First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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The First Professional Football League (Bulgarian: Първа професионална футболна лига, romanizedParva Profesionalna Futbolna Liga), also known as the Bulgarian First League or Parva Liga, currently known as the efbet League for sponsorship reasons,[1] is a professional association football league, located at the top of the Bulgarian football league system. Contested by 16 teams, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Second Professional Football League.

First Professional Football League
Efbet Liga logo.png
Organising bodyBulgarian Football Union (BFU)
Founded1924; 99 years ago (1924) (knockout)
1937–1940; 1948 (as round-robin)
CountryBulgaria Bulgaria
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toSecond League
Domestic cup(s)Bulgarian Cup
Bulgarian Supercup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsLudogorets Razgrad (11th title)
(2021–22)
Most championshipsCSKA Sofia (31 titles)
Most appearancesGeorgi Iliev (461)
Top goalscorerMartin Kamburov (256 goals)
TV partnersNova Broadcasting Group
Websitefpleague.bg
Current: 2022–23 season

The Bulgarian football championship was inaugurated in 1924 as the Bulgarian State Football Championship and has been played in a league format since 1948, when the A Group was established. The champions of the First League have the right to participate in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League based on the league's European coefficient. Additionally, two UEFA Europa League spots are allocated to the second team in the final standings and the winner of the European playoffs. A further fourth spot may also be granted to the fourth placed team in the final league ranking, given that the Bulgarian Cup holder has finished among the top three teams at the end of the season.

A total of 74 clubs have competed in the Bulgarian top-tier since its establishment. Since 1948, eleven different teams have been crowned champions of Bulgaria. The three most successful clubs are CSKA Sofia with 31 titles, Levski Sofia with 26 titles and Ludogorets Razgrad with 11 titles. The current champions Ludogorets Razgrad won their eleventh consecutive title in their eleventh First League season in 2021–22. Historically, the competition has been dominated by Sofia-based teams. Together they have won a total number of 70 titles.

HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

The first football championship in Bulgaria was held in 1924 as a knockout tournament. It was organised by the Bulgarian National Sports Federation (BNSF). The six inaugural teams were Vladislav Varna, Orel Vratsa, Levski Sofia, Krakra Pernik, Pobeda Plovdiv and Chernomorets Burgas, each having won and representing its regional sports federation, called sportna federatsiya. The championship was abandoned, because of a dispute between Vladislav and Levski over the replay of the final game. In the following 1925 season, SK Vladislav became the first champion of Bulgaria. The championship was reorganised for three seasons, from season 1937–38 to 1939–40, ten teams participated in a round-robin tournament, called the National Football Division.[2]

A Republican Football GroupEdit

The inaugural season of the A Republican Football Group began in the autumn of 1948. The ten teams participating in the league were Levski, Septemvri, Lokomotiv, Slavia and Spartak from the capital city Sofia, and Botev Varna, Botev Burgas, Slavia Plovdiv, Marek Stanke Dimitrov, Benkovski in a spring-autumn cycle like in the Soviet Union. In the autumn of 1949, qualification tournaments were played to determine the teams that would play in the next 1950 season. In the next two seasons the number of teams in the league was increased to 12, and for the 1953 season there were 15 teams (the 16th team was the Bulgarian National Football Team). In seasons 1954 and 1955 there were 14 teams in the league, and in seasons 1956 and 1957 there were 10.[citation needed]

In 1958, the championship was again stopped after the spring half-season, as had happened in 1948. New re-organizations were accepted and the league was again going to be played in the autumn-spring format. Despite the fact that the teams had played just 1 match, CDNA was crowned as the champion of Bulgaria.[citation needed]

The frequent changes in the number of teams in A Group continued in the 1960s. In the first two seasons after the reforms in 1958, the number of teams in the league was 12, in the period 1960–1962 – 14, until season 1967/68, when the teams were 16.

There were new reforms at the end of the 1960s. There were many mergers between Bulgarian clubs. The most-famous are between CSKA Red Flag and Septemvri Sofia in CSKA September Flag, the capital teams Levski and Spartak in Levski-Spartak, Lokomotiv and Slavia in Slavia, the Plovdiv teams Botev, Spartak and Academic in Trakiya. Mergers happened between other Bulgarian clubs too. These mergers between clubs and reforms in A Group were made at the winter break of the 1968/69 season.

After the winter reforms in 1968 until 2000, A Group remained with 16 teams, except in seasons 1971/72 and 1972/73, when 18 teams competed in the league.

Premier Professional Football LeagueEdit

The Bulgarian Football Union decided to make reforms. The Premier Professional Football League, created in the autumn of 2000, had 14 teams participating in it. At the end of the 2000/01 season, the last two teams were directly relegated to the lower division and the team that finished 12th had the chance to compete in the promotion/relegation play-off for the remaining place in the league. Levski Sofia became champions in the first season of the Premier League.

In the 2001/02 season there was experimentation with the regulations. The championship was divided into two phases. In the first phase the teams played a regular season, each team playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. The second phase was a play-off phase.

In the following season, 2002/03, the championship returned to the regulations of 2000/01 – 14 teams playing in a home and away format. For the first time in 6 years, CSKA Sofia became champions.

A GroupEdit

 
The A Group Trophy as of 2005

The Bulgarian A Professional Football Group was created in 2003. The group was formed by 16 teams, each playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. In the first season of the newly created A Group, the 2003–04 season, for the first time in history, Lokomotiv Plovdiv became champions, finishing with 75 points. In 2004–05, CSKA Sofia won A Group for the 30th time. For the next two seasons, Levski Sofia were champions under manager Stanimir Stoilov. From 2005–06 the league's name has been A Football Group. In 2007–08, CSKA became champions of A Group for a record-breaking 31st time without a loss out of 30 matches. But in the summer, UEFA didn't give a licence for the club to play in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds and Levski Sofia entered to play in the tournament instead of CSKA. In the following season Levski Sofia won their last A Group title, finishing one point ahead of CSKA. Later on, two years in a row Litex Lovech won another two titles like in 1997–98 and 1998–99. In 2011–12, after winning promotion from B Group, Ludogorets Razgrad became the second team after Litex to win the A Group in their first season.

The Bulgarian Football Union made some changes in the format of A Group prior to season 2013–14 with the reduction of the number of the teams participating in the top league from 16 to 14 and the reintroduction of the two phase league with a regular season and a playoff/play out phase. For the 2014–15 season, the league was once more decreased, this time to 12 teams, keeping the two phase format. This season was memorable since two of the most popular and successful clubs, CSKA Sofia and Lokomotiv Sofia, were both excluded from the league, despite finishing in the top 5 places. Both teams had accumulated debts and did not have the financial resources to pay them, so the BFU decided to take away their professional licenses. This was the first time in the history of the A Group that CSKA was relegated.[citation needed] For the 2015–16 season, the BFU decided to further decrease the number of teams competing, this time to just 10, with a quadruple round robin format introduced, a format used in the Croatian First Football League and Albanian Kategoria Superiore.

First Professional Football LeagueEdit

On 7 June 2016 the league's name was changed to First Professional Football League, following approval of new licensing criteria for the clubs.[3]

Competition formatEdit

Starting from the 2016–17 season, a new league format was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union, in an attempt to improve each participating club's competitiveness, match attendance and performance in the league. It involves 14 teams playing in two phases, a regular season and playoffs. The first phase includes each club competing against every other team twice in a double round-robin system, on a home-away basis at a total of 26 games per team and played in 26 fixtures. Seven matches are played in every fixture at a total of 182 games played during the first phase. In the second phase, the top six teams form a European qualifying table, while the bottom eight teams participate in a relegation group. The winner of the top group is declared as Champions of Bulgaria and is awarded with the title.

International qualificationEdit

The six top teams compete against each other on a home-away basis. Three matches are played in every fixture of the top six, with the results and points after the regular season also included. At the end of the stage, every team will have played a total of 36 games. The winner of the group is declared as Champions of Bulgaria and automatically secures participation in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. The team that ranks second is awarded with a place in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. The third team in the final standings would participate in a play-off match against a representative team from the bottom eight. Depending on the winner of the Bulgarian Cup final, a possible fourth team from the first six may compete in a play-off match for an UEFA Europa League spot instead of the third ranked team.

Note: If the Bulgarian Cup winner has secured its qualification for the European tournaments for the next season through results from Parva Liga, then the place in the UEFA Europa League play-off is awarded to the fourth ranked team in the final standings.

RelegationEdit

The teams in the bottom eight are split in two sub-groups of four teams, Group A and Group B, depending on their final position after the regular season standings. The teams that enter Group A are the 7th, 10th, 11th and the 14th, and the teams that participate in Group B are the 8th, 9th, 12th and the 13th. Every participant plays twice against the other three teams in their group on a home-away basis. The teams from the bottom eight also compete with the results from the regular season. After the group stages, every team will have played a total number of 32 games. Depending on their final position in Group A and Group B, two sections will be formed, one for a play-off spot in next season's European competitions and one to avoid relegation. The first two teams from each group continue in the semi-finals, and the last two teams of each group continue to the semi-finals for a relegation match. After this phase, one team is directly relegated to the Second League and the remaining two teams will compete in two relegation matches against the second and the third ranked clubs from the Second League.[4]

TiebreakersEdit

In case of a tie on points between two or more clubs, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[5]

  1. Number of wins;
  2. Goal difference;
  3. Goals for;
  4. Goals against;
  5. Fewest red cards;
  6. Fewest yellow cards;
  7. Draw

Current clubsEdit

The following clubs are competing in the First League during the 2022–23 season.

Arda Beroe Botev Plovdiv Botev Vratsa
Arena Arda Beroe Futbolen kompleks Botev 1912 Hristo Botev
Capacity: 11,114 Capacity: 12,128 Capacity: 4,000 Capacity: 12,000
       
Cherno More CSKA 1948 CSKA Sofia Hebar
Ticha Bistritsa Balgarska Armia Georgi Benkovski
Capacity: 8,250 Capacity: 2,500 Capacity: 22,995 Capacity: 13,128
       
Levski Sofia
Sofia 2022–23 First League football clubs
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Vivacom Arena – Georgi Asparuhov Lokomotiv
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 10,000
   
Lokomotiv Sofia Ludogorets
Lokomotiv Huvepharma Arena
Capacity: 22,000 Capacity: 10,422
   
Pirin Blagoevgrad Septemvri Sofia Slavia Sofia Spartak Varna
Hristo Botev Vasil Levski National Stadium Aleksandar Shalamanov Spartak
Capacity: 7,500 Capacity: 43,230 Capacity: 25,556 Capacity: 6,000
       

List of championsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

[6]Bold indicates clubs which play in the 2022–23 First League.

Club Titles Winning seasons
CSKA Sofia      31 1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08
Levski Sofia    26 1933, 1937, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948–49, 1950, 1953, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09
Ludogorets  11 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
Slavia Sofia 7 1928, 1930, 1936, 1938–39, 1941, 1943, 1995–96
Litex Lovech 4 1997–98, 1998–99, 2009–10, 2010–11
Lokomotiv Sofia 3 1945, 1963–64, 1977–78
Vladislav 3 1925, 1926, 1934
Botev Plovdiv 2 1929, 1966–67
AS-23 1 1931
Beroe 1 1985–86
Etar 1 1990–91
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1 2003–04
Shipchenski sokol 1 1932
Spartak Plovdiv 1 1962–63
Sportklub Sofia 1 1935
Ticha 1 1937–38
ZhSK Sofia 1 1939–40

Notes:

  • CSKA Sofia titles include those won as Septemvri pri CDNV, CDNA, and CFKA Sredets.
  • Levski Sofia titles include those won as Levski-Spartak and Vitosha, as well as the re-awarded 1984–85 title.
  • Botev Plovdiv total does not include 1984–85 title originally awarded to Trakia.

All-time ranking (since 1948)Edit

The all-time Parva Liga table[7] is an overall record of all match results, points and goals for each team that has participated in the league since its inception in 1948. It also shows every team's number of top three finishes,[8] their best classification, debut season and current spell in Parva Liga, or the season they were last part of the championship.[9]

The table is accurate as of the end of the 2021–22 season.

All-time Parva Liga table
# Club S MP W D L GF GA GD Pts 1st 2nd 3rd Debut Since/
Last App
Best Notes
1 CSKA Sofia 73 2113 1281 487 345 4283 1819 +2464 3561 31 27 7 1948–49 2016–17 1
2 Levski Sofia 74 2146 1252 494 400 4097 1918 +2179 3538 21 27 12 1948–49 1948–49 1 [a]
3 Slavia Sofia 73 2122 911 507 704 3132 2493 +639 2694 1 7 11 1948–49 1952 1 [b]
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 64 1835 770 460 605 2644 2215 +429 2279 2 3 10 1948–49 2014–15 1
5 Botev Plovdiv 67 1957 753 459 745 2799 2691 +108 2229 1 2 11 1951 2012–13 1
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 61 1826 712 426 688 2476 2473 +3 2171 1 2 4 1948–49 2001–02 1
7 Cherno More 58 1707 610 440 657 2033 2134 -101 1928 2 1948–49 2000–01 3
8 Beroe 55 1653 573 384 696 2018 2343 -325 1765 1 1 2 1954 2009–10 1
9 Litex Lovech 21 608 354 123 131 1113 552 +561 1149 4 1 3 1994–95 2015–16 1
10 Spartak 1918 43 1202 378 270 554 1385 1829 -444 1144 2 1950 2022–23 3
11 Minyor Pernik 38 1055 330 248 477 1175 1594 -419 1000 1951 2012–13 4
12 Botev Vratsa 32 977 322 217 438 1194 1461 -267 908 1 1964–65 2018–19 3
13 Spartak Pleven 35 994 314 245 435 1150 1511 -361 886 1 1952 2001–02 3
14 Ludogorets 1945 11 363 236 78 49 745 259 +486 830 11 2011–12 2011–12 1 [d]
15 Pirin Blagoevgrad 27 822 254 201 367 884 1125 -241 786 1973–74 2021–22 5
16 Chernomorets 1919 29 866 277 188 401 1057 1410 -353 775 1948–49 2003–04 5 Dissolved in 2006.[c]
17 Dunav Ruse 29 838 260 206 372 888 1270 -382 763 1951 2019–20 4
18 Marek 1915 29 838 251 177 410 920 1374 -454 737 1 1948–49 2014–15 3
19 Etar 24 726 264 161 301 951 1043 -92 731 1 2 1969–70 1997–98 1 Dissolved in 2003.[e]
20 Sliven 25 750 246 164 340 906 1109 -203 675 1963–64 2010–11 6
21 Neftochimic Burgas 14 430 171 83 176 600 567 +33 575 1 1994–95 2016–17 2
22 Akademik Sofia 18 505 163 136 206 589 676 -87 467 2 1950 2010–11 3
23 Spartak Plovdiv 17 441 158 121 162 562 581 -19 455 1 1 1953 1995–96 1
24 Dobrudzha 1919 14 414 126 82 206 448 682 -234 411 1962–63 2002–03 7
25 Spartak Sofia 15 377 135 124 118 456 416 +40 394 2 1948–49 1967–68 2 Dissolved in 2007.
26 Belasitsa Petrich 12 368 116 68 184 377 590 -213 360 1980–81 2008–09 6
27 Chernomorets Burgas 7 218 92 53 73 288 223 +65 329 2007–08 2013–14 4
28 Velbazhd Kyustendil 7 201 98 27 76 299 269 +30 314 3 1954 2000–01 3
29 Lokomotiv GO 10 304 102 59 143 310 462 -152 291 1963–64 2016–17 8
30 Montana 10 310 70 71 169 291 488 -197 281 1994–95 2020–21 9
31 Volov Shumen 7 212 61 38 113 219 368 -149 201 1972–73 1999–00 4 [f]
32 Pirin Bl. Blagoevgrad 6 178 53 41 84 189 254 -65 200 2003–04 2010–11 8 Merged to form Pirin in 2008.
33 Yantra Gabrovo 7 214 65 50 99 239 332 -93 174 1970–71 1993–94 8
34 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 4 134 41 36 57 141 188 -47 159 2017–18 2020–21 7
35 Haskovo 7 212 52 31 129 210 400 -190 139 1978–79 2014–15 8
36 Septemvri Sofia 5 148 40 31 77 176 273 -97 139 1959–60 2022–23 5
37 Vihren Sandanski 4 118 38 14 66 117 173 -56 128 2005–06 2008–09 9
38 Arda 3 93 29 33 31 108 124 -16 120 2019–20 2019–20 4
39 Sevlievo 5 150 28 36 86 126 271 -145 120 2003–04 2011–12 12
40 Rodopa Smolyan 4 118 31 17 70 106 194 -88 110 2003–04 2006–07 10 [g]
41 Akademik Svishtov 4 120 36 26 58 136 195 -59 97 1976–77 1986–87 11
42 Tsarsko Selo Sofia 3 95 23 25 47 82 127 -45 94 2019–20 2021–22 8 Dissolved in 2022.
43 Vereya 3 106 24 19 63 73 195 -122 91 2016–17 2018–19 6
44 Maritsa 1921 4 120 28 25 67 129 225 -126 89 1967–68 1996–97 14
45 CSKA 1948 2 63 23 19 21 92 79 +13 88 2020–21 2020–21 5
46 Tundzha 1915 3 97 28 22 47 98 152 -57 78 1970–71 1972–73 13
47 Zavod 12 Sofia 3 74 23 27 24 72 80 -8 73 1954 1956 4 Merged with Slavia in 1957.
48 Metalurg Pernik 2 58 22 6 30 60 77 -17 72 1997–98 1998–99 10
49 Hebar 1918 3 86 20 21 45 85 141 -56 68 1989–90 2022–23 9
50 Lokomotiv Mezdra 2 60 17 13 30 69 89 -20 64 2008–09 2009–10 8 Dissolved in 2012.[h]
51 Vitosha Bistritsa 3 101 15 18 68 67 173 -106 63 2017–18 2019–20 13 Dissolved in 2020.
52 Pirin Gotse Delchev 2 68 16 8 44 62 148 -86 56 2012–13 2013–14 11
53 VVS Sofia 2 54 13 21 20 60 63 -3 47 1953 1955 8 Merged into CDNA in 1956.
54 DSO Stroitel Sofia 2 50 13 18 19 47 53 -6 44 1950 1953 8 Dissolved in 1954.
55 Kaliakra Kavarna 2 60 10 11 39 45 117 -72 41 2010–11 2011–12 12
56 Cherveno Zname Sofia 2 40 13 13 14 46 50 -4 39 1950 1951 6 Merged with CSKA in 1962.
57 Rilski Sportist 2 56 11 6 39 51 116 -65 39 2002–03 2006–07 14
58 Olimpik Teteven 1 30 11 2 17 26 50 -24 35 1997–98 1997–98 14
59 Lokomotiv 1929 Sofia 1 32 8 10 14 27 46 -19 34 2021–22 2021–22 11
60 Rakovski Ruse 2 60 9 6 45 41 151 -110 33 1995–96 1996–97 13
61 Septemvri Pleven 3 66 9 14 43 48 137 -89 32 1950 1954 8 Merged with Spartak in 1957.
62 Akademik Varna 1 28 9 7 12 26 43 -17 25 1953 1953 10 Merged with Cherno More in 1969.
63 Dimitrovgrad 1 30 8 6 16 32 66 -34 21 1986–87 1986–87 16
64 Lyubimets 1 38 6 3 29 35 104 -69 21 2013–14 2013–14 14
65 Himik Dimitrovgrad 1 30 7 6 17 36 60 -24 20 1962–63 1962–63 16 Merged to form Dimitrovgrad in 1967.
66 Nesebar 1 30 5 5 20 26 63 -37 20 2004–05 2004–05 15
67 Rozova Dolina 1 30 7 5 18 30 53 -23 19 1982–83 1982–83 15
68 Sportist Svoge 1 30 5 4 21 23 59 -36 19 2009–10 2009–10 15
69 Slavia Plovdiv 1 18 4 8 6 16 21 -5 16 1948–49 1948–49 7
70 Pavlikeni 1 26 5 4 17 12 45 -33 14 1955 1955 14
71 Etar 1924 1 30 4 4 22 20 75 -55 13 2012–13 2012–13 16 Dissolved in 2013.
72 Bdin 1923 1 18 2 4 12 13 35 -22 8 1948–49 1948–49 9
73 Svetkavitsa 1922 1 30 1 5 24 8 71 -63 8 2011–12 2011–12 16
74 Conegliano German F.C. 1 30 0 1 29 8 131 -123 −2 2006–07 2006–07 16 Dissolved in 2007.
Key
Competing in Parva Liga
Competing in Vtora Liga
Competing in the amateur leagues
Not competing (see notes)
a.^ Never relegated.
b.^ Never relegated, withdrawn with political decision during the 1950 season, due to league reogranisation.[10]
c.^ Club dissolved in 2006, successor clubs PSFC Chernomorets Burgas and FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas were founded in 2005 and 2015.
d.^ Won the championship each season they've been in Parva Liga.
e.^ Club dissolved in 2003, successor clubs FC Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo and later SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo were founded in 2002 and 2013.
f.^ Club dissolved in 2014 and refounded in 2018. successor club FC Shumen 1929 was founded 2013 and dissolved in 2016.
g.^ Club only supports a youth academy.
h.^ Club dissolved in 2012, successor clubs FC Lokomotiv 1929 Mezdra and OFC Lokomotiv Mezdra were founded in 2011 and 2012.

Bulgarian derbiesEdit

The Eternal DerbyEdit

The Eternal Derby of Bulgarian football is contested between the two most successful and most popular football clubs in Bulgaria, CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia.[citation needed]

Plovdiv derbyEdit

The Plovdiv derby is contested between Botev and Lokomotiv.[11]

Media coverageEdit

For the start of the new 2012–13 season, the football clubs rejected requests from four TV stations due to the low payments being offered – Bulgarian National Television, Nova Television, TV7 and TV+. Finally after the first set of fixtures, the satellite broadcaster Bulsatcom with its channel TV+ bought the rights, along with BNT. Before the start of the spring half-season the rights were bought by TV7 and News7, who had rights for the first, third and fourth pick, and BNT 1 along with the international channel BNT World broadcasting the second pick of a match.[12]

The next seasons will also be broadcast on the Nova Broadcasting Group channels Diema, Diema Sport and Diema Sport 2, part of the Diema Extra paid pack, as their contract with the league was additionally extended.[13]

SponsorshipEdit

Until 2011 the official sponsor of the championship was TBI Credit and the league was officially known as TBI A Football Group.[14]

In 2011–12, A Group had a new sponsor, the Victoria FATA Insurance, and therefore the league name in that season was rebranded to Victoria A Football Championship.[15]

In early 2013, for a short period of time the naming rights of A Group were bought from the news television network News7, eventually renaming the competition's name to NEWS7 Football Championship.[16]

On 11 July 2019, the Bulgarian Football Union announced that the football division's name had been changed to efbet League, following a two-year sponsorship deal with a betting company of the same name.[1]

StatisticsEdit

UEFA coefficientsEdit

The following data indicates Bulgarian coefficient rankings between European football leagues.[17]

ManagersEdit

The following is a table of all current Parva Liga head coaches and managers, and the time they've spent working with their respective clubs.

As of 7 July 2022
Current managers
Nat. Manager Club Appointed Time as manager
  Ilian Iliev Cherno More 28 December 2017[20] 5 years, 33 days
  Vasil Petrov Spartak 1918 18 August 2020[21] 2 years, 165 days
  Azrudin Valentić Botev Plovdiv 8 January 2021[22] 2 years, 22 days
  Zlatomir Zagorčić Slavia Sofia 12 April 2021[23] 1 year, 293 days
  Stanimir Stoilov Levski Sofia 1 September 2021[24] 1 year, 151 days
  Ante Šimundža Ludogorets 1945 3 January 2022[25] 1 year, 27 days
  Slavko Matić Septemvri Sofia 9 January 2022[26] 1 year, 21 days
  Petar Hubchev Beroe 17 February 2022[27] 347 days
  Aleksandar Tomash Lokomotiv Plovdiv 11 April 2022[28] 294 days
  Aleksandar Tunchev Arda 1924 19 May 2022[29] 256 days
  Lyuboslav Penev CSKA 1948 28 May 2022[30] 247 days
  Rosen Kirilov Botev Vratsa 1 June 2022[31] 243 days
  Saša Ilić CSKA Sofia 2 June 2022[32] 242 days
  Stanislav Genchev Lokomotiv 1929 6 June 2022[33] 238 days
  Fulvio Pea Hebar 1918 14 June 2022[34] 230 days
  Krasimir Petrov Pirin Blagoevgrad 4 July 2022[35] 210 days

RecordsEdit

All-time league appearancesEdit

 
Georgi Iliev holds the records for most appearances in First League
Top 10 appearances in Bulgarian First League
Rank Player Period App.
1   Georgi Iliev 2000–2019 461
2   Martin Kamburov 1998–2021 456
3   Marin Bakalov 1980–1999 454
4   Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978 447
5   Vidin Apostolov 1959–1976 444
6   Todor Marev 1972–1994 422
7   Hristo Bonev 1964–1984 410
8   Zapryan Rakov 1983–1999 403
9   Malin Orachev 1990–2008 398
10   Todor Yanchev 1997–2014 395
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 20 February 2022

All-time top scorersEdit

 
Martin Kamburov is the all-time top goalscorer in First League with 256 goals
Top 10 goalscorers in Bulgarian First League
Rank Player Period Goals Average
1   Martin Kamburov 1998–2021 256 0.56
2   Petar Zhekov 1962–1975 253 0.76
3   Nasko Sirakov 1980–1998 196 0.59
4   Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978 194 0.43
5   Hristo Bonev 1964–1984 185 0.45
6   Plamen Getov 1977–1998 164 0.57
7   Nikola Kotkov 1956–1971 163 0.51
8   Stefan Bogomilov 1962–1976 162 0.46
9   Petar Mihtarski 1982–2001 158 0.48
10   Petko Petkov 1968–1980 152 0.53
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 20 February 2022

Other recordsEdit

As of 6 January 2023

Top scorers by seasonEdit

[41][42]

Bold indicates all-time highest.

Season Player (Club) Nat. Goals
1937–38 Krum Milev (Slavia Sofia)   BUL 12
1938–39 Georgi Pachedzhiev (AS 23 Sofia)   BUL 14
1939–40 Yanko Stoyanov (Levski Sofia)
Dimitar Nikolaev (FC 13 Sofia)
  BUL
  BUL
14
1948–49 Dimitar Milanov (CSKA Sofia)
Nedko Nedev (Cherno More Varna)
  BUL
  BUL
11
1950 Lyubomir Hranov (Levski Sofia)   BUL 13
1951 Dimitar Milanov (2) (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 14
1952 Dimitar Isakov (Slavia Sofia)
Dobromir Tashkov (Spartak Sofia)
  BUL
  BUL
10
1953 Dimitar Minchev (Spartak Pleven and VVS Sofia)   BUL 15
1954 Dobromir Tashkov (2) (Slavia Sofia)   BUL 25
1955 Todor Diev (Spartak Plovdiv)   BUL 13
1956 Pavel Vladimirov (Minyor Pernik)   BUL 16
1957 Hristo Iliev (Levski Sofia)
Dimitar Milanov (3) (CSKA Sofia)
  BUL
  BUL
14
1958 Dobromir Tashkov (3) (Slavia Sofia)
Georgi Arnaudov (Spartak Varna)
  BUL
  BUL
9
1958–59 Aleksandar Vasilev (Slavia Sofia)   BUL 13
1959–60 Dimitar Yordanov (Levski Sofia)
Lyuben Kostov (Spartak Varna)
  BUL
  BUL
12
1960–61 Ivan Sotirov (Botev Plovdiv)   BUL 20
1961–62 Nikola Yordanov (Dunav Ruse)
Todor Diev (2) (Spartak Plovdiv)
  BUL
  BUL
23
1962–63 Todor Diev (3) (Spartak Plovdiv)   BUL 26
1963–64 Nikola Tsanev (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 26
1964–65 Georgi Asparuhov (Levski Sofia)   BUL 27
1965–66 Traycho Spasov (Marek Dupnitsa)   BUL 21
1966–67 Petar Zhekov (Beroe Stara Zagora)   BUL 21
1967–68 Petar Zhekov (2) (Beroe Stara Zagora)   BUL 31
1968–69 Petar Zhekov (3) (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 36
1969–70 Petar Zhekov (4) (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 31
1970–71 Dimitar Yakimov (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 26
1971–72 Petar Zhekov (5) (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 27
1972–73 Petar Zhekov (6) (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 29
1973–74 Petko Petkov (Beroe Stara Zagora)   BUL 20
1974–75 Ivan Pritargov (Botev Plovdiv)   BUL 20
1975–76 Petko Petkov (2) (Beroe Stara Zagora)   BUL 19
1976–77 Pavel Panov (Levski Sofia)   BUL 20
1977–78 Stoycho Mladenov (Beroe Stara Zagora)   BUL 21
1978–79 Rusi Gochev (Chernomorets Burgas and Levski Sofia)   BUL 19
1979–80 Spas Dzhevizov (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 23
1980–81 Georgi Slavkov (Botev Plovdiv)   BUL 31
1981–82 Mihail Valchev (Levski Sofia)   BUL 24
1982–83 Antim Pehlivanov (Botev Plovdiv)   BUL 20
1983–84 Eduard Eranosyan (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)   BUL 19
1984–85 Plamen Getov (Spartak Pleven)   BUL 26
1985–86 Atanas Pashev (Botev Plovdiv)   BUL 30
1986–87 Nasko Sirakov (Levski Sofia)   BUL 36
1987–88 Nasko Sirakov (2) (Levski Sofia)   BUL 28
1988–89 Hristo Stoichkov (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 23
1989–90 Hristo Stoichkov (2) (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 38
1990–91 Ivaylo Yordanov (Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa)   BUL 21
1991–92 Nasko Sirakov (3) (Levski Sofia)   BUL 26
1992–93 Plamen Getov (2) (Levski Sofia)   BUL 26
1993–94 Nasko Sirakov (4) (Levski Sofia)   BUL 30
1994–95 Petar Mihtarski (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 24
1995–96 Ivo Georgiev (Spartak Varna)   BUL 21
1996–97 Todor Pramatarov (Slavia Sofia)   BUL 26
1997–98 Anton Spasov (Naftex Burgas)
Boncho Genchev (CSKA Sofia)
  BUL
  BUL
17
1998–99 Dimcho Belyakov (Litex Lovech)   BUL 21
1999–00 Mihail Mihaylov (Velbazhd Kyustendil)   BUL 20
2000–01 Georgi Ivanov (Levski Sofia)   BUL 22
2001–02 Vladimir Manchev (CSKA Sofia)   BUL 21
2002–03 Georgi Chilikov (Levski Sofia)   BUL 23
2003–04 Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)   BUL 25
2004–05 Martin Kamburov (2) (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)   BUL 27
2005–06 Milivoje Novaković (Litex Lovech)
José Emílio Furtado (Vihren and CSKA Sofia)
  SVN
  CPV
16
2006–07 Tsvetan Genkov (Lokomotiv Sofia)   BUL 27
2007–08 Georgi Hristov (Botev Plovdiv)   BUL 19
2008–09 Martin Kamburov (3) (Lokomotiv Sofia)   BUL 17
2009–10 Wilfried Niflore (Litex Lovech)   FRA 19
2010–11 Garra Dembélé (Levski Sofia)   MLI 26
2011–12 Ivan Stoyanov (Ludogorets Razgrad)
Júnior Moraes (CSKA Sofia)
  BUL
  BRA
16
2012–13 Basile de Carvalho (Levski Sofia)   GNB 19
2013–14 Wilmar Jordán (Litex Lovech)
Martin Kamburov (4) (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
  COL
  BUL
20
2014–15 Añete (Levski Sofia)   ESP 14
2015–16 Martin Kamburov (5) (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)   BUL 18
2016–17 Claudiu Keșerü (Ludogorets Razgrad)   ROM 22
2017–18 Claudiu Keșerü (2) (Ludogorets Razgrad)   ROM 26
2018–19 Stanislav Kostov (Levski Sofia)   BUL 23
2019–20 Martin Kamburov (6) (Beroe)   BUL 18
2020–21 Claudiu Keșerü (3) (Ludogorets Razgrad)   ROM 18
2021–22 Pieros Sotiriou (Ludogorets Razgrad)   CYP 17

See alsoEdit

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