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Bulgaria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Лъвовете (The Lions)
Трикольорите (The Lions)
Association Bulgarian Football Union
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Stanimir Stoilov
Asst coach Krasimir Bezinski
Tsanko Tsvetanov
Captain Dimitar Berbatov
Most caps Borislav Mihaylov (102)
Top scorer Dimitar Berbatov (48)
Home stadium Vasil Levski National Stadium
FIFA code BUL
FIFA ranking 30
Highest FIFA ranking 8 (June 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 58 (August 2002)
Elo ranking 36
Highest Elo ranking 8 (June 1969)
Lowest Elo ranking 64 (October 1953)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Austria 6 – 0 Bulgaria Bulgaria
(Vienna, Austria; 21 May 1924)
Biggest win
Bulgaria Bulgaria 10 - 0 Ghana Ghana
(Leon, Mexico; 1968)
Biggest defeat
Spain Spain 13 – 0 Bulgaria Bulgaria
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1962)
Best result Fourth place, 1994
European Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 1996)
Best result Round 1, 1996 and 2004
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Bronze 1956 Melbourne Team
Silver 1968 Mexico City Team

The Bulgaria national football team is the national football team of Bulgaria and is controlled by the Bulgarian Football Union. Bulgaria's best World Cup performance was in the 1994 World Cup in USA, where they beat defending champions Germany to reach the semi-finals, losing to Italy, and finishing in Fourth place after a defeat against Sweden in the third place play-off.

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History

Bulgaria's first appearance in a World Cup was the 1962 World Cup in Chile, but failed to progress to the knockout stages. The same happened in England in 1966, Mexico in 1970, and West Germany in 1974. They progressed from the first round in Mexico 1986 but were beaten by the hosts in the round of 16.

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60's and 70's

In the 60's and 70's Bulgaria qualified for four straight World Cup tournaments. In 1962 (their first time), 1966, 1970 and 1974, but without any successful performances. They also won the Balkan Cup in 1976 by beating Romania in the two legged final 1:0, 2:3. In the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico they won a silver medal. They finished first in group D by beating Thailand 7-0, Guatemala 2-1 and a 2-2 draw against Czechoslovakia. They passed the quarter finals by beating Israel and the semi finals by beating Olympic hosts Mexico. In the final they lost 1-4 to Hungary, giving the Bulgarians the silver Olympic medals.

World Cup 1986

Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in Mexico by finishing second in Group 4 behind France with 11 points but worse goal difference, ahead of the teams of Yugoslavia, East Germany and Luxembourg. This was their 5th World Cup appearance. They were drawn in Group A with Italy, Argentina and South Korea. In the opening match of the World Cup, the Bulgarians held the defending champions Italy to a 1-1 draw. Alessandro Altobelli gave the Italians the lead, but a 85th minute equalizer by Nasko Sirakov gave the Bulgarians the point. The next match was another 1-1 draw versus the team of South Korea with the goal for Bulgaria coming from Plamen Getov in the 11th minute. They lost the final match of the group 0-2 against Argentina (which won the World Cup that year). Despite not recording a win, the Bulgarians advanced to the knockout stage by being the 3rd best third placed team. That way Bulgaria and also Uruguay became the first nations to qualify for the knockout stage without winning a game in the first round. In the Round of 16 they faced World Cup hosts Mexico and lost the match 0-2. Ivan Vutsov was the manager of the team.

World Cup 1994

Certainly one of the most important dates in Bulgarian football history is November 17, 1993, when Emil Kostadinov scored two goals to beat France in Paris, allowing Bulgaria to qualify for the World Cup in the USA in 1994. Under the management of Dimitar Penev, the Bulgarians, led by players like Hristo Stoichkov, Yordan Lechkov and Krasimir Balakov (along with a multitude of other talented players remembered in Bulgaria as the "Golden Generation"), made a strong impression by reaching the semi finals. They entered group D with Argentina, Nigeria and Greece. Before that the Bulgarians hadn't won a single match in 5 World Cup finals appearances. The first match ended with a 0-3 defeat by Nigeria. Despite the bad start, the team won 4-0 against Greece and 2-0 against Argentina. Argentina had actually been winning the group going into injury-time, however a 91st minute strike from Nasko Sirakov meant that they dropped two places and finished 3rd. Bulgaria continued to the next round where they faced Mexico. The match ended 1-1 and after no goals were scored in the extra time, penalties would decide which team would go through. Team captain Borislav Mihaylov made a good performance saving the first 3 penalty kicks. Bulgaria won 3-1 on penalties with Mihaylov becoming the hero for the Bulgarian team. In the quarter-finals Bulgaria faced the then defending World Cup champions Germany. Lothar Matthaeus scored from a penalty, however the Bulgarians managed to turn the game over with two goals by Hristo Stoichkov and Yordan Lechkov, giving them the 2-1 win and recording one of the most memorable wins for the team. Millions of Bulgarians celebrated this win in Sofia and other Bulgarian cities. Having reached the semi-finals, this was the best Bulgarian performance in the World Cup. In the semi-finals they lost 1-2 to Italy and lost with 4-0 against Sweden in the third place match. Hristo Stoichkov won the Golden Boot as a joint top scorer in the tournament with six goals (Russia's Oleg Salenko was the other winner). Krasimir Balakov was named in the all-star team along with Stoichkov.

World Cup 1994 starting 11

Euro 1996

In 1996, the team qualified for the European Football Championship for the first time, after some good results in the qualifying group, including a stunning 3-2 turnaround win against future Euro 1996 champions Germany. They were drawn in group B with France, Spain and Romania. Bulgaria started with a 1-1 draw against Spain, followed by a 1-0 win against Romania. In the final group match they lost 3-1 against France. At the same time Spain defeated Romania 2-1 with the winner coming in the 84th minute and the Bulgarians didn't manage to qualify to he quarter finals.

World Cup 1998

Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in France by finishing first in the group 5, followed by Russia. They entered the competition with a new manager Hristo Bonev, since Dimitar Penev was sacked after Euro 1996. Bulgaria drew Spain, Nigeria and Paraguay in group D. The first match ended in a 0-0 goalless draw against Paraguay. In the second match the Bulgarians lost 0-1 for a second straight World cup to Nigeria. The final match ended with a disappointing 1-6 defeat to Spain. Following the bad results, Bulgaria finished 4th in the group with only 1 point and didn't go through the next round despite the good form they were in. This was the last major international tournament that the first Bulgarian Golden Generation participated in.

Euro 2000

Bulgaria was drawn in a tough qualifying group with teams like England, Sweden and Poland. The campaign started bad with two defeats by Poland and Sweden. The most memorable match for Bulgaria in the group was the 1-1 draw against England, which was also the last one for Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov before his international retirement. Bulgaria finished 4th with 8 points and failed to make the Euro 2000.

World Cup 2002

Group 3 had Bulgaria, Denmark and Czech Republic amongst the main contenders for the qualifying spots. Bulgaria won the matches against the weaker teams, but lost 0-2 to Denmark and both matches with Czech Republic, including a disappointing 0-6 defeat. That way Bulgaria finished 3rd with 17 points and 3 points behind second placed Czech Republic and failed to make the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Euro 2004

Bulgaria managed to qualify for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in the group ahead of teams like Croatia and Belgium with 17 points and just one defeat. They drew Sweden, Italy and Denmark in group C. They started very disappointing with a 0-5 defeat by Sweden, followed by a 0-2 defeat by Denmark. The last match against Italy was 1-2 defeat. The match was ending 1-1 after goals from Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov and Simone Perrotta, but a last minute goal by Antonio Cassano gave the Italians the win. They finished 4th with no points and were sent home without reaching the knockout round. After the disappointing performance the manager Plamen Markov was sacked.

World Cup 2006

Bulgaria failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany after a run of poor results, finishing third in group 8, behind Sweden and Croatia with 15 points.

Euro 2008

Group G had Netherlands, Romania and Bulgaria as the main contestants for a qualifying spot for the Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria. Bulgaria performed good after a run of good results from Romania that gave them the first place. The Bulgarians finished 3rd with 25 points, after Romania and Netherlands with only one lost match against the Dutch.

World Cup 2010

Bulgaria were drawn against Italy and Republic of Ireland in qualifying Group 8. Bulgaria started the campaign with a series of draws in the 2010 qualifiers. After the unconvincing start, the manager Plamen Markov was sacked and replaced by Stanimir Stoilov in January 2009. The Bulgarians then recorded their first win in the group against Cyprus and also won against Montenegro and Georgia. They finished in third place in the group with 14 points, therefore failing to qualify directly or for a play-off place.

Euro 2012

Bulgaria were drawn in Group G along with England, Switzerland, Wales and Montenegro. For the second time in a row Bulgaria and Montenegro will be playing in the same qualification group.

Stadium

Normally, the Bulgarian national football team's home stadium is the "Vasil Levski". It has a capacity of 43 632. Vasil Levski National Stadium was officially opened in 1953 and reconstructed in 1966 and 2002. It is currently eligible to host UEFA Cup final matches. During the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League the stadium was used for the games of FC Levski Sofia with FC Barcelona , Chelsea F.C. and Werder Bremen. The Bulgaria national football team's home matches and the Bulgarian Cup finals are held at the venue, as well as athletics competitions.

The stadium also offers judo, artistic gymnastics, basketball, boxing, aerobics, fencing and table tennis halls, as well as a general physical training hall, two conference halls and three restaurants.

Competitive record

Bulgarian FIFA Rank history


World Cup record

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1938 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Round 1 15 3 0 1 2 1 7
England 1966 Round 1 15 3 0 0 3 1 8
Mexico 1970 Round 1 13 3 0 1 2 5 9
West Germany 1974 Round 1 12 3 0 2 1 2 5
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 12 4 0 2 2 2 6
Italy 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Fourth place 4 7 4 0 3 13 12
France 1998 Round 1 29 3 0 1 2 1 7
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 7/19 26 4 7 15 25 54

European Championship record

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960-1992 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
England 1996 Round 1 12 3 1 1 1 3 4
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Portugal 2004 Round 1 16 3 0 0 3 1 9
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
PolandUkraine 2012 - - - - - - -
Total 2/14 6 1 1 4 4 13

UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Bulgaria is placed in Group G.

  • Teams highlighted in green qualified for the finals.
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Bulgaria England Montenegro Switzerland Wales
Bulgaria 
England 
Montenegro 
Switzerland 
Wales 

Players

Current squad

Caps and call-ups are correct as of March 3, 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Dimitar Ivankov October 30, 1975 (1975-10-30) (age 34) 63 0 Turkey Bursaspor
12 GK Nikolay Mihaylov June 28, 1988 (1988-06-28) (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands Twente
No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
3 DF Yordan Miliev October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05) (age 22) 1 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
5 DF Veselin Minev October 14, 1980 (1980-10-14) (age 29) 4 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
15 DF Ivan Ivanov February 25, 1988 (1988-02-25) (age 22) 6 0 Russia Alania Vladikavkaz
16 DF Zhivko Milanov July 15, 1984 (1984-07-15) (age 25) 15 0 Romania Vaslui
23 DF Kostadin Stoyanov May 26, 1986 (1986-05-26) (age 23) 3 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
6 MF Stanislav Angelov April 12, 1978 (1978-04-12) (age 31) 30 2 Germany Energie Cottbus
7 MF Blagoy Georgiev December 21, 1981 (1981-12-21) (age 28) 39 5 Russia Terek Grozny
8 MF Chavdar Yankov March 29, 1984 (1984-03-29) (age 25) 27 5 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
10 MF Stiliyan Petrov July 5, 1979 (1979-07-05) (age 30) 92 8 England Aston Villa
13 MF Ivelin Popov October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26) (age 22) 12 4 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
18 MF Velizar Dimitrov April 13, 1979 (1979-04-13) (age 30) 31 4 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
22 MF Georgi Sarmov September 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) (age 24) 5 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
9 FW Dimitar Berbatov Captain sports.svg January 30, 1981 (1981-01-30) (age 29) 77 48 England Manchester United [1]
11 FW Valeri Bojinov February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23) (age 24) 28 6 Italy Parma
20 FW Martin Kamburov October 13, 1980 (1980-10-13) (age 29) 12 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia
21 FW Ivan Stoyanov June 24, 1983 (1983-06-24) (age 26) 6 0 Russia Alania Vladikavkaz

Recent callups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
DF Stanislav Manolev Cruz Roja.svg December 16, 1985 (1985-12-16) (age 24) 9 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
DF Ivo Ivanov March 11, 1985 (1985-03-11) (age 25) 1 0 Bulgaria Beroe
DF Ivan Bandalovski November 23, 1986 (1986-11-23) (age 23) 2 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia
DF Plamen Nikolov June 12, 1985 (1985-06-12) (age 24) 5 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
DF Aleksandar Tunchev Cruz Roja.svg July 10, 1981 (1981-07-10) (age 28) 20 1 England Leicester City
DF Valentin Iliev August 11, 1980 (1980-08-11) (age 29) 16 0 Romania Universitatea Craiova
DF Ilian Stoyanov January 20, 1977 (1977-01-20) (age 33) 38 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
MF Stanislav Genchev March 20, 1981 (1981-03-20) (age 28) 3 1 Romania Vaslui
MF Dimitar Telkiyski May 5, 1977 (1977-05-05) (age 32) 22 3 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
MF Martin Petrov Cruz Roja.svg January 15, 1979 (1979-01-15) (age 31) 77 19 England Manchester City
FW Dimitar Makriev January 7, 1984 (1984-01-07) (age 26) 3 1 Israel Ashdod
FW Dimitar Rangelov March 7, 1983 (1983-03-07) (age 27) 16 2 Germany Borussia Dortmund

Previous squads

FIFA World Cup squads
UEFA European Football Championship squads

Player records

As of match played 18 November 2009. Players in bold are still currently playing for the national team.

Most appearances

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Borislav Mihaylov 1983–1998 102 0
2 Hristo Bonev 1967–1979 96 47
3 Stiliyan Petrov 1998– 92 8
4 Krasimir Balakov 1988–2003 92 16
5 Dimitar Penev 1965–1974 90 2
6 Radostin Kishishev 1996–2009 88 1
7 Hristo Stoichkov 1986–1999 83 37
8 Nasko Sirakov 1983–1996 82 23
9 Zlatko Yankov 1989–1999 80 4
10 Ayan Sadakov 1981–1991 79 9
11 Dimitar Berbatov 1999– 77 48
12 Martin Petrov 1999– 77 19

Most goals

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Dimitar Berbatov 1999– 48 77
2 Hristo Bonev 1967–1979 47 96
3 Hristo Stoichkov 1987–1999 37 83
4 Emil Kostadinov 1988–1998 26 70
5 Petar Zhekov 1963–1972 25 44
6 Ivan Kolev 1950–1963 25 75
7 Atanas Mihaylov 1970–1981 23 45
8 Nasko Sirakov 1983–1997 23 82
9 Dimitar Milanov 1948–1959 20 39
10 Georgi Asparuhov 1962–1970 19 50
11 Dinko Dermendzhiev 1966–1977 19 58
12 Martin Petrov 1999- 19 77

Coaches

See also

External links

Sources


Bulgaria
File:Bulgaria football
Nickname(s) Лъвовете (The Lions)
Трикольорите (The Tricolors)
Association Bulgarian Football Union
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Lothar Matthäus
Captain Stilian Petrov
Most caps Borislav Mikhailov (102)
Top scorer Dimitar Berbatov (48)
FIFA code BUL
FIFA ranking 54
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (June 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 58 (August 2002)
Elo ranking 46
Highest Elo ranking 7 (August 1969)
Lowest Elo ranking 63 (Oct 1953, Aug 1954)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Austria 6–0 Bulgaria
(Vienna, Austria; 21 May 1924)
Biggest win
File:Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 14 October 1982)[citation needed]
Biggest defeat
Spain 13–0 Bulgaria
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1962)
Best result Fourth place, 1994
European Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 1996)
Best result Group Stage 1996 and 2004
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Silver 1968 Mexico City Team
Bronze 1956 Melbourne Team

The Bulgaria national football team is the national football team of Bulgaria and is controlled by the Bulgarian Football Union. Bulgaria's best World Cup performance was in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, where they beat defending champions Germany to reach the semi-finals, losing to Italy, and finishing in fourth place after being defeated by Sweden in the third place play-off.

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History

Bulgaria's first appearance in a World Cup was the 1962 World Cup in Chile, but failed to progress to the knockout stages. The same happened in England in 1966, Mexico in 1970, and West Germany in 1974. They progressed from the first round in Mexico 1986, but were beaten by the hosts in the Round of 16.

1960s and 1970s

In the 1960s and '70s, Bulgaria qualified for four straight World Cup tournaments, in 1962 (their first time), 1966, 1970, and 1974, but without any successful performances. They also won the Balkan Cup in 1976 by beating Romania in the two legged final 1–0, 3–2. In the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico, they won a silver medal. They finished first in Group D by beating Thailand 7–0, Guatemala 2–1, and a 2–2 draw against Czechoslovakia. They passed the quarter-finals by beating Israel and the semi-finals by beating Olympic hosts Mexico. In the final, they lost 4–1 to Hungary, giving the Bulgarians the silver Olympic medals.

World Cup 1986

Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in Mexico by finishing second in Group Four, behind France with 11 points, but worse goal difference, ahead of the teams of Yugoslavia, East Germany, and Luxembourg. This was their fifth World Cup appearance. They were drawn in Group A with Italy, Argentina, and South Korea. In the opening match of the World Cup, the Bulgarians held the defending champions Italy to a 1–1 draw. Alessandro Altobelli gave the Italians the lead, but a 85th minute equalizer by Nasko Sirakov gave the Bulgarians the point. The next match was another 1–1 draw against South Korea with the goal for Bulgaria coming from Plamen Getov in the 11th minute. They lost the final match of the group 2–0 against Argentina, who ended up winning the tournament. Despite not recording a win, the Bulgarians advanced to the knockout stage by being the third-best third placed team. That way, Bulgaria and also Uruguay became the first nations to qualify for the knockout stage without winning a game in the first round. In the Round of 16, they faced World Cup hosts Mexico and lost the match 2–0. Ivan Vutsov was the manager of the team.

World Cup 1994

Certainly one of the most important dates in Bulgarian football history is 17 November 1993, a date where Emil Kostadinov scored two goals to beat France in Paris, allowing Bulgaria to qualify for the World Cup in the United States in 1994. Under the management of Dimitar Penev, the Bulgarians, led by players such as Hristo Stoichkov, Yordan Lechkov, and Krasimir Balakov — along with a multitude of other talented players remembered in Bulgaria as the "Golden Generation" — made a strong impression by reaching the semi-finals. They entered Group D with Argentina, Nigeria, and Greece. Before that, the Bulgarians hadn't won a single match in five World Cup finals appearances. The first match ended with a 3–0 defeat by Nigeria. Despite the bad start, the team won 4–0 against World Cup-debuting featherweights Greece and 2–0 against Argentina. Argentina had actually been winning the group going into injury-time. A 91st minute strike from Nasko Sirakov, however, meant that they dropped two places and finished third. Bulgaria continued to the next round, where they faced Mexico. The match ended 1–1 and after no goals were scored in extra time, penalties would decide which team would go through. Team captain Borislav Mihaylov made a good performance saving the first three penalty kicks. Bulgaria won 3–1 on penalties with Mihaylov becoming the hero for the Bulgarian team. In the quarter-finals, Bulgaria faced the then-defending World Cup champions Germany. Lothar Matthäus scored from a penalty. The Bulgarians, however, managed to turn the game over with two goals by Hristo Stoichkov and Yordan Lechkov, giving them a 2–1 win and recording one of the most memorable wins for the team. Millions of Bulgarians celebrated this win in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia and other Bulgarian cities. Having reached the semi-finals, this was the best Bulgarian performance in the World Cup. In the semi-finals, they lost 2–1 to Italy and lost 4–0 against Sweden in the third place match. Hristo Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot as a joint top scorer in the tournament with six goals, along with Russia's Oleg Salenko. Krasimir Balakov was named in the all-star team along with Stoichkov. Starting 11: GK-Mihaylov(c); RB-Kiryakov/Kremenliev, CB/SW-Hubchev, CB-Ivanov, LB-Tsvetanov; DM-Yankov, CM-Lechkov, CM-Balakov, AM/CF-Sirakov/Borimirov; CF/RW-Kostadinov, CF/LW-Stoichkov.

Euro 1996

In 1996, the team qualified for the European Football Championship for the first time, after some good results in the qualifying group, including a stunning 3–2 turnaround win against future Euro 1996 champions Germany. They were drawn in Group B with France, Spain, and Romania. Bulgaria started with a 1–1 draw against Spain, followed by a 1–0 win against Romania. In the final group match, they lost 3–1 against France. At the same time, Spain defeated Romania 2–1 with the winner coming in the 84th minute, and the Bulgarians subsequently failed to qualify to the quarter-finals.

World Cup 1998

Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in France by finishing first in the Group 5, followed by Russia. They entered the competition with a new manager Hristo Bonev, since Dimitar Penev was sacked after Euro 1996. Bulgaria drew Spain, Nigeria, and Paraguay in Group D. The first match ended in a 0–0 goalless draw against Paraguay. In the second match, the Bulgarians lost 1–0 for a second-straight World Cup to Nigeria. The final match ended with a disappointing 6–1 defeat to Spain. Following the bad results, Bulgaria finished fourth in the group, with only one point, and didn't go through the next round. This was the last major appearance at World Cup level for Bulgaria.

Euro 2000

Bulgaria was drawn in a tough qualifying group with teams like England, Sweden, and Poland. The campaign started bad with two defeats by Poland and Sweden. The most memorable match for Bulgaria in the group was the 1–1 draw against England, which was also the last one for Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov before his international retirement. Bulgaria finished fourth with eight points and failed to make the final stages of Euro 2000.

World Cup 2002

Group Three contained Bulgaria, Denmark, and Czech Republic amongst the main contenders for the qualifying spots. Bulgaria won the matches against the weaker teams, but lost 2–0 to Denmark and both matches with Czech Republic, including a disappointing 6–0 defeat. That way, Bulgaria finished third with 17 points and three points behind second-placed Czech Republic, thus failing to make the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Euro 2004

Bulgaria managed to qualify for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in the group ahead of teams like Croatia and Belgium with 17 points and just one defeat. They drew Sweden, Italy, and Denmark in Group C. They started very disappointing with an embarrassing 5–0 defeat by Sweden, followed by a 2–0 defeat by Denmark. The last match against Italy was a reasonable 2–1 defeat. The match was looking to end 1–1 after goals from Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov and Simone Perrotta, but a last minute goal by Antonio Cassano gave the Italians the win. They finished fourth with zero points and were sent home without reaching the knockout round. After the disappointing performance, the manager Plamen Markov was sacked.

World Cup 2006

Bulgaria failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany after a run of poor results, finishing third in Group Eight, behind Sweden and Croatia with 15 points.

Euro 2008

Group G had Netherlands, Romania, and Bulgaria as the main contestants for a qualifying spot for the Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria. Bulgaria performed well after a run of good results from Romania that gave them the first place. The Bulgarians finished third with 25 points, after Romania and Netherlands, with only one lost match against the Dutch.

World Cup 2010

Bulgaria were drawn against Italy and Ireland in qualifying Group Eight. Bulgaria started the campaign with a series of draws in the 2010 qualifiers. After the unconvincing start, the manager Plamen Markov was sacked and replaced by Stanimir Stoilov in January 2009. The Bulgarians then recorded their first win in the group against Cyprus, and also won against Montenegro and Georgia. They finished in third place in the group with 14 points, therefore failing to qualify directly or for a play-off place.

Euro 2012

Bulgaria were drawn in Group G along with England, Switzerland, Wales, and Montenegro. For the second time in a row, Bulgaria and Montenegro will be playing in the same qualification group.

In their first qualifying game on the 3rd Sep 2010, Bulgaria lost 4-0 away to England at The Wembley Stadium thanks to a hat-trick from Spurs Striker Jermaine Defoe and a goal from Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.

Their misfortune continued in their second match when they lost to Montenegro in Sofia, one of the best results of the newly established guest team so far. For the first time in 5 years Bulgaria lost a home match in Sofia. After the lost Stanimir Stoilov resigned from the position of manager. With only one match remaining for 2010, Bulgaria still cannot aford a win. Before the start of the qualifications Bulgaria recorded 3 loses and 1 draw in 4 friendly matches with only two scored goals. The last victory for Bulgaria was against Malta played in Ta' Qali on the 18th November 2009. The final score was 4-1.

On the 21st September 2010 Lothar Matthäus was announced as the new head coach of Bulgaria. Matthäus became only just the second foreigner in history to lead the national team of Bulgaria. His contact will be for 1+2 years and his official debut will be on 11 October against Wales in Cardiff. His assistants will be Tsanko Tsvetanov and Mihail Madanski.

On the official debut of Lothar Matthäus Bulgaria finally managed to win a match in 2010. In Cardiff at Cardiff City Stadium the Bulgarians won the game with 1-0. The goal was scored by Ivelin Popov in the 48th minute. This were the first gained points in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualification campaign.

Stadium

Normally, the Bulgarian national football team's home stadium is the Vasil Levski National Stadium with a capacity of 43,632. Vasil Levski was officially opened in 1953 and reconstructed in 1966 and 2002. It is currently eligible to host UEFA Europa League final matches. During the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, the stadium was used for the games of Levski Sofia with Barcelona, Chelsea, and Werder Bremen. The Bulgaria national football team's home matches and the Bulgarian Cup finals are held at the venue, as well as athletics competitions.

The stadium also offers judo, artistic gymnastics, basketball, boxing, aerobics, fencing and table tennis halls, as well as a general physical training hall, two conference halls, and three restaurants.

World Cup record

Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA
1930Did not enter-------
1934Did not qualify-------
1938Did not qualify-------
1950Did not enter-------
1954Did not qualify-------
1958Did not qualify-------
1962Round 115301217
1966Round 115300318
1970Round 113301259
1974Round 112302125
1978Did not qualify-------
1982Did not qualify-------
1986Round of 1612402226
1990Did not qualify-------
1994Semi-finals474031011
1998Round 129301217
Template:Country data JapanTemplate:Country data South Korea 2002Did not qualify-------
2006Did not qualify-------
2010Did not qualify-------
2014
Total7/202647152253

European Championship record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960Did not qualify-------
1964Did not qualify-------
1968Did not qualify *-------
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972Did not qualify-------
1976Did not qualify-------
1980Did not qualify-------
1984Did not qualify-------
1988Did not qualify-------
1992Did not qualify-------
1996Round 112311134
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 2000Did not qualify-------
2004Round 116300319
2008Did not qualify-------
2012
2016
Total2/156114413

* Lost to future champions Italy 3-4 on aggregate in the quarter-final

UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Bulgaria is placed in Group G.

  • Teams highlighted in green qualified for the finals.
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Montenegro 4 3 1 0 3 0 +310
 England 3 2 1 0 7 1 +67
 Switzerland 3 1 0 2 5 5 03
 Bulgaria 3 1 0 2 1 5 −43
 Wales 3 0 0 3 1 6 −50
 
Bulgaria  2 Sep '11 0–1 26 Mar '11 11 Oct '11
England  4–0 0–0 4 Jun '11 6 Sep '11
Montenegro  4 Jun '11 7 Oct '11 1–0 1–0
Switzerland  6 Sep '11 1–3 11 Oct '11 4–1
Wales  0–1 26 Mar '11 2 Sep '11 7 Oct '11

Fixtures

A meeting was held in Zürich, Switzerland, on 15 March to determine the Group G fixture schedule.[1][2] After that meeting proved inconclusive, the fixture list was determined by a random draw at the XXXIV Ordinary UEFA Congress in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 25 March.[3]

3 September 2010
21:00
England  4 – 0  Bulgaria Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73, 246
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Defoe  3'61'86'
A. Johnson  83'

7 September 2010
20:30 UTC+3
Bulgaria  0 – 1  Montenegro Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
Report Zverotić  35'

8 October 2010
21:30
Wales  0 – 1  Bulgaria Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Popov  48'

26 March 2011
Bulgaria  v  Switzerland Vasil Levski, Sofia

4 June 2011
Montenegro  v  Bulgaria Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica

2 September 2011
Bulgaria  v  England Vasil Levski, Sofia

6 September 2011
Switzerland  v  Bulgaria St. Jakob Park, Basel

11 October 2011
Bulgaria  v  Wales Vasil Levski, Sofia

Players

Current squad

Caps and call-ups are correct as of October 08, 2010 after the game with Wales. Note: Mihail Venkov will replace the injured Valentin Iliev for the friendly match against Saudi Arabia, which will be held in Istanbul on 12 October.

# Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Vladislav Stoyanov June 8, 1987 (1987-06-08) (age 23) 1 0 Sheriff Tiraspol
13 GK Nikolay Mihaylov June 28, 1988 (1988-06-28) (age 22) 13 0 Twente
GK Boyan Peykov May 1, 1984 (1984-05-01) (age 26) 0 0 Lokomotiv Sofia
2 DF Pavel Vidanov August 1, 1988 (1988-08-01) (age 22) 4 0 CSKA Sofia
3 DF Valentin Iliev August 11, 1980 (1980-08-11) (age 30) 20 0 Universitatea Craiova
4 DF Petar Zanev October 18, 1985 (1985-10-18) (age 25) 13 0 Litex Lovech
5 DF Veselin Minev October 14, 1980 (1980-10-14) (age 30) 8 0 Levski Sofia
15 DF Ivan Ivanov February 25, 1988 (1988-02-25) (age 22) 13 0 Alania Vladikavkaz
16 DF Zhivko Milanov July 15, 1984 (1984-07-15) (age 26) 19 0 Vaslui
21 DF Yordan Miliev October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05) (age 23) 2 0 Levski Sofia
22 DF Nikolay Bodurov May 30, 1986 (1986-05-30) (age 24) 2 0 Litex Lovech
24 DF Mihail Venkov July 28, 1983 (1983-07-28) (age 27) 9 0 Litex Lovech
6 MF Stanislav Angelov April 12, 1978 (1978-04-12) (age 32) 37 1 Steaua Bucureşti
7 MF Blagoy Georgiev December 21, 1981 (1981-12-21) (age 29) 44 5 Terek Grozny
8 MF Chavdar Yankov March 29, 1984 (1984-03-29) (age 26) 33 5 Rostov
12 MF Georgi Peev March 11, 1979 (1979-03-11) (age 31) 46 0 Amkar Perm
17 MF Martin Petrov (vice-captain) January 15, 1979 (1979-01-15) (age 32) 81 19 Bolton Wanderers
18 MF Nikolay Dimitrov October 15, 1987 (1987-10-15) (age 23) 4 0 Kasımpaşa
19 MF Stiliyan Petrov (captain) July 5, 1979 (1979-07-05) (age 31) 98 8 Aston Villa
20 MF Daniel Dimov January 21, 1989 (1989-01-21) (age 22) 0 0 Cherno More
9 FW Ivelin Popov October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26) (age 23) 22 4 Gaziantepspor
10 FW Dimitar Makriev January 7, 1984 (1984-01-07) (age 27) 5 1 Template:Country data Israel Ashdod
11 FW Dimitar Rangelov March 7, 1983 (1983-03-07) (age 27) 24 2 Template:Country data Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
14 FW Valeri Domovchiyski October 5, 1986 (1986-10-05) (age 24) 11 2 Hertha Berlin
25 FW Tsvetan Genkov August 8, 1984 (1984-08-08) (age 26) 14 3 Lokomotiv Sofia

Current starting 11

Last updated on 8th of October 2010 against Wales.

Recent callups

The following players have also been called up to the Bulgarian squad within last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Callup
GK Ivan Karadzhov July 12, 1989 (1989-07-12) (age 21) 0 0 CSKA Sofia May 24, 2010, v. South Africa
DF Plamen Nikolov June 12, 1985 (1985-06-12) (age 25) 11 0 Litex Lovech May 24, 2010, v. South Africa
DF Kostadin Stoyanov May 26, 1986 (1986-05-26) (age 24) 5 0 CSKA Sofia March 3, 2010, v. Poland
DF Stanislav Manolev December 16, 1985 (1985-12-16) (age 25) 16 0 PSV Eindhoven September 7, 2010, v. Montenegro
MF Georgi Sarmov September 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) (age 25) 5 0 Kasımpaşa March 3, 2010, v. Poland
MF Stanislav Genchev March 20, 1981 (1981-03-20) (age 29) 6 1 Vaslui September 7, 2010, v. Montenegro
FW Iliyan Mitsanski December 20, 1985 (1985-12-20) (age 25) 1 0 1. FC Kaiserslautern September 7, 2010, v. Montenegro
FW Martin Kamburov October 13, 1980 (1980-10-13) (age 30) 15 0 File:Flag of the People' Dalian Shide September 7, 2010, v. Montenegro
FW Valeri Bojinov February 15, 1986 (1986-02-15) (age 24) 34 7 Parma September 7, 2010, v. Montenegro

Previous squads

FIFA World Cup squads
UEFA European Football Championship squads

Recent results

2010

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers
3 March 2010 Warszawa, Poland  Poland 0-2 F
19 May 2010 Brussels, Belgium File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 1-2 F Popov  31'
24 May 2010 Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 1-1 F Bojinov  31'
11 August 2010 Saint Petersburg, Russia  Russia 0-1 F
3 September 2010 London, England  England 0-4 UEFA Euro 2012 Q
7 September 2010 Sofia, Bulgaria  Montenegro 0-1 UEFA Euro 2012 Q
8 October 2010 Cardiff, Wales  Wales 1-0 UEFA Euro 2012 Q Popov  48'
12 October 2010 Istanbul, Turkey  Saudi Arabia 2-0 F Rangelov  39', Domovchiyski  45'
17 November 2010 Sofia, Bulgaria  Serbia F

Records

Player records

As of match played 9 Octomber 2010. Players in bold are still currently playing for the national team.

Most appearances

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Borislav Mihaylov 1983–1998 102 0
2 Stiliyan Petrov 1998–present 99 8
3 Hristo Bonev 1967–1979 96 47
4 Krasimir Balakov 1988–2003 92 16
5 Dimitar Penev 1965–1974 90 2
6 Radostin Kishishev 1996–2009 88 1
7 Hristo Stoichkov 1986–1999 83 37
8 Nasko Sirakov 1983–1996 82 23
9 Martin Petrov 1999–present 81 19
10 Zlatko Yankov 1989–1999 80 4
11 Ayan Sadakov 1981–1991 79 9
12 Dimitar Berbatov 1999–2010 77 48

Most goals

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Dimitar Berbatov 1999–2010 48 77
2 Hristo Bonev 1967–1979 47 96
3 Hristo Stoichkov 1987–1999 37 83
4 Emil Kostadinov 1988–1998 26 70
5 Petar Zhekov 1963–1972 25 44
6 Ivan Kolev 1950–1963 25 75
7 Atanas Mihaylov 1970–1981 23 45
8 Nasko Sirakov 1983–1996 23 82
9 Dimitar Milanov 1948–1959 20 39
10 Georgi Asparuhov 1962–1970 19 50
11 Dinko Dermendzhiev 1966–1977 19 58
12 Martin Petrov 1999–present 19 81

Head coaches

  • Template:Country data A A 19
  • Leopold Nich 1924
  • Willibold Scheiscal 1925
  • Pavel Grozdanov 1927-1930
  • Carl Nemes 1930
  • Otto Feist 1931
  • Pavel Grozdanov 1932-1933
  • Karoly Foggle 1934-1935
  • Nikola Kalkandzhiev 1935
  • Ivan Batandzhiev 1936
  • Geno Mateev 1936
  • Stanislav Toms 1937-1938
  • Kostantin Maznikov 1938
  • Ivan Radoev 1939
  • Franz Koler 1940-41
  • Ivan Radoev 1942
  • Ivan Batandzhiev 1943
  • Todor Konov 1946
  • Mihail Manov 1947
  • Rezso Somlaly and Ivan Radoev 1947
  • Ivan Radoev 1947
  • Lubomir Angelov 1948
  • Andor Haidu 1948-1949
  • Stoyan Ormandzhiev 1950
  • Ivan Radoev 1950
  • Lubomir Angelov 1950
  • Lubomir Angelov 1953
  • Stoyan Ormandzhiev 1953
  • Stoyan Ormandzhiev 1956
  • Stoyan Ormandzhiev 1957

See also

External links

Sources

  1. ^ "Draw to decide qualification fixtures". TheFA.com (The Football Association). 15 March 2010. http://www.thefa.com/England/News/2010/Euro2012FixturesMeeting. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "News - Euro 2012 - Group G Fixtures Meeting". faw.org.uk (Football Association of Wales). 15 March 2010. http://www.faw.org.uk/news/1641. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fixtures draw completes qualifying schedule". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 25 March 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro2012/news/newsid=1467876.html. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 

Simple English

Bulgaria
Association Bulgarian Football Union
Confederation UEFA
Coach Stanimir Stoilov
Most caps Borislav Mikhailov (102)
Top scorer Hristo Bonev (47)
World Cup
Appearances 7
First Apps 1962
Best result 4th (1994)

Bulgaria national football team is the national football team of Bulgaria.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Borislav Mikhailov10201983-1998
2Hristo Bonev96471967-1979
3Krasimir Balakov92161988-2003
4Dimitar Penev9021965-1974
5Stiliyan Petrov8481998-present
6Hristo Stoichkov83371986-1999
7Nasko Sirakov81231983-1996
8Ayan Sadakov8091981-1991
8Radostin Kishishev8001996-2007
10Zlatko Yankov7941989-1999

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Hristo Bonev47961967-1979
2Dimitar Berbatov41641999-present
3Hristo Stoichkov37831987-1999
4Emil Kostadinov26701988-1998
5Ivan Kolev25751950-1963
5Petar Zhekov25441963-1972
7Nasko Sirakov23811983-1997
8Dimitar Milanov20391948-1959
9Dinko Dermendzhiev19581966-1977
9Georgi Asparuhov19501962-1970


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