2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

The 2019–20 First Professional Football League, also known as Efbet League for sponsorship reasons,[6] is 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 are the defending champions after winning their 8th consecutive title in the previous season. 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 2020 coronavirus pandemic.[7] On 3 April 2020, the state of national emergency was extended until 13 May 2020.[8]

First Professional Football League
Season2019–20
Matches played161
Goals scored401 (2.49 per match)
Top goalscorerBulgaria Dimitar Iliev (12 goals)
Best goalkeeperBrazil Gustavo Busatto
(13 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 scoringArda 2–5 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
(11 August 2019)[3]
Longest winning run10 games by Ludogorets
Longest unbeaten run22 games by Ludogorets
Longest winless run15 games by Vitosha
Longest losing run7 games by Vitosha
Highest attendance24,687
Levski Sofia 0–0 CSKA Sofia
(15 February 2020)[4]
Lowest attendance200
Slavia Sofia 2–3 Arda
(30 August 2019)[5]
2020–21 →
All statistics correct as of 6 March 2020.

TeamsEdit

Fourteen teams are competing in the league – the top twelve teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from the Second League.[9]

Tsarsko Selo Sofia were promoted as champions of the 2018–19 Second League.[10] 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.[11][12]

The second team to be promoted was Arda, who earned promotion after winning their play-off match against Septemvri Sofia.[13] 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: 18,495
   
Dunav Ruse Etar
Gradski stadion Stadion Ivaylo
Capacity: 12,400 Capacity: 15,000
   
Levski Lokomotiv
Stadion Georgi Asparuhov Stadion Lokomotiv
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 8,500
   
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   Stamen Belchev   Plamen Krumov   Nike[14] Efbet
Beroe   Dimitar Dimitrov   Martin Kamburov   Uhlsport[15] Refan, Ajax Group
Botev Plovdiv   Ferario Spasov   Lachezar Baltanov   Uhlsport[16] WinBet
Botev Vratsa   Antoni Zdravkov   Valeri Domovchiyski   Errea[17] WinBet
CSKA Sofia   Miloš Kruščić   Petar Zanev   Adidas[18] 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[19] WinBet
Levski Sofia   Petar Hubchev   Zhivko Milanov   Nike[20] 7777.bg
Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Bruno Akrapović   Dimitar Iliev   Uhlsport[21] Efbet General Broker
Ludogorets   Pavel Vrba   Svetoslav Dyakov   Nike Efbet Vivacom
Slavia Sofia   Zlatomir Zagorčić   Georgi Petkov   Joma bet365 Asset Insurance
Tsarsko Selo   Nikola Spasov   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[22]
Etar   Krasimir Balakov Signed by Bulgaria 29 May 2019   Rosen Kirilov 9 June 2019[23]
Botev Plovdiv   Nikolay Kirov Sacked 29 May 2019[24]   Željko Petrović 9 June 2019[25]
Vitosha Bistritsa   Rosen Kirilov Mutual consent 3 June 2019[26]   Engibar Engibarov 6 June 2019[27]
Ludogorets   Stoycho Stoev Sacked 25 August 2019 2nd   Stanislav Genchev 25 August 2019[28]
CSKA Sofia   Ljupko Petrović Mutual consent 2 October 2019 4th   Miloš Kruščić 2 October 2019[29]
Botev Plovdiv   Željko Petrović Sacked 16 October 2019 13th   Ferario Spasov 16 October 2019[30]
Beroe   Aleksandar Tomash Mutual consent 22 October 2019[31] 8th   Dimitar Dimitrov 23 October 2019[32]
Botev Vratsa   Sasho Angelov 5 November 2019[33] 12th   Antoni Zdravkov 11 November 2019[34]
Etar   Rosen Kirilov 2 December 2019[35] 10th   Petko Petkov 10 December 2019[36]
Vitosha Bistritsa   Engibar Engibarov 17 December 2019[37] 14th   Asen Bukarev 27 December 2019[38]
Ludogorets   Stanislav Genchev End of caretaker tenure 1 January 2020 1st   Pavel Vrba 1 January 2020[39]

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ludogorets (Q) 23 16 7 0 42 10 +32 55 Qualification for the Championship round
2 Levski Sofia (Q) 24 13 7 4 40 17 +23 46
3 Lokomotiv Plovdiv (Q) 24 13 7 4 46 22 +24 46
4 CSKA Sofia (Q) 24 13 7 4 39 16 +23 46
5 Slavia Sofia 24 12 6 6 31 23 +8 42
6 Cherno More 24 9 10 5 30 21 +9 37[a]
7 Beroe 24 12 1 11 37 32 +5 37[a] Qualification for the Relegation round
8 Botev Plovdiv (Q) 24 8 6 10 25 27 −2 30
9 Arda 23 7 8 8 25 29 −4 29
10 Etar (Q) 24 5 9 10 26 40 −14 24
11 Tsarsko Selo (Q) 24 6 4 14 22 39 −17 22
12 Botev Vratsa (Q) 24 4 7 13 20 45 −25 19
13 Dunav Ruse (Q) 24 4 6 14 18 44 −26 18
14 Vitosha Bistritsa (Q) 24 1 3 20 15 51 −36 6
Updated to match(es) played on 8 March 2020. 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.[40]
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Cherno More ahead of Beroe on head-to-head points: Cherno More–Beroe 2–0.

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 21 Mar 2–5 18 Mar 1–1 0–2 2–0
Beroe 0–1 2–0 4–0 14 Mar 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–2 2–0 1–0
Botev Plovdiv 1–1 3–1 14 Mar 0–1 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 21 Mar 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 21 Mar
CSKA Sofia 3–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 21 Mar 0–0 1–0 3–0 4–0
Dunav Ruse 14 Mar 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 21 Mar 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 14 Mar 1–2 2–0 2–0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 14 Mar 0–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 1–1
Ludogorets 2–0 3–1 21 Mar 6–0 1–1 0–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0
Slavia Sofia 2–3 21 Mar 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 14 Mar 1–0
Vitosha Bistritsa 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 14 Mar 1–1 2–6 0–4 2–3 0–1 0–1 3–2
Updated to match(es) played on 8 March 2020. Source: bulgarian-football.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Ludogorets42121121111111111111111111
Levski Sofia132132122222222322222222
Lokomotiv Plovdiv1154523333333333233333333
CSKA Sofia7117675544444444444444444
Slavia Sofia5791088888988655587555555
Cherno More313346677775566765666776
Beroe2610754466667877878897667
Botev Plovdiv846810121199121313131311119998888
Arda9105467755556788656779999
Etar698911111312128911991091010101010101010
Tsarsko Selo1312131313109131313111211119121212121211111111
Dunav Ruse1414111299121010101091010131011111111121212
Botev Vratsa128121112131011111112101212121313131313131313
Vitosha Bistritsa1013141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414
Updated to match(es) played on 2 March 2020. Source: bulgarian-football.com

Results by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
ArdaDDWWLLDWWLWLLDLWWDDDLLD
BeroeWLLWWWLLWLWLLWLLWDLWWWWL
Botev PlovdivDWLDLLWDLLLLLDWWWWWWDLDL
Botev VratsaLWLLDDWLLDLWLLDLLLLDLWDD
Cherno MoreWWDDDLDDLWDWWLLLWWDDWDDW
CSKA SofiaDLWWDWDDWWLWLWWWWDDWDWLW
Dunav RuseLLWLWLDDDDLWLLLWLDLLLLD
EtarDDDDLDLWLWLLWLLWLLDDLDWD
Levski SofiaWDWWLWWDWWWLWWWLWDWDDDLD
Lokomotiv PlovdivLWWDWWLDWWWWWWDWLDWDDWLD
LudogoretsWWWDDWDWWWWWWWWWWDDDWD
Slavia SofiaWLLDWDDLDLWWWWDLLWWDWWWW
Tsarsko SeloLDLLWDWLLLDLWLWLLLDLWLWL
Vitosha BistritsaLLLLLLLWLLLLLLDLLDLLLLLD
Updated to match(es) played on 7 March 2020. Source: bulgarian-football.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Championship roundEdit

Relegation roundEdit

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   Gustavo Busatto vs Dunav [38] CSKA Sofia
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ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 29 February 2020
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Dimitar Iliev Lokomotiv Plovdiv 12
2   Martin Kamburov Beroe 11
3   Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets 10
4   Ali Sowe CSKA Sofia 9
  Rodney Antwi Tsarsko Selo
6   Radoslav Vasilev Arda 8
  Ismail Isa Cherno More
  Evandro CSKA Sofia
  Daniel Mladenov Etar
  Nigel Robertha Levski Sofia
  Stanislav Ivanov Levski Sofia

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Todor Nedelev Botev Plovdiv Dunav Ruse 3–1[41] 21 July 2019

Clean sheetsEdit

As of 29 February 2020
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1   Gustavo Busatto CSKA Sofia 13
2   Milan Mijatović Levski Sofia 12
3   Martin Lukov Lokomotiv Plovdiv 10
4   Plamen Iliev Ludogorets 9
5   Dušan Perniš Beroe 8
  Georgi Georgiev Slavia Sofia
7   Ivan Karadzhov Arda 7

TransfersEdit

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