2020–21 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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First Professional Football League
Season2020–21
Dates7 August 2020 – 30 May 2021
Champions Ludogorets (10th title)
Relegated Etar
Montana
Europa Conference League CSKA Sofia
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Arda
Matches played223
Goals scored536 (2.4 per match)
Top goalscorer Flag of Romania.svg Claudiu Keșerü (18 goals) [1]
Best goalkeeper Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Naumov (12 clean sheets)
Biggest home win Beroe 6–0 Botev Vratsa
(28 August 2020)
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 6–0 Botev Plovdiv
(28 November 2020)
Ludogorets 6–0 Etar
(15 February 2021)
CSKA Sofia 6–0 Montana
(21 April 2021)
Biggest away win Etar 0–4 Cherno More
(16 August 2020)
Montana 0–4 Levski Sofia
(29 August 2020)
Highest scoring Montana 3–4 Tsarsko Selo
(7 December 2020)
Longest winning run8 matches
CSKA Sofia
Longest unbeaten run16 matches
Ludogorets
Longest winless run13 matches
Etar
Longest losing run8 matches
Botev Vratsa
2021–22
All statistics correct as of 21:28, 30 May 2021 (UTC).

The 2020–21 First Professional Football League, also known as efbet League for sponsorship reasons, [2] is the 97th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 72nd since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid, and also the 5th season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. Ludogorets Razgrad are the defending champions for the ninth consecutive time.

Contents

The season was initially set to start on 24 July 2020, [3] but began on 7 August 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation in Bulgaria. [4] [5]

On 4 May 2021, Ludogorets Razgrad became champions for a record-breaking 10th consecutive time after winning 3–1 against Beroe. [6]

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Measures pertaining to fan attendance

All matches were at first envisioned to be held without spectators, at the minimum until 31 August, [7] but this was reversed in early August (allowing for matches to be held at 50% stadium capacity and up to 1000 people per stand), [8] reportedly under pressure from fan groups, with the government's inconsistency on the matter in turn criticized in certain circles. [9] On 27 October 2020, Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov issued a decree valid from 29 October until 12 November, stipulating that all matches are to be held behind closed doors. [10] [11] Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev claimed that some of the fans of certain teams had not been observing the pandemic control protocols, such as social distancing and mask-wearing. [12] On 12 November 2020, the ban on the presence of spectators was extended at least until 30 November. [13] In late November 2020 Kralev stated that the return of fans will not be under consideration until March 2021. [14] Spectators were once again allowed from 24 April 2021 onwards, at 30% stadium capacity, with a maximum of 1000 people per stand. [15] The capacity was expanded to 50% from 19 May 2021. [16]

A sign at the Vasil Levski National Stadium urging fans to be mindful of the need for social distancing Social distancing sign at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia.jpg
A sign at the Vasil Levski National Stadium urging fans to be mindful of the need for social distancing

Footballers testing positive for the virus, schedule changes and vaccinations

Two Ludogorets Razgrad players tested positive for coronavirus just prior to the beginning of the championship. [17] In September 2020, the whole Etar team was initially quarantined by the regional health authorities in Veliko Tarnovo after 5 footballers' and 2 staff members' PCR tests indicated that they were infected, [18] but the match against Lokomotiv eventually went ahead without the date being changed. [19] The fixture between Arda and Ludogorets Razgrad that was to be held on 4 October 2020 was postponed after more than 10 footballers' tests from the Kardzhali team (as well as a trainer) returned positive results. [20] In late October 2020, Slavia also saw multiple footballers testing positive for COVID-19. [21] In early November 2020, four Levski Sofia players were reported to have the infection. [22] Prior to the start of the November international window, 12 Ludogorets footballers from both the first and the second teams [23] as well as additional Levski Sofia players from the senior and junior rosters were diagnosed with the virus, [24] bringing the total number of infected at the latter club to 16. [25] [26] This caused some of the players to miss out on national team call-ups and led to the postponement of Ludogorets' Bulgarian Cup match against Sportist Svoge and Levski Sofia's league game against Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Beroe also saw cases of coronavirus among its players. [27] After initially given the green light to be held on the planned date, [28] The Eternal Derby match originally scheduled for 21 November was eventually postponed as well, [29] taking place on 18 December. After reporting a number of COVID-19 cases in July 2020, shortly before the beginning of the championship, [30] CSKA 1948 saw a boom in infections in May 2021, with 11 footballers testing positive, resulting in the postponement of their first game from the championship group against Lokomotiv Plovdiv. [31] CSKA 1948 requested that their match against CSKA Sofia (scheduled to be held on 7 May) is moved to a later date as well, but this was not granted by the Football Union. After CSKA 1948 did not show up for the game, on 10 May CSKA Sofia were awarded a 3:0 technical win by the Sports and Technical Commission. [32] However, on 13 May 2021, the same technical body decided to honour CSKA 1948's appeal, also taking into account the dissatisfaction voiced by Lokomotiv Plovdiv due to competing with CSKA Sofia for the second place in the league standings, and rescheduled the game for 22 May 2021. [33] Vaccinations among footballers and staff began in March 2021. [34]

Innovations

The VAR system was introduced at the start of the post-regular season phase, being first used on 3 May 2021 for the match between CSKA Sofia and Arda. [35]

Teams

Fourteen teams are competing in the league – the top eleven teams from the previous season, the team that finished in first place in the Second League, and the two winners of the promotion/relegation playoffs. [36]

CSKA 1948 were promoted as champions of the 2019–20 Second League and will make their debut in the top tier of Bulgarian football. The second team to be promoted was Montana, who earned promotion after winning their play-off match against Dunav Ruse. [37] The club returns after three seasons in the second tier, following their relegation in the 2016–17 season, while Dunav ended their four-year stay in the First League. In the third playoff, Tsarsko Selo remained in the top division by winning against Septemvri Sofia. [38]

Stadiums and locations

Arda Beroe Botev Plovdiv Botev Vratsa
Arena Arda Beroe Futbolen kompleks Botev 1912 Hristo Botev
Capacity: 11,114Capacity: 12,128Capacity: 4,000Capacity: 12,000
Arena Arda at night.jpg Stadion Beroe in Stara Zagora.jpg No image available.svg Stadiumvratsa.jpg
Cherno More
2020–21 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) (Bulgaria)
Location of Sofia teams.
CSKA Sofia
Ticha Balgarska Armia
Capacity: 8,250Capacity: 22,995
Ticha Stadium 2018.jpg Balgarska Armija 2017.jpg
CSKA 1948 Etar
Natsionalen stadion Vasil Levski Ivaylo
Capacity: 44,000Capacity: 15,000
PFC Levski Sofia vs Chelsea FC, UEFA Champions League 2006-07, Sofia, Bulgaria.jpg Stadion ivailo.jpg
Levski Lokomotiv
Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov Lokomotiv
Capacity: 25,000Capacity: 13,220
Sofia Levski Stadium Aerial.jpg Dsc01891a.jpg
Ludogorets Montana Slavia Tsarsko Selo
Huvepharma Arena Ogosta Slavia Arena Tsarsko Selo
Capacity: 10,422Capacity: 6,000Capacity: 25,556Capacity: 1,550
LudogoretsArena.jpg Stadion montana 2012.jpg Slavia stadium, main stand.jpg No image available.svg

    Personnel and kits

    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 sponsorAdditional
    Arda Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Kirov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Plamen Krumov Flag of the United States.svg Nike [39] efbet
    Beroe Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Kolev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Tsvetkov Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport [40] Refan, Ajax Group
    Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Azrudin Valentić Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Nedelev Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport [41] WinBet
    Botev Vratsa Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Velikov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Valeri Domovchiyski Flag of Italy.svg Erreà [42] WinBet Kozloduy NPP [43]
    Cherno More Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ilian Iliev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Dimov Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport [44] Armeets
    CSKA 1948 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Kiselichkov (interim) Flag of Bulgaria.svg Galin Ivanov Flag of Germany.svg Adidas [45] efbetBachkovo
    CSKA Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyuboslav Penev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zanev Flag of Germany.svg Adidas A1 WinBet, Baristo
    Etar Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Tomash Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Ivanov Flag of Spain.svg Joma [46] WinBet
    Levski Sofia Flag of Slovenia.svg Slaviša Stojanovič Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Mihaylov Flag of Spain.svg Joma [47] Strabag PalmsBet, Belfry Group
    Lokomotiv Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Tunchev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimitar Iliev Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport (until round 29) [48]
    Flag of the United States.svg Nike (since round 30) [49]
    WinBetGeneral Broker
    Ludogorets Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdas Dambrauskas Flag of Bulgaria.svg Svetoslav Dyakov Flag of the United States.svg Nike [50] efbet Vivacom
    Montana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Svetlan Kondev Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Mihov Flag of Spain.svg Jomaefbet
    Slavia Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zlatomir Zagorčić Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Petkov Flag of Spain.svg Joma bet365 Asset Insurance
    Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Antoni Zdravkov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Reyan Daskalov Flag of the United States.svg NikeWinBet

    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
    CSKA 1948 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yordan Yurukov Mutual consent4 June 2020Pre-season Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasimir Balakov 4 June 2020 [51]
    Slavia Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zlatomir Zagorčić 1 September 2020 [52] 13th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kushev 7 September 2020
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin KushevEnd of caretaker tenure17 September 2020 Flag of Russia.svg Aleksandr Tarkhanov 17 September 2020 [53]
    Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ferario Spasov Mutual consent6 October 2020 [54] 12th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Penchev 6 October 2020 [55]
    Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Todorov Resigned25 October 2020 [56] 11th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zhivko Milanov 25 October 2020
    CSKA Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stamen Belchev Mutual consent26 October 2020 [57] 5th Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Morales 26 October 2020
    Ludogorets Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pavel Vrba 26 October 2020 [58] 2nd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stanislav Genchev
    Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zhivko MilanovEnd of caretaker tenure10 November 202012th Flag of Slovenia.svg Slaviša Stojanovič 10 November 2020 [59]
    Etar Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov Mutual consent10 November 2020 [60] 14th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kaloyan Chakarov11 November 2020
    Lokomotiv Plovdiv Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bruno Akrapović Signed by CSKA Sofia 11 November 20202nd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Tunchev 11 November 2020 [61]
    CSKA Sofia Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel MoralesEnd of caretaker tenure5th Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bruno Akrapović 11 November 2020 [62]
    Etar Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kaloyan Chakarov19 November 202014th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Tomash 19 November 2020 [63]
    Montana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikola Spasov Death23 November 2020 [64] 12th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Atanas Atanasov 1 December 2020 [65]
    Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Penchev Demoted to youth team7 December 202010th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stefan Stoyanov7 December 2020 [66]
    Ludogorets Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stanislav Genchev Demoted to assistant3 January 20211st Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdas Dambrauskas 3 January 2021 [67]
    Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stefan StoyanovEnd of caretaker tenure8 January 202110th Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Azrudin Valentić 8 January 2021 [68]
    Botev Vratsa Flag of Bulgaria.svg Antoni Zdravkov Resigned13 March 2021 [69] 12th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Velikov 15 March 2021 [70]
    CSKA 1948 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasimir Balakov Demoted21 March 2021 [71] 6th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rosen Kirilov 23 March 2021 [72]
    CSKA Sofia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bruno Akrapović Sacked28 March 2021 [73] 3rd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyuboslav Penev 28 March 2021 [74]
    Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyuboslav Penev Signed by CSKA Sofia28 March 20219th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Antoni Zdravkov 29 March 2021 [75]
    Slavia Sofia Flag of Russia.svg Aleksandr Tarkhanov Mutual consent11 April 202113th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zlatomir Zagorčić 11 April 2021 [76]
    Beroe Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimitar Dimitrov Resigned21 April 2021 [77] 5th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Kolev 22 April 2021 [78]
    CSKA 1948 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rosen Kirilov Mutual consent24 April 2021 [79] 6th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Kiselichkov 24 April 2021
    Montana Flag of Bulgaria.svg Atanas Atanasov Mutual consent15 May 2021 [80] 14th Flag of Bulgaria.svg Svetlan Kondev 15 May 2021

    Regular season

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
    1 Ludogorets 2620425918+4164Qualification for the Championship group
    2 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2615744119+2252
    3 CSKA Sofia 2614843920+1950
    4 Arda 2612953629+745
    5 CSKA 1948 2610883430+438
    6 Beroe 2610793828+1037 [lower-alpha 1]
    7 Cherno More 2610792725+237 [lower-alpha 1] Qualification for the Europa Conference League group
    8 Tsarsko Selo 2697102927+234
    9 Levski Sofia 2677122527228
    10 Botev Plovdiv 26591225462124
    11 Slavia Sofia 26651519402123Qualification for the Relegation group
    12 Botev Vratsa 26641626391322 [lower-alpha 2]
    13 Etar 264101220452522 [lower-alpha 2]
    14 Montana 26481421462520
    Source: Soccerway, Bulgarian Football
    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. [81]
    Notes:
    1. 1 2 Head-to-head points (GD): Beroe 3 (+3), Cherno More 3 (-3).
    2. 1 2 Head-to-head points (GD): Botev Vratsa 4, Etar 1.

    Results

    Home \ Away ARD BSZ BPD BVR CHM CSK CSS ETA LEV LPD LUD MON SLA TSS
    Arda 1–03–23–21–01–11–13–21–10–22–23–02–12–0
    Beroe 0–1 3–0 6–04–00–01–01–22–11–31–40–01–10–1
    Botev Plovdiv 0–2 3–3 2–00–03–20–31–12–1 2–0 0–21–10–10–0
    Botev Vratsa 0–01–21–20–10–01–25–11–30–13–12–01–20–3
    Cherno More 2–02–11–02–11–21–10–10–00–01–43–03–21–0
    CSKA 1948 0–21–05–01–00–02–25–10–01–00–32–05–12–1
    CSKA Sofia 1–11–12–12–11–02–01–0 1–0 0–02–26–01–01–0
    Etar 0–02–30–00–00–43–12–20–01–30–20–01–11–0
    Levski Sofia 1–20–22–20–01–23–0 0–2 2–11–00–32–0 1–0 0–1
    Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0–01–1 6–0 2–12–11–12–11–11–03–22–22–02–0
    Ludogorets 1–02–02–12–11–04–01–06–01–03–11–03–01–1
    Montana 3–31–13–10–11–11–01–21–00–40–11–32–13–4
    Slavia Sofia 3–20–20–00–21–11–30–10–0 1–0 0–20–22–11–0
    Tsarsko Selo 4–00–22–21–21–00–02–13–02–20–31–10–02–0
    Source: Bulgarian Football
    Legend: 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 ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
    Ludogorets 118321212221111111111111111
    Lokomotiv Plovdiv 136436521112222223333322222
    CSKA Sofia 74213454455334332222233333
    Arda 59565345576543444444444444
    CSKA 1948 811111181097743456566666766665
    Beroe 33742133334667655555555556
    Cherno More 91910101212111068775777777677777
    Tsarsko Selo 121547866899911889988899888
    Levski Sofia 12121287669911121212101198899988999
    Botev Plovdiv 458991111121291110109101212121212101010101010
    Slavia Sofia 1013131313131313131313131313131313131113111213111211
    Botev Vratsa 27101212978810788891010111310121314131112
    Etar 1414141414141414141414141414141414141414141411121313
    Montana 610671181010111210111112121111101011131112141414

    Results by round

    Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
    Arda DDWWDWLDDDWDWWWDWWLWLLDWWL
    Beroe WDDWWWLLDWLWDWLWWDLLDWLLLD
    Botev Plovdiv WLDLDLWLDWDDLLLLLDDDWDWLLL
    Botev Vratsa WLLLDWWDDLWLLLLLLLLWLLLDWL
    Cherno More DWLLDLWLWWLDWWLLDLWLWDDDWW
    CSKA 1948 DDLDWLWWDWWLDLWDWLDLLWWDLW
    CSKA Sofia DWWWDDLDDDWWWWWWWWLDWLDLWW
    Etar LLLLLLLDDLLDDWWDLDDWLDWDLD
    Levski Sofia LDLWWWLDLLLWLLLDWDDDWWDLLL
    Lokomotiv Plovdiv LWWWLWWWDWDLDWWWDWDDDWWWWL
    Ludogorets LWWWWDWDDWWWWWWWWLWWWDWWWW
    Montana DDWLLWLWLLDLDLLDLWDLLDLLLD
    Slavia Sofia DLLLLLWLWLDWDLLLLDWLWLLWLD
    Tsarsko Selo WDWDDLLWDLLLLLWDLDWWLDLWWW
    Source: Bulgarian Football
    W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

    Championship round

    Championship round table

    Points and goals will carry over in full from regular season.

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification LUD LPD CSS ARD CSK BSZ
    1 Ludogorets (C)3122456929+4070Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round 1–24–13–1
    2 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 31171044823+2561Qualification for the Europa Conference League second qualifying round [lower-alpha 1] 2–00–00–0
    3 CSKA Sofia 3117864624+22594–11–02–0
    4 Arda (O)31131174237+550Qualification for the Europa Conference League play-off 3–30–0
    5 CSKA 1948 31121184134+7473–11–0
    6 Beroe 31109124238+4390–23–3
    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. [82]
    (C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner
    Notes:

    Positions by round

    Below the positions per round are shown. As teams did not all start with an equal number of points, the initial pre-playoffs positions are also given.

    Team ╲ Round262728293031
    Ludogorets 111111
    Lokomotiv Plovdiv 222222
    CSKA Sofia 333333
    Arda 444444
    CSKA 1948 555555
    Beroe 666666

    Europa Conference League round

    Points and goals will carry over in full from regular season.

    Europa Conference League round table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification CHM LEV TSS BPD
    1 Cherno More 32129113734+345Qualification for the Europa Conference League play-off 1–23–33–1
    2 Levski Sofia 32118133432+2412–11–11–2
    3 Tsarsko Selo 329101333396370–10–20–0
    4 Botev Plovdiv 3271114345218321–10–15–0
    Source: Bulgarian Football
    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. [83]

    Positions by round

    Below the positions per round are shown. As teams did not all start with an equal number of points, the initial pre-playoffs positions are also given.

    Team ╲ Round26272829303132
    Cherno More 7777777
    Levski Sofia 9998888
    Tsarsko Selo 8889999
    Botev Plovdiv 10101010101010
    Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2021. Source: Bulgarian Football

    Relegation round

    Points and goals will carry over in full from regular season.

    Relegation round table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation SLA BVR MON ETA
    1 Slavia Sofia 329716284416342–01–10–2
    2 Botev Vratsa (O)32861831451430Qualification for the Promotion/Relegation play-off 1–11–02–0
    3 Montana (R)326101626522628 [lower-alpha 1] Relegation to the Second League 0–21–11–0
    4 Etar (R)326101625532828 [lower-alpha 1] 0–32–01–2
    Source: Bulgarian Football
    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. [84]
    (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
    Notes:
    1. 1 2 Head-to-head points: Montana 10, Etar 1.

    Positions by round

    Below the positions per round are shown. As teams did not all start with an equal number of points, the initial pre-playoffs positions are also given.

    Team ╲ Round26272829303132
    Slavia Sofia 11121111111111
    Botev Vratsa 12111212121212
    Montana 14141313141313
    Etar 13131414131414
    Updated to match(es) played on 21 May 2021. Source: Bulgarian Football

    Europa Conference League play-off

    Arda 1–0 Cherno More
    Kokonov Soccerball shade.svg 18' Report

    Promotion/Relegation play-off

    Botev Vratsa 1–0 Septemvri Sofia
    Zlatinski Soccerball shade.svg 76' (pen.) Report
    Slavia, Sofia
    Referee: Dragomir Draganov (Varna)

    Season statistics

    Top scorers

    As of 30 May 2021 [1]
    RankPlayerClubGoals
    1 Flag of Romania.svg Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets18
    2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Atanas Iliev Botev Plovdiv16
    3 Flag of France.svg Mathias Coureur Cherno More15
    4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kamburov Beroe [lower-alpha 1] 14
    5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimitar Iliev Lokomotiv Plovdiv13
    6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Preslav Borukov Etar12
    7 Flag of Senegal.svg Alioune Fall Beroe10
    8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Galin Ivanov CSKA 19489
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Minchev Lokomotiv Plovdiv
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Kokonov Arda
    11 Flag of The Gambia.svg Ali Sowe CSKA Sofia8
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Genov Botev Vratsa
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Spas Delev Arda
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Tonislav Yordanov Arda

    Most assists

    As of 26 May 2021 [85]
    RankPlayerClubAssists
    1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kiril Despodov Ludogorets9
    2 Flag of Tajikistan.svg Parvizdzhon Umarbayev Lokomotiv Plovdiv7
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Spas Delev Arda
    4 Flag of Ghana.svg Bernard Tekpetey Ludogorets6
    Flag of Romania.svg Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets
    Flag of Ireland.svg Graham Carey CSKA Sofia
    Flag of Curacao.svg Nigel Robertha Levski Sofia
    8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Deyan Lozev Arda5
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dominik Yankov Ludogorets
    Flag of Argentina.svg Federico Varela CSKA Sofia
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ismail Isa Cherno More
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ilian Iliev Jr. Cherno More
    Flag of Portugal.svg Tiago Rodrigues CSKA Sofia
    14 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Anton Nedyalkov Ludogorets4
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Emil Martinov Arda
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Tilev Arda
    Flag of Brazil.svg Lucas Salinas Lokomotiv Plovdiv
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sasho Aleksandrov CSKA 1948
    Flag of Cape Verde.svg Steve Furtado Beroe
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Nedelev Botev Plovdiv

    Clean sheets

    As of 30 May 2021
    RankPlayerClubClean
    sheets
    1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Naumov CSKA 194812
    2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Karadzhov Arda11
    3 Flag of Brazil.svg Gustavo Busatto CSKA Sofia10
    4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ilko Pirgov Lokomotiv Plovdiv8
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasimir Kostov Botev Vratsa
    Flag of Haiti.svg Johny Placide Tsarsko Selo
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Lukov Lokomotiv Plovdiv
    8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Georgiev Cherno More6
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Ivanov Etar
    Flag of Croatia.svg Zvonimir Mikulić Levski Sofia
    11 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristiyan Vasilev Beroe5
    Flag of Bulgaria.svg Plamen Iliev Ludogorets

    Notes

    1. Includes 9 goals for CSKA 1948

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    The 2017–18 First Professional Football League was the 94th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 69th since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the 2nd season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. The season is the second with a new league structure and strict financial criteria where 14 clubs play each other home and away, until the league is split up in championship and relegation playoffs. The new league structure, inspired by the ones used by the Belgian First Division A and Danish Superliga, was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union on 6 June 2016. The fixture list was released on 22 June 2017.

    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.

    The 2018–19 First Professional Football League was the 95th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 70th since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the 3rd season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. The season began on 20 July 2018 and finished on 30 May 2019. Ludogorets Razgrad became champions for the 8th consecutive time, on the final matchday of the season, with a 4–1 home win over Cherno More Varna.

    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. The fixture list was released on 8 June 2018. 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.

    The 2019–20 First Professional Football League, also known as Efbet League for sponsorship reasons, was the 96th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 71st since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid, and also the 4th season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. Ludogorets Razgrad were the defending champions after winning their 8th consecutive title in the previous season. On 21 June 2020 the team from Razgrad clinched its 9th championship with four games to spare after a 2:1 win home win over Beroe. The season began in July 2019 and was scheduled to end in May 2020, but was completed in July 2020.

    The 2019–20 Second League was the 65th season of the Second League, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system, and the 4th season under this name and current league structure. The season began in July 2019 and ended in May 2020, but without playing all the scheduled games. The two promotion/relegation playoffs were held in July 2020.

    The 2020–21 season is CSKA 1948's first season in the Bulgarian First League, after CSKA (Sofia) bankrupt in 2016, following three promotions in four seasons. They will also take part in the Bulgarian Cup.

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