2018–19 Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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Second Professional Football League
Season2018–19
Champions Tsarsko Selo
Promoted Tsarsko Selo
Arda
Relegated Dobrudzha
Nesebar
Matches played240
Goals scored567 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorer Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Minchev
(29 goals)
Longest winning run14 games by Tsarsko Selo
Longest unbeaten run20 games by Montana and Tsarsko Selo
Longest winless run18 games by Dobrudzha
Longest losing run5 games by Ludogorets II
2019–20
All statistics correct as of 29 May 2019.

The 2018–19 Second League is the 64th season of the Second League, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system, and the 3rd season under this name and current league structure. In June 2018, the Executive Committee of the Bulgarian Football Union decided to increase the participating teams to 18 for the 2019–20 season; as a result, only two teams will be relegated to Third League. [1] The fixture list was released on 8 June 2018. [2] The participating teams were confirmed on the same day. FC Tsarsko Selo Sofia became champions of the second league and were promoted directly to the first division. FC Dobrudzha Dobrich and PFC Nesebar were relegated. [3]

Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria) association football league

The Bulgarian Second Professional Football League or simply Second League is the second level of the Bulgarian football league system, below First League and above the Third League. Sixteen teams take part in the league, each playing twice against all the other, once home and once away. Most matches are played on Saturdays and Sundays. The league is administered by the Bulgarian Professional Football League.

The Bulgarian football league system or the Bulgarian football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in Bulgaria. The system has a hierarchical format with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels, and allows even the smallest club to dream of rising to the very top of the system.

Bulgarian Football Union association football governing body in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) is a football association based in Bulgaria and a member of UEFA. It organizes a football league, Bulgarian A Professional Football Group, and fields its Bulgaria national football team in UEFA and FIFA -authorised competitions.

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Teams

The following teams have changed division since the 2017–18 season.

Stadia and locations

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Sofia 2018–19 Second League football clubs
TeamCityStadiumCapacity
Arda Kardzhali Druzhba15,000
Botev Galabovo Energetik3,000
Chernomorets Balchik Gradski, Balchik 3,100
CSKA 1948 Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium 43,230
Dobrudzha Dobrich Druzhba 12,500
Kariana Erden Sport Complex Kariana1,000
Litex Lovech Gradski, Lovech 8,100
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa Lokomotiv, Gorna Oryahovitsa 10,500
Lokomotiv Sofia Lokomotiv, Sofia 22,000
Ludogorets II Razgrad Eagles' Nest2,000
Montana Montana Ogosta 8,000
Nesebar Nesebar Nesebar 7,000
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev 7,500
Pomorie Pomorie Pomorie 2,000
Strumska Slava Radomir Gradski, Radomir 3,500
Tsarsko Selo Sofia Tsarsko Selo Sports Complex2,000

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.

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsorKit sponsor
Arda Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stamen Belchev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Borislav Stoychev Nike
Botev Galabovo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Gospodin Mirchev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay YankovKRASIKOGalabovo Municipality Knauf
Chernomorets Balchik Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Ivanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Genadi Lugo Legea Balchik Municipality
CSKA 1948 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Evgeni Zyumbulev [4] Errea Efbet
Dobrudzha Dobrich Flag of Bulgaria.svg Emil Velev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Gramatikov KRASIKOAlbena ResortPioneer Seeds, Izida
Kariana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Velikov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Evgeni Ignatov Joma Upgrade
Litex Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zhivko Zhelev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Plamen Nikolov adidas
Lokomotiv Sofia Flag of Serbia.svg Mladen Dodić Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vladislav Romanov Joma EfbetMalizia, Intesa, VIA 2000
Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasimir Mechev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasen Trifonov KRASIKOEfbetPrity, Enel, Go Grill
Ludogorets Razgrad II Flag of Bulgaria.svg Radoslav Zdravkov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Oleg Dimitrov Umbro Efbet Vivacom, Spetema
Montana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ferario Spasov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Mihov Jako Efbet
Nesebar Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Zhechev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Kostov Joma Nesebar MunicipalityEfbet
Pirin Blagoevgrad Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zlatinov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yulian Popev Erreà Katarino Spa
Pomorie Flag of Bulgaria.svg Radoslav Boyanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Petkov Joma Efbet
Strumska Slava Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vladimir Dimitrov [5] Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor ZyumbulevJumperEfbet
Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikola Spasov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Simeon Ganchev Nike Winbet

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.

UEFA international sport governing body

The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Lokomotiv GO Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Dimitrov End of contract23 May 2018Pre-season Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Kiselichkov 10 June 2018 [6]
Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Velislav Vutsov Mutual consent1 June 2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikola Spasov 1 June 2018 [7]
Pomorie Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Branimirov Signed by Flag of Latvia.svg Riga 12 June 2018 [8] Flag of Bulgaria.svg Radoslav Boyanov22 June 2018 [9]
Lokomotiv Sofia Flag of Serbia.svg Mladen Dodić End of contract14 June 2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Angel Kolev 14 June 2018 [10]
Pirin Blagoevgrad Flag of Bulgaria.svg Milen Radukanov 19 June 2018 [11] Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zlatinov 20 June 2018 [12]
CSKA 1948 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Valentin Iliev Mutual consent21 August 2018 [13] 4th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov 24 August 2018 [14]
Kariana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Atanas Dzhambazki Sacked21 August 201814th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Velikov 26 August 2018 [15]
Arda Flag of Bulgaria.svg Elin Topuzakov 26 August 20187th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stoycho Stoev 26 August 2018 [16]
Lokomotiv GO Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Kiselichkov Mutual consent18 September 2018 [17] 16th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Marin Baichev (caretaker)11 October 2018 [18]
Botev Galabovo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyudmil Kirov Signed by Vereya 27 September 20184th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Gospodin Mirchev27 September 2018 [19]
Dobrudzha Flag of Bulgaria.svg Diyan Bozhilov Mutual consent6 November 201816th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Emil Velev 13 November 2018 [20]
Lokomotiv GO Flag of Bulgaria.svg Marin Baichev (caretaker)Caretaking spell over13 December 20189th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasimir Mechev13 December 2018 [21]
Lokomotiv Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Angel Kolev Mutual consent17 December 201811th Flag of Serbia.svg Mladen Dodić 17 December 2018 [22]
Arda Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stoycho Stoev Signed by Ludogorets 6 March 20193rd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stamen Belchev 6 March 2019 [23] [24]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Tsarsko Selo (C, P)3024426827+4176Promotion to the First League
2 Montana 3018934922+2763Qualification for the promotion play-offs
3 Arda (P)3019564418+2662
4 CSKA 1948 30161133918+2159
5 Litex 3012994326+1745
6 Strumska Slava Radomir 30107133644837 [lower-alpha 1]
7 Chernomorets Balchik 30107132735837 [lower-alpha 1]
8 Lokomotiv Sofia 3099122528336 [lower-alpha 2]
9 Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 301061430431336 [lower-alpha 2]
10 Pomorie 301061435491436 [lower-alpha 2]
11 Ludogorets Razgrad II 30951631431232Ineligible for promotion
12 Kariana 3087152938931 [lower-alpha 3]
13 Pirin Blagoevgrad 30941729492031 [lower-alpha 3]
14 Botev Galabovo 30710133238631 [lower-alpha 3]
15 Nesebar (R)30691533511827Relegation to the Third League
16 Dobrudzha Dobrich (R)304101617382122
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2019. 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. [25]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Strumska Slava Radomir is ahead of Chernomorets Balchik on head-to-head points: Strumska Slava–Chernomorets Balchik 1–0, Chernomorets Balchik–Strumska Slava 2–1.
  2. 1 2 3 Lokomotiv Sofia is ahead of Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa and Pomorie on head-to-head points: Lokomotiv Sofia 8 pts, Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa 6 pts, Pomorie 2 pts.
  3. 1 2 3 Kariana is ahead of Pirin Blagoevgrad and Botev Galabovo on head-to-head points: Kariana 9 pts, Pirin Blagoevgrad 4 pts, Botev Galabovo 4 pts.

Results

Home \ Away ARD GAL CBA CSK DOB KAR LIT LGO LSO LUD MON NES PIR POM STR TSS
Arda 2–11–01–01–02–01–03–02–00–12–05–12–02–01–10–1
Botev Galabovo 2–33–11–10–03–12–10–00–00–10–12–03–34–10–03–2
Chernomorets Balchik 1–31–00–03–00–02–21–21–01–00–02–12–10–32–11–3
CSKA 1948 0–00–02–10–02–11–04–03–10–01–12–02–11–23–01–1
Dobrudzha Dobrich 0–21–00–10–00–10–00–01–11–30–01–01–22–01–20–2
Kariana 0–13–00–00–12–01–10–20–23–00–02–02–12–01–21–2
Litex 2–02–03–01–02–21–10–10–02–01–23–03–13–02–02–3
Lokomotiv GO 2–01–21–20–11–13–21–20–21–01–11–10–23–21–00–1
Lokomotiv Sofia 0–31–00–00–12–02–01–14–11–00–10–00–21–10–10–1
Ludogorets Razgrad II 0–12–00–20–11–14–00–03–20–31–34–10–02–23–10–2
Montana 0–02–21–02–21–22–12–14–13–02–03–12–01–03–12–0
Nesebar 2–10–00–00–23–11–10–02–13–04–21–22–31–10–00–2
Pirin Blagoevgrad 0–02–12–11–21–01–20–50–00–21–00–31–30–23–01–3
Pomorie 1–12–21–01–21–01–02–11–20–02–11–34–31–00–22–5
Strumska Slava 1–31–01–03–43–13–10–10–11–12–32–22–22–01–02–2
Tsarsko Selo 2–13–14–20–03–11–13–12–12–14–01–03–13–04–13–1
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2019. Source: bulgarian-football.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Positions by round

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Tsarsko Selo 211111111111111111111111111111
Montana 865745222222222222222222332222
Arda 348684333334444333334433223333
CSKA 1948 932422674545333444443344444444
Litex 12151112149767866666656555555555555
Strumska Slava 5532338810101312121113101210910101010101088876
Chernomorets 11121510681011911787887777677899101010107
Lokomotiv Sofia 1013981312131411121199779118889998899988
Lokomotiv GO 7141415121416128791111131113991198877766669
Pomorie 151043574554535555656766666777910
Ludogorets II 16111314151614161514141410121281013131314141414141211111111
Kariana 141616161615151516161615141415151515151513121313121314141312
Pirin 48121310119913131213151514141414141415151515151513131413
Botev Galabovo 6265765466871199111311121111111111111112121214
Nesebar 171011913121312910108101012812101212131212131415151515
Dobrudzha 139791110111014151516161616161616161616161616161616161616
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2019. Source: bulgarian-football.com

Top scorers

As of match(es) played on 23 May 2019 [26]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Minchev Tsarsko Selo 29
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Andon Gushterov CSKA 1948 20
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Atanas Iliev Montana 18
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ventsislav Hristov Arda 12
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Denislav Aleksandrov [lower-alpha 1] CSKA 1948
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vladislav Zlatinov Pirin Blagoevgrad
  1. Includes 6 goals for Ludogorets Razgrad II

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