2007–08 A Group

The 2007–08 A Group was the 60th season of the Bulgarian A Football Group since its establishment in 1948 and the 84th of a Bulgarian national top football division. The season began on 11 August 2007 and ended on 17 May 2008. CSKA Sofia won their 31st record league title.[1] Last time they scooped the title was in 2004–05 season. CSKA won the league without a single defeat, 16 points ahead of their archrival Levski Sofia.

A Group
Season2007–08
ChampionsCSKA Sofia
(31st title)
RelegatedBeroe
Vidima-Rakovski
Marek
Champions LeagueLevski Sofia
UEFA CupLokomotiv Sofia
Litex
Cherno More
Intertoto CupChernomorets
Matches played240
Goals scored558 (2.33 per match)
Top goalscorerGeorgi Hristov
(19 goals)
Biggest home winCherno More 7–0 Vidima-Rakovski
Biggest away winBelasitsa 1–6 Chernomorets
Highest scoringLevski 6–2 Botev (8 goals)

Despite the convincing results during the season, CSKA failed to get a UEFA license to participate in the Champions League due to unpaid debts. The guilt for the disaster in the club was taken by their chairman Aleksandar Tomov.[2][3]

The league was contested by 16 teams, thirteen returning from the 2006-07 season and three promoted from the Bulgarian B Professional Football Group. The defending champion was Levski Sofia. Chernomorets Burgas and Pirin Blagoevgrad gained automatic promotion as winners of East and West B PFG. Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo gained promotion through the Promotion Play-Off beating Naftex Burgas 1–0 on 2 June 2007. The promoted teams replaced Conegliano German, Rodopa Smolyan, and Rilski Sportist Samokov, who were relegated after one, four, and one years in the Bulgarian elite.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Belasitsa Petrich Tsar Samuil Stadium 9,500
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe Stadium 13,512
Botev Plovdiv Hristo Botev Stadium 22,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha Stadium 8,250
Chernomorets Burgas Lazur Stadium 18,037
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya Stadium 22,015
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov Stadium 29,200
Litex Lovech Lovech Stadium 7,050
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 13,800
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv Sofia 22,000
Marek Dupnitsa Bonchuk Stadium 16,050
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev Stadium1 11,000
Slavia Sofia Ovcha Kupel Stadium 18,000
Spartak Varna Spartak Stadium 7,500
Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo Rakovski Stadium 8,816
Vihren Sandanski Sandanski Stadium 6,000

1^. Stadiums of Botev Plovdiv and Pirin Blagoevgrad have the same names, but they are placed in different cities.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 CSKA Sofia (C) 30 24 6 0 53 11 +42 78 Excluded from European competitions[a]
2 Levski Sofia 30 19 5 6 56 19 +37 62 Qualification for Champions League third qualifying round
3 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 16 9 5 47 28 +19 57 Qualification for UEFA Cup second qualifying round[b]
4 Litex Lovech 30 16 8 6 51 26 +25 56
5 Cherno More 30 13 9 8 39 28 +11 48 Qualification for UEFA Cup first qualifying round
6 Chernomorets Burgas 30 13 8 9 39 32 +7 47 Qualification for Intertoto Cup second round
7 Slavia Sofia 30 13 8 9 38 28 +10 47
8 Pirin Blagoevgrad 30 13 7 10 33 29 +4 46
9 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 12 7 11 37 28 +9 43
10 Vihren 30 9 6 15 26 29 −3 33
11 Spartak Varna 30 8 7 15 21 34 −13 31
12 Botev Plovdiv 30 8 6 16 36 54 −18 30
13 Belasitsa Petrich 30 7 5 18 23 43 −20 26
14 Beroe (R) 30 6 8 16 23 39 −16 26 Relegation to 2008–09 B Group
15 Vidima-Rakovski (R) 30 4 6 20 17 61 −44 18
16 Marek (R) 30 5 3 22 16 66 −50 18
Source: soccerway.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 goal difference; 7th goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ CSKA failed to get a license for the competition due to unpaid debts
  2. ^ Litex qualify via 2007–08 Bulgarian Cup

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BEL BSZ BOT CHM CHB CSK LEV LIT LPL LSO MAR PIR SLA SPV VRA VIH
Belasitsa Petrich 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–6 1–3 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0
Beroe 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–0
Botev Plovdiv 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–3 1–2 1–2 2–2 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 5–0 1–0
Cherno More 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 7–0 1–0
Chernomorets Burgas 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–4 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
CSKA Sofia 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–0 2–0 3–2 3–1 1–0
Levski Sofia 4–0 1–0 6–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 0–1 4–2 4–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–0
Litex Lovech 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 6–1 2–1
Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0 3–0 2–2 4–3 4–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–2
Marek 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–4 1–4 1–3 0–4 0–3 2–1 1–4 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 0–0
Slavia Sofia 3–1 2–0 4–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 5–0 2–0 0–0
Spartak Varna 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–1
Vidima-Rakovski 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–3 3–2 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1
Vihren 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1
Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

ChampionsEdit

CSKA Sofia
Goalkeepers
01   Daniel Bekono 00 0(0)
12   Ivaylo Petrov 28 0(0)
22   Ilko Pirgov 02 0(0)
Defenders
02   Nenad Nastić 07 0(0)
03   Aleksandar Tunchev 26 0(3)
06   Kiril Kotev 18 0(0)
13   Nikola Vujadinović 24 0(1)
14   Valentin Iliev* 14 0(1)
15   Robert Petrov 00 0(0)
27   Quido Lanzaat 08 0(0)
30   Yordan Todorov 26 0(1)
84   Filipe Machado 15 0(2)
Midfielders
05   Todor Yanchev 28 0(2)
10   Georgi Iliev 16 0(1)
11   Emil Gargorov 13 0(0)
16   Ivaylo Dimitrov 01 0(0)
17   Zé Rui 13 0(0)
18   Florentin Petre 24 (11)
20   Yordan Yurukov 08 0(1)
21   Chigozie Udoji 23 0(1)
23   Abderrahman Kabous* 08 0(0)
24   Aleksandar Tonev 02 0(0)
28   Marquinhos 25 0(1)
Forwards
08   Velizar Dimitrov 24 0(4)
09   José Luis Garcés 14 0(3)
19   Evgeni Yordanov 08 0(1)
99   Nei 29 (14)
  Kevin Amuneke* 10 0(2)
  Georgi Chilikov* 12 0(3)
Manager
  Stoycho Mladenov
  • Iliev, Kabous, Amuneke and Chilikov left the club during a season.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Georgi Hristov Botev Plovdiv
19
2   Nei CSKA Sofia
14
3   Marcho Dafchev Lokomotiv Sofia
13
  Zoran Baldovaliev Lokomotiv Sofia
5   Aleksandar Aleksandrov Cherno More Varna
12
6   Plamen Krumov Chernomorets Burgas
11
  Florentin Petre CSKA Sofia
  Ivelin Popov Litex Lovech
9   Germán Pietrobon Pirin Blagoevgrad
10
10   Anatoli Todorov Lokomotiv Plovdiv
9
  Miroslav Manolov Cherno More Varna
  Ivan Naydenov Spartak Varna

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Сезон 2007-08 „Лицензгейт" пука розовите балони на Сашо Томов" (in Bulgarian). temasport.com. 12 October 2013.
  2. ^ CSKA without UEFA license, Tomov takes the guilt
  3. ^ "Part of Aleksandar Tomov's book: How they took the license of CSKA". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-11-15.

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