2002–03 A Group

Statistics of Bulgarian A Football Group in the 2002–03 season.

A Group
Season2002–03
ChampionsCSKA Sofia
(29th title)
Relegated
Champions LeagueCSKA
UEFA Cup
Matches played182
Goals scored544 (2.99 per match)
Top goalscorerGeorgi Chilikov
(22 goals)

Changes from last seasonEdit

Beroe, Belasitsa Petrich, and Spartak Pleven were relegated at the end of the last season. The relegated teams were replaced by three teams from B PFG. These teams were Botev Plovdiv, Dobrudzha Dobrich, and Rilski Sportist Samokov. Botev return after a one-year absence, Dobrudzha return after a two-year absence, while Rilski Sportist made their debut in the top tier of Bulgarian football.

OverviewEdit

It was contested by 14 teams, and CSKA Sofia won the championship.[1] The Reds finished with 66 points in total, six points above archrivals Levski Sofia. CSKA Sofia qualified for the 2003-04 Champions League qualifying rounds, while Levski and third placed Litex Lovech qualified for the UEFA Cup for next season. Marek Dupnitsa qualified for the Intertoto Cup.

At the end of the season, Dobrudzha Dobrich and Rilski Sportist were relegated after just one season in the elite. Only two teams were relegated, because the league was expanded the following season from 14 to 16 teams.

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 CSKA Sofia (C) 26 21 3 2 67 16 +51 66 Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round
2 Levski Sofia 26 19 3 4 61 19 +42 60 Qualification for UEFA Cup qualifying round
3 Litex Lovech 26 17 4 5 49 22 +27 55
4 Slavia Sofia 26 16 3 7 57 30 +27 51
5 Cherno More 26 14 6 6 42 21 +21 48
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv[a] 26 16 2 8 56 33 +23 47
7 Spartak Varna 26 10 4 12 25 34 −9 34
8 Naftex Burgas 26 10 3 13 31 36 −5 33
9 Marek 26 8 6 12 35 42 −7 30 Qualification for Intertoto Cup first round
10 Lokomotiv Sofia 26 7 4 15 23 37 −14 25
11 Chernomorets Burgas 26 7 3 16 32 56 −24 24
12 Botev Plovdiv 26 6 3 17 26 61 −35 21
13 Dobrudzha Dobrich (R) 26 4 2 20 19 73 −54 14 Relegation to 2003–04 B Group
14 Rilski Sportist (R) 26 1 6 19 20 63 −43 9
Source: A PFG (in Bulgarian)
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; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Lokomotiv Plovdiv were docked three points for failure to show in the round 17 match.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BOT CHB CHM CSK DOB LEV LIT LPL LSO MAR NAF RIL SLA SPV
Botev Plovdiv 0–0 0–1 1–5 5–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–4 1–1
Chernomorets Burgas 3–0 1–2 2–8 2–1 1–2 1–4 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–0 3–0 2–4 1–2
Cherno More 4–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 4–0 2–1
CSKA Sofia 2–0 4–1 1–2 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 5–2 5–2 2–0 3–1 3–1
Dobrudzha Dobrich 3–0 0–2 1–1 0–5 0–5 0–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–3
Levski Sofia 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 3–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 6–0 1–2 0–0
Litex Lovech 4–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 4–1 5–2 2–1 1–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 5–3 4–0 4–1 0–3[a] 9–1 2–1 4–2 2–1 5–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0
Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–2 5–0 0–1 1–2 4–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–1
Marek 6–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 5–0 1–5 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–3 3–0
Naftex Burgas 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 0–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 1–0
Rilski Sportist 1–3 1–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 0–1 0–4 2–0 3–3 1–2 1–3 0–0
Slavia Sofia 5–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 6–1 2–5 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 5–0 4–0
Spartak Varna 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–3[b]
Source: A PFG (in Bulgarian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Match awarded after was Lokomotiv Plovdiv did not showed up due to the protest for a playing the match in Samokov.
  2. ^ Match awarded because Georgi Mechechiev and Anastas Petrov were ineligible to play for Spartak, match was originally finished 1–0 for the hosts.

ChampionsEdit

CSKA Sofia
Goalkeepers
01   Ivaylo Ivanov 01 0(0)
12   Stoyan Kolev 24 0(0)
Defenders
02   Georgi Antonov 17 0(0)
03   Fábio Lima 10 0(0)
04   Marcos Charras 05 0(1)
06   Aleksandar Tomash 16 0(1)
13   Yordan Varbanov 04 0(0)
25   João Carlos 24 0(1)
29   Ibrahima Gueye 23 0(0)
30   Yordan Todorov 10 0(1)
  Galin Ivanov* 01 0(0)
Midfielders
05   Todor Yanchev 23 0(3)
07   Hristo Yanev 16 0(1)
10   Metodi Deyanov* 05 0(0)
11   Stoycho Mladenov, Jr. 01 0(0)
14   Svetoslav Petrov 24 0(3)
15   Artim Šakiri 20 0(5)
17   Borislav Karamatev 01 0(0)
20   João Paulo Brito 23 0(8)
23   Emil Gargorov 24 (14)
26   Ivan Pavlov 01 0(0)
27   Petar Zlatinov 04 0(0)
Forwards
08   Velizar Dimitrov 24 (13)
09   Agnaldo 18 0(5)
18   Gerasim Zakov 04 0(0)
21   MacDonald Mukansi 23 0(8)
24   Petar Nikolov 02 0(0)
Manager
  Stoycho Mladenov
  • Ivanov and Deyanov left the club during a season.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Georgi Chilikov Levski Sofia 22
2   Martin Kushev Slavia Sofia 17
3   Emil Gargorov CSKA Sofia 14
4   Velizar Dimitrov CSKA Sofia 13
5   Desislav Rusev Litex Lovech 11
  Georgi Vladimirov Slavia Sofia
7   Velimir Ivanović Slavia Sofia 9
  Doncho Donev Lokomotiv Plovdiv
  Boyko Velichkov Lokomotiv Sofia
  Borislav Dimitrov Botev Plovdiv

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Стойчо тропа с юмрук по масата: Няма да ни догоните" (in Bulgarian). temasport.com. 8 September 2013.

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