First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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The First Professional Football League (Bulgarian: Първа професионална футболна лига), 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 14 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 (BFS)
Founded1924; 97 years ago (1924) (knockout)
1937–1940; 1948 (as round-robin)
CountryBulgaria
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams14 (16 in 2022–23)
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 (10th title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsCSKA Sofia (31 titles)
TV partnersNova Broadcasting Group
Websitewww.fpleague.bg
Current: 2021–22 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 67 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 10 titles. The current champions Ludogorets Razgrad won their ninth consecutive title in their ninth First League season in 2019–20. The competition has been dominated by Sofia-based teams. The Sofia teams have won together a total number of 70 titles.

HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

The first football championship of Bulgaria started in 1924 in a knockout format. An attempt to form a league as the top division of the Bulgarian football league system was made in 1937–1940, when the National Football Division was created. There were 10 teams, each playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. The team that finished first in the table became champions.[2] (needs direct citations)

A Republican Football GroupEdit

The first season of the A Republican Football Group started in the autumn of 1948. In that season, ten teams participated in the league: Levski, Septemvri, Lokomotiv, Slavia and Spartak from the capital city Sofia, and Botev (Varna), Slavia (Plovdiv), Marek (Stanke Dimitrov), Benkovski in a spring-autumn cycle as 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 2014–15 with the reduction of the number of the teams participating in the top league from 16 to 12.[citation needed]

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 Prva profesionalna Liga during the 2021–22 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
First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) (Bulgaria)
Location of Sofia teams.
CSKA Sofia
Ticha Balgarska Armia
Capacity: 8,250 Capacity: 22,995
   
CSKA 1948 Levski
Vasil Levski National Stadium Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov
Capacity: 44,000 Capacity: 25,000
   
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv Sofia
Lokomotiv Lokomotiv
Capacity: 13,220 Capacity: 22,000
   
Ludogorets Pirin Slavia Tsarsko Selo
Huvepharma Arena Hristo Botev Slavia Arena Tsarsko Selo
Capacity: 10,422 Capacity: 7,500 Capacity: 25,556 Capacity: 1,550
       

List of championsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

[6]

Club Titles Winning Years(s)
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 Razgrad 
10
2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
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
SK Vladislav 1925, 1926, 1934
Botev Plovdiv
2
1929, 1966–67
Shipchenski Sokol 1 1932
Spartak Plovdiv 1962–63
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2003–04
Beroe Stara Zagora 1985–86
Etar Veliko Tarnovo 1990–91
Sportklub Sofia 1935
SK Ticha 1937–38
ZhSK Sofia 1939–40
AC 23 1931

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. The table also shows every team's number of top three finishes,[8] their best classification 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 2020–21 season.

All-time Parva liga table
# Club S MP W D L GF GA GD Pts 1st 2nd 3rd Since/
Last App
Best Notes
1 CSKA Sofia 72 2082 1265 477 340 4241 1788 +2453 3503 31 26 7 2016–17 1
2 Levski Sofia 73 2115 1237 487 391 4059 1891 +2168 3486 21 27 12 1948–49 1 [a]
3 Slavia Sofia 72 2091 902 497 692 3097 2455 +642 2657 1 7 11 1952 1 [b]
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 64 1835 770 460 605 2644 2215 +429 2279 2 3 10 2014–15 1
5 Botev Plovdiv 66 1926 738 451 737 2761 2658 +103 2176 1 2 10 2012–13 1
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 60 1794 703 415 676 2440 2430 +10 2133 1 2 4 2001–02 1
7 Cherno More Varna 57 1676 598 429 649 1997 2112 -115 1881 2 2000–01 3
8 Beroe Stara Zagora 54 1621 562 376 683 1988 2310 -322 1724 1 1 2 2009–10 1
9 Litex Lovech 21 608 354 123 131 1113 552 +561 1149 4 1 3 2015–16 1
10 Spartak Varna 43 1202 378 270 554 1385 1829 -444 1144 2 2008–09 3
11 Minyor Pernik 38 1055 330 248 477 1175 1594 -419 1000 2012–13 4
12 Spartak Pleven 35 994 314 245 435 1150 1511 -361 886 1 2001–02 3
13 Botev Vratsa 31 945 316 207 422 1164 1406 -242 880 1 2018–19 3
14 Chernomorets Burgas 29 866 277 188 401 1057 1410 -353 775 2003–04 5 Dissolved in 2006.[c]
15 Dunav Ruse 29 838 260 206 372 888 1270 -382 763 2019–20 4
16 Pirin Blagoevgrad 26 790 245 195 350 844 1072 -228 753 2021–22 5
17 Ludogorets Razgrad 10 332 210 77 45 668 234 +434 751 10 2011–12 1 [e]
18 Marek Dupnitsa 29 838 251 177 410 920 1374 -454 737 1 2014–15 3
19 Etar 24 726 264 161 301 951 1043 -92 731 1 2 1997–98 1 Dissolved in 2003.[d]
20 Sliven 25 750 246 164 340 906 1109 -203 675 2010–11 6
21 Neftochimic Burgas 14 430 171 83 176 600 567 +33 575 1 2016–17 2
22 Akademik Sofia 18 505 163 136 206 589 676 -87 467 2 2010–11 3
23 Spartak Plovdiv 17 441 158 121 162 562 581 -19 455 1 1 1995–96 1
24 Dobrudzha Dobrich 14 414 126 82 206 448 682 -234 411 2002–03 7
25 Spartak Sofia 15 377 135 124 118 456 416 +40 394 2 1967–68 2 Dissolved in 2007.
26 Belasitsa Petrich 12 368 116 68 184 377 590 -213 360 2008–09 6
27 Chernomorets Burgas 7 218 92 53 73 288 223 +65 329 2013–14 4
28 Velbazhd Kyustendil 7 201 98 27 76 299 269 +30 314 3 2000–01 3
29 Lokomotiv GO 10 304 102 59 143 310 462 -152 291 2016–17 8
30 Montana 10 310 70 71 169 291 488 -197 281 2020–21 9
31 Volov Shumen 7 212 61 38 113 219 368 -149 201 1999–00 4 [g]
32 Pirin Bl. Blagoevgrad 6 178 53 41 84 189 254 -65 200 2010–11 8 Merged to form Pirin in 2008.
33 Yantra Gabrovo 7 214 65 50 99 239 332 -93 174 1993–94 8
34 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 4 134 41 36 57 141 188 -47 159 2020–21 7
35 Haskovo 7 212 52 31 129 210 400 -190 139 2014–15 8
36 Septemvri Sofia 5 148 40 31 77 176 273 -97 139 2018–19 5
37 Vihren Sandanski 4 118 38 14 66 117 173 -56 128 2008–09 9
38 Sevlievo 5 150 28 36 86 126 271 -145 120 2011–12 12
39 Rodopa Smolyan 4 118 31 17 70 106 194 -88 110 2006–07 10 [f]
40 Akademik Svishtov 4 120 36 26 58 136 195 -59 97 1986–87 11
41 Vereya 3 106 24 19 63 73 195 -122 91 2018–19 6
42 Maritsa Plovdiv 4 120 28 25 67 129 225 -126 89 1996–97 14
43 Arda Kardzhali 2 61 21 22 18 70 73 -3 85 2019–20 4
44 Yambol 3 97 28 22 47 98 152 -57 78 1972–73 13
45 Zavod 12 Sofia 3 74 23 27 24 72 80 -8 73 1956 4 Merged with Slavia in 1957.
46 Metalurg Pernik 2 58 22 6 30 60 77 -17 72 1998–99 10
47 Hebar Pazardzhik 3 86 20 21 45 85 141 -56 68 2000–01 9
48 Tsarsko Selo Sofia 2 63 18 14 31 60 89 -29 68 2019–20 8
49 Lokomotiv Mezdra 2 60 17 13 30 69 89 -20 64 2009–10 8 Dissolved in 2012.[i]
50 Vitosha Bistritsa 3 101 15 18 68 67 173 -106 63 2019–20 13 Dissolved in 2020.
51 Pirin Gotse Delchev 2 68 16 8 44 62 148 -86 56 2013–14 11
52 VVS Sofia 2 54 13 21 20 60 63 -3 47 1955 8 Merged into CDNA in 1956.
53 CSKA 1948 1 31 12 11 8 41 34 -7 47 2020–21 5
54 DSO Stroitel Sofia 2 50 13 18 19 47 53 -6 44 1953 8 Dissolved in 1954.
55 Kaliakra Kavarna 2 60 10 11 39 45 117 -72 41 2011–12 12
56 Cherveno Zname Sofia 2 40 13 13 14 46 50 -4 39 1951 6 Merged with CSKA in 1962.
57 Rilski Sportist 2 56 11 6 39 51 116 -65 39 2006–07 14
58 Olimpik Teteven 1 30 11 2 17 26 50 -24 35 1997–98 14
59 Rakovski Ruse 2 60 9 6 45 41 151 -110 33 1996–97 13
60 Septemvri Pleven 3 66 9 14 43 48 137 -89 32 1954 8 Merged with Spartak in 1957.
61 Akademik Varna 1 28 9 7 12 26 43 -17 25 1953 10 Merged with Cherno More in 1969.
62 Dimitrovgrad 1 30 8 6 16 32 66 -34 21 1986–87 16
63 Lyubimets 1 38 6 3 29 35 104 -69 21 2013–14 14
64 Himik Dimitrovgrad 1 30 7 6 17 36 60 -24 20 1962–63 16 Merged to form Dimitrovgrad in 1967.
65 Nesebar 1 30 5 5 20 26 63 -37 20 2004–05 15
66 Rozova Dolina 1 30 7 5 18 30 53 -23 19 1982–83 15
67 Sportist Svoge 1 30 5 4 21 23 59 -36 19 2009–10 15
68 Slavia Plovdiv 1 18 4 8 6 16 21 -5 16 1948–49 7
69 Pavlikeni 1 26 5 4 17 12 45 -33 14 1955 14
70 Etar 1924 1 30 4 4 22 20 75 -55 13 2012–13 16 Dissolved in 2013.
71 Bdin 1923 1 18 2 4 12 13 35 -22 8 1948–49 9
72 Svetkavitsa 1922 1 30 1 5 24 8 71 -63 8 2011–12 16
73 Conegliano German 1 30 0 1 29 8 131 -123 −2 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, expelled with political decision during the 1950 season, due to reogranisation.[10]
c.^ Dissolved in 2006, PSFC Chernomorets Burgas and FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas have been recognized by the fans, but aren't official representatives of the original club.
d.^ Dissolved in 2003, FC Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo and later SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo have been recognized by the fans, but aren't official representatives of the original club.
e.^ Won the championship each season they've been in Parva liga.
f.^ Club only supports a youth academy.
g.^ Dissolved in 2014 and refounded in 2018. FC Shumen 1929 was recognized by the fans from 2013 to 2016, but wasn't an official representative of the original club.
i.^ Dissolved in 2012, FC Lokomotiv 1929 Mezdra and OFC Lokomotiv Mezdra are recognized by the fans, but aren't official representatives of the original club.</ref>

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]

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   Marin Bakalov 1980–1999 454
3   Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978 447
=   Martin Kamburov 1998– 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 14 September 2021

All-time top scorersEdit

 
Martin Kamburov is the all-time top goalscorer in First League with 254 goals
Top 10 goalscorers in Bulgarian First League
Rank Player Period Goals Average
1   Martin Kamburov 1998–present 254 0.57
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 14 September 2021

Other recordsEdit

As of 27 April 2021

Top scorers by seasonEdit

[22]

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 (1) (Levski Sofia)   BUL 23
2019–20 Martin Kamburov (6) (Beroe)   BUL 18
2020–21 Claudiu Keșerü (3) (Ludogorets Razgrad)   ROM 18

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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