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Hristov returns to Bulgaria fold

Published: Monday 29 January 2007, 12.15CET
Marian Hristov has ended more than two years in the international wilderness after being included in the Bulgaria squad for a mini-tournament in Cyprus.
 
Published: Monday 29 January 2007, 12.15CET

Hristov returns to Bulgaria fold

Marian Hristov has ended more than two years in the international wilderness after being included in the Bulgaria squad for a mini-tournament in Cyprus.

Marian Hristov has ended more than two years in the international wilderness after being included in the Bulgaria squad for the forthcoming mini-tournament in Cyprus. Dimitar Berbatov has also been selected but there is no place for the injured Martin Petrov.

Striking concerns
VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Hristov, 33, has been blighted by injuries in recent seasons but has enjoyed a return to form this term and could be in line for his first Bulgaria appearance since September 2004 when his country face Latvia on 6 February. The victors will play the winners of the match between Cyprus and Hungary in the final, and Bulgaria coach Hristo Stoichkov hopes striker Berbatov will have a part to play, despite struggling with a groin problem. Winger Petrov is out with a knee injury, however, and is doubtful for Bulgaria's next UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against Albania on 28 March.

Bulgaria squad
Goalkeepers:
Georgi Petkov (PFC Levski Sofia), Dimitar Ivankov (Kayserispor).

Defenders: Radostin Kishishev (Charlton Athletic FC), Stanislav Angelov (PFC Levski Sofia), Elin Topuzakov (PFC Levski Sofia), Igor Tomašić (PFC Levski Sofia), Lucio Wagner (PFC Levski Sofia), Valentin Iliev (PFC CSKA Sofia), Aleksandar Tunchev (PFC CSKA Sofia), Petar Zanev (PFC Litex Lovech).

Midfielders: Blagoy Georgiev (FK Crvena Zvezda), Chavdar Yankov (Hannover 96), Marian Hristov (VfL Wolfsburg), Georgi Peev (FC Amkar Perm), Hristo Yovov (PFC Levski Sofia), Dimitar Telkiyski (PFC Levski Sofia), Zdravko Lazarov (Kayseri Erciyesspor).

Forwards: Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Svetoslav Todorov (Portsmouth FC), Valeri Bozhinov (Juventus), Zoran Janković (Dalian Shide FC), Tsvetan Genkov (PFC Lokomotiv Sofia).

 
Last updated: 29/01/07 19.21CET

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