2010–11 A Group
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. Litex Lovech had defended their 2009/10 A Group title and became champions for 2 years in a row.
|Champions League||Litex Lovech|
|Europa League||Levski Sofia|
|Goals scored||577 (2.4 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Garra Dembélé|
|Biggest home win||Pirin 6–0 Akademik|
(14 May 2011)
|Biggest away win||Akademik 0–4 Slavia|
(11 September 2010)
Chernomorets 0–4 CSKA Sofia
(5 March 2011)
|Highest scoring||Sliven 6–1 Vidima-Rakovski|
(18 September 2010)
Lokomotiv Sofia 4–3 Slavia
(27 November 2010)
- 1 Team information
- 2 League table
- 3 Relegation play-off
- 4 Positions by round
- 5 Results
- 6 Champions
- 7 Season statistics
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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):
|Sliven 2000||Sliven||Hadzhi Dimitar||10,000|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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|
|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|
|Slavia Sofia||Velislav Vutsov||Sacked||17 May 2010||Emil Velev||19 May 2010|
|Levski Sofia|| Anton Zdravkov
|End of caretaker contract||20 May 2010||Yasen Petrov||20 May 2010|
|Pirin Blagoevgrad||Stefan Grozdanov||Leaves the club||8 June 2010||Yordan Bozdanski||21 June 2010|
|Litex Lovech||Angel Chervenkov||Sacked||5 August 2010||1st||Petko Petkov (interim)||5 August 2010|
|CSKA Sofia||Pavel Dochev||Sacked||16 August 2010||13th||Gjore Jovanovski||16 August 2010|
|Pirin Blagoevgrad||Yordan Bozdanski||Sacked||30 August 2010||14th||Kostadin Angelov||1 September 2010|
|Litex Lovech||Petko Petkov (interim)||End of caretaker contract||1 September 2010||4th||Luboslav Penev||2 September 2010|
|Minyor Pernik||Anton Velkov||Resigned||6 September 2010||16th||Stoycho Stoev||8 September 2010|
|Kaliakra Kavarna||Filip Filipov||Sacked||6 October 2010||13th||Anton Zdravkov||7 October 2010|
|CSKA Sofia||Gjore Jovanovski||Sacked||21 October 2010||9th||Milen Radukanov||21 October 2010|
|Cherno More Varna||Velizar Popov||Resigned||23 October 2010||10th||Stefan Genov||23 October 2010|
|Lokomotiv Sofia||Dimitar Vasev||Sacked||22 November 2010||5th||Dian Petkov (interim)||22 November 2010|
|Sliven||Dragoljub Simonović||Resigned||4 December 2010||15th||Dimcho Nenov||10 January 2011|
|Chernomorets Burgas||Krasimir Balakov||Resigned||7 December 2010||3rd||Anton Velkov||23 December 2010|
|Chernomorets Burgas||Anton Velkov||Sacked||21 March 2011||7th||Georgi Vasilev||21 March 2011|
|Lokomotiv Plovdiv||Nedelcho Matushev||Sacked||26 April 2011||5th||Saša Nikolić||26 April 2011|
|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|
|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|
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.
- 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.
- LSO 3–0 LPL; LPL 0–0 LSO
- SLA 3–2 MON; MON 1–0 SLA
- The team did not receive a license for professional football for the next season.
|Sportist Svoge||1–2||Chernomorets Pomorie|
|Mladenov 82'||(Report)||Koparanov 38'
Kaloyanov 60', 80'
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.
Positions by roundEdit
|Home \ Away||AKD||BSZ||CHM||CHB||CSK||KAV||LEV||LIT||LPL||LSO||MIN||MON||PIR||SLA||OFC||VRA|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
- Litex Lovech
- Niflore, Popov and Bratu left the club during a season.
- First goal of the season: 18:06, 31 July 2010 – Georgi Filipov for Kaliakra against Slavia (6th minute)
- Fastest goal in a match: 19 seconds – Rumen Trifonov for CSKA against Chernomorets (8 August 2010)
- First own goal of the season: Yordan Petkov (Slavia) for Beroe, 3rd round (15 August 2010)
- First hat-trick of the season: Garra Dembélé (Levski) against Loko Sofia (9 August 2010)
- Quickest hat-trick: 25 minutes – Garra Dembélé (Levski) against Minyor (12 September 2010)
- Widest winning margin: 5 goals
- Most goals in one half: 6 goals
- Most goals scored by losing team: 3 goals
- Highest scoring draw: 4 goals
- First yellow card of the season: Radoslav Mitrevski for Pirin against Cherno More, 17 minutes and 25 seconds (31 July 2010)
- First red card of the season: Anton Dimitrov for Kaliakra against Slavia, 87 minutes and 14 seconds (31 July 2010)
- Most yellow cards in a single match: 10
- Most red cards in a single match: 3
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