National Basketball League (Bulgaria)

The National Basketball League (NBL) (in Bulgarian: Националната баскетболна лига) is the highest professional basketball league in Bulgaria. The current league was founded in 2008, although the first tier level exists since 1942 and was previously called the Bulgarian A Division. The games in the NBL are played under FIBA rules. The most successful team in NBL history is PBC Academic, that has won 26 national titles.

National Basketball League
National Basketball League (Bulgaria) logo.jpg
Founded1942
First season1942–43
CountryBulgaria
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams9
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Bulgarian Cup
Current championsBalkan Botevgrad (5th title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsPBC Academic (26 titles)
Websitenbl.basketball.bg
2020–21 NBL Season

Current teamsEdit

Club Last season Arena Location Capacity
Academic Plovdiv 5th Kolodruma Plovdiv 6,100
Balkan Botevgrad 1st Arena Botevgrad Botevgrad 4,500
Beroe 4th Municipal Hall Stara Zagora 1,000
Cherno More Ticha 8th Hristo Borisov Varna 1,000
Chernomorets 7th Boycho Branzov Burgas 1,000
Levski Lukoil 2nd Universiada Hall Sofia 4,000
Rilski Sportist 3rd Arena Samokov Samokov 2,500
Spartak Pleven 9th Balkanstroy Pleven 1,200
Yambol 10th Diana Yambol 3,000

Title holdersEdit

Titles by ClubEdit

Academic: 26

  • 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

Levski Sofia: 19

  • 1942, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2014, 2018

CSKA Sofia: 12

  • 1949, 1950, 1951, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1992

Lokomotiv Sofia: 6

  • 1943, 1948, 1955, 1961, 1964, 1966

Balkan Botevgrad: 5

  • 1974, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2019

Slavia Sofia: 3

  • 1952, 1953, 1997

Cherno More Port Varna: 3

  • 1985, 1998, 1999

Spartak Pleven: 2

  • 1995, 1996

Yambol: 1

  • 2002

Latest finalsEdit

Season Champions Score Runners-Up
2000–01 Levski 3–0 Yambol
2001–02 Yambol 3–0 Lukoil Academic
2002–03 Lukoil Academic 3–0 Levski
2003–04 Lukoil Academic 3–0 CSKA
2004–05 Lukoil Academic 3–0 CSKA
2005–06 Lukoil Academic 3–0 Cherno More
2006–07 Lukoil Academic 3–0 CSKA
2007–08 Lukoil Academic 3–0 Balkan
2008–09 Lukoil Academic 3–1 Cherno More
2009–10 Lukoil Academic 3–1 Levski
2010–11 Lukoil Academic 3–0 Levski
2011–12 Lukoil Academic 3–0 Levski
2012–13 Lukoil Academic 3–2 Levski
2013–14 Levski 3–2 Lukoil Academic
2014–15 Lukoil Academic 3–2 Balkan
2015–16 Lukoil Academic 3–0 Balkan
2016–17 Lukoil Academic 3–1 Beroe
2017–18 Levski 3–1 Balkan
2018–19 Balkan 3–1 Levski

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