List of Bulgarian football champions

Vladislav Varna in 1925, the first Bulgarian football champions.
CSKA Sofia, the most successful team in the championship with 31 titles, in 1973
Ludogorets Razgrad in 2013, currently having 11 consecutive titles.

Bulgarian football champions mean those that won the highest league in Bulgarian football, which since 2016-2017 is the First Professional League.[1]

The first national football competition in Bulgaria was established in 1924 by the Bulgarian National Sport Federation and was named Bulgarian State Football Championship. The championship was a knockout tournament featuring six clubs that had won six regional divisions. These divisions were round-robin tournaments that included football clubs that were founded in different geographic areas. The winners of each division were drawn in pairs at random for each of the three one-match rounds. Two of the clubs qualified directly for the second round (the semi-final stage) and the other four had to play two quarter-final matches. The championship didn't finish in years 1924, 1927 and 1944 because of different reasons. At the end of the 1925 season, Vladislav Varna were the first club to be crowned champions.

The championship had many changes in its format during the years, mainly in the number of legs played in each round and the number of teams that qualified from the regional divisions. In seasons 1937–38, 1938–39 and 1939–40 the championship was reorganised to a 10 club National Football Division but it proved to be an unsuccessful decision and from season 1940–41 the division was reverted to a knockout tournament.

After 1944 it was replaced by the Republic Championship. It was organised for only four years between 1945 and 1948. The championship was a knockout tournament featuring clubs that had finished at the top of six regional divisions. These divisions were round-robin tournaments that included football clubs from different geographic areas.

CSKA Sofia have won 31 titles, the most of any club. CSKA's rivals Levski Sofia are second with 26. Ludogorets Razgrad are third; the team is currently in a streak of 11 consecutive titles, which is the best in Bulgarian football. Slavia Sofia is in fourth place, with 7 titles, 6 of which were won before the Second World War.

State Championship (1924–1944)

Season Champions (titles) Runner-up Third place
1924 Not finished
1925 Vladislav Varna (1) Levski Sofia
1926 Vladislav Varna (2) Slavia Sofia
1927 Not held
1928 Slavia Sofia (1) Vladislav Varna
1929 Botev Plovdiv (1) Levski Sofia
1930 Slavia Sofia (2) Vladislav Varna
1931 Atletik-Slava 23 (1) Spartak Varna
1932 Spartak Varna (1) Slavia Sofia
1933 Levski Sofia (1) Spartak Varna
1934 Vladislav Varna (3) Slavia Sofia
1935 Sportklub Sofia (1) Ticha Varna
1936 Slavia Sofia (3) Ticha Varna
1937 Levski Sofia (2) Levski Ruse
1937–38 Ticha Varna (1) Vladislav Varna Shipka Sofia
1938–39 Slavia Sofia (4) Vladislav Varna Ticha Varna
1939–40 Lokomotiv Sofia (1) Levski Sofia Slavia Sofia
1941 Slavia Sofia (5) Lokomotiv Sofia
1942 Levski Sofia (3) Makedonia Skopie
1943 Slavia Sofia (6) Levski Sofia
1944 Not finished

Republic Championship (1945–1948)

Key
Double winners – i.e. League and Bulgarian Cup winners.
Season Champions (titles) Runner-up
1945 Lokomotiv Sofia (2) Sportist Sofia
1946 Levski Sofia (4) Lokomotiv Sofia
1947 Levski Sofia (5) Lokomotiv Sofia
1948 CSKA Sofia (1) Levski Sofia

A Grupa (1948–2022)

Key
League champions also won the Bulgarian Cup, i.e. they completed the domestic Double.
* League champions also won the Bulgarian Cup and Bulgarian Supercup, i.e. they completed the domestic Treble.
Season Champions (titles) Points Runners-up Points Third place Points Top scorer(s)
Player (Club) Goals
1948–49 Levski Sofia (6)
33
CSKA Sofia
24
Lokomotiv Sofia
21
Bulgaria Dimitar Milanov (CSKA)
Bulgaria Nedko Nedev (Cherno More)
11
1950 Levski Sofia (7)
29
Slavia Sofia
27
Akademik Sofia
22
Bulgaria Lyubomir Hranov (Levski Sofia) 11
1951 CSKA Sofia (2)
37
Spartak Sofia
36
Levski Sofia
26
Bulgaria Dimitar Milanov (CSKA) 14
1952 CSKA Sofia (3)
33
Spartak Sofia
26
Lokomotiv Sofia
25
Bulgaria Dimitar Isakov (Slavia)
Bulgaria Dobromir Tashkov (Spartak Sofia)
10
1953 Levski Sofia (8)
43
CSKA Sofia
42
Cherno More Varna
31
Bulgaria Dimitar Minchev (Spartak Pleven / VVS Sofia) 15
1954 CSKA Sofia (4)
45
Slavia Sofia
38
Lokomotiv Sofia
36
Bulgaria Dobromir Tashkov (Slavia Sofia) 25
1955 CSKA Sofia (5)
37
Slavia Sofia
31
Spartak Varna
28
Bulgaria Todor Diev (Spartak Plovdiv) 13
1956 CSKA Sofia (6)
31
Levski Sofia
26
Botev Plovdiv
25
Bulgaria Pavel Vladimirov (Minyor Pernik) 16
1957 CSKA Sofia (7)
34
Lokomotiv Sofia
33
Levski Sofia
30
Bulgaria Hristo Iliev (Levski Sofia)
Bulgaria Dimitar Milanov (CSKA)
14
1958 CSKA Sofia (8)
18
Levski Sofia
14
Spartak Pleven
14
Bulgaria Dobromir Tashkov (Slavia)
Bulgaria Georgi Arnaudov (Spartak Varna)
9
1958–59 CSKA Sofia (9)
32
Slavia Sofia
27
Levski Sofia
24
Bulgaria Aleksandar Vasilev (Slavia) 13
1959–60 CSKA Sofia (10)
32
Levski Sofia
28
Lokomotiv Sofia
23
Bulgaria Dimitar Yordanov (Levski Sofia)
Bulgaria Lyuben Kostov (Spartak Varna)
12
1960–61 CSKA Sofia (11)
40
Levski Sofia
30
Botev Plovdiv
29
Bulgaria Ivan Sotirov (Botev Plovdiv) 20
1961–62 CSKA Sofia (12)
41
Spartak Plovdiv
35
Levski Sofia
30
Bulgaria Nikola Yordanov (Dunav Ruse)
Bulgaria Todor Diev (Spartak Plovdiv)
23
1962–63 Spartak Plovdiv (1)
43
Botev Plovdiv
40
CSKA Sofia
37
Bulgaria Todor Diev (Spartak Plovdiv) 26
1963–64 Lokomotiv Sofia (3)
44
Levski Sofia
41
Slavia Sofia
35
Bulgaria Nikola Tsanev (CSKA) 26
1964–65 Levski Sofia (9)
42
Lokomotiv Sofia
39
Slavia Sofia
35
Bulgaria Georgi Asparuhov (Levski Sofia) 27
1965–66 CSKA Sofia (13)
42
Levski Sofia
41
Slavia Sofia
39
Bulgaria Traycho Spasov (Marek Dupnitsa) 21
1966–67 Botev Plovdiv (2)
38
Slavia Sofia
37
Levski Sofia
36
Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (Beroe) 21
1967–68 Levski Sofia (10)
45
CSKA Sofia
42
Lokomotiv Sofia
40
Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (Beroe) 31
1968–69 CSKA Sofia (14)
47
Levski Sofia
40
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
39
Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (CSKA) 36
1969–70 Levski Sofia (11)
50
CSKA Sofia
47
Slavia Sofia
38
Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (CSKA) 31
1970–71 CSKA Sofia (15)
48
Levski Sofia
48
Botev Vratsa
38
Bulgaria Dimitar Yakimov (CSKA) 26
1971–72 CSKA Sofia (16)
58
Levski Sofia
50
Beroe Stara Zagora
42
Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (CSKA) 27
1972–73 CSKA Sofia (17)
51
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
43
Slavia Sofia
43
Bulgaria Petar Zhekov (CSKA) 29
1973–74 Levski Sofia (12)
47
CSKA Sofia
46
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
34
Bulgaria Petko Petkov (Beroe) 20
1974–75 CSKA Sofia (18)
39
Levski Sofia
38
Slavia Sofia
36
Bulgaria Ivan Pritargov (Botev Plovdiv) 20
1975–76 CSKA Sofia (19)
43
Levski Sofia
41
Akademik Sofia
37
Bulgaria Petko Petkov (Beroe) 19
1976–77 Levski Sofia (13)
43
CSKA Sofia
39
Marek Dupnitsa
38
Bulgaria Pavel Panov (Levski Sofia) 20
1977–78 Lokomotiv Sofia (4)
42
CSKA Sofia
41
Levski Sofia
38
Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov (Beroe) 21
1978–79 Levski Sofia (14)
43
CSKA Sofia
40
Lokomotiv Sofia
37
Bulgaria Rusi Gochev (Levski Sofia) 19
1979–80 CSKA Sofia (20)
46
Slavia Sofia
45
Levski Sofia
37
Bulgaria Spas Dzhevizov (CSKA) 23
1980–81 CSKA Sofia (21)
40
Levski Sofia
36
Botev Plovdiv
35
Bulgaria Georgi Slavkov (Botev) 31
1981–82 CSKA Sofia (22)
47
Levski Sofia
46
Slavia Sofia
35
Bulgaria Mihail Valchev (Levski Sofia) 24
1982–83 CSKA Sofia (23)
45
Levski Sofia
42
Botev Plovdiv
38
Bulgaria Antim Pehlivanov (Botev Plovdiv) 20
1983–84 Levski Sofia (15)
47
CSKA Sofia
45
Spartak Varna
31
Bulgaria Eduard Eranosyan (Lokomotiv Plovdiv) 19
1984–85 Levski Sofia (16)
40
CSKA Sofia
36
Botev Plovdiv
33
Bulgaria Plamen Getov (Spartak Pleven) 26
1985–86 Beroe Stara Zagora (1)
43
Botev Plovdiv
41
Slavia Sofia
36
Bulgaria Atanas Pashev (Botev Plovdiv) 30
1986–87 CSKA Sofia (24)
47
Levski Sofia
44
Botev Plovdiv
39
Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov (Levski Sofia) 36
1987–88 Levski Sofia (17)
48
CSKA Sofia
46
Botev Plovdiv
39
Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov (Levski Sofia) 28
1988–89 CSKA Sofia (25) *
49
Levski Sofia
39
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
34
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov (CSKA) 23
1989–90 CSKA Sofia (26)
45
Slavia Sofia
36
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
35
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov (CSKA) 38
1990–91 Etar Veliko Tarnovo (1)
44
CSKA Sofia
37
Slavia Sofia
37
Bulgaria Ivaylo Yordanov (Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa) 21
1991–92 CSKA Sofia (27)
47
Levski Sofia
45
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
37
Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov (Levski Sofia) 26
1992–93 Levski Sofia (18)
50
CSKA Sofia
42
Botev Plovdiv
38
Bulgaria Plamen Getov (Levski Sofia) 26
1993–94 Levski Sofia (19)
71
CSKA Sofia
54
Botev Plovdiv
50
Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov (Levski Sofia) 30
1994–95 Levski Sofia (20)
79
Lokomotiv Sofia
68
Botev Plovdiv
60
Bulgaria Petar Mihtarski (CSKA) 24
1995–96 Slavia Sofia (7)
67
Levski Sofia
62
Lokomotiv Sofia
58
Bulgaria Ivo Georgiev (Spartak Varna) 21
1996–97 CSKA Sofia (28)
71
Neftochimic Burgas
67
Slavia Sofia
57
Bulgaria Todor Pramatarov (Slavia) 26
1997–98 Litex Lovech (1)
69
Levski Sofia
64
CSKA Sofia
61
Bulgaria Anton Spasov (Neftochimic)
Bulgaria Boncho Genchev (CSKA)
17
1998–99 Litex Lovech (2)
73
Levski Sofia
71
Velbazhd Kyustendil
57
Bulgaria Dimcho Belyakov (Litex) 21
1999–00 Levski Sofia (21)
74
CSKA Sofia
64
Velbazhd Kyustendil
55
Bulgaria Mihail Mihaylov (Velbazhd) 20
2000–01 Levski Sofia (22)
69
CSKA Sofia
62
Velbazhd Kyustendil
57
Bulgaria Hristo Yovov (Litex)
Bulgaria Georgi Ivanov (Levski Sofia)
22
2001–02 Levski Sofia (23)
65
Litex Lovech
55
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
53
Bulgaria Vladimir Manchev (CSKA) 21
2002–03 CSKA Sofia (29)
66
Levski Sofia
60
Litex Lovech
55
Bulgaria Georgi Chilikov (Levski Sofia) 23
2003–04 Lokomotiv Plovdiv (1)
75
Levski Sofia
72
CSKA Sofia
65
Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Plovdiv) 25
2004–05 CSKA Sofia (30)
79
Levski Sofia
76
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
58
Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Plovdiv) 27
2005–06 Levski Sofia (24)
68
CSKA Sofia
65
Litex Lovech
60
Slovenia Milivoje Novaković (Litex)
Portugal José Furtado (Vihren / CSKA)
16
2006–07 Levski Sofia (25) *
77
CSKA Sofia
72
Lokomotiv Sofia
72
Bulgaria Tsvetan Genkov (Lokomotiv Sofia) 27
2007–08 CSKA Sofia (31)
78
Levski Sofia
62
Lokomotiv Sofia
57
Bulgaria Georgi Hristov (Botev Plovdiv) 19
2008–09 Levski Sofia (26)
69
CSKA Sofia
68
Cherno More Varna
60
Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Sofia) 17
2009–10 Litex Lovech (3)
70
CSKA Sofia
58
Levski Sofia
57
France Wilfried Niflore (Litex) 19
2010–11 Litex Lovech (4)
75
Levski Sofia
72
CSKA Sofia
61
France Garra Dembélé (Levski Sofia) 26
2011–12 Ludogorets Razgrad (1) *
70
CSKA Sofia
69
Levski Sofia
62
Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov (Ludogorets)
Brazil Júnior Moraes (CSKA)
16
2012–13 Ludogorets Razgrad (2)
72
Levski Sofia
71
CSKA Sofia
63
Guinea-Bissau Basile de Carvalho (Levski Sofia) 19
2013–14 Ludogorets Razgrad (3) *
84
CSKA Sofia
72
Litex Lovech
72
Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
Colombia Wilmar Jordán (Litex)
20
2014–15 Ludogorets Razgrad (4)
63
Beroe Stara Zagora
55
Lokomotiv Sofia
55
Spain Añete (Levski Sofia) 14
2015–16 Ludogorets Razgrad (5)
70
Levski Sofia
56
Beroe Stara Zagora
53
Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (Lokomotiv Plovdiv) 18
2016–17 Ludogorets Razgrad (6)
83
CSKA Sofia
67
Levski Sofia
63
Romania Claudiu Keșerü (Ludogorets Razgrad) 22
2017–18 Ludogorets Razgrad (7)
88
CSKA Sofia
81
Levski Sofia
64
Romania Claudiu Keșerü (Ludogorets Razgrad) 26
2018–19 Ludogorets Razgrad (8)
79
CSKA Sofia
78
Levski Sofia
66
Bulgaria Stanislav Kostov (Levski Sofia) 24
2019–20 Ludogorets Razgrad (9)
72
CSKA Sofia
59
Slavia Sofia
55
Bulgaria Martin Kamburov (Beroe) 18
2020–21 Ludogorets Razgrad (10)
70
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
61
CSKA Sofia
59
Romania Claudiu Keșerü (Ludogorets Razgrad) 18
2021–22 Ludogorets Razgrad (11)
79
CSKA Sofia
58
Botev Plovdiv
53
Cyprus Pieros Sotiriou (Ludogorets Razgrad) 17

Performances

Performance by club

  • Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
  • Italics indicates clubs that no longer exist.
Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
CSKA Sofia
31
27
1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 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
26
32
1933, 1937, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 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, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09
Ludogorets Razgrad
11
2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020-21, 2021-22
Slavia Sofia
7
10
1928, 1930, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1995–96
Cherno More Varna
4
6
1925, 1926, 1934, 1937–38
Lokomotiv Sofia
4
6
1939–40, 1945, 1963–64, 1977–78
Litex Lovech
4
1
1997–98, 1998–99, 2009–10, 2010–11
Botev Plovdiv
2
2
1929, 1966–67
Spartak Varna
1
2
1932
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1
2
2003–04
Spartak Plovdiv
1
1
1962–63
Beroe Stara Zagora
1
1
1985–86
Atletik-Slava 23
1
1931
Sportklub Sofia
1
1935
SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo
1
1990–91

Notes:

  • CSKA Sofia titles include those won as Septemvri pri CDNV, CDNA, and CFKA-Sredets.
  • Levski Sofia titles include those won as Levski-Spartak and Vitosha, as well as the re-awarded 1984/85 title.
  • Cherno More Varna titles have been won as Vladislav Varna(3) and Ticha Varna(1).
  • Botev Plovdiv total does not include the Trakia originally awarded 1984/85 title.
  • Spartak Varna title has been won as Shipchenski Sokol.

Performance by city

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Etar
Etar
Plovdiv (3 clubs)
Plovdiv (3 clubs)
Varna (3 clubs)
Varna (3 clubs)
Sofia (6 clubs)
Sofia (6 clubs)
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Location of Bulgarian football champions

The following table lists the Bulgarian champions by cities.

City / Town Title(s) Winning Club(s)
Sofia
70
CSKA (31), Levski (26), Slavia (7), Lokomotiv (4), Atletik-Slava 23 (1), Sportklub (1)
Razgrad
11
Ludogorets (11)
Varna
5
Vladislav (3), Ticha (1), Spartak (1)
Plovdiv
4
Botev (2), Lokomotiv (1), Spartak (1)
Lovech
4
Litex (4)
Stara Zagora
1
Beroe (1)
Veliko Tarnovo
1
Etar (1)

Notes:

  • Italics indicates clubs that no longer exist.

References

  1. ^ "Всички шампиони на България по футбол от 1924-а година досега" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 7 May 2014.

External links

  • a-pfg.com
  • bulgarian-football.com