2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

The 2019–20 First Professional Football League, also known as Efbet League for sponsorship reasons,[9] was the 96th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 71st since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid, and also the 4th season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. Ludogorets Razgrad were the defending champions after winning their 8th consecutive title in the previous season. On 21 June 2020 the team from Razgrad clinched its 9th championship with four games to spare after a 2:1 win home win over Beroe.[10] The season began in July 2019 and was scheduled to end in May 2020,[11] but was completed in July 2020.

First Professional Football League
Season2019–20
Dates12 July 2019 – 11 July 2020
ChampionsLudogorets Razgrad (9th title)
RelegatedDunav Ruse
Vitosha Bistritsa
Champions LeagueLudogorets Razgrad
Europa LeagueLokomotiv Plovdiv
CSKA Sofia
Slavia Sofia
Matches played215
Goals scored539 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorerBulgaria Martin Kamburov (18 goals)
Best goalkeeperBrazil Gustavo Busatto
(17 clean sheets)
Biggest home winLudogorets 6–0 Botev Vratsa
(15 February 2020)[1]
Biggest away winEtar 0–5 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
(5 October 2019)[2]
Highest scoringVitosha Bistritsa 2–6 Etar
(2 March 2020)[3]
Etar 5–3 Dunav Ruse
(11 June 2020)[4]
Longest winning run10 games by Ludogorets
Longest unbeaten run30 games by Ludogorets
Longest winless run29 games by Vitosha Bistritsa
Longest losing run7 games by Vitosha Bistritsa
Highest attendance24,687
Levski Sofia 0–0 CSKA Sofia
(15 February 2020)[5][6]
Lowest attendance60
Arda 2–0 Vitosha Bistritsa
(22 November 2019)[7]
Tsarsko Selo 0–3 Botev Plovdiv
(30 November 2019)[8]
All statistics correct as of 12 July 2020.

Impact of the coronavirus pandemicEdit

Suspension of championship and measures pertaining to fan attendance after resumptionEdit

After the possibility of playing matches without spectators was initially envisioned,[12] on 13 March 2020, the Bulgarian Football Union decided to suspend all fixtures until 13 April in accordance with the measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.[13] On 3 April 2020, the state of national emergency was extended until 13 May 2020[14] and on 11 April the Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev confirmed that no mass participation sports events and full training sessions will be held until that date.[15] On 14 May, it was announced that footballers would be given the opportunity to train together over the course of the next three weeks, subject to the observance of strict rules and a gradual increase in the number of participants. The competitive matches resumed on 5 June (with the post-regular season phase – the championship and relegation rounds – shortened in half).[16] The expectations in mid May were that no fans would be allowed, but on 2 June a decree by Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev permitted the presence of spectators, subject to the restriction that no more than 30 % of the stadium capacity is occupied and social distancing in terms of seating is adhered to.[17] On 12 June, it was decided that since 15 June the stadiums could be filled up to 50 % capacity.[18] On 23 June, a requirement of no more than 1000 spectators per section of the stands was imposed.[19] The match between Vitosha and Tsarsko Selo was postponed from 26 June to 27 June after it was reported that four Vitosha players and a physiotherapist had tested positive for COVID-19, but their PCR tests eventually produced negative results.[20] Due to a number of fans and Lokomotiv Plovdiv players who had tested positive in the aftermath of the Bulgarian Cup final, the 9 July match between Lokomotiv Plovdiv and CSKA Sofia (the same teams that contested the final) was held behind closed doors.[21] After a continuous rise in the number of infections in the period between mid June and early July,[22] in a decree valid from 10 July, spectators were once again forbidden to attend football matches.[23]

Footballers with positive tests for COVID-19Edit

In May 2020, prior to the restart of the matches, Emil Viyachki and Krasimir Stanoev tested positive for the coronavirus.[24] Tomi Juric (in June 2020)[25] and Martin Kavdanski's results (in July 2020)[26] also turned out to be positive. In Kavdanski case, his initial result had come back negative due to a laboratory mix-up, as a result of which he played in the match against Cherno More on 2 July.[27] On 6 July, it was announced that three additional Tsarsko Selo footballers as well as sixteen footballers and staff members from Cherno More had been identified as having the virus.[28] Between 8 July and 10 July, it was officially confirmed that nine Lokomotiv Plovdiv players and two non-playing personnel members had been infected.[29][30] Positive tests were also reported for two Dunav Ruse footballers[31] and one from Botev Plovdiv.[32] Infected footballers were subject to a 14-day quarantine,[33] with the majority of them reportedly either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization.[34]

TeamsEdit

Fourteen teams are competing in the league – the top twelve teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from the Second League.[35]

Tsarsko Selo Sofia were promoted as champions of the 2018–19 Second League.[36] This will be their debut in the Bulgarian top tier. Tsarsko Selo replaces Vereya, who were disqualified for match-fixing, ending their 3-year stay in the Bulgarian top tier.[37][38]

The second team to be promoted was Arda, who earned promotion after winning their play-off match against Septemvri Sofia.[39] Arda's win meant that the team will make their first appearance in the Bulgarian top tier, while Septemvri ended their two-year stay in the First League.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Arda Beroe Botev Plovdiv Botev Vratsa
Arena Arda Stadion Beroe Futbolen kompleks Botev 1912 Stadion Hristo Botev
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 12,128 Capacity: 4,000 Capacity: 12,000
       
Cherno More
2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) (Bulgaria)
Location of Sofia teams.
CSKA
Stadion Ticha Stadion Balgarska Armia
Capacity: 8,250 Capacity: 22,995
   
Dunav Ruse Etar
Gradski stadion Stadion Ivaylo
Capacity: 12,400 Capacity: 15,000
   
Levski Lokomotiv
Stadion Georgi Asparuhov Stadion Lokomotiv
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 13,220
   
Ludogorets Slavia Tsarsko Selo Vitosha
Huvepharma Arena Stadion Slavia Sporten kompleks Tsarsko Selo Stadion Bistritsa
Capacity: 10,422 Capacity: 25,556 Capacity: 1,550 Capacity: 2,500
       

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Additional
Arda   Nikolay Kirov   Plamen Krumov   Nike[40] Efbet
Beroe   Dimitar Dimitrov   Martin Kamburov   Uhlsport[41] Refan, Ajax Group
Botev Plovdiv   Ferario Spasov   Lachezar Baltanov   Uhlsport[42] WinBet
Botev Vratsa   Antoni Zdravkov   Valeri Domovchiyski   Errea[43] WinBet
CSKA Sofia   Stamen Belchev   Petar Zanev   Adidas[44] A1 Bulgaria WinBet, Baristo
Cherno More   Ilian Iliev   Daniel Dimov   Uhlsport Armeets
Dunav Ruse   Lyudmil Kirov   Diyan Dimov   Joma WinBet
Etar   Petko Petkov   Hristo Ivanov   Joma[45] WinBet
Levski Sofia   Georgi Todorov   Zhivko Milanov   Nike[46] 7777.bg
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Bruno Akrapović   Dimitar Iliev   Uhlsport[47] Efbet General Broker
Ludogorets   Pavel Vrba   Svetoslav Dyakov   Nike Efbet Vivacom
Slavia Sofia   Zlatomir Zagorčić   Georgi Petkov   Joma bet365 Asset Insurance
Tsarsko Selo   Luboslav Penev   Reyan Daskalov   Nike WinBet
Vitosha Bistritsa   Asen Bukarev   Chetin Sadula   Jumper Efbet Athletic Fitness

Note: Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising. However, only one sponsorship is permitted per jersey for official tournaments organised by UEFA in addition to that of the kit manufacturer (exceptions are made for non-profit organisations). Clubs in the domestic league can have more than one sponsorship per jersey which can feature on the front of the shirt, incorporated with the main sponsor or in place of it; or on the back, either below the squad number or on the collar area. Shorts also have space available for advertisement.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Levski Sofia   Georgi Todorov End of caretaker tenure 29 May 2019 Pre-season   Petar Hubchev 29 May 2019[48]
Etar   Krasimir Balakov Signed by Bulgaria 29 May 2019   Rosen Kirilov 9 June 2019[49]
Botev Plovdiv   Nikolay Kirov Sacked 29 May 2019[50]   Željko Petrović 9 June 2019[51]
Vitosha Bistritsa   Rosen Kirilov Mutual consent 3 June 2019[52]   Engibar Engibarov 6 June 2019[53]
Ludogorets   Stoycho Stoev Sacked 25 August 2019 2nd   Stanislav Genchev 25 August 2019[54]
CSKA Sofia   Ljupko Petrović Mutual consent 2 October 2019 4th   Miloš Kruščić 2 October 2019[55]
Botev Plovdiv   Željko Petrović Sacked 16 October 2019 13th   Ferario Spasov 16 October 2019[56]
Beroe   Aleksandar Tomash Mutual consent 22 October 2019[57] 8th   Dimitar Dimitrov 23 October 2019[58]
Botev Vratsa   Sasho Angelov 5 November 2019[59] 12th   Antoni Zdravkov 11 November 2019[60]
Etar   Rosen Kirilov 2 December 2019[61] 10th   Petko Petkov 10 December 2019[62]
Vitosha Bistritsa   Engibar Engibarov 17 December 2019[63] 14th   Asen Bukarev 27 December 2019[64]
Ludogorets   Stanislav Genchev End of caretaker tenure 1 January 2020 1st   Pavel Vrba 1 January 2020[65]
Tsarsko Selo   Nikola Spasov Mutual consent 1 April 2020[66] 11th   Luboslav Penev 30 April 2020[67]
Arda Kardzhali   Stamen Belchev 14 April 2020[68] 9th   Nikolay Kirov 21 April 2020[69]
Levski Sofia   Petar Hubchev 11 June 2020[70] 4th   Georgi Todorov 11 June 2020[71]
CSKA Sofia   Miloš Kruščić 2 July 2020[72] 3rd   Stamen Belchev 2 July 2020[73]

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ludogorets Razgrad 26 18 8 0 46 12 +34 62 Qualification for the Championship round
2 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 26 14 8 4 49 23 +26 50[a]
3 CSKA Sofia 26 14 8 4 41 17 +24 50[a]
4 Levski Sofia 26 14 7 5 43 19 +24 49
5 Slavia Sofia 26 13 6 7 36 28 +8 45
6 Beroe 26 14 1 11 44 34 +10 43
7 Cherno More 26 10 10 6 32 24 +8 40 Qualification for the Relegation round
8 Arda 26 7 10 9 27 33 −6 31
9 Botev Plovdiv 26 8 6 12 26 30 −4 30
10 Etar 26 6 9 11 31 45 −14 27
11 Tsarsko Selo 26 7 4 15 24 42 −18 25
12 Botev Vratsa 26 5 7 14 21 46 −25 22
13 Dunav Ruse 26 4 7 15 21 49 −28 19
14 Vitosha Bistritsa 26 1 3 22 15 54 −39 6
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[74]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points (GD): Lokomotiv Plovdiv 4, CSKA Sofia 1.


ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARD BER BPD BVR CHM CSK DUN ETA LEV LPD LUD SLA TSS VIT
Arda 3–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–3 2–5 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–0
Beroe 0–1 2–0 4–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–2 2–0 1–0
Botev Plovdiv 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 2–1
Botev Vratsa 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–4 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1
Cherno More 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–0
CSKA Sofia 3–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 4–0
Dunav Ruse 0–0 0–3 1–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–4 0–3 0–1 0–0 3–1 2–0
Etar 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–4 5–3 0–0 0–5 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0
Levski Sofia 2–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 1–1
Ludogorets 2–0 3–1 2–1 6–0 1–1 0–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0
Slavia Sofia 2–3 2–4 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–2
Tsarsko Selo 0–0 2–1 0–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–3 1–0
Vitosha Bistritsa 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–6 0–4 2–3 0–1 0–1 3–2
Source: bulgarian-football.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Ludogorets42121121111111111111111111
Lokomotiv Plovdiv115452333333333323333333322
CSKA Sofia711767554444444444444444433
Levski Sofia13213212222222232222222244
Slavia Sofia579108888898865558755555555
Beroe261075446666787787889766766
Cherno More31334667777556676566677677
Arda910546775555678865677999888
Botev Plovdiv846810121199121313131311119998888999
Etar6989111113121289119910910101010101010101010
Tsarsko Selo13121313131091313131112111191212121212111111111111
Botev Vratsa128121112131011111112101212121313131313131313121212
Dunav Ruse1414111299121010101091010131011111111121212131313
Vitosha Bistritsa1013141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414

Results by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
ArdaDDWWLLDWWLWLLDLWWDDDLLDDDL
BeroeWLLWWWLLWLWLLWLLWDLWWWWLWW
Botev PlovdivDWLDLLWDLLLLLDWWWWWWDLDLLL
Botev VratsaLWLLDDWLLDLWLLDLLLLDLWDDWL
Cherno MoreWWDDDLDDLWDWWLLLWWDDWDDWLW
CSKA SofiaDLWWDWDDWWLWLWWWWDDWDWLWWD
Dunav RuseLLWLWLDDDDLWLLLWLDLLLLDLDL
EtarDDDDLDLWLWLLWLLWLLDDLDWDLW
Levski SofiaWDWWLWWDWWWLWWWLWDWDDDLDLW
Lokomotiv PlovdivLWWDWWLDWWWWWWDWLDWDDWLDWD
LudogoretsWWWDDWDWWWWWWWWWWDDDWDDWWW
Slavia SofiaWLLDWDDLDLWWWWDLLWWDWWWWWL
Tsarsko SeloLDLLWDWLLLDLWLWLLLDLWLWLLW
Vitosha BistritsaLLLLLLLWLLLLLLDLLDLLLLLDLL
Source: bulgarian-football.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Championship roundEdit

Championship round tableEdit

Points and goals will carry over in full from regular season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LUD CSK SLA LEV LPD BER
1 Ludogorets Razgrad (C) 31 21 9 1 59 18 +41 72 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round 3–0 6–1 2–1
2 CSKA Sofia 31 16 11 4 52 22 +30 59 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round 1–1 3–3 5–0
3 Slavia Sofia (O) 31 16 7 8 42 32 +10 55 Qualification for the European play-off final 3–1 0–0
4 Levski Sofia 31 15 8 8 50 30 +20 53[a] 1–2 1–2
5 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 31 15 8 8 53 35 +18 53[a] Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b] 1–2 0–1 0–2
6 Beroe 31 16 1 14 50 43 +7 49 2–0 1–2
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[75]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points in the regular season: Levski 4, Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1.
  2. ^ Lokomotiv Plovdiv qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2019–20 Bulgarian Cup.


Positions by roundEdit

Below the positions per round are shown. As teams did not all start with an equal number of points, the initial pre-playoffs positions are also given.

Team ╲ RoundInitial12345
Ludogorets Razgrad111111
CSKA Sofia323322
Slavia Sofia555443
Levski Sofia442234
Lokomotiv Plovdiv234555
Beroe666666

Relegation roundEdit

Points and goals will carry over in full from regular season.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation CHM ETA TSS VIT
1 Cherno More 29 12 11 6 39 27 +12 47 Qualification for the European play-off quarter-finals 2–2 1–0
2 Etar 29 7 10 12 34 48 −14 31[a] 0–1 1–0
3 Tsarsko Selo 29 9 4 16 27 46 −19 31[a] Qualification for the relegation play-offs 1–4
4 Vitosha Bistritsa (R) 29 1 3 25 15 57 −42 6 Relegated to the Second League 0–1
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[75]
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points in the regular season: Etar 2, Tsarsko Selo 2; GD 3:3; Etar with more away goals.


Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation BPD ARD BVR DUN
1 Botev Plovdiv 29 10 6 13 32 34 −2 36 Qualification for the European play-off quarter-finals 3–2 3–1
2 Arda 29 8 11 10 28 35 −7 35 1–0 0–2
3 Botev Vratsa 29 6 8 15 26 50 −24 26 Qualification for the relegation play-offs 0–0
4 Dunav Ruse 29 5 7 17 25 55 −30 22 1–3
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[75]


European play-offsEdit

BracketEdit

Quarter-finalsSemi-finalFinal
          
Quarter-final
Cherno More1
Semi-final
Arda0
Cherno More0
Quarter-final
Botev Plovdiv1
Botev Plovdiv1
Final
Etar0
Slavia Sofia2
Botev Plovdiv1

European play-off quarter-finalsEdit

Cherno More1–0Arda
Isa   18' Report
Attendance: 1,200
Botev Plovdiv1–0Etar
Vutov   29' Report

European play-off semi-finalEdit

Cherno More0–1Botev Plovdiv
Report Vutov   53'
Attendance: 0

European play-off finalEdit

Slavia Sofia2–1Botev Plovdiv
Karabelyov   41'
Dimitrov   84'
Report Anderson   88'

Relegation play-offsEdit

Relegation groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation BVR DUN TSS
1 Botev Vratsa 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 0–0
2 Dunav Ruse (R) 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 Relegation play-off against the third from the Second League 1–0
3 Tsarsko Selo (O) 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0 Relegation play-off against the second from the Second League 0–3
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[75]
(O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.


Relegation finalsEdit

Dunav Ruse1−4Montana
Nando   86' Report Aytov   28'
Tasev   43'
Minkov   69'
A. Iliev   82'
Attendance: 0

Dunav Ruse are relegated to the Third League.[N 1]

Tsarsko Selo2−0Septemvri Sofia
Minchev   19'
Mechev   90+4'
Report

Season statisticsEdit

Round Goal of the week Club Save of the week Club
1   Georgi Amzin vs Slavia [1] Vitosha Bistritsa   Kristiyan Katsarev vs Slavia [2] Vitosha Bistritsa
2   Todor Nedelev vs Dunav Botev Plovdiv   Hristo Ivanov vs Levski Sofia [3] Etar
3   Rodney Antwi vs Dunav [4] Tsarsko Selo   Georgi Georgiev vs CSKA Sofia [5] Slavia
4   Daniel Mladenov vs Botev Plovdiv [6] Etar   Blagoy Makendzhiev vs Beroe [7] Dunav
5   Rodney Antwi vs Botev Plovdiv [8] Tsarsko Selo   Hristo Ivanov vs Slavia [9] Etar
6   Paulinho vs Vitosha Bistritsa [10] Levski Sofia   Martin Lukov vs Dunav [11] Lokomotiv Plovdiv
7   Anton Karachanakov vs Beroe [12] Tsarsko Selo   Hristiyan Vasilev vs Botev Plovdiv [13] Vitosha Bistritsa
8   Spas Delev vs Slavia [14] Arda   Hristo Ivanov vs Beroe [15] Etar
9   Radoslav Vasilev vs Botev Vratsa [16] Arda   Georgi Georgiev vs Dunav [17] Slavia
10   Stanislav Ivanov vs Slavia [18] Levski Sofia   Miodrag Mitrović vs Botev Plovdiv [19] Cherno More
11   Rúben Brígido vs CSKA Sofia [20] Beroe   Yanko Georgiev vs Slavia [21] Botev Plovdiv
12   Daniel Genov vs Botev Plovdiv [22] Botev Vratsa   Kristiyan Katsarev vs CSKA Sofia [23] Vitosha Bistritsa
13   Khaly Thiam vs Arda [24] Levski Sofia   Martin Lukov vs CSKA Sofia [25] Lokomotiv Plovdiv
14   Dimitar Iliev vs Cherno More [26] Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Miodrag Mitrović vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv [27] Cherno More
15   Kristiyan Malinov vs Cherno More [28] CSKA Sofia   Johny Placide vs Arda [29] Tsarsko Selo
16   Rodney Antwi vs Dunav [30] Tsarsko Selo   Hristo Ivanov vs Cherno More [31] Etar
17   Ismail Isa vs Slavia [32] Cherno More   Martin Lukov vs Ludogorets [33] Lokomotiv Plovdiv
18   Antonio Vutov vs Tsarsko Selo [34] Botev Plovdiv   Plamen Iliev vs CSKA Sofia [35] Ludogorets
19   Todor Nedelev vs Beroe [36] Botev Plovdiv   Georgi Georgiev vs Botev Vratsa [37] Slavia
20   Todor Nedelev vs Vitosha Bistritsa [38] Botev Plovdiv   Gustavo Busatto vs Dunav [39] CSKA Sofia
21   Patrick Andrade vs Dunav [40] Cherno More   Gustavo Busatto vs Levski Sofia [41] CSKA Sofia
22   Ivan Stoyanov vs Ludogorets [42] Etar
23   Gaius Makouta vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv [43] Beroe   Johny Placide vs CSKA Sofia [44]
  Miodrag Mitrović vs Botev Plovdiv [45]
Tsarsko Selo
Cherno More
24   Graham Carey vs Beroe [46] CSKA Sofia   Dušan Perniš vs CSKA Sofia [47] Beroe
25   Tsvetelin Chunchukov vs Tsarsko Selo [48] Slavia   Nikolay Krastev vs CSKA Sofia [49] Vitosha Bistritsa
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ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 12 July 2020
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Martin Kamburov Beroe 18
2   Ismail Isa Cherno More 13
  Ali Sowe CSKA Sofia
4   Dimitar Iliev Lokomotiv Plovdiv 12
  Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets
6   Nigel Robertha Levski Sofia 11
7   Evandro CSKA Sofia 10
  Radoslav Vasilev Arda
9   Todor Nedelev Botev Plovdiv 9
  Stanislav Ivanov Levski Sofia
  Rodney Antwi Tsarsko Selo
12   Daniel Mladenov Etar 8
  Paulinho Levski Sofia
  Tiago Rodrigues CSKA Sofia

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Todor Nedelev Botev Plovdiv Dunav Ruse 3–1[77] 21 July 2019

Clean sheetsEdit

As of 12 July 2020
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1   Gustavo Busatto CSKA Sofia 17
2   Milan Mijatović Levski Sofia 13
3   Martin Lukov Lokomotiv Plovdiv 11
4   Plamen Iliev Ludogorets 9
  Dušan Perniš Beroe
6   Georgi Georgiev[a] Levski Sofia 8
  Krasimir Kostov Botev Vratsa
  Blagoy Makendzhiev Dunav
  Miodrag Mitrovic Cherno More
10   Ivan Karadzhov Arda 7
  Yanko Georgiev Botev Plovdiv
  1. ^ Includes 8 clean sheets for Slavia Sofia

TransfersEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dunav Ruse withdrew from participation from Second League following ownership change and will instead enter the Third League.[76]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ludogorets vs. Botev Vratsa 6–0". soccerway.com. 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Etar vs. Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0–5". soccerway.com. 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Vitosha Bistritsa vs. Etar 2–6". soccerway.com. 2 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Etar vs. Dunav 5–3". soccerway.com. 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ "CSKA Sofia vs. Levski Sofia 2–2". soccerway.com. 1 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Близо 25 хил. души са били на дербито между "Левски" и ЦСКА". dnevnik.bg (in Bulgarian). 17 February 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Arda vs. Vitosha Bistritsa 2–0". soccerway.com. 22 November 2019.
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