First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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 Vtora liga.

First Professional Football League
Efbet Liga logo.png
Organising bodyBulgarian Football Union (BFS)
Founded1924; 96 years ago (1924) (knockout)
1937–1940; 1948 (as round-robin)
CountryBulgaria
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toSecond League
Domestic cup(s)Bulgarian Cup
Bulgarian Supercup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsLudogorets Razgrad (9th title)
(2019–20)
Most championshipsCSKA Sofia (31 titles)
TV partnersNova Broadcasting Group
Websitewww.fpleague.bg
Current: 2020–21 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 9 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 license 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 licencing 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 pro;
  4. Goals away;
  5. Fewest red cards;
  6. Fewest yellow cards;
  7. Draw

Current clubsEdit

The following clubs are competing in the Prva profesionalna Liga during the 2019–20 season.

Location of teams in 2019–20 First League
Sofia 2019–20 First League football clubs
Team[6] Location Stadium Capacity (seating)
Arda Kardzhali Arena Arda 15,000
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe 12,128
Botev Plovdiv Botev 1912 Football Complex 3,500
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev 25,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha 8,250
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya 18,495
Dunav Ruse Gradski 12,400
Etar Veliko Tarnovo Ivaylo 15,000
Levski Sofia Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov 25,000
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 13,000
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena 10,422
Slaviа Sofia Slavia 25,556
Tsarsko Selo Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 43,230
Vitosha Bistritsa Bistritsa Stadium 2,000

List of championsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

  • Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
  • Italics indicates clubs which no longer exist.
Club Titles Runners-up Winning Years(s)
CSKA Sofia
31
26
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
32
1933, 1937, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948–49, 1950, 1953, 1964–65, 1968, 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
9
2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
Slavia Sofia
7
10
1928, 1930, 1936, 1938–39, 1941, 1943, 1995–96
Lokomotiv Sofia
4
6
1939–40, 1945, 1963–64, 1977–78
Cherno More Varna
6
1925, 1926, 1934, 1937–38
Litex Lovech
1
1997–98, 1998–99, 2009–10, 2010–11
Botev Plovdiv
2
2
1929, 1966–67
Spartak Varna
1
2
1932
Spartak Plovdiv
1
1962–63
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1
2003–04
Beroe Stara Zagora
1
1985–86
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
1990–91
Sportklub Sofia
1935
Athletic Slava 1923
1931

Notes:

  • Cherno More was created after Vladislav (Varna) and Ticha (Varna) merged. The titles include those won by both teams.
  • 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 the Trakia originally awarded the 1984–85 title.

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 Parva liga 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 2019–20 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 Levski Sofia 72 2083 1226 479 378 4025 1859 +2166 3445 21 27 12 1948–49 1 [a]
2 CSKA Sofia 71 2051 1248 469 334 4195 1764 +2431 3444 30 26 6 2016–17 1
3 Slavia Sofia 71 2059 893 490 676 3069 2411 +658 2623 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 65 1894 731 440 723 2727 2606 +121 2144 1 2 10 2012–13 1
6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 59 1763 686 405 672 2392 2407 -15 2072 1 1 4 2001–02 1
7 Cherno More Varna 56 1644 586 420 638 1960 2078 -118 1836 2 2000–01 3
8 Beroe Stara Zagora 53 1590 552 367 671 1946 2272 -326 1685 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 30 913 308 201 404 1133 1361 -228 850 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 2017–18 5
17 Marek Dupnitsa 29 838 251 177 410 920 1374 -454 737 1 2014–15 3
18 Etar 24 726 264 161 301 951 1043 -92 731 1 2 1997–98 1 Dissolved in 2003.[d]
19 Ludogorets Razgrad 9 301 188 73 40 599 205 +394 681 9 2011–12 1 [e]
20 Sliven 2000 25 750 246 164 340 906 1109 -203 675 2010–11 6 [f]
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 9 278 64 61 153 265 436 -171 253 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.[h]
33 Yantra Gabrovo 7 214 65 50 99 239 332 -93 174 1993–94 8
34 Haskovo 7 212 52 31 129 210 400 -190 139 2014–15 8
35 Septemvri Sofia 5 148 40 31 77 176 273 -97 139 2018–19 5
36 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 3 102 35 26 41 116 135 -19 131 2017–18 7
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 Stara Zagora 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 Yambol 3 97 28 22 47 98 152 -57 78 1972–73 13
44 Zavod 12 Sofia 3 74 23 27 24 72 80 -8 73 1956 4 Merged with Slavia in 1957.
45 Metalurg Pernik 2 58 22 6 30 60 77 -17 72 1998–99 10
46 Hebar Pazardzhik 3 86 20 21 45 85 141 -56 68 2000–01 9
47 Lokomotiv Mezdra 2 60 17 13 30 69 89 -20 64 2009–10 8 Dissolved in 2012.[i]
48 Vitosha Bistritsa 3 101 15 18 68 67 173 -106 63 2019–20 13 Dissolved in 2020.
49 Pirin Gotse Delchev 2 68 16 8 44 62 148 -86 56 2013–14 11
50 VVS Sofia 2 54 13 21 20 60 63 -3 47 1955 8 Merged into CDNA in 1956.
51 DSO Stroitel Sofia 2 50 13 18 19 47 53 -6 44 1953 8 Dissolved in 1954.
52 Kaliakra Kavarna 2 60 10 11 39 45 117 -72 41 2011–12 12
53 Cherveno Zname Sofia 2 40 13 13 14 46 50 -4 39 1951 6 Merged with CSKA in 1962.
54 Rilski Sportist 2 56 11 6 39 51 116 -65 39 2006–07 14
55 Arda Kardzhali 1 30 8 11 11 28 36 -8 35 2019–20 9
56 Olimpik Teteven 1 30 11 2 17 26 50 -24 35 1997–98 14
57 Rakovski Ruse 2 60 9 6 45 41 151 -110 33 1996–97 13
58 Septemvri Pleven 3 66 9 14 43 48 137 -89 32 1954 8 Merged with Spartak in 1957.
59 Tsarsko Selo Sofia 1 31 9 4 18 27 50 -23 31 2019–20 13
60 Akademik Varna 1 28 9 7 12 26 43 -17 25 1953 10 Merged with Cherno More in 1969.
61 Dimitrovgrad 1 30 8 6 16 32 66 -34 21 1986–87 16
62 Lyubimets 1 38 6 3 29 35 104 -69 21 2013–14 14
63 Himik Dimitrovgrad 1 30 7 6 17 36 60 -24 20 1962–63 16 Merged to form Dimitrovgrad in 1967.
64 Nesebar 1 30 5 5 20 26 63 -37 20 2004–05 15
65 Rozova Dolina 1 30 7 5 18 30 53 -23 19 1982–83 15
66 Sportist Svoge 1 30 5 4 21 23 59 -36 19 2009–10 15
67 Slavia Plovdiv 1 18 4 8 6 16 21 -5 16 1948–49 7
68 Pavlikeni 1 26 5 4 17 12 45 -33 14 1955 14
69 Etar 1924 1 30 4 4 22 20 75 -55 13 2012–13 16 Dissolved in 2013.
70 Bdin Vidin 1 18 2 4 12 13 35 -22 8 1948–49 9
71 Svetkavitsa 1 30 1 5 24 8 71 -63 8 2011–12 16
72 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 invests in 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.
h.^ Dissolved in 2008, OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad is recognized by the fans, but is not 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

 
Georgi Hristov from Slavia (white) playing for the ball against Nikolay Bodurov from Litex (orange) in a 2011 A Group match

From 2000 to 2008, the Bulgarian National Television broadcast all matches from A Group on its first channel – Kanal 1.[citation needed]

In 2008, the broadcasting rights were purchased by the private channels TV2 and Ring TV for three plus two years at a price of $33 million. BNT had the first pick for each fixture and broadcast the most interesting match for the weekend. For seasons 2009-10 and 2010-11, PRO.BG (the former TV2) and RING.BG (formerly as Ring TV) bought the rights to broadcast the full pack of six matches from each fixture. At the end of season 2010-11, after bTV bought PRO.BG, the channel was re-branded to bTV Action and got on broadcasting only on cable networks. The new owners didn't want to fully pay to every club in the league, because of the unmet stadium requirements for journalists and cameramen places at some stadiums. The clubs weren't happy and they threatened to ban cameras at their matches. The league matches in this period were also broadcast in Romania. During the 2008–09 season, the Romanian sports channel Sport.ro broadcast the Friday game, and in the following 2009-10 season, only the league matches of CSKA Sofia.[citation needed]

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]

For the 2013–14 season, 7 Media Group bought the full rights for another three seasons prior to 2016 and will broadcast six matches per fixture on their channels – TV7 and News7. In 2014 however due to financial problems, TV7 opted-out of its league contract for the championship and the rights were transferred to Nova Broadcasting Group. The 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons will be broadcast by Nova, Diema, Nova Sport and Diema Sport.[citation needed]

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
4   Vidin Apostolov 1959–1976 444
5   Todor Marev 1972–1990 422
6   Hristo Bonev 1964–1984 410
7   Zapryan Rakov 1983–1999 403
8   Martin Kamburov 1998– 400
9   Malin Orachev 1990–2008 398
10   Todor Yanchev 1997–2014 395
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 15 December 2019

All-time top scorersEdit

[citation needed]

 
Petar Zhekov is the all-time top goalscorer in First League with 253 goals
Top 10 goalscorers in Bulgarian First League
Rank Player Period Goals
1   Petar Zhekov 1962–1975 253
2   Martin Kamburov 1998–present 245
3   Nasko Sirakov 1980–1998 196
4   Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978 194
5   Hristo Bonev 1964–1984 185
6   Plamen Getov 1977–1998 164
7   Nikola Kotkov 1956–1971 163
8   Stefan Bogomilov 1962–1976 162
9   Petar Mihtarski 1982–2001 158
10   Petko Petkov 1968–1980 152
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 30 October 2020

Other recordsEdit

As of August 5, 2019

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)
Bontcho Guentchev (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

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