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First Professional Football League
2020–21
Season information
Winners Ludogorets Razgrad
(10th title)
Relegated Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Montana
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions
League
Ludogorets Razgrad
Europa
Conference
League
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
CSKA Sofia
Arda
Season statistics
Top goalscorer Flag of Romania Claudiu Keșerü, 18
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The 2020–21 First Professional Football League, also known as Efbet League for sponsorship reasons, was 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 won the title for the tenth time and were the defending champions from the previous seasoon.

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

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Measures pertaining to fan attendance

All matches were at first envisioned to be held without spectators, at least until 31 August, but this was reversed in early August (allowing for matches to be held at 50% stadium capacity and up to 1000 people per stand), reportedly under pressure from fan groups, with the government's inconsistency on the matter in turn criticized in certain circles. 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. Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev claimed that some of the fans of certain teams had not been observing the pandemic control protocols. On 12 November 2020, the ban on the presence of spectators was extended at least until 30 November. In late November 2020 Kralev stated that the return of fans will not be under consideration until March 2021.

Footballers testing positive for the virus and schedule changes

Two Ludogorets Razgrad players tested positive for coronavirus just prior to the beginning of the championship. 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, but the match against Lokomotiv eventually went ahead without the date being changed. 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. In late October 2020, Slavia also saw multiple footballers testing positive for COVID-19. In early November 2020, four Levski Sofia players were reported to have the infection. Prior to the start of the November international window, 12 Ludogorets footballers from both the first and the second teams as well as additional Levski Sofia players from the senior and junior rosters were diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total number of infected at the latter club to 16. 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. After initially given the green light to be held on the planned date, The Eternal Derby match originally scheduled for 21 November was eventually postponed as well, taking place on 18 December.

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.

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. 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.

Stadiums and locations

Arda Beroe Botev Plovdiv Botev Vratsa
Arena Arda Stadion Beroe Futbolen kompleks Botev 1912 Stadion Hristo Botev
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 12,128 Capacity: 4,000 Capacity: 12,000
Arena Arda at night.jpg Stadion Beroe in Stara Zagora.jpg Stadiumvratsa.jpg
Cherno More CSKA
Stadion Ticha Stadion Balgarska Armia
Capacity: 8,250 Capacity: 22,995
Ticha Stadium 2018.jpg Balgarska Armija 2017.jpg
CSKA 1948 Etar
Vasil Levski National Stadium Stadion Ivaylo
Capacity: 44,000 Capacity: 15,000
PFC Levski Sofia vs Chelsea FC, UEFA Champions League 2006-07, Sofia, Bulgaria.jpg FC Etar Veliko Tarnovo Fans.jpg
Levski Lokomotiv
Stadion Georgi Asparuhov Stadion Lokomotiv
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 13,220
Sofia Levski Stadium Aerial.jpg Dsc01891a.jpg
Ludogorets Montana Slavia Tsarsko Selo
Huvepharma Arena Stadion Ogosta Stadion Slavia Sporten kompleks Tsarsko Selo
Capacity: 10,422 Capacity: 6,000 Capacity: 25,556 Capacity: 1,550
LudogoretsArena.jpg Stadion montana 2012.jpg Slavia stadium, main stand.jpg

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 Nikolay Kirov Flag of Bulgaria Plamen Krumov Flag of United States Nike Efbet
Beroe Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Tsvetkov Flag of Germany Uhlsport Refan, Ajax Group
Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Petar Penchev Flag of Bulgaria Todor Nedelev Flag of Germany Uhlsport WinBet
Botev Vratsa Flag of Bulgaria Antoni Zdravkov Flag of Bulgaria Valeri Domovchiyski Flag of Italy Errea WinBet
CSKA 1948 Flag of Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov Flag of Bulgaria Andon Gushterov Flag of Germany Adidas Efbet Bachkovo
CSKA Sofia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bruno Akrapović Flag of Bulgaria Petar Zanev Flag of Germany Adidas A1 Bulgaria WinBet, Baristo
Cherno More Flag of Bulgaria Ilian Iliev Flag of Bulgaria Daniel Dimov Flag of Germany Uhlsport Armeets
Etar Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov Flag of Spain Joma WinBet
Levski Sofia Flag of Slovenia Slaviša Stojanovič Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Mihaylov Flag of Spain Joma Strabag PalmsBet
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Tunchev Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev Flag of Germany Uhlsport Efbet General Broker
Ludogorets Flag of Lithuania Valdas Dambrauskas Flag of Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov Flag of United States Nike Efbet Vivacom
Montana Flag of Bulgaria Atanas Atanasov Flag of Bulgaria Ivan Mihov Flag of Spain Joma Efbet
Slavia Sofia Flag of Russia Aleksandr Tarkhanov Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Petkov Flag of Spain Joma bet365 Asset Insurance
Tsarsko Selo Flag of Bulgaria Luboslav Penev Flag of Bulgaria Reyan Daskalov Flag of United States 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.

Regular season

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0 Qualification for the Championship group
2 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
3 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
4 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
5 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
6 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
7 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0 Qualification for the Europa Conference League group
8 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
9 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
10 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
11 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0 Qualification for the Relegation group
12 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
13 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
14 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0

Source: [ Bulgarian Football]
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of 20 December 2020
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Martinique Mathias Coureur Cherno More 15
2 Flag of Bulgaria Martin Kamburov CSKA 1948 9
3 Flag of Senegal Alioune Fall Beroe 8
Flag of Bulgaria Atanas Iliev Botev Plovdiv
Flag of Romania Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets
Flag of Bulgaria Ivan Kokonov Arda
7 Flag of Gambia Ali Sowe CSKA Sofia 7
Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev Lokomotiv Plovdiv
10 Flag of Bulgaria Daniel Genov Botev Vratsa 6
Flag of Bulgaria Preslav Borukov Etar
12 Flag of Congo Gaius Makouta Beroe 5
Flag of Bulgaria Galin Ivanov CSKA 1948
Flag of Bulgaria Spas Delev Arda
15 Flag of Brazil Alex Santana Ludogorets 4
Flag of Bulgaria Bircent Karagaren Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Flag of Bulgaria Borislav Tsonev Levski
Flag of Portugal Dinis Almeida Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Minchev
Flag of Spain Higinio Marín Ludogorets
Flag of Brazil Paulinho Levski
Flag of Bulgaria Toni Tasev Montana

Most assists

As of 20 December 2020
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Flag of Bulgaria Ismail Isa Cherno More 5
Flag of Tajikistan Parvizdzhon Umarbayev Lokomotiv Plovdiv
3 Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Aleksandrov CSKA 1948 4
Flag of Bulgaria Dominik Yankov Ludogorets
Flag of Bulgaria Emil Martinov Arda
Flag of Cape Verde Steve Furtado Beroe
Flag of Bulgaria Todor Nedelev Botev Plovdiv
8 Flag of Brazil Cauly Oliveira Ludogorets 3
Flag of Romania Claudiu Keșerü Ludogorets
Flag of Bulgaria Petar Atanasov Botev Vratsa
Flag of Portugal Tiago Rodrigues CSKA Sofia

Clean sheets

As of 18 December 2020
Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Flag of Bulgaria Daniel Naumov CSKA 1948 6
Flag of Bulgaria Martin Lukov Lokomotiv Plovdiv
3 Flag of Bulgaria Hristiyan Vasilev Beroe 5
Flag of Bulgaria Ivan Karadzhov Arda
5 Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Argilashki Botev Plovdiv 4
Flag of Brazil Gustavo Busatto CSKA Sofia
Flag of Bulgaria Ivan Dyulgerov Cherno More
Flag of Haiti Johny Placide Tsarsko Selo
Flag of Bulgaria Krasimir Kostov Botev Vratsa
Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Mihaylov Levski
11 Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov Etar 3
Flag of Bulgaria Plamen Iliev Ludogorets
Flag of Brazil Renan Ludogorets

Template:First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) Template:2020–21 in Bulgarian football

202021 in European football (UEFA)
Domestic leagues

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus '20 '21 · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia '20 '21 · Faroe Islands '20 '21 · Finland '20 '21 · France · Georgia '20 '21 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '20 '21 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '20 '21 · Kosovo · Latvia '20 '21 · Lithuania '20 '21 · Luxembourg · Malta · Moldova '20 '21 · Montenegro · Netherlands · North Macedonia · Northern Ireland · Norway '20 '21 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden '20 '21 · 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 '20 '21 · Finland · France · Georgia '20 '21 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '20 '21 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '20 '21 · Kosovo · Latvia '20 '21 · Liechtenstein · Lithuania '20 '21 · Luxembourg · Malta · Moldova · Montenegro · Netherlands · North Macedonia · Northern Ireland · Norway '20 '21 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

League cups

England · Estonia · Iceland '20 '21 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · 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 '20 '21 · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '20 '21 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · 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
UEFA Euro 2021 (qualification) · 2022 FIFA World Cup (qualification) · 2020–21 UEFA Nations League (League A · League B · League C · League D · Finals · Final)
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