2011–12 A Group
The 2011–12 A Group was the 88th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 64th of A Group as the top tier football league in the country. The season began on 6 August 2011 and ended on 23 May 2012. Ludogorets Razgrad claimed their maiden title in their debut season, after winning the last round clash against CSKA, which were leading by 2 points prior to the match. Vidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra and Svetkavitsa were relegated, after finishing at the bottom three places.
|Dates||6 August 2011 – 23 May 2012|
|Relegated||Vidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra, Svetkavitsa|
|Champions League||Ludogorets Razgrad|
|Europa League||CSKA Sofia|
|Goals scored||643 (2.68 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Junior Moraes|
(16 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Levski 7–0 Svetkavitsa|
|Biggest away win||Minyor 0–7 Ludogorets|
|Highest scoring||Cherno More 7–1 Kaliakra|
Botev 6–2 Kaliakra
Litex 6–2 Lokomotiv
Akademik Sofia and Sliven were directly relegated after finishing in the bottom two places of the table at the end of season 2010/11. Akademik were relegated after one year in the top league of Bulgarian football, while Sliven ended a three-year tenure at the top flight. Furthermore, Pirin (Blagoevgrad) were excluded from A Group due to financial difficulties and demoted to V Group.
The relegated teams were replaced by Botev Vratsa, champions of West B Group, Ludogorets Razgrad, champions of East B Group and promotion play-off winners Svetkavitsa. Botev returned to A Group after twenty-two years, while Ludogorets Razgrad and Svetkavitsa made their debut on the highest level of Bulgarian football.
There was some controversy regarding the relegation/promotion play-offs at the end of season 2010/11. In the original match-up, 14th-placed Vidima-Rakovski lost 3-0 against B Group play-off winners Chernomorets (Pomorie). However, Chernomorets did not receive an A Group licence, so Vidima-Rakovski were spared from relegation. In order to fill the void, a second play-off match was scheduled between Svetkavitsa, 4th-placed team of East B Group, and Etar (Veliko Tarnovo), 3rd-placed team of West B Group. Svetkavitsa won this match by a score of 3-1.
Stadia and locationsEdit
- Lokomotiv Sofia play their home matches at Vasil Levski National Stadium as their own ground, Lokomotiv Stadium, had not received approval from the BFU license committee.
Personnel and sponsoringEdit
|Team||Outgoing manager(s)||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Levski Sofia||Yasen Petrov||End of contract||27 May 2011||Pre-season||Georgi Ivanov||27 May 2011|
|Slavia Sofia||Emil Velev||Sacked||28 May 2011||Martin Kushev||28 May 2011|
|Kaliakra Kavarna||Antoni Zdravkov||End of contract||28 May 2011||Adalbert Zafirov||28 May 2011|
|Chernomorets Burgas||Georgi Vasilev||Sacked||30 May 2011||Dimitar Dimitrov||30 May 2011|
|Montana||Atanas Dzhambazki||End of contract||2 June 2011||Stefan Grozdanov||11 June 2011|
|Lokomotiv Plovdiv||Saša Nikolić||Sacked||14 June 2011||Dragan Kanatlarovski||17 June 2011|
|Vidima-Rakovski||Dimitar Todorov||Sacked||16 June 2011||Kostadin Angelov||17 June 2011|
|Lokomotiv Sofia||Dian Petkov||Sacked||3 October 2011||10th||Anton Velkov||3 October 2011|
|Kaliakra Kavarna||Adalbert Zafirov||Sacked||19 October 2011||15th||Radostin Trifonov||19 October 2011|
|Svetkavitsa Targovishte||Plamen Donev||Resigned||19 October 2011||16th||Nikola Spasov||23 October 2011|
|Litex Lovech||Lyuboslav Penev||Resigned||24 October 2011||5th||Atanas Dzhambazki||24 October 2011|
|CSKA Sofia||Milen Radukanov||Sacked||25 October 2011||2nd||Dimitar Penev||25 October 2011|
|Levski Sofia||Georgi Ivanov||Resigned||4 November 2011||5th||Nikolay Kostov||7 November 2011|
|Lokomotiv Plovdiv||Dragan Kanatlarovski||Sacked||7 November 2011||6th||Emil Velev||8 November 2011|
|Levski Sofia||Nikolay Kostov||Resigned||26 March 2012||4th||Georgi Ivanov (caretaker)||March 2012|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Ludogorets Razgrad (C)||30||22||4||4||73||16||+57||70||Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round|
|2||CSKA Sofia||30||22||3||5||60||19||+41||69||Qualification for Europa League second qualifying round|
|6||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||30||17||6||7||44||39||+5||57||Qualification for Europa League second qualifying round[a]|
|14||Vidima-Rakovski (R)||30||3||6||21||19||59||−40||15||Relegation to 2012–13 B Group|
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.
- Ludogorets Razgrad
- Mihaylov, Travner, Grabus, Remzi, Atanasov, Dyulgerov and Kolev left the club during a season.