Bulgarian Supercup

The Bulgarian Supercup (Bulgarian: Суперкупа на България) is the trophy won in a football match held between the football club that has won the Bulgarian first football division in the season that ended in the year of the match and the holder of the Bulgarian Cup at that time. In case the champion of Bulgaria has also won the cup, the Bulgarian Cup finalist competes with the champion in the match for the trophy.

Bulgarian Football Supercup
Bulgarian Supercup logo.png
Founded1989; 32 years ago (1989)
2004; (restored)
CountryBulgaria
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams2
Current championsPFC Ludogorets Razgrad (5th title)
Most championshipsPFC Ludogorets Razgrad (5 wins)
WebsiteOfficial Site

The Supercup match is usually held during the weekend before the start of a new season. Since 2004 the Supercup game has been an annual event. The most successful club in the event is PFC Ludogorets Razgrad with five Supercup titles and four times being runners-up. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad is the club that has participated in most seasons of the Supercup with nine appearances. The competition has been dominated by Sofia-based teams. The Sofia teams have won together a total number of 7 titles.

HistoryEdit

Inaugural Event 1989Edit

 
Bulgarian Supercup 1989

The first match for the Bulgarian Supercup was held in 1989. The match was proposed by Kiril Zaharinov, sports editor at the Bulgarian News Agency and secretary of the union of the Bulgarian sport journalists at that time.

The match was held at 9th September Stadium in Burgas, opposing 1988-89 Bulgarian champion and Cup holder CFKA Sredets (now CSKA Sofia) and the runner-up in the 1988–89 edition of the Bulgarian Cup FC Chernomorets Burgas. CSKA won the match 1-0 thanks to a goal by Hristo Stoichkov.

The first Supercup trophy was made in Italy and was 80 cm tall, weighing 15 kg. Today it is kept in the CSKA Sofia museum.

Since 2004Edit

 
Bulgarian Supercup (2007-2011)
 
Bulgarian Supercup (2011-)

After the political changes of 1989 in Eastern Europe the Bulgarian Supercup match was suspended. Fourteen years later the Bulgarian Professional Football League in association with the Bulgarian Football Union decided to restore the event organising a Supercup match between the champion of the 2003-04 season, PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv and the 2003–04 Bulgarian Cup holder, PFC Litex Lovech. The match was held at Naftex Stadium in Burgas and Lokomotiv won 1-0 after a last-minute goal by Ivan Paskov.

Since the restoration of the tournament in 2004 ten teams have participated in the event and eight of them have managed to win the trophy - PFC Litex Lovech (winners in 2010), PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (winners in 2013), PFC Cherno More Varna (winners in 2015), PFC Botev Plovdiv (winners in 2017), Lokomotiv Plovdiv (winners in 2004 and 2020), PFC Levski Sofia (winners in 2005, 2007 and 2009), PFC CSKA Sofia (winners in 2006, 2008 and 2011) and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (winners in 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021).

In 2021 the winner of the cup Ludogorets Razgrad became the single most successful team in the event, winning their fifth trophy as they beat CSKA Sofia with final score 4-0. Also, as of 2021 Ludogorets Razgrad has participated nine times in the Supercup match - most of all other participants.

From 2004 onwards a brand new trophy is made for every event as it was decided by the organisers that each Supercup winner should retain the trophy in perpetuity. However, three designs have been used for the trophy as of 2004 - one for the Supercups of 2004–2006, another for the trophies of 2007-2010 and the third from 2011 onwards. The current trophy was designed in Italy in 2007 and is 100 cm tall.

Supercup finalsEdit

Season Date Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance Report
1989 15 July 1989 CFKA Sredets (1)
Winner of 1988–89 A Group and 1988–89 Bulgarian Cup
1 – 0 FC Chernomorets Burgas
Runner-up of 1988–89 Bulgarian Cup
9th September Stadium,
Burgas
20,000 Report
2004 31 July 2004 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv (1)
Winner of 2003–04 A Group
1 − 0 PFC Litex Lovech
Winner of 2003–04 Bulgarian Cup
Naftex Stadium,
Burgas
4,300 Report
2005 31 July 2005 PFC Levski Sofia (1)
Winner of 2004–05 Bulgarian Cup
1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(3–1 p)
PFC CSKA Sofia
Winner of 2004–05 A Group
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
9,894 Report
2006 30 July 2006 PFC CSKA Sofia (2)
Winner of 2005–06 Bulgarian Cup
0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(3–0 p)
PFC Levski Sofia
Winner of 2005–06 A Group
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
9,751 Report
2007 26 July 2007 PFC Levski Sofia (2)
Winner of 2006–07 A Group and 2006–07 Bulgarian Cup
2 – 1 (a.e.t.) PFC Litex Lovech
Runner-up of 2006–07 Bulgarian Cup
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
14,000 Report
2008 3 August 2008 PFC CSKA Sofia (3)
Winner of 2007–08 A Group
1 – 0 PFC Litex Lovech
Winner of 2007–08 Bulgarian Cup
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
8,950 Report
2009 1 August 2009 PFC Levski Sofia (3)
Winner of 2008–09 A Group
1 – 0 PFC Litex Lovech
Winner of 2008–09 Bulgarian Cup
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
2,300 Report
2010 12 August 2010 PFC Litex Lovech (1)
Winner of 2009–10 A Group
2 – 1 (a.e.t.) PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
Winner of 2009–10 Bulgarian Cup
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
1,700 Report
2011 30 July 2011 PFC CSKA Sofia (4)
Winner of 2010–11 Bulgarian Cup
3 – 1 PFC Litex Lovech
Winner of 2010–11 A Group
Lazur Stadium,
Burgas
12,620 Report
2012 11 July 2012 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (1)
Winner of 2011–12 A Group and 2011–12 Bulgarian Cup
3 − 1 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Runner-up of 2011–12 Bulgarian Cup
Lazur Stadium,
Burgas
2,730 Report
2013 10 July 2013 PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (1)
Winner of 2012–13 Bulgarian Cup
1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Winner of 2012–13 A Group
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
1,070 Report
2014 13 August 2014 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (2)
Winner of 2013–14 A Group and 2013–14 Bulgarian Cup
3 − 1 PFC Botev Plovdiv
Runner-up of 2013–14 Bulgarian Cup
Lazur Stadium,
Burgas
4,400 Report
2015 12 August 2015 PFC Cherno More Varna (1)
Winner of 2014–15 Bulgarian Cup
1 − 0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Winner of 2014–15 A Group
Lazur Stadium,
Burgas
1,810 Report
2016 Not held
Not played §
2017 9 August 2017 PFC Botev Plovdiv (1)
Winner of 2016–17 Bulgarian Cup
1 – 1
(5–4 p)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Winner of 2016–17 First League
Lazur Stadium,
Burgas
3,800 Report
2018 5 July 2018 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (3)
Winner of 2017–18 First League
1 − 0 PFC Slavia Sofia
Winner of 2017–18 Bulgarian Cup
Trace Arena,
Stara Zagora
850 Report
2019 3 July 2019 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (4)
Winner of 2018–19 First League
2 − 0 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Winner of 2018–19 Bulgarian Cup
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
3,800 Report
2020 2 August 2020 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv (2)
Winner of 2019–20 Bulgarian Cup
1 − 0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Winner of 2019–20 First League
Huvepharma Arena,
Razgrad
0 Report
2021 17 July 2021 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (5)
Winner of 2020–21 First League
4 − 0 PFC CSKA Sofia
Winner of 2020–21 Bulgarian Cup
Vasil Levski,
Sofia
8 800 Report

§ Note: The 2016 Bulgarian Supercup was meant to be the 14th Bulgarian Supercup, an annual Bulgarian football match played between the winners of the previous season's Bulgarian A Football Group and Bulgarian Cup. The game was to be played between PFC CSKA Sofia, winners of the 2016 Bulgarian Cup Final, and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, champions of the 2015–16 A Group. However, prior to the match PFC CSKA Sofia bankrupted, followed by taking another team's professional license. As a consequence, the 2016 Bulgarian Supercup final was not held.

PerformanceEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Year(s) Won Year(s) lost
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
5
4
2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021 2013, 2015, 2017, 2020
PFC CSKA Sofia
4
2
1989, 2006, 2008, 2011 2005, 2021
PFC Levski Sofia
3
1
2005, 2007, 2009 2006
PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
2
2
2004, 2020 2012, 2019
PFC Litex Lovech
1
5
2010 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
1
1
2013 2010
PFC Botev Plovdiv
1
1
2017 2014
PFC Cherno More Varna
1
2015
FC Chernomorets Burgas
1
1989
PFC Slavia Sofia
1
2018

Performance by cityEdit

City Wins Clubs
Sofia 7 CSKA (4), Levski (3)
Razgrad 5 Ludogorets (5)
Plovdiv 3 Lokomotiv (2), Botev (1)
Lovech 1 Litex (1)
Stara Zagora 1 Beroe (1)
Varna 1 Cherno More (1)

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