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First Professional Football League
2019–20
Season information
Season statistics
Matches played 140
Goals scored 348
Top goalscorer Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev (11 goals)
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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 are the defending champions after winning their 8th consecutive title in the previous season.

Teams

Fourteen teams are competing in the league – the top twelve teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from the Second League.

Tsarsko Selo Sofia were promoted as champions of the 2018–19 Second League. This will be their debut in the Bulgarian top tier. Tsarsko Selo replaces Vereya, who were disqualified for match-fixing, ending their 3-year stay in the Bulgarian top tier.

The second team to be promoted was Arda, who earned promotion after winning their play-off match against Septemvri Sofia. Arda's win meant that the team will make their first appearance in the Bulgarian top tier, while Septemvri ended their two-year stay in the First League.

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity (seating)
Arda Kardzhali Arena Arda &0000000000015000.00000015,000
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe &0000000000012128.000000 12,128
Botev Plovdiv Botev 1912 Football Complex &0000000000004000.000000 3,500
Botev Vratsa Hristo Botev &0000000000012000.000000 25,000
Cherno More Varna Ticha &0000000000008250.000000 8,250
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya &0000000000018495.000000 18,495
Dunav Ruse Gradski &0000000000012400.000000 12,400
Etar Veliko Tarnovo Ivaylo &0000000000018000.000000 15,000
Levski Sofia Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov &0000000000025000.000000 25,000
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv &0000000000013000.000000 13,000
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena &0000000000011000.000000 10,422
Slaviа Sofia Slavia &0000000000025556.000000 25,556
Tsarsko Selo Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadium &0000000000043230.00000043,230
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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.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Additional
Arda Flag of Bulgaria Stamen Belchev Flag of Bulgaria Plamen Krumov Flag of United States Nike Efbet
Beroe Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash Flag of Bulgaria Martin Kamburov Flag of Germany Uhlsport Refan, Ajax Group
Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Ferario Spasov Flag of Bulgaria Lachezar Baltanov Flag of Germany Uhlsport WinBet
Botev Vratsa Flag of Bulgaria Sasho Angelov Flag of Bulgaria Valeri Domovchiyski Flag of Italy Errea WinBet
CSKA-Sofia Flag of Serbia Ljupko Petrović Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Bodurov Flag of Germany adidas A1 Bulgaria WinBet, Baristo
Cherno More Flag of Bulgaria Ilian Iliev Flag of Bulgaria Stefan Stanchev Flag of Germany Uhlsport Armeets
Dunav Ruse Flag of Bulgaria Lyudmil Kirov Flag of Bulgaria Martin Kovachev Flag of Spain Joma WinBet
Etar Flag of Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov Flag of Spain Joma WinBet
Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Petar Hubchev Flag of Bulgaria Zhivko Milanov Flag of United States Nike 7777.bg
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bruno Akrapović Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev Flag of Germany Uhlsport Efbet General Broker
Ludogorets Flag of Bulgaria Stanislav Genchev Flag of Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov Flag of United States Nike Efbet Vivacom
Slavia Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Zlatomir Zagorčić Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Petkov Flag of Spain Joma bet365 Asset Insurance
Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria Nikola Spasov Flag of Bulgaria Veselin Minev Flag of United States Nike WinBet
Vitosha Bistritsa Flag of Bulgaria Engibar Engibarov Flag of Bulgaria Chetin Sadula Flag of Bulgaria Jumper Efbet

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

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Todorov End of caretaker tenure 29 May 2019 Pre-season Flag of Bulgaria Petar Hubchev 29 May 2019
Etar Flag of Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov Signed by Bulgaria 29 May 2019 Pre-season Flag of Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov 9 June 2019
Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Kirov Sacked 29 May 2019 Pre-season Flag of Montenegro Željko Petrović 9 June 2019
Vitosha Flag of Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov Mutual consent 3 June 2019 Pre-season Flag of Bulgaria Engibar Engibarov 6 June 2019
Ludogorets Flag of Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev Sacked 25 August 2019 2nd Flag of Bulgaria Stanislav Genchev 26 August 2019

Regular season

League table

Template:2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) Regular Season table

Season statistics

Round Goal of the week Club Save of the week Club
1 Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Amzin vs Slavia Vitosha Bistritsa Flag of Bulgaria Kristiyan Katsarev vs Slavia Vitosha Bistritsa
2 Flag of Bulgaria Todor Nedelev vs Dunav Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov vs Levski Sofia Etar
3 Flag of Netherlands Rodney Antwi vs Dunav Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Georgiev vs CSKA Sofia Slavia
4 Flag of Bulgaria Daniel Mladenov vs Botev Plovdiv Etar Flag of Bulgaria Blagoy Makendzhiev vs Beroe Dunav
5 Flag of Netherlands Rodney Antwi vs Botev Plovdiv Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov vs Slavia Etar
6 Flag of Brazil Paulinho vs Vitosha Bistritsa Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Martin Lukov vs Dunav Lokomotiv Plovdiv
7 Flag of Bulgaria Anton Karachanakov vs Beroe Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria Hristiyan Vasilev vs Botev Plovdiv Vitosha Bistritsa
8 Flag of Bulgaria Spas Delev vs Slavia Arda Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov vs Beroe Etar
9 Flag of Bulgaria Radoslav Vasilev vs Botev Vratsa Arda Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Georgiev vs Dunav Slavia
10 Flag of Bulgaria Stanislav Ivanov vs Slavia Levski Sofia Flag of Switzerland Miodrag Mitrović vs Botev Plovdiv Cherno More
11 Flag of Portugal Rúben Brígido vs CSKA Sofia Beroe Flag of Bulgaria Yanko Georgiev vs Slavia Botev Plovdiv
12 Flag of Bulgaria Daniel Genov vs Botev Plovdiv Botev Vratsa Flag of Bulgaria Kristiyan Katsarev vs CSKA Sofia Vitosha Bistritsa
13 Flag of Senegal Khaly Thiam vs Arda Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Martin Lukov vs CSKA Sofia Lokomotiv Plovdiv
14 Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev vs Cherno More Lokomotiv Plovdiv Flag of Switzerland Miodrag Mitrović vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv Cherno More
15 Flag of Bulgaria Kristiyan Malinov vs Cherno More CSKA Sofia Flag of Haiti Johny Placide vs Arda Tsarsko Selo
16 Flag of Netherlands Rodney Antwi vs Dunav Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov vs Cherno More Etar
17 Flag of Bulgaria Ismail Isa vs Slavia Cherno More Flag of Bulgaria Martin Lukov vs Ludogorets Lokomotiv Plovdiv
18 Flag of Bulgaria Antonio Vutov vs Tsarsko Selo Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Plamen Iliev vs CSKA-Sofia Ludogorets
19 Flag of Bulgaria Todor Nedelev vs Beroe Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Georgiev vs Botev Vratsa Slavia
20 Flag of Brazil Gustavo Busatto vs Dunav CSKA-Sofia
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Scoring

Top scorers

As of 15 December 2019
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev Lokomotiv Plovdiv 11
2 Flag of Bulgaria Martin Kamburov Beroe 9
Flag of Gambia Ali Sowe CSKA Sofia
Flag of Romania Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets
Flag of Netherlands Rodney Antwi Tsarsko Selo
6 Flag of Bulgaria Radoslav Vasilev Arda 8
Flag of Bulgaria Ismail Isa Cherno More
Flag of Brazil Evandro CSKA Sofia
Flag of Bulgaria Daniel Mladenov Etar
Flag of Curaçao Nigel Robertha Levski Sofia
Flag of Bulgaria Stanislav Ivanov Levski Sofia

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Bulgaria Todor Nedelev Botev Plovdiv Dunav Ruse 3–1 21 July 2019

Clean sheets

As of 15 December 2019
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Flag of Brazil Gustavo Busatto CSKA Sofia 11
Flag of Montenegro Milan Mijatović Levski Sofia
3 Flag of Bulgaria Martin Lukov Lokomotiv Plovdiv 8
Flag of Bulgaria Plamen Iliev Ludogorets
5 Flag of Bulgaria Ivan Karadzhov Arda 7
Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Georgiev Slavia Sofia

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Domestic leagues

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus '19 '20 · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia '19 '20 · Faroe Islands '19 '20 · Finland '19 '20 · France · Georgia '19 '20 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '19 '20 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '19 '20 · Kosovo · Latvia '19 '20 · Lithuania '19 '20 · Luxembourg · Malta · Moldova '19 '20 · Montenegro · Netherlands · North Macedonia · Northern Ireland · Norway '19 '20 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '19 '20 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden '19 '20 · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

Domestic cups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands '19 '20 · Finland · France · Georgia '19 '20 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '19 '20 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '19 '20 · Kosovo · Latvia '19 '20 · Liechtenstein · Lithuania '19 '20 · Luxembourg · Malta · Moldova · Montenegro · Netherlands · North Macedonia · Northern Ireland · Norway '19 '20 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '19 '20 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

League cups

England · Estonia · France · Iceland '19 '20 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '19 '20 · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Kosovo · Lithuania '19 '20 · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '19 '20 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '19 '20 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Spain · Turkey · Ukraine

UEFA competitions

Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round, group stage, knockout phase, Final) · Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round, Champions Path, Main Path, group stage, knockout phase, Final) · Super Cup

International competitions

2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup · 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup · UEFA Euro 2020 (qualification) · 2018–19 UEFA Nations League (Finals) · 2021 Euro Under-21 (qualification) · 2019 Euro Under-19 (qualification) · 2020 Euro Under-17 (qualification)

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