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The 2010–11 A Group was the 87th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 63rd of A Group as the top tier football league in the country. The season commenced on 31 July 2010 and ended with the last games on 28 May 2011. The winter break was between the weekends around 29 November 2010 and 26 February 2011.[1] Litex Lovech had defended their 2009/10 A Group title and became champions for 2 years in a row.

A Group
Season2010–11
ChampionsLitex Lovech
(4th title)
RelegatedAkademik Sofia
Sliven
Champions LeagueLitex Lovech
Europa LeagueLevski Sofia
CSKA Sofia
Lokomotiv Sofia
Matches played240
Goals scored577 (2.4 per match)
Top goalscorerMali Garra Dembélé
(26 goals)
Biggest home winPirin 6–0 Akademik
(14 May 2011)
Biggest away winAkademik 0–4 Slavia
(11 September 2010)
Chernomorets 0–4 CSKA Sofia
(5 March 2011)
Highest scoringSliven 6–1 Vidima-Rakovski
(18 September 2010)
Lokomotiv Sofia 4–3 Slavia
(27 November 2010)

Team informationEdit

Lokomotiv Mezdra, Sportist Svoge and Botev Plovdiv were directly relegated after finishing in the bottom three places. Lokomotiv ended a two-year tenure, Sportist were relegated after a year in A Group and Botev were excluded from A Group due to financial difficulties at the winter brake.

The relegated teams were replaced by Vidima-Rakovski, champions of West B Group and Kaliakra Kavarna, champions of the East B Group. Vidima-Rakovski returned to A Group after two years, while Kaliakra entered the top division for their first time.

A further place in the league was decided through a play-off match between the runners-up teams from the both B Group's. The game was played on 23 May 2010 between Nesebar and Akademik Sofia. Akademik won the match with result of 2–1 and returned to the top division after 28 years. The last time the club have played in A Group was during season 1981–82.

Stadia and locationsEdit

As in the previous year, the league will comprise the best thirteen teams of season 2009/10, the 2 champions of the West and East B Group's and the winners of the promotion play-off between the runners-up from the West and East B Group's.

The following teams have ensured their participation in A Group for season 2010/11 (listed in alphabetical order):

Team City Stadium Stadium capacity
Akademik Sofia Ovcha Kupel1 18,000
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe 17,800
Cherno More Varna Ticha 8,250
Chernomorets Burgas Lazur 18,037
CSKA Sofia Vasil Levski2 43,632
Kaliakra Kavarna Kavarna 5,000
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov 29,986
Litex Lovech Lovech 7,050
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 13,800
Lokomotiv Sofia Vasil Levski3 43,632
Minyor Pernik Minyor 8,000
Montana Montana Ogosta 8,000
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev 7,500
Slavia Sofia Ovcha Kupel 18,000
Sliven 2000 Sliven Hadzhi Dimitar 10,000
Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo Rakovski 8,816
Notes
  1. Akademik Sofia will play their league home games at Ovcha Kupel Stadium in Sofia because their Akademik Stadium had not received approval from the BFU license committee.
  2. CSKA Sofia will play their league home games at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia because their Balgarska Armiya had not received approval from the BFU license committee.
  3. Lokomotiv Sofia will play their league home games at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia because their Lokomotiv Stadium had not received approval from the BFU license committee.

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
Akademik Sofia   Boris Angelov   Nikola Asenov Saller Bench Mark Group
Beroe Stara Zagora   Ilian Iliev   Slavi Zhekov GUPA Bulsatcom
Cherno More Varna   Stefan Genov   Georgi Iliev Misho Armeets
Chernomorets Burgas   Georgi Vasilev   Trayan Dyankov Puma QUARTO
CSKA Sofia   Milen Radukanov   Todor Yanchev Uhlsport GLOBUL
Kaliakra   Anton Zdravkov   Ivan Raychev Uhlsport Municipality of Kavarna
Levski Sofia   Yasen Petrov   Hristo Yovov Nike M-Tel
Litex Lovech   Lyuboslav Penev   Nebojša Jelenković Adidas b-connect
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Saša Nikolić   Zdravko Lazarov Uhlsport
Lokomotiv Sofia   Dian Petkov   Kristian Dobrev Puma
Minyor Pernik   Stoycho Stoev   Kostadin Markov Jumper Municipal Insurance Company
Montana   Atanas Dzhambazki   Daniel Gadzhev ASICS GM Capital
Pirin Blagoevgrad   Kostadin Angelov   Veselin Stoykov Joma Beer Pirinsko
Slavia Sofia   Emil Velev   Bogomil Dyakov Puma
Sliven   Dimcho Nenov   Evgeni Karamanov Tomy
Vidima-Rakovski   Dimitar Todorov   Georgi Stoychev ASICS VIDEXIM

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager(s) Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
CSKA Sofia   Adalbert Zafirov (interim) End of caretaker contract 16 May 2010 Pre-season   Pavel Dochev 13 May 2010[2]
Slavia Sofia   Velislav Vutsov Sacked 17 May 2010   Emil Velev 19 May 2010[3]
Levski Sofia   Anton Zdravkov
  Georgi Ivanov
End of caretaker contract 20 May 2010   Yasen Petrov 20 May 2010[4]
Pirin Blagoevgrad   Stefan Grozdanov Leaves the club 8 June 2010[5]   Yordan Bozdanski 21 June 2010
Litex Lovech   Angel Chervenkov Sacked 5 August 2010 1st   Petko Petkov (interim) 5 August 2010[6]
CSKA Sofia   Pavel Dochev Sacked 16 August 2010[7] 13th   Gjore Jovanovski 16 August 2010[8]
Pirin Blagoevgrad   Yordan Bozdanski Sacked 30 August 2010 14th   Kostadin Angelov 1 September 2010[9]
Litex Lovech   Petko Petkov (interim) End of caretaker contract 1 September 2010 4th   Luboslav Penev 2 September 2010[10]
Minyor Pernik   Anton Velkov Resigned 6 September 2010[11] 16th   Stoycho Stoev 8 September 2010[12]
Kaliakra Kavarna   Filip Filipov Sacked 6 October 2010[13] 13th   Anton Zdravkov 7 October 2010
CSKA Sofia   Gjore Jovanovski Sacked 21 October 2010[14] 9th   Milen Radukanov 21 October 2010[15]
Cherno More Varna   Velizar Popov Resigned 23 October 2010[16] 10th   Stefan Genov 23 October 2010
Lokomotiv Sofia   Dimitar Vasev Sacked 22 November 2010[17] 5th   Dian Petkov (interim) 22 November 2010
Sliven   Dragoljub Simonović Resigned 4 December 2010[18] 15th   Dimcho Nenov 10 January 2011[19]
Chernomorets Burgas   Krasimir Balakov Resigned 7 December 2010[20] 3rd   Anton Velkov 23 December 2010[21]
Chernomorets Burgas   Anton Velkov Sacked 21 March 2011[22] 7th   Georgi Vasilev 21 March 2011
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Nedelcho Matushev Sacked 26 April 2011[23] 5th   Saša Nikolić 26 April 2011

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Litex Lovech (C) 30 23 6 1 56 13 +43 75 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Levski Sofia 30 23 3 4 67 24 +43 72 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
3 CSKA Sofia 30 18 7 5 53 26 +27 61 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[a]
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 16 4 10 47 33 +14 52[b] 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
5 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 14 10 6 54 28 +26 52[b]
6 Cherno More 30 15 6 9 36 28 +8 51
7 Beroe 30 13 7 10 33 34 −1 46
8 Chernomorets Burgas 30 9 10 11 19 28 −9 37
9 Minyor Pernik 30 10 6 14 33 45 −12 36
10 Montana 30 8 8 14 30 46 −16 32[c]
11 Slavia Sofia 30 9 5 16 34 38 −4 32[c]
12 Kaliakra 30 8 6 16 19 40 −21 30
13 Pirin Blagoevgrad (R) 30 6 9 15 32 39 −7 27 Relegation to 2011–12 V AFG[d]
14 Vidima-Rakovski (O) 30 6 7 17 26 52 −26 25 Qualification for relegation playoff
15 Akademik Sofia (R) 30 5 5 20 16 51 −35 20 Relegation to 2011–12 B PFG
16 OFC Sliven (R) 30 4 7 19 22 52 −30 19
Source: Soccerway
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; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ CSKA Sofia have won the 2010–11 Bulgarian Cup competition and therefore qualified for the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ a b LSO 3–0 LPL; LPL 0–0 LSO
  3. ^ a b SLA 3–2 MON; MON 1–0 SLA
  4. ^ The team did not receive a license for professional football for the next season.

Relegation play-offEdit

Sportist Svoge1–2Chernomorets Pomorie
Mladenov   82' (Report) Koparanov   38'
Kostadinov   41'
Attendance: 600
Referee: Nikolay Yordanov (Sofia)

Vidima-Rakovski0–3Chernomorets Pomorie
Report Atanasov   57'
Kaloyanov   60'80'
Attendance: 800
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (Shumen)

Chernomorets Pomorie wasn't allowed to compete in the next season, so there will be 2 play-offs. The first will be between the teams that lost against Chernomorets Pomorie, Vidima-Rakovski and Sportist Svoge. The other will be between Svetkavitsa and FC Etar Veliko Tarnovo (the 3rd teams in the West and East B Group) for the Pirin Blagoevgrad's place.

Svetkavitsa3–1Etar
Genov   24'
Stoyanov   46'
Shokolarov   90+2'
Report Kanev   4'
Attendance: 2500
Referee: Aleksandar Kostadinov (Sofia)

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Litex Lovech132546542211111111111111111111
Levski Sofia314221111122222222222222222222
CSKA Sofia1416131199998987645533333333333333
Lokomotiv Sofia395334224444454344444445444444
Lokomotiv Plovdiv621477766675576455556554556655
Cherno More19681188897109999978665766665566
Beroe10119653677868887787877677777777
Chernomorets Burgas853112433333333666789988888888
Minyor Pernik1215161616161515151515161515131313111110101010101010101099
Montana141381081010101010910101010101010101111111111111111111010
Slavia Sofia1481276535555676889999889999991111
Kaliakra3610121011111113121213111111111213131313141414141212131212
Pirin Blagoevgrad12711131312131211111112131314141515161515151312121313121313
Vidima-Rakovski63791213141414161615161616161616151616161615151414141414
Akademik Sofia81214151515161616141411121212121112121212121213131515151515
OFC Sliven101415141414121312131314141415151414141414131516161616161616

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AKD BSZ CHM CHB CSK KAV LEV LIT LPL LSO MIN MON PIR SLA OFC VRA
Akademik Sofia 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–3 1–2 2–3 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–4 0–1 1–2
Beroe 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1
Cherno More 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 3–0 5–0
Chernomorets Burgas 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–4 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0
CSKA Sofia 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–0
Kaliakra 0–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 0–3 0–3 0–1 1–3 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–0
Levski Sofia 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 4–0 3–0 4–1 3–0 5–0 2–0
Litex Lovech 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 4–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 5–0 2–3 2–2 0–0 3–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 3–0
Lokomotiv Sofia 2–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 0–2 1–3 3–0 0–3 2–0 2–0 4–3 3–0 2–1
Minyor Pernik 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–4 1–0 0–0 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–2 4–1 2–1
Montana 2–2 2–1 4–0 0–0 1–4 3–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–1
Pirin Blagoevgrad 6–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–1 1–1
Slavia Sofia 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–0
OFC Sliven 3–0 0–1 1–3 0–0 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 6–1
Vidima-Rakovski 0–1 1–2 0–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–1
Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

ChampionsEdit

Litex Lovech
Goalkeepers
01   Uroš Golubović 02 0(0)
30   Evgeni Aleksandrov 01 0(0)
31   Vinícius Barrivieira 26 0(0)
Defenders
02   Alexandre Barthe 21 0(3)
03   Petar Zanev 27 0(1)
04   Džemal Berberović 23 0(0)
05   Mihail Venkov 12 0(0)
06   Ivaylo Petkov 05 0(1)
16   Strahil Popov 03 0(0)
18   Iliya Milanov 06 0(0)
22   Plamen Nikolov 24 0(0)
33   Nikolay Bodurov 25 0(2)
Midfielders
07   Hristo Yanev 27 0(5)
08   Tom 18 0(1)
10   Sandrinho 10 0(1)
15   Doka Madureira 22 (12)
17   Georgi Milanov 27 0(4)
19   Rumen Rumenov 06 0(0)
20   Neném 00 0(0)
21   Aleksandar Tsvetkov 14 0(0)
22   Simeon Slavchev 01 0(0)
23   Nebojša Jelenković 22 0(0)
24   Angel Zdravchev 01 0(0)
27   Momchil Tsvetanov 22 0(3)
Forwards
09   Svetoslav Todorov 25 0(8)
11   Papa Diouf 14 0(2)
14   Dejan Djermanović 12 0(3)
  Wilfried Niflore* 12 0(6)
  Ivelin Popov* 03 0(0)
  Florin Bratu* 07 0(2)
Manager
  Lyuboslav Penev
  • Niflore, Popov and Bratu left the club during a season.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

DisciplineEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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