First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)

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First Professional Football League
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Organising body Bulgarian Football Union (BFS)
Founded1924;97 years ago (1924) (knockout)
1937–1940; 1948 (as round-robin)
CountryBulgaria
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 14
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Second League
Domestic cup(s) Bulgarian Cup
Bulgarian Supercup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions Ludogorets Razgrad (10th title)
(2020–21)
Most championships CSKA Sofia (31 titles)
TV partners Nova Broadcasting Group
Website www.fpleague.bg
Current: 2021–22 season

The First Professional Football League (Bulgarian : Първа професионална футболна лига), also known as the Bulgarian First League or Parva liga, currently known as the efbet League for sponsorship reasons, [1] is a professional association football league, located at the top of the Bulgarian football league system. Contested by 14 teams, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Second Professional Football League.

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The Bulgarian football championship was inaugurated in 1924 as the Bulgarian State Football Championship and has been played in a league format since 1948, when the A Group was established. The champions of the First League have the right to participate in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League based on the league's European coefficient. Additionally, two UEFA Europa League spots are allocated to the second team in the final standings and the winner of the European playoffs. A further fourth spot may also be granted to the fourth placed team in the final league ranking, given that the Bulgarian Cup holder has finished among the top three teams at the end of the season.

A total of 67 clubs have competed in the Bulgarian top-tier since its establishment. Since 1948, eleven different teams have been crowned champions of Bulgaria. The three most successful clubs are CSKA Sofia with 31 titles, Levski Sofia with 26 titles and Ludogorets Razgrad with 9 titles. The current champions Ludogorets Razgrad won their ninth consecutive title in their ninth First League season in 2019–20. The competition has been dominated by Sofia-based teams. The Sofia teams have won together a total number of 70 titles.

History

Foundation

The first football championship of Bulgaria started in 1924 in a knockout format. An attempt to form a league as the top division of the Bulgarian football league system was made in 1937–1940, when the National Football Division was created. There were 10 teams, each playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. The team that finished first in the table became champions. [2] (needs direct citations)

A Republican Football Group

The first season of the A Republican Football Group started in the autumn of 1948. In that season, ten teams participated in the league: Levski, Septemvri, Lokomotiv, Slavia and Spartak from the capital city Sofia, and Botev (Varna), Slavia (Plovdiv), Marek (Stanke Dimitrov), Benkovski in a spring-autumn cycle as in the Soviet Union. In the autumn of 1949, qualification tournaments were played to determine the teams that would play in the next 1950 season. In the next two seasons the number of teams in the league was increased to 12, and for the 1953 season there were 15 teams (the 16th team was the Bulgarian National Football Team). In seasons 1954 and 1955 there were 14 teams in the league, and in seasons 1956 and 1957 there were 10.[ citation needed ]

In 1958, the championship was again stopped after the spring half-season, as had happened in 1948. New re-organizations were accepted and the league was again going to be played in the autumn-spring format. Despite the fact that the teams had played just 1 match, CDNA was crowned as the champion of Bulgaria.[ citation needed ]

The frequent changes in the number of teams in A Group continued in the 1960s. In the first two seasons after the reforms in 1958, the number of teams in the league was 12, in the period 1960–1962 – 14, until season 1967/68, when the teams were 16.

There were new reforms at the end of the 1960s. There were many mergers between Bulgarian clubs. The most-famous are between CSKA Red Flag and Septemvri Sofia in CSKA September Flag, the capital teams Levski and Spartak in Levski-Spartak, Lokomotiv and Slavia in Slavia, the Plovdiv teams Botev , Spartak and Academic in Trakiya. Mergers happened between other Bulgarian clubs too. These mergers between clubs and reforms in A Group were made at the winter break of the 1968/69 season.

After the winter reforms in 1968 until 2000, A Group remained with 16 teams, except in seasons 1971/72 and 1972/73, when 18 teams competed in the league.

Premier Professional Football League

The Bulgarian Football Union decided to make reforms. The Premier Professional Football League, created in the autumn of 2000, had 14 teams participating in it. At the end of the 2000/01 season, the last two teams were directly relegated to the lower division and the team that finished 12th had the chance to compete in the promotion/relegation play-off for the remaining place in the league. Levski Sofia became champions in the first season of the Premier League.

In the 2001/02 season there was experimentation with the regulations. The championship was divided into two phases. In the first phase the teams played a regular season, each team playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. The second phase was a play-off phase.

In the following season, 2002/03, the championship returned to the regulations of 2000/01  – 14 teams playing in a home and away format. For the first time in 6 years, CSKA Sofia became champions.

A Group

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The A Group Trophy as of 2005

The Bulgarian A Professional Football Group was created in 2003. The group was formed by 16 teams, each playing twice against all the others, once home and once away. In the first season of the newly created A Group, the 2003–04 season, for the first time in history, Lokomotiv Plovdiv became champions, finishing with 75 points. In 2004–05, CSKA Sofia won A Group for the 30th time. For the next two seasons, Levski Sofia were champions under manager Stanimir Stoilov. From 2005–06 the league's name has been A Football Group. In 2007–08, CSKA became champions of A Group for a record-breaking 31st time without a loss out of 30 matches. But in the summer, UEFA didn't give a license for the club to play in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds and Levski Sofia entered to play in the tournament instead of CSKA. In the following season Levski Sofia won their last A Group title, finishing one point ahead of CSKA. Later on, two years in a row Litex Lovech won another two titles like in 1997–98 and 1998–99. In 2011–12, after winning promotion from B Group, Ludogorets Razgrad became the second team after Litex to win the A Group in their first season.

The Bulgarian Football Union made some changes in the format of A Group prior to season 2014–15 with the reduction of the number of the teams participating in the top league from 16 to 12.[ citation needed ]

First Professional Football League

On 7 June 2016 the league's name was changed to First Professional Football League, following approval of new licencing criteria for the clubs. [3]

Competition format

Starting from the 2016-17 season, a new league format was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union, in an attempt to improve each participating club's competitiveness, match attendance and performance in the league. It involves 14 teams playing in two phases, a regular season and playoffs. The first phase includes each club competing against every other team twice in a double round-robin system, on a home-away basis at a total of 26 games per team and played in 26 fixtures. Seven matches are played in every fixture at a total of 182 games played during the first phase. In the second phase, the top six teams form a European qualifying table, while the bottom eight teams participate in a relegation group. The winner of the top group is declared as Champions of Bulgaria and is awarded with the title.

International qualification

The six top teams compete against each other on a home-away basis. Three matches are played in every fixture of the top six, with the results and points after the regular season also included. At the end of the stage, every team will have played a total of 36 games. The winner of the group is declared as Champions of Bulgaria and automatically secures participation in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. The team that ranks second is awarded with a place in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. The third team in the final standings would participate in a play-off match against a representative team from the bottom eight. Depending on the winner of the Bulgarian Cup final, a possible fourth team from the first six may compete in a play-off match for an UEFA Europa League spot instead of the third ranked team.

Note: If the Bulgarian Cup winner has secured its qualification for the European tournaments for the next season through results from Parva Liga, then the place in the UEFA Europa League play-off is awarded to the fourth ranked team in the final standings.

Relegation

The teams in the bottom eight are split in two sub-groups of four teams, Group A and Group B, depending on their final position after the regular season standings. The teams that enter Group A are the 7th, 10th, 11th and the 14th, and the teams that participate in Group B are the 8th, 9th, 12th and the 13th. Every participant plays twice against the other three teams in their group on a home-away basis. The teams from the bottom eight also compete with the results from the regular season. After the group stages, every team will have played a total number of 32 games. Depending on their final position in Group A and Group B, two sections will be formed, one for a play-off spot in next season's European competitions and one to avoid relegation. The first two teams from each group continue in the semi-finals, and the last two teams of each group continue to the semi-finals for a relegation match. After this phase, one team is directly relegated to the Second League and the remaining two teams will compete in two relegation matches against the second and the third ranked clubs from the Second League. [4]

Tiebreakers

In case of a tie on points between two or more clubs, tiebreakers are applied in the following order: [5]

  1. Number of wins;
  2. Goal difference;
  3. Goals for;
  4. Goals against;
  5. Fewest red cards;
  6. Fewest yellow cards;
  7. Draw

Current clubs

The following clubs are competing in the Prva profesionalna Liga during the 2020–21 season.

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Sofia
Location of teams in 2020–21 First League
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Sofia 2019–20 First League football clubs
Team [6] LocationStadiumCapacity (seating)
Arda Kardzhali Arena Arda
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe
Botev Plovdiv Botev 1912 Football Complex
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev
Cherno More Varna Ticha
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya
CSKA 1948 Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium
Etar Veliko Tarnovo Ivaylo
Levski Sofia Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena
Montana Montana Stadion Ogosta
Slaviа Sofia Slavia
Tsarsko Selo Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium

List of champions

Performance by club

[7]

ClubTitlesWinning Years(s)
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31
1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08
Levski Sofia Competitiester.svg Competitiester.svg
26
1933, 1937, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948–49, 1950, 1953, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09
Ludogorets Razgrad Competitiester.svg
10
2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Slavia Sofia
7
1928, 1930, 1936, 1938–39, 1941, 1943, 1995–96
Litex Lovech
4
1997–98, 1998–99, 2009–10, 2010–11
Lokomotiv Sofia
3
1945, 1963–64, 1977–78
Vladislav Varna 1925, 1926, 1934
Botev Plovdiv
2
1929, 1966–67
Shipchenski Sokol
1
1932
Spartak Plovdiv 1962–63
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2003–04
Beroe Stara Zagora 1985–86
Etar Veliko Tarnovo 1990–91
Sportclub Sofia 1935
Ticha Varna 1937–38
ZhSK Sofia 1939–40
AC 23 1931

Notes:

All-time ranking (since 1948)

The all-time Parva liga table [8] is an overall record of all match results, points and goals for each team that has participated in the league since its inception in 1948. The table also shows every team's number of top three finishes, [9] their best classification and current spell in Parva liga, or the season they were last part of the championship. [10]

The table is accurate as of the end of the 2019–20 season.

All-time Parva liga table
#ClubSMPWDLGFGAGDPts1st2nd3rdSince/
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1 Levski Sofia 722083122647937840251859+21663445212712 1948–49 1 [a]
2 CSKA Sofia 712051124846933441951764+2431344431266 2016–17 1
3 Slavia 1913 Sofia 71205989349067630692411+65826231711 1952 1 [b]
4 Lokomotiv Sofia 64183577046060526442215+42922792310 2014–15 1
5 Botev Plovdiv 65189473144072327272606+12121441210 2012–13 1
6 Lokomotiv 1926 Plovdiv 59176368640567223922407-152072114 2001–02 1
7 Cherno More Varna 56164458642063819602078-11818362 2000–01 3
8 Beroe Stara Zagora 53159055236767119462272-3261685112 2009–10 1
9 Litex Lovech 216083541231311113552+5611149413 2015–16 1
10 Spartak 1918 Varna 43120237827055413851829-44411442 2008–09 3
11 Minyor Pernik 38105533024847711751594-4191000 2012–13 4
12 Spartak Pleven 3599431424543511501511-3618861 2001–02 3
13 Botev Vratsa 3091330820140411331361-2288501 2018–19 3
14 Chernomorets Burgas 2986627718840110571410-353775 2003–04 5Dissolved in 2006. [c]
15 Dunav Ruse 298382602063728881270-382763 2019–20 4
16 Pirin Blagoevgrad 267902451953508441072-228753 2017–18 5
17 Marek Dupnitsa 298382511774109201374-4547371 2014–15 3
18 Etar 247262641613019511043-9273112 1997–98 1Dissolved in 2003. [d]
19 Ludogorets Razgrad 93011887340599205+3946819 2011–12 1 [e]
20 Sliven 2000 257502461643409061109-203675 2010–11 6 [f]
21 Neftochimic Burgas 1443017183176600567+335751 2016–17 2
22 Akademik Sofia 18505163136206589676-874672 2010–11 3
23 Spartak Plovdiv 17441158121162562581-1945511 1995–96 1
24 Dobrudzha Dobrich 1441412682206448682-234411 2002–03 7
25 Spartak Sofia 15377135124118456416+403942 1967–68 2Dissolved in 2007.
26 Belasitsa Petrich 1236811668184377590-213360 2008–09 6
27 Chernomorets Burgas 7218925373288223+65329 2013–14 4
28 Velbazhd Kyustendil 7201982776299269+303143 2000–01 3
29 Lokomotiv GO 1030410259143310462-152291 2016–17 8
30 Montana 92786461153265436-171253 2020–21 9
31 Volov Shumen 72126138113219368-149201 1999–00 4 [g]
32 Pirin Bl. Blagoevgrad 6178534184189254-65200 2010–11 8Merged to form Pirin in 2008. [h]
33 Yantra Gabrovo 7214655099239332-93174 1993–94 8
34 Haskovo 72125231129210400-190139 2014–15 8
35 Septemvri Sofia 5148403177176273-97139 2018–19 5
36 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 3102352641116135-19131 2017–18 7
37 Vihren Sandanski 4118381466117173-56128 2008–09 9
38 Sevlievo 5150283686126271-145120 2011–12 12
39 Rodopa Smolyan 4118311770106194-88110 2006–07 10 [f]
40 Akademik Svishtov 4120362658136195-5997 1986–87 11
41 Vereya Stara Zagora 310624196373195-12291 2018–19 6
42 Maritsa Plovdiv 4120282567129225-12689 1996–97 14
43 Yambol 39728224798152-5778 1972–73 13
44Zavod 12 Sofia3742327247280-873 1956 4Merged with Slavia in 1957.
45 Metalurg Pernik 258226306077-1772 1998–99 10
46 Hebar Pazardzhik 38620214585141-5668 2000–01 9
47 Lokomotiv Mezdra 2601713306989-2064 2009–10 8Dissolved in 2012. [i]
48 Vitosha Bistritsa 310115186867173-10663 2019–20 13Dissolved in 2020.
49 Pirin Gotse Delchev 2681684462148-8656 2013–14 11
50VVS Sofia2541321206063-347 1955 8Merged into CDNA in 1956.
51DSO Stroitel Sofia2501318194753-644 1953 8Dissolved in 1954.
52 Kaliakra Kavarna 26010113945117-7241 2011–12 12
53Cherveno Zname Sofia2401313144650-439 1951 6Merged with CSKA in 1962.
54 Rilski Sportist 2561163951116-6539 2006–07 14
55 Arda Kardzhali 130811112836-835 2019–20 9
56Olimpik Teteven130112172650-2435 1997–98 14
57Rakovski Ruse260964541151-11033 1996–97 13
58Septemvri Pleven3669144348137-8932 1954 8Merged with Spartak in 1957.
59 Tsarsko Selo Sofia 13194182750-2331 2019–20 13
60Akademik Varna12897122643-1725 1953 10Merged with Cherno More in 1969.
61 Dimitrovgrad 13086163266-3421 1986–87 16
62 Lyubimets 138632935104-6921 2013–14 14
63Himik Dimitrovgrad13076173660-2420 1962–63 16Merged to form Dimitrovgrad in 1967.
64 Nesebar 13055202663-3720 2004–05 15
65 Rozova Dolina 13075183053-2319 1982–83 15
66 Sportist Svoge 13054212359-3619 2009–10 15
67Slavia Plovdiv1184861621-516 1948–49 7
68 Pavlikeni 12654171245-3314 1955 14
69 Etar 1924 13044222075-5513 2012–13 16Dissolved in 2013.
70 Bdin Vidin 11824121335-228 1948–49 9
71 Svetkavitsa 1301524871-638 2011–12 16
72 Conegliano German 13001298131-123−2 2006–07 16Dissolved in 2007.
Key
Competing in Parva liga
Competing in Vtora liga
Competing in the amateur leagues
Not competing (see notes)
a. ^ Never relegated.
b. ^ Never relegated, expelled with political decision during the 1950 season, due to reogranisation. [11]
c. ^ Dissolved in 2006, PSFC Chernomorets Burgas and FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas have been recognized by the fans, but aren't official representatives of the original club.
d. ^ Dissolved in 2003, FC Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo and later SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo have been recognized by the fans, but aren't official representatives of the original club.
e. ^ Won the championship each season they've been in Parva liga.
f. ^ Club only invests in a youth academy.
g. ^ Dissolved in 2014 and refounded in 2018. FC Shumen 1929 was recognized by the fans from 2013 to 2016, but wasn't an official representative of the original club.
h. ^ Dissolved in 2008, OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad is recognized by the fans, but is not an official representative of the original club.
i. ^ Dissolved in 2012, FC Lokomotiv 1929 Mezdra and OFC Lokomotiv Mezdra are recognized by the fans, but aren't official representatives of the original club.</ref>

Bulgarian derbies

The Eternal Derby

The Eternal Derby of Bulgarian football is contested between the two most successful and most popular football clubs in Bulgaria, CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia.[ citation needed ]

Plovdiv derby

The Plovdiv derby is contested between Botev and Lokomotiv. [12]

Media coverage

For the start of the new 2012-13 season, the football clubs rejected requests from four TV stations due to the low payments being offered Bulgarian National Television, Nova Television, TV7 and TV+. Finally after the first set of fixtures, the satellite broadcaster Bulsatcom with its channel TV+ bought the rights, along with BNT. Before the start of the spring half-season the rights were bought by TV7 and News7, who had rights for the first, third and fourth pick, and BNT 1 along with the international channel BNT World broadcasting the second pick of a match. [13]

The next seasons will also be broadcast on the Nova Broadcasting Group channels Diema, Diema Sport and Diema Sport 2, part of the Diema Extra paid pack, as their contract with the league was additionally extended. [14]

Sponsorship

Until 2011 the official sponsor of the championship was TBI Credit and the league was officially known as TBI A Football Group. [15]

In 2011–12, A Group had a new sponsor, the Victoria FATA Insurance, and therefore the league name in that season was rebranded to Victoria A Football Championship. [16]

In early 2013, for a short period of time the naming rights of A Group were bought from the news television network News7, eventually renaming the competition's name to NEWS7 Football Championship. [17]

On 11 July 2019, the Bulgarian Football Union announced that the football division's name had been changed to efbet League, following a two-year sponsorship deal with a betting company of the same name. [1]

Statistics

UEFA coefficients

The following data indicates Bulgarian coefficient rankings between European football leagues. [18]

Records

All-time league appearances

Georgi Iliev holds the records for most appearances in First League Goro iliev.jpg
Georgi Iliev holds the records for most appearances in First League
Top 10 appearances in Bulgarian First League
RankPlayerPeriodApp.
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Iliev 2000–2019461
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Marin Bakalov 1980–1999454
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978447
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vidin Apostolov 1959–1976444
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kamburov 1998–434
6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Marev 1972–1994422
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Bonev 1964–1984410
8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zapryan Rakov 1983–1999403
9 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Malin Orachev 1990–2008398
10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Yanchev 1997–2014395
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 15 December 2019

All-time top scorers

Petar Zhekov is the all-time top goalscorer in First League with 253 goals Petar Zhekov c1970.jpg
Petar Zhekov is the all-time top goalscorer in First League with 253 goals
Top 10 goalscorers in Bulgarian First League
RankPlayerPeriodGoals
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zhekov 1962–1975253
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kamburov 1998–present250
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nasko Sirakov 1980–1998196
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dinko Dermendzhiev 1959–1978194
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Bonev 1964–1984185
6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Plamen Getov 1977–1998164
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikola Kotkov 1956–1971163
8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stefan Bogomilov 1962–1976162
9 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Mihtarski 1982–2001158
10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov 1968–1980152
Bold displays footballers currently playing in First League
As of 30 October 2020

Other records

As of 27 April 2021

Top scorers by season

[23]

Bold indicates all-time highest.

SeasonPlayer (Club)Nat.Goals
1937–38 Krum Milev (Slavia Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 12
1938–39 Georgi Pachedzhiev (AS 23 Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 14
1939–40 Yanko Stoyanov (Levski Sofia)
Dimitar Nikolaev (FC 13 Sofia)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
14
1948–49 Dimitar Milanov (CSKA Sofia)
Nedko Nedev (Cherno More Varna)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
11
1950 Lyubomir Hranov (Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 13
1951 Dimitar Milanov (2)(CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 14
1952 Dimitar Isakov (Slavia Sofia)
Dobromir Tashkov (Spartak Sofia)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
10
1953 Dimitar Minchev (Spartak Pleven and VVS Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 15
1954 Dobromir Tashkov (2)(Slavia Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 25
1955 Todor Diev (Spartak Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 13
1956 Pavel Vladimirov (Minyor Pernik)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 16
1957 Hristo Iliev (Levski Sofia)
Dimitar Milanov (3)(CSKA Sofia)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
14
1958 Dobromir Tashkov (3)(Slavia Sofia)
Georgi Arnaudov (Spartak Varna)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
9
1958–59 Aleksandar Vasilev (Slavia Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 13
1959–60 Dimitar Yordanov (Levski Sofia)
Lyuben Kostov (Spartak Varna)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
12
1960–61 Ivan Sotirov (Botev Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 20
1961–62 Nikola Yordanov (Dunav Ruse)
Todor Diev (2)(Spartak Plovdiv)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
23
1962–63 Todor Diev (3)(Spartak Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 26
1963–64 Nikola Tsanev (CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 26
1964–65 Georgi Asparuhov (Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 27
1965–66 Traycho Spasov (Marek Dupnitsa)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 21
1966–67 Petar Zhekov (Beroe Stara Zagora)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 21
1967–68 Petar Zhekov (2)(Beroe Stara Zagora)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 31
1968–69 Petar Zhekov (3)(CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 36
1969–70 Petar Zhekov (4)(CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 31
1970–71 Dimitar Yakimov (CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 26
1971–72 Petar Zhekov (5)(CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 27
1972–73 Petar Zhekov (6)(CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 29
1973–74 Petko Petkov (Beroe Stara Zagora)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 20
1974–75 Ivan Pritargov (Botev Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 20
1975–76 Petko Petkov (2)(Beroe Stara Zagora)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 19
1976–77 Pavel Panov (Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 20
1977–78 Stoycho Mladenov (Beroe Stara Zagora)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 21
1978–79 Rusi Gochev (Chernomorets Burgas and Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 19
1979–80 Spas Dzhevizov (CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 23
1980–81 Georgi Slavkov (Botev Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 31
1981–82 Mihail Valchev (Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 24
1982–83 Antim Pehlivanov (Botev Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 20
1983–84 Eduard Eranosyan (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 19
1984–85 Plamen Getov (Spartak Pleven)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 26
1985–86 Atanas Pashev (Botev Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 30
1986–87 Nasko Sirakov (Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 36
1987–88 Nasko Sirakov (2)(Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 28
1988–89 Hristo Stoichkov (CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 23
1989–90 Hristo Stoichkov (2)(CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 38
1990–91 Ivaylo Yordanov (Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 21
1991–92 Nasko Sirakov (3)(Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 26
1992–93 Plamen Getov (2)(Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 26
1993–94 Nasko Sirakov (4)(Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 30
1994–95 Petar Mihtarski (CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 24
1995–96 Ivo Georgiev (Spartak Varna)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 21
1996–97 Todor Pramatarov (Slavia Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 26
1997–98 Anton Spasov (Naftex Burgas)
Boncho Genchev (CSKA Sofia)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
17
1998–99 Dimcho Belyakov (Litex Lovech)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 21
1999–00 Mihail Mihaylov (Velbazhd Kyustendil)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 20
2000–01 Georgi Ivanov (Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 22
2001–02 Vladimir Manchev (CSKA Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 21
2002–03 Georgi Chilikov (Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 23
2003–04 Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 25
2004–05 Martin Kamburov (2)(Lokomotiv Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 27
2005–06 Milivoje Novaković (Litex Lovech)
José Emílio Furtado (Vihren and CSKA Sofia)
Flag of Slovenia.svg  SVN
Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV
16
2006–07 Tsvetan Genkov (Lokomotiv Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 27
2007–08 Georgi Hristov (Botev Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 19
2008–09 Martin Kamburov (3)(Lokomotiv Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 17
2009–10 Wilfried Niflore (Litex Lovech)Flag of France.svg  FRA 19
2010–11 Garra Dembélé (Levski Sofia)Flag of Mali.svg  MLI 26
2011–12 Ivan Stoyanov (Ludogorets Razgrad)
Júnior Moraes (CSKA Sofia)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA
16
2012–13 Basile de Carvalho (Levski Sofia)Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg  GNB 19
2013–14 Wilmar Jordán (Litex Lovech)
Martin Kamburov (4)(Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
Flag of Colombia.svg  COL
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL
20
2014–15 Añete (Levski Sofia)Flag of Spain.svg  ESP 14
2015–16 Martin Kamburov (5)(Lokomotiv Plovdiv)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 18
2016–17 Claudiu Keșerü (Ludogorets Razgrad)Flag of Romania.svg  ROM 22
2017–18 Claudiu Keșerü (2)(Ludogorets Razgrad)Flag of Romania.svg  ROM 26
2018–19 Stanislav Kostov (1)(Levski Sofia)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 23
2019–20 Martin Kamburov (6)(Beroe)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL 18

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