First League

CountryBulgariaBulgaria
Season2023

The First Professional Football League, often referred to as the Bulgarian First League, is the top professional football league in Bulgaria. It is operated by the Bulgarian Professional Football League (BPFL), under the jurisdiction of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU). The league, which was established in 1924, is considered one of the oldest football competitions in Europe.

The First League is contested by 14 teams, with the season typically running from July to May. The format of the competition has evolved over the years, but currently, teams play each other twice in a round-robin format during the regular season. The top six teams then enter a championship playoff, while the bottom eight teams compete in a relegation playoff. The team that finishes the season at the top of the championship playoff is crowned the Bulgarian champions and earns a spot in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

Throughout its history, the First League has been dominated by a handful of teams. The most successful club is CSKA Sofia, with over 30 championship titles to their name. Other successful clubs include Levski Sofia and Ludogorets Razgrad. The latter has been particularly dominant in recent years, winning the league title every year since their promotion to the First League in 2011.

The First League has also produced some notable players who have gone on to have successful careers in some of Europe's top leagues. These include Hristo Stoichkov, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1994, and Dimitar Berbatov, who has played for clubs like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite its long history, the First League has faced numerous challenges. Financial instability has been a recurring issue, with several clubs facing bankruptcy and relegation due to financial irregularities. The league has also been marred by allegations of match-fixing and corruption, which has led to investigations by the BFU and UEFA.

However, the league has taken steps to address these issues, with stricter financial controls and anti-corruption measures being implemented. The quality of football has also improved, with Bulgarian teams becoming more competitive in European competitions.

In conclusion, the Bulgarian First League is a historic and prestigious competition that has produced some of the country's best football talent. Despite facing challenges, it continues to be a vital part of Bulgarian football and a source of national pride.

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First League Top Scorers

The current top scorer list for First League in 2023

Player Team Goals
levski-krumovgrad 10
ludogorets 9
ludogorets 9
ludogorets 8
levski-sofia 8
cherno-more-varna 8
botev-plovdiv 8
slavia-sofia 8
lokomotiv-plovdiv 7
ludogorets 7

First League standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Ludogorets players, news and schedule Ludogorets 26 20 3 3 70 15 55 63
2 CSKA Sofia players, news and schedule CSKA Sofia 28 18 6 4 46 15 31 60
3 Cherno More Varna players, news and schedule Cherno More Varna 27 17 7 3 44 23 21 58
4 Levski Sofia players, news and schedule Levski Sofia 28 15 6 7 43 23 20 51
5 Lokomotiv Plovdiv players, news and schedule Lokomotiv Plovdiv 27 15 5 7 46 31 15 50
6 Arda Kardzhali players, news and schedule Arda Kardzhali 28 11 6 11 30 27 3 39
7 Levski Krumovgrad players, news and schedule Levski Krumovgrad 27 11 6 10 33 35 -2 39
8 CSKA 1948 players, news and schedule CSKA 1948 26 10 8 8 27 23 4 38
9 Botev Plovdiv players, news and schedule Botev Plovdiv 27 10 7 10 41 33 8 37
10 Beroe players, news and schedule Beroe 27 9 5 13 22 38 -16 32
11 Hebar 1918 players, news and schedule Hebar 1918 28 8 6 14 31 38 -7 30
12 Slavia Sofia players, news and schedule Slavia Sofia 28 8 6 14 25 42 -17 30
13 Pirin Blagoevgrad players, news and schedule Pirin Blagoevgrad 27 6 8 13 21 38 -17 26
14 Lokomotiv Sofia players, news and schedule Lokomotiv Sofia 27 7 4 16 20 50 -30 25
15 Botev Vratsa players, news and schedule Botev Vratsa 27 5 3 19 20 51 -31 18
16 Etar Veliko Tarnovo players, news and schedule Etar Veliko Tarnovo 28 3 4 21 17 54 -37 13

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 118/150 79%
Over/Under 30/42 71%
League Correct %
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 28/34 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 50/62 81%
World Cup - Qualification Asia logo World Cup - Qualification Asia 28/35 80%
First League logo First League 118/150 79%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 65/83 78%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 113/144 78%
Primera División Femenina logo Primera División Femenina 103/136 76%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 130/170 76%