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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: 09/06/15 2.15CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 21/08/2015 12:05 CET
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan1-2Bulgaria
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
07/11/2015 08:26:39
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria0-1Croatia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/21/2015 10:39:57
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-1Bulgaria
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
07/11/2015 08:27:25
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria1-1Malta
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
07/11/2015 08:28:05
Bulgaria2-2Italy
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/21/2015 11:06:30
8 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Turkey4-0Bulgaria
Referee: not available
06/11/2015 10:43:17
Malta0-1Bulgaria
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
07/11/2015 08:28:39
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaNorway
Referee: TBD Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/24/2015 13:33:54
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyBulgaria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
08/25/2015 10:33:28
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
CroatiaBulgaria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
08/18/2015 14:26:07
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/18/2015 13:52:26
BulgariaLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:29:17
FranceBulgaria
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:10:32
SwedenBulgaria
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:04:32
BulgariaBelarus
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:17:32
BulgariaNetherlands
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:05:02
BelarusBulgaria
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:26:03
BulgariaSweden
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:32:17
NetherlandsBulgaria
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:26:03
BulgariaFrance
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:26:03
LuxembourgBulgaria
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:34:33

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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