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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.[1] Vidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra and Svetkavitsa were relegated, after finishing at the bottom three places.

A Group
Season2011–12
ChampionsLudogorets Razgrad
(1st title)
RelegatedVidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra, Svetkavitsa
Champions LeagueLudogorets Razgrad
Europa LeagueCSKA Sofia
Levski Sofia
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Matches played240
Goals scored643 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorerJunior Moraes
Ivan Stoyanov
(16 goals each)
Biggest home winLevski 7–0 Svetkavitsa
Biggest away winMinyor 0–7 Ludogorets
Highest scoringCherno More 7–1 Kaliakra
Botev 6–2 Kaliakra
Litex 6–2 Lokomotiv

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Team informationEdit

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

As in the previous year, the league comprises the best thirteen teams of season 2010/11, the champions of the two B Groups and the winners of the promotion play-offs.

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe 17,800
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev 32,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha 8,250
Chernomorets Burgas Lazur 18,037
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya 22,015
Kaliakra Kavarna Kavarna 5,000
Levski Sofia Georgi Asparuhov 29,200
Litex Lovech Lovech 7,050
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 13,800
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv Sofia1 22,000
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena 6,000
Minyor Pernik Minyor 8,000
Montana Montana Ogosta 8,000
Slavia Sofia Ovcha Kupel 18,000
Svetkavitsa Targovishte Dimitar Burkov 8,000
Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo Rakovski 8,816
Notes
  1. 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.[citation needed]

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Manager Captain[citation needed] Kit Manufacturer[citation needed] Shirt Sponsor[citation needed]
Beroe Stara Zagora   Ilian Iliev   Slavi Zhekov Uhlsport Bulsatcom
Botev Vratsa   Sasho Angelov   Rosen Vankov Jumper
Cherno More Varna   Stefan Genov   Georgi Iliev Misho Armeets
Chernomorets Burgas   Dimitar Dimitrov   Radostin Kishishev Macron
CSKA Sofia   Dimitar Penev   Todor Yanchev Kappa GLOBUL
Kaliakra   Radostin Trifonov   Ivan Raychev Uhlsport Municipality of Kavarna
Levski Sofia   Nikolay Kostov   Hristo Yovov Nike VTB Bank
Litex Lovech   Atanas Dzhambazki   Nebojša Jelenković adidas b-connect
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Emil Velev   Zdravko Lazarov Uhlsport Refan
Lokomotiv Sofia   Anton Velkov   Kristian Dobrev Puma
Ludogorets Razgrad   Ivaylo Petev   Todor Kolev adidas Huvepharma
Minyor Pernik   Stoycho Stoev   Kostadin Markov Jumper Municipal Insurance Company
Montana   Stefan Grozdanov   Daniel Gadzhev Jako GM Capital
Slavia Sofia   Martin Kushev   Bogomil Dyakov Puma
Svetkavitsa   Nikola Spasov   Georgi Damyanov Jako Vinprom Targovishte
Vidima-Rakovski   Kostadin Angelov   Georgi Stoychev Asics VIDEXIM

Managerial changesEdit

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[2]
Slavia Sofia   Emil Velev Sacked 28 May 2011   Martin Kushev 28 May 2011[3]
Kaliakra Kavarna   Antoni Zdravkov End of contract 28 May 2011   Adalbert Zafirov 28 May 2011[4]
Chernomorets Burgas   Georgi Vasilev Sacked 30 May 2011   Dimitar Dimitrov 30 May 2011[5]
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[6] 15th   Radostin Trifonov 19 October 2011[7]
Svetkavitsa Targovishte   Plamen Donev Resigned 19 October 2011 16th   Nikola Spasov 23 October 2011[8]
Litex Lovech   Lyuboslav Penev Resigned 24 October 2011[9] 5th   Atanas Dzhambazki 24 October 2011
CSKA Sofia   Milen Radukanov Sacked 25 October 2011[10] 2nd   Dimitar Penev 25 October 2011
Levski Sofia   Georgi Ivanov Resigned 4 November 2011 5th   Nikolay Kostov 7 November 2011[11]
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Dragan Kanatlarovski Sacked 7 November 2011 6th   Emil Velev 8 November 2011[12]
Levski Sofia   Nikolay Kostov Resigned 26 March 2012 4th   Georgi Ivanov (caretaker) March 2012

Note: Georgi Ivanov subsequently stepped down and was replaced by Yasen Petrov as caretaker manager at the helm of Levski, with Ilian Iliev set to take over prior to the 2012/2013 season.

League tableEdit

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 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 CSKA Sofia 30 22 3 5 60 19 +41 69 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Levski Sofia 30 20 2 8 61 28 +33 62
4 Chernomorets Burgas 30 17 9 4 57 23 +34 60
5 Litex Lovech 30 17 8 5 57 28 +29 59
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 17 6 7 44 39 +5 57 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[a]
7 Cherno More 30 16 4 10 46 25 +21 52
8 Slavia Sofia 30 15 6 9 42 36 +6 51
9 Minyor Pernik 30 8 12 10 35 40 −5 36
10 Beroe 30 9 8 13 30 37 −7 35
11 Montana 30 8 7 15 29 51 −22 31
12 Botev Vratsa 30 7 8 15 30 44 −14 29
13 Lokomotiv Sofia 30 5 9 16 26 50 −24 24
14 Vidima-Rakovski (R) 30 3 6 21 19 59 −40 15 Relegation to 2012–13 B PFG
15 Kaliakra (R) 30 2 5 23 26 77 −51 11
16 Svetkavitsa (R) 30 1 5 24 8 71 −63 8
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; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Ludogorets Razgrad won the 2011–12 Bulgarian Cup competition but were qualified for 2012–13 UEFA Champions League via winning the league, hence their Europa League berth was awarded to the cup runners-up, Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BSZ BVR CHM CHB CSK KAV LEV LIT LPL LSO LUD MIN MON SLA SVE VRA
Beroe 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Botev Vratsa 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 6–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–4 0–1 1–0 2–2
Cherno More 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 7–1 3–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–1
Chernomorets Burgas 2–2 3–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 6–0 4–0
CSKA Sofia 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 4–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 4–1
Kaliakra 3–1 0–0 0–5 0–4 1–2 1–4 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–4 2–2 2–3 1–2 1–1 3–2
Levski Sofia 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–2 3–2 3–2 4–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 7–0 2–1
Litex Lovech 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 5–0 1–0 6–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 6–0 3–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 4–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–3 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–2
Lokomotiv Sofia 3–0 0–1 0–0 0–4 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–3[a] 4–1 0–1
Ludogorets Razgrad 3–0 3–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 4–1 3–0 6–0 5–0 4–0
Minyor Pernik 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–7 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–0
Montana 0–0 2–0 1–3 2–4 0–5 2–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–0
Slavia Sofia 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–3 0–2 3–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1
Svetkavitsa 1–3 0–0 1–3 0–3 0–3 1–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–2 0–3 0–0
Vidima-Rakovski 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–6 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–5 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–0
Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The match between Lokomotiv Sofia and Slavia Sofia was awarded to Slavia by a score of 3–0.[citation needed] The original fixture was not played after police security for the match could not be provided.[citation needed]

ChampionsEdit

Ludogorets Razgrad
Goalkeepers
01   Uroš Golubović 28 0(0)
13   Radek Petr 02 0(0)
30   Georgi Argilashki 00 0(0)
  Emil Mihaylov* 00 0(0)
Defenders
03   Marián Jarabica 01 0(0)
04   Tero Mäntylä 03 0(0)
05   Alexandre Barthe 29 0(3)
20   Guilherme Choco 27 0(1)
25   Yordan Minev 28 0(0)
26   Diyan Dimitrov 00 0(0)
33   Ľubomír Guldan 28 0(0)
77   Vitinha 10 0(0)
  Jure Travner* 03 0(0)
  Suvad Grabus* 01 0(0)
Midfielders
06   Georgi Kostadinov 05 0(2)
07   Mihail Aleksandrov 28 0(5)
08   Stanislav Genchev 27 0(6)
18   Svetoslav Dyakov 29 0(1)
19   Dimo Bakalov 14 0(2)
22   Miroslav Ivanov 27 0(4)
36   Mladen Kašćelan 11 0(1)
84   Marcelinho 25 0(9)
  Shener Remzi* 00 0(0)
  Dimo Atanasov* 06 0(0)
  Nikolay Dyulgerov* 02 0(0)
Forwards
11   Juninho Quixadá 11 0(5)
23   Emil Gargorov 26 (13)
27   Christian Kabasele 11 0(3)
73   Ivan Stoyanov 25 (16)
  Todor Kolev* 09 0(1)
Manager
  Ivaylo Petev
  • Mihaylov, Travner, Grabus, Remzi, Atanasov, Dyulgerov and Kolev left the club during a season.

Season statisticsEdit