2017–18 Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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Second Professional Football League
Season2017–18
Dates22 July 2017–19 May 2018
Champions Botev Vratsa
Promoted Botev Vratsa
Relegated Neftochimic
Sozopol
Maritsa Plovdiv
Oborishte
Matches played240
Goals scored592 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Svetoslav Dikov (25)
Biggest home win Botev Vratsa 5–0 Ludogorets Razgrad II
(28 April 2018) [1]
Biggest away win Sozopol 0–5 Montana
(20 October 2017) [2]
Highest scoring Strumska Slava 3–6 Maritsa Plovdiv
(12 August 2017) [3]
Longest winning run7 games by Tsarsko Selo [4]
Longest unbeaten run11 games by Tsarsko Selo [4]
Longest winless run19 games by Neftochimic [4]
Longest losing run12 games by Neftochimic [4]
2018–19
All statistics correct as of 19 May 2018.

The 2017–18 Second League was the 63rd season of the Second League, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system, and the 2nd season under this name and current league structure. The fixture list was released on 22 June 2017. [5]

Contents

Teams

The following teams have changed division since the 2016–17 season.

a. ^ Zagorets, the champions of South-East Third League, declined promotion due to financial and organizational reasons; Maritsa Plovdiv took their place as runners-up. [6]
b. ^ CSKA Sofia II officially declined to participate in the South-West Third League and was dissolved. [7]

Stadia and locations

TeamCityStadiumCapacity
Botev Galabovo Energitik 3,000
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev 12,000
Chernomorets Balchik Gradski, Balchik 3,100
Litex Lovech Gradski, Lovech 8,100
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa Lokomotiv, Gorna Oryahovitsa 10,500
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv, Sofia 22,000
Ludogorets II Razgrad Eagles' Nest 2,000
Maritsa Plovdiv Botev 1912 Football Complex A 3,500
Montana Montana Kiprovets, Chiprovtsi B 1,600
Neftochimic Burgas Gradski, Balgarovo C 3,000 [8]
Nesebar Nesebar Nesebar Stadium 7,000
Oborishte Panagyurishte Orcho Voyvoda 3,000
Pomorie Pomorie Lazur, Burgas D 18,037 [9]
Sozopol Sozopol Arena Sozopol 3,500
Strumska Slava Radomir Gradski, Radomir 3,500 [10]
Tsarsko Selo Sofia Tsarsko Selo 2,000

A. ^ Maritsa Plovdiv will play at Botev 1912 Football Complex because their Maritsa Stadium is not licensed for Second League. [11]
B. ^ Montana will play at Kiprovets Stadium in Chiprovtsi due to ongoing renovation works at their Ogosta Stadium. [12]
C. ^ Neftochimic will play at Gradski Stadium in Balgarovo for financial reasons. [13]
D. ^ Pomorie will play at Lazur Stadium in Burgas due to renovation works at their Pomorie Stadium. [14]

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsorKit sponsor
Botev Galabovo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyudmil Kirov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi KirilovKRASIKOGalabovo Municipality Knauf
Botev Vratsa Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sasho Angelov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivaylo MihaylovJumperWinBet
Chernomorets Balchik Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Ivanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Genadi Lugo Legea Balchik Municipality
Litex Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zhivko Zhelev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivaylo Radentsov adidas
Lokomotiv Sofia Flag of Serbia.svg Mladen Dodić Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Branekov Joma EfbetMalizia
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Dimitrov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Mariyan IvanovKRASIKOEfbetPrity, Enel, Go Grill
Ludogorets Razgrad II Flag of Bulgaria.svg Radoslav Zdravkov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ventsislav Kerchev Umbro bet365 Vivacom, Spetema
Maritsa Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimcho Belyakov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Iliya Nikolov SportikaHristov Commerce
Montana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ferario Spasov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Mihov Jako Efbet
Neftochimic Flag of Bulgaria.svg Diyan Petkov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stanislav Zhekov KRASIKOMasterhaus
Nesebar Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Zhechev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Kostov Joma Efbet
Oborishte Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Atanasov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Tsvetomir Tsonkov KRASIKO Asarel Medet
Pomorie Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Branimirov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Petkov Erreà [15] Pomorie Municipality, Efbet [15]
Sozopol Flag of Bulgaria.svg Margarit Dimov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan YanchevKRASIKO
Strumska Slava Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vladimir Dimitrov [16] Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay NikolovSportika
Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Velislav Vutsov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Simeon Ganchev Nike

Note: Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising. However, only one sponsorship is permitted per jersey for official tournaments organised by UEFA in addition to that of the kit manufacturer (exceptions are made for non-profit organisations). Clubs in the domestic league can have more than one sponsorship per jersey which can feature on the front of the shirt, incorporated with the main sponsor or in place of it; or on the back, either below the squad number or on the collar area. Shorts also have space available for advertisement.

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Oborishte Flag of Bulgaria.svg Emil Velev End of contract1 June 2017 [17] Pre-season Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Chilikov 9 June 2017 [18]
Lokomotiv Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yavor ValchinovMutual consent2 June 2017 [19] Flag of Serbia.svg Mladen Dodić 9 June 2017 [20]
Neftochimic Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Yanev Resigned3 June 2017 [21] Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Krastev 23 June 2017 [22]
Montana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Atanas Atanasov End of contract11 June 2017 [23] Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yavor Valchinov14 June 2017 [24]
Botev Galabovo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan VutovSigned by Etar 16 June 2017 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Svetoslav Todorov 16 June 2017 [25]
Nesebar Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Rusev Appointed as Head of Academy18 June 2017 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Zhechev 18 June 2017 [26]
Oborishte Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Chilikov Signed by Ludogorets Razgrad 14 August 20174th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Angel Slavkov14 August 2017 [27]
Montana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yavor ValchinovResigned27 August 2017 [28] 12th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ferario Spasov 28 August 2017 [29]
Pomorie Flag of Bulgaria.svg Malin Orachev 27 September 201714th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Branimirov 27 September 2017 [30]
Neftochimic Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Krastev Demoted to assistant6 October 201716th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Blagomir Mitrev 6 October 2017 [31]
Botev Galabovo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Svetoslav Todorov Mutual consent16 November 2017 [32] 12th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyudmil Kirov 21 November 2017 [33]
Oborishte Flag of Bulgaria.svg Angel Slavkov2 December 2017 [34] 12th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Atanasov12 December 2017 [35]
Neftochimic Flag of Bulgaria.svg Blagomir Mitrev Signed by Vereya 2 January 2018 [36] 16th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Diyan Petkov 3 January 2018 [37]
Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikola Spasov Signed by Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kyzylzhar 3 January 20182nd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Velikov 3 January 2018 [38]
Sozopol Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rumen DimovResigned24 April 201815h Flag of Bulgaria.svg Margarit Dimov24 April 2018 [39]
Maritsa Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stoyan Dimitrov30 April 201814th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimcho Belyakov 30 April 2018 [40]
Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Velikov Mutual consent8 May 20183rd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Velislav Vutsov 8 May 2018 [41]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Botev Vratsa (C, P)3019744620+2664Promotion to the First League
2 Lokomotiv Sofia 3019655127+2463 [lower-alpha 1] Qualification for the promotion play-offs
3 Tsarsko Selo 3019655628+2863 [lower-alpha 1]
4 Montana 3017585020+3056
5 Nesebar 30135124243144
6 Pomorie 30101193632+441 [lower-alpha 2]
7 Botev Galabovo 30118113740341 [lower-alpha 2]
8 Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 301010104239+340 [lower-alpha 3]
9 Ludogorets Razgrad II 301171240501040 [lower-alpha 3] Ineligible for promotion
10 Litex Lovech 30109112626039 [lower-alpha 4]
11 Chernomorets Balchik 30109113740339 [lower-alpha 4]
12 Strumska Slava Radomir 301061431431236
13 Oborishte (R)3096152632633 [lower-alpha 5] Relegation to the Third League
14 Maritsa Plovdiv (R)30961534451133 [lower-alpha 5]
15 Sozopol (R)30661825472224
16 Neftochimic (R)3023251562479
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw. [42]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Lokomotiv Sofia is ahead of Tsarsko Selo on head-to-head points: Lokomotiv Sofia–Tsarsko Selo 0–0, Tsarsko Selo–Lokomotiv Sofia 1–2.
  2. 1 2 Pomorie is ahead of Botev Galabovo on head-to-head points: Pomorie–Botev Galabovo 0–0, Botev Galabovo–Pomorie 0–1.
  3. 1 2 Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa is ahead of Ludogorets Razgrad II on overall goal difference.
  4. 1 2 Litex Lovech is ahead of Chernomorets Balchik on head-to-head goal difference: Litex Lovech–Chernomorets Balchik 4–0, Chernomorets Balchik–Litex Lovech 1–0.
  5. 1 2 Oborishte is ahead of Maritsa Plovdiv on head-to-head goal difference: Oborishte–Maritsa Plovdiv 1–2, Maritsa Plovdiv–Oborishte 0–3.

Results

Home \ Away GAL BVR CBA LIT LGO LSO LUD MAR MON NEF NES OBO POM SOZ STR TSS
Botev Galabovo 0–43–23–01–02–30–01–10–22–12–11–20–12–01–00–0
Botev Vratsa 0–03–21–00–02–25–02–12–14–01–11–01–00–11–01–0
Chernomorets Balchik 4–10–11–01–12–23–01–01–02–13–20–01–11–14–01–1
Litex 0–10–04–01–10–04–11–10–12–01–01–00–22–12–00–1
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 3–11–33–01–01–02–21–11–13–13–00–01–13–04–31–3
Lokomotiv Sofia 1–11–01–04–03–01–04–21–02–04–11–02–13–00–10–0
Ludogorets Razgrad II 2–14–12–21–12–22–10–21–02–00–23–02–11–01–23–2
Maritsa Plovdiv 1–21–10–10–13–11–33–31–01–00–00–31–01–00–11–3
Montana 3–10–14–02–11–04–04–02–14–01–32–02–12–11–11–0
Neftochimic 0–20–21–11–11–20–12–10–20–30–10–21–30–21–00–2
Nesebar 1–52–02–00–14–21–33–14–01–12–12–10–30–00–02–3
Oborishte 2–00–22–00–12–11–20–01–20–03–10–10–01–01–11–3
Pomorie 0–01–11–11–12–12–30–12–10–21–13–11–01–11–12–2
Sozopol 2–21–21–01–11–30–01–22–00–53–11–21–31–22–10–1
Strumska Slava Radomir 2–20–20–21–00–02–12–13–61–01–00–13–11–21–01–3
Tsarsko Selo 2–01–22–10–01–01–23–22–01–15–13–22–02–04–13–2
Updated to match(es) played on 19 May 2018. Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

As of match(es) played on 19 May 2018 [43]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Svetoslav Dikov Tsarsko Selo 25
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Iliya Dimitrov Lokomotiv Sofia 17
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Kolev Botev Vratsa [n 1] 15
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vladislav Mirchev Chernomorets Balchik
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Pavel Petkov Tsarsko Selo 11
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Atanas Iliev Montana
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Kostov Nesebar 10
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Atanasov Botev Vratsa [n 2]
9 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Tsvetkov Lokomotiv Sofia 9
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Kokonov Montana
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ventsislav Gyuzelev Maritsa Plovdiv
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Deyan Hristov Lokomotiv GO
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kristiyan Peshov Sozopol
14 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Spas Georgiev Botev Vratsa 8
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Iliyan Kapitanov Oborishte [n 3]
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ahmed Ahmedov Pomorie
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Denislav Aleksandrov Ludogorets Razgrad II
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kristiyan Tasev Strumska Slava
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zhivko Petkov Pomorie
20 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivaylo Stoyanov Strumska Slava 7
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rangel Ignatov Maritsa Plovdiv
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Tsachev Botev Galabovo
Notes
  1. Including 8 goals for Nesebar.
  2. Including 3 goals for Montana.
  3. Including 6 goals for Botev Galabovo.

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