2014–15 B Group

The 2014–15 B Group was the 60th season of the Bulgarian B Football Group, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system.

B Group
Season2014–15
PromotedMontana
Pirin Blagoevgrad
RelegatedBotev Vratsa
Chernomorets
Rakovski
Spartak Varna
Matches played239
Goals scored586 (2.45 per match)
Top goalscorerYanaki Smirnov (22 goals)

Team changes from 2013–14Edit

Movement between A PFG and B PFGEdit

At the end of last season the first two teams of the second division of Bulgarian football were promoted to the top division - A PFG. These were Marek Dupnitsa and Haskovo 2009.

Because of the changes made in the number of teams in A PFG for this season the bottom four teams in A Group at the end of the last one were relegated to B Group for season 2014-2015. These were Chernomorets Burgas, Neftochimic Burgas, Pirin Gotse Delchev and Lyubimets 2007.

Movement between B PFG and V AFGEdit

The four V AFG champions - Sozopol (South-East), Benkovski Byala (North-East), Pirin Blagoevgrad (South-West) and Lokomotiv Mezdra (North-West) - were promoted to B PFG because of their standings in their respective groups the previous season.

Further pre-season changesEdit

On June 16 Benkovski Byala sent an official letter to the Bulgarian Football Union and declined to participate in the 2014–15 B PFG, citing financial problems.[1] On the next day media reports suggested that three additional clubs had not met the license criteria in the initial investigation by the BFU - Lyubimets, Neftochimic and Pirin Gotse Delchev. All three clubs were in danger of being refused a spot in the group, while the 2nd placed teams in the 2013/14 V AFG were preparing themselves to make bids to replace them.[2]

On June 19 the BFU confirmed Benkovski's withdrawal and officially invited FC Master Burgas to take their spot as the 2nd placed team in the Southeast V AFG.[3] On June 22, the club announced it had accepted the invitation, and in addition would change its name to FC Burgas and switch colours from red and white to blue and white.[4] On June 30, the BFU announced the final list of participants for the 2014-15 season after a six-hour session. Lyubimets, Neftochimic and Pirin Gotse Delchev were all denied a professional license for the following season due to outstanding debts and would have to compete in the V AFG or fold. The group was kept at 16 teams with the addition of Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa (2nd place in Northwest V AFG), Septemvri Simitli (2nd place in Southwest V AFG) and Vereya Stara Zagora (3rd place in Southeast V AFG). Vereya was chosen ahead of Oborishte Panagyurishte (3rd placed in Southwest V AFG) because of its higher coefficient and better infrastructure.[5]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team City Stadium Capacity
Bansko Bansko Saint Peter 3,000
Botev Galabovo Energetik 3,000
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev 32,000
Burgas Burgas Balgarovo 3,000
Chernomorets Burgas Lazur 18,037
Dobrudzha Dobrich Druzhba 12,500
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa Lokomotiv 12,000
Lokomotiv 2012 Mezdra Lokomotiv 5,000
Montana Montana Ogosta 8,000
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev 11,000
Pirin Razlog Pirin 2,000
Rakovski Rakovski Legia 3,000
Septemvri Simitli Struma 8,000
Sozopol Sozopol Arena Sozopol 3,000
Spartak Varna Spartak 8,000
Vereya Stara Zagora Trace Arena 1,000

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Montana (C, P) 30 25 3 2 72 16 +56 78 Promotion to 2015–16 A Group
2 Pirin Blagoevgrad (P) 30 17 10 3 52 15 +37 61
3 Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 30 18 5 7 60 34 +26 59
4 Bansko 30 14 11 5 38 18 +20 53
5 Dobrudzha Dobrich 30 13 7 10 41 28 +13 46
6 Sozopol 30 12 10 8 39 25 +14 46
7 Burgas 30 11 10 9 34 30 +4 43
8 Botev Galabovo 30 11 9 10 35 40 −5 42
9 Lokomotiv 2012 Mezdra 30 12 5 13 43 41 +2 41
10 Pirin Razlog 30 10 10 10 33 38 −5 40
11 Vereya 30 9 10 11 25 24 +1 37
12 Septemvri Simitli 30 11 3 16 30 47 −17 36
13 Botev Vratsa (R) 30 8 5 17 26 43 −17 29 Relegation to 2015–16 V Group
14 Chernomorets Burgas (R) 30 7 7 16 25 40 −15 28
15 Rakovski 2011 (R) 29 6 1 22 25 71 −46 16[a]
16 Spartak Varna (R) 29 2 0 27 9 77 −68 6[b]
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 goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points; 8th Draw
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Rakovski 2011 decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break due to financial difficulties. They were unable to register four professional players for their matches against Burgas and Botev Galabovo. All remaining fixtures are awarded 0−3 against them.[6] The decision was confirmed by the Bulgarian Football Union on 27 February 2015.[7] On 5 March 2015 the Union deducted 3 points due to the non-attendance of their game against PFC Burgas.[8]
  2. ^ Spartal Varna decided to cancel their participation in the championship during the winter break due to financial difficulties. They were unable to register four professional players for their match against Bansko, which was the second time a match had to be cancelled due to a fault of Spartak Varna. All remaining fixtures are awarded 0−3 against them.[9] The decision was confirmed by the Bulgarian Football Union on 5 March 2015.[8]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAN GAL BVR BUR CHB DOB LGO LM12 MON PIR PRZ RAK SIM SOZ SPV VER
Bansko 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0[a] 2–0 0–0 3–0[a] 0–0
Botev Galabovo 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–2 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
Botev Vratsa 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–4 0–1 0–0 3–0[a] 3–1 0–1 5–0 0–0
Burgas 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–0[a] 1–0 1–1 3–0[a] 0–0
Chernomorets Burgas 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–0[a] 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1
Dobrudzha Dobrich 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–0 4–2 3–4 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 3–0[a] 1–0
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 2–2 4–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–2 3–0[a] 2–0 4–3 3–0[a] 0–0
Lokomotiv 2012 Mezdra 1–0 0–4 4–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–4 1–2 1–1 4–2 3–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 4–1
Montana 3–0 5–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 0–0 3–0 3–3 6–1 2–0 3–0 2–0
Pirin Blagoevgrad 0–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Pirin Razlog 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 3–0[a] 2–1 1–2 3–0[a] 0–1
Rakovski 2011 2–0 0–3[a] 3–2 0–1 4–1 0–3[a] 0–3 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 3–0 3–6 2–0 [b] 0–3[a]
Septemvri Simitli 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–3 3–2 1–4 0–3 0–0 3–0[a] 1–0 3–0[a] 2–1
Sozopol 1–0 6–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 2–2 3–0[a] 1–0 4–0 0–0
Spartak Varna 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 1–2 0–3[a] 0–3 0–2 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–3[a] 2–1
Vereya 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–0[a]
Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Match awarded
  2. ^ The game between Rakovski 2011 and Spartak Varna is not conducted due to the exclusion of both clubs from B PFG

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals[10]
1   Yanaki Smirnov Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 22
2   Miroslav Antonov Montana 18
3   Atanas Iliev Dobrudzha Dobrich 17
4   Petar Atanasov Rakovski 13
5   Georgi Kirilov Botev Galabovo 12
6   Nikolay Tsvetkov Lokomotiv 2012 Mezdra 11
7   Antoniy Balakov Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 10
8   Deyan Hristov Chernomorets Burgas 9
  Sergey Georgiev Montana 9
  Martin Toshev Pirin Blagoevgrad 9
11   Vladimir Kaptiev Pirin Razlog 8

Updated on 24 May 2015

ReferencesEdit

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