор пое "Берое"" (in Bulgarian). capital.bg. 15 September 2000.
  3. ^ "Димитър Димитров – Херо напуска Левски" (in Bulgarian). news.bg. 15 June 2000.
  4. ^ "Циркът на Герена е с традиции" (in Bulgarian). bgfootball.com. 12 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Енрико Катуци подписва с ЦСКА за 1 година" (in Bulgarian). segabg.com. 23 June 2000.
  6. ^ "Димитър Димитров поема Велбъжд в понеделник" (in Bulgarian). segabg.com. 22 June 2000.
  7. ^ "Българо-италианската връзка в Нефтохимик не сработи" (in Bulgarian). capital.bg. 21 July 2000.
  8. ^ "Ради Здравков е новия треньор на Локомотив (Сф)" (in Bulgarian). news.bg. 29 August 2000.
  9. ^ "Уволниха протежето на Чорни от Левски" (in Bulgarian). segabg.com. 31 August 2000.
  10. ^ "Цената на треньорските авантюри на Гриша Ганчев" (in Bulgarian). capital.bg. 20 October 2000.
  11. ^ "Славия избра най-лесния вариант за нов старши треньор" (in Bulgarian). capital.bg. 24 November 2000.

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