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Bulgaria team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.09CET
Present at seven FIFA World Cups, including four in a row from 1962 to 1974, and two UEFA European Championships, Bulgaria have a history of success in international competition.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.09CET

Bulgaria team profile

Present at seven FIFA World Cups, including four in a row from 1962 to 1974, and two UEFA European Championships, Bulgaria have a history of success in international competition.

Best result: group stage 1996, 2004
Coach: Luboslav Penev
Leading scorers: all-time Dimitar Berbatov, Hristo Bonev – (48); current – Ivelin Popov (10)
Most appearances: all-time – Stiliyan Petrov (106); current – Ivelin Popov (47)
Association formed: 1923
Nickname: Lavovete (Lions)
Where they play: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia

Present at seven FIFA World Cups, including four in a row from 1962 to 1974, and two UEFA European Championships, Bulgaria have a history of success in international competition, although they have not qualified for a major tournament in the past decade. Their most memorable achievement came 20 years ago, when, inspired by the tournament's joint top scorer Hristo Stoichkov, they reached the semi-finals of USA '94, eliminating holders Germany en route. With record marksman Dimitar Berbatov retired from international football, the team made a decent fist of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup only to run out of steam at the end.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P109 W47 D25 L37 F152 A121
Final tournament: P6 W1 D1 L4 F4 A13
Qualifying: P103 W46 D24 L33 F148 A108

Bulgaria have twice reached the group stage of a UEFA European Championship, although in 1968, when the finals consisted of only four nations, they went as far as the last eight. Those two final tournament appearances yielded just one win, 1-0 against Romania at EURO '96. Eight years later, at UEFA EURO 2004, Bulgaria suffered three defeats, including an opening 5-0 reverse in Lisbon against a Henrik-Larsson inspired Sweden.

Bulgaria were beaten just once in 12 matches during UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, but their record was not good enough to achieve a top-two finish in a section won by Romania. The route to UEFA EURO 2012 started with Stanimir Stoilov being dismissed after two successive losses. Lothar Matthäus came in but lasted just a year. Wales' victory in Sofia against a side led by stand-in coach Mihail Madanski provided a suitably glum finale as the Lions finished four points adrift at the foot of the five-team pool.

Memorable EURO matches
13/06/96: Bulgaria 1-0 Romania, EURO '96
group stage
Stoichkov's third-minute strike in Newcastle gave Bulgaria their only finals win to date.

07/06/95: Bulgaria 3-2 Germany, EURO '96 qualifying
Two Stoichkov penalties and Kostadinov's 70th-minute winner completed an unforgettable comeback.

06/04/68: Bulgaria 3-2 Italy, 1968 UEFA European Championship quarter-finals
First-leg strikes from Nikola Kotkov, Dinko Dermendzhiev and Petar Zhekov earned victory against the eventual champions.

Did you know?
Bulgaria won their first six games of the EURO '96 qualifying campaign, a sequence that included a 3-2 home victory against Germany.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 17/02/14 17.29CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 14/10/2014 17:06 CET
Bulgaria2-2Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
04/18/2013 14:23:48
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bulgaria1-0Armenia
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
04/18/2013 13:49:18
Bulgaria1-1Denmark
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
04/18/2013 14:23:03
Czech Republic0-0Bulgaria
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) – Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
04/18/2013 14:23:33
Bulgaria6-0Malta
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Denmark1-1Bulgaria
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR) – Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Italy1-0Bulgaria
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) – Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
09/11/2013 07:03:51
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Malta1-2Bulgaria
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU) – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
09/11/2013 07:13:45
Armenia2-1Bulgaria
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: Yerevan Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan (ARM)
10/27/2014 14:59:07
Bulgaria0-1Czech Republic
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
12/16/2013 12:35:54
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan1-2Bulgaria
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) – Stadium: 8 KM Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
10/13/2014 19:03:27
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria0-1Croatia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
10/14/2014 16:06:08
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-1Bulgaria
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
10/17/2014 10:27:41
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaMalta
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
10/31/2014 14:02:19
BulgariaItaly
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:34:47
MaltaBulgaria
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:26
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaNorway
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:10
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyBulgaria
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:55
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
CroatiaBulgaria
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:12
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:50

General info

  • Founded : 1923
  • Stadium : Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/06/1975, Bulgaria 5-0 Malta, Sofia
  • Biggest defeat:
    14/06/2004, Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria, Lisbon
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 35
    Stiliyan Petrov (BUL)
  • Top scorers: 15
    Hristo Stoichkov (BUL)
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