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UEFA EURO: Bulgaria - Kosovo Match press kits

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BulgariaNatsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - SofiaMonday 10 June 2019 - 20.45CETGroup A - Matchday 4Kosovo
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2020 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
25/03/2019QR (GS)Kosovo - Bulgaria1-1PristinaZeneli 61; Bozhikov 39
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 17/05/2019 11:33CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
-Hristo Ivanov06/04/198237Etar - 0000
-Nikolay Mihaylov28/06/198830Levski - 3000
-Plamen Iliev30/11/199127Ludogorets - 0000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198831Slovan Bratislava - 3100
-Viktor Genev27/10/198830Cherno More - 0000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199028Kasımpaşa - 3000
-Ivan Goranov10/06/199227Levski - 0000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199326Ludogorets - 2000
-Kristian Dimitrov27/02/199722Botev Plovdiv - 1000
-Krum Stoyanov01/08/199127Etar - 0000
-Georgi Iliev05/09/198137Cherno More - 0000
-Ivelin Popov26/10/198731Rostov*3000
-Georgi Sarmov07/09/198533Etar - 1000
-Galin Ivanov15/04/198831Haladás - 1000
-Todor Nedelev07/02/199326Botev Plovdiv - 3100
-Kristiyan Malinov30/03/199425CSKA-Sofia - 2000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199028Arsenal Tula - 2000
-Yanis Karabelyov23/01/199623Slavia Sofia - 1000
-Ismail Isa26/06/198929Dunav - 1100
-Kiril Despodov11/11/199622Cagliari - 1000
-Tsvetelin Chunchukov26/12/199424Slavia Sofia - 1000
-Stanislav Ivanov16/04/199920Levski - 0000
-Martin Minchev22/04/200118Cherno More - 3000
-Krasimir Balakov29/03/196653 - 1000
Kosovo - Squad list
Current season
-Samir Ujkani05/07/198830Rizespor - 0000
-Visar Bekaj24/05/199722Prishtina - 0000
-Arijanet Muric07/11/199820Man. City - 2000
-Amir Rrahmani24/02/199425Dinamo Zagreb - 2000
-Mirlind Kryeziu26/01/199722Zürich - 0000
-Fidan Aliti03/10/199325Kalmar - 2000
-Mergim Vojvoda01/02/199524Mouscron - 2000
-Florent Hadergjonaj31/07/199424Huddersfield - 0000
-Leart Paqarada08/10/199424Sandhausen - 2000
-Bersant Celina09/09/199622Swansea - 2000
-Milot Rashica28/06/199622Bremen - 2100
-Benjamin Kololli15/05/199227Zürich - 2000
-Vedat Muriqi24/04/199425Rizespor - 2000
-Besar Halimi12/12/199424Brøndby - 2000
-Anel Rashkaj19/08/198929Eskilstuna City - 0000
-Florent Hasani30/03/199722Diósgyőr - 0000
-Idriz Voca15/05/199722Luzern - 1000
-Edon Zhegrova31/03/199920Basel - 2000
-Atdhe Nuhiu29/07/198929Sheff. Wednesday - 0000
-Elbasan Rashani09/05/199326Odd - 1000
-Shkelqim Demhasaj19/04/199623Luzern - 0000
-Bernard Challandes26/07/195167 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Krassimir Balakov

Date of birth: 29 March 1966
Nationality: Bulgarian
Playing career: Etar Veliko Turnovo, Sporting CP, Stuttgart
Coaching career: Grasshopper-Club, St Gallen, Chernomorets Burgas, Hajduk Split, Kaiserslautern, Litex Lovech, Etar Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

• Made his name in the late 1980s as a midfielder with hometown side Etar, who won the Bulgarian title in 1990/91, but Balakov had already departed for Portuguese giants Sporting CP during the winter break.

• Under Sir Bobby Robson Balakov developed into a fine playmaker, and helped Sporting to win the 1995 Portuguese Cup; he moved to Stuttgart that summer, and the club won the German Cup in 1997 before reaching the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup a year later.

• Balakov was a key member of the Bulgaria side that reached the semi-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup – still regarded as the nation's biggest footballing achievement – and was named in the official Team of the Tournament. Bulgarian Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997, he scored 16 goals in 92 internationals between 1988 and 2003, captaining the side in the last three years.

• Hung up his boots in 2003 and moved into coaching in Switzerland, leading Zurich-based Grasshoppers and then St Gallen. He was the first Bulgarian to coach in the Bundesliga when Kaiserslautern hired him in March 2012.

• Ended a 16-month spell back at Etar to become Bulgaria coach on 14 May 2019, succeeding his former international team-mate Petar Hubchev.


Bernard Challandes

Date of birth: 28 July 1951
Playing career: Le Locle (twice), Urania Genève Sport, Saint-Imier
Coaching career:
Saint-Imier, Le Locle, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Yverdon-Sport, Young Boys (twice), Servette, Switzerland (youth), Switzerland Under-21, Zürich, Sion, Neuchâtel Xamax, Thun, Armenia, Kosovo

• Bernard Challandes has quietly carved out an impressive coaching CV since his career started in earnest when he took over at Yverdon in 1987. He stayed in the post for seven seasons, winning four lower-league titles, before moving to Young Boys.

• His stay in Berne proved nowhere near as lengthy or successful, however, Challandes departing in 1995 with the club finishing bottom of the first phase of the 12-team Swiss top flight after collecting just 17 points. A subsequent spell at Servette proved short-lived, and there followed a lengthy spell out of the limelight , during which he coached Switzerland’s Under-17 and Under-18 teams.

• The Le Locle native took over the Switzerland Under-21 side in 2001. The highlight of his six years in charge came in 2002, when a team including Alexander Frei, Ludovic Magnin and Daniel Gygax reached the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals on home soil.

• The lure of club football proved too strong for Challandes, however, and in 2007 he took charge of Zürich, leading them to the UEFA Cup round of 32 in his first season. The club's third league title in four years followed in 2009, the Swiss side securing UEFA Champions League group stage football for the first time at the start of 2009/10.

• After leaving FCZ in 2010, Challandes took charge of Sion – with whom he won the Swiss Cup in 2011 – Neuchâtel Xamax, Thun and Young Boys, committing to his first job outside Switzerland in February 2014, at the age of 62, when he was announced as the new coach of Armenia. Stepped down the following year midway through UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, going on to work as a scout at Basel before returning to coaching with Kosovo in March 2018. Made an immediate impact, winning promotion in the UEFA Nations League later that year.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
  • Assistant refereesDennis W. Rasmussen (DEN) , Victor Skytte (DEN)
  • Fourth officialMichael Tykgaard (DEN)
  • UEFA DelegateOleg Harlamov (EST)
  • UEFA Referee observerJoeri Van De Velde (BEL)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen24/05/1983043

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
25/09/2014RCUPIRFA of VojvodinaSouth-West Bulgaria3-0Stara Pazova
27/09/2014RCUPIRSouth MoraviaSouth-West Bulgaria2-1Jakovo
19/07/2017UCL2QRPFC Ludogorets 1945FK Žalgiris Vilnius4-1Razgrad

Last updated 08/06/2019 11:14CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group A - Group Standings
    Czech Republic2101263
    Bulgaria 1-1 Montenegro
    0-1 Mugoša 50, 1-1 Nedelev 82 (P)
    Mihaylov, Popov, Zanev, Bodurov, Kostadinov, Nedelev, Delev (82 Minchev), Popov, Bozhikov, Ivanov (51 Kostov), Chochev (69 Slavchev)
  • (25/03/2019)
    Kosovo 1-1 Bulgaria
    0-1 Bozhikov 39, 1-1 Zeneli 61
    Mihaylov, Popov, Bodurov, Slavchev, Kostadinov (80 Antov), Nedelev, Delev (68 Zanev), Popov, Nedyalkov, Bozhikov, Malinov (76 Minchev)
  • (07/06/2019)
    Czech Republic 2-1 Bulgaria
    0-1 Isa 3, 1-1 Schick 19, 2-1 Schick 50
    Mihaylov, Popov, Dimitrov, Sarmov, Nedelev (82 Chunchukov), Popov, Nedyalkov, Bozhikov, Malinov (64 Karabelyov), Isa, Minchev (46 Despodov)
  • (10/06/2019)
  • (07/09/2019)
  • (11/10/2019)
  • (14/10/2019)
  • (17/11/2019)
    Bulgaria-Czech Republic


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group A - Group Standings
    Czech Republic2101263
    Kosovo 1-1 Bulgaria
    0-1 Bozhikov 39, 1-1 Zeneli 61
    Muric, Aliti, Shala (59 Zhegrova), Kryeziu, Rashica, Celina (58 Halimi), Zeneli, Rrahmani, Vojvoda, Kololli (78 Paqarada), Muriqi
  • (07/06/2019)
    Montenegro 1-1 Kosovo
    0-1 Rashica 24, 1-1 Mugoša 69
    Muric, Aliti, Voca, Rashica, Halimi, Celina (78 Rashani), Zeneli (39 Zhegrova), Rrahmani, Vojvoda, Muriqi, Paqarada (69 Kololli)
  • (10/06/2019)
  • (07/09/2019)
    Kosovo-Czech Republic
  • (10/09/2019)
  • (14/10/2019)
  • (14/11/2019)
    Czech Republic-Kosovo
  • (17/11/2019)

Last updated 08/06/2019 11:15CET

Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Bulgaria

2016 – did not qualify
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – group stage
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – group stage
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – quarter-finals
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – did not qualify

Final tournament win
1-0: Bulgaria v Romania, 13/06/96

Final tournament defeat
5-0: Sweden v Bulgaria, 14/06/04

Qualifying win
5-0: Bulgaria v Malta, 11/06/75

Qualifying defeat
4-0: England v Bulgaria, 03/09/10

Final tournament appearances
4: Daniel Borimirov
3: 15 players

Final tournament goals
3: Hristo Stoichkov
1: Martin Petrov

Overall appearances
35: Stiliyan Petrov
28: Borislav Mihaylov
27: Martin Petrov
27: Hristo Stoichkov
26: Nasko Sirakov

Overall goals
15: Hristo Stoichkov
11: Dimitar Berbatov
9: Emil Kostadinov
8: Martin Petrov
8: Nasko Sirakov


UEFA European Championship records: Kosovo

2016 – did not participate

Qualifying win

Qualifying loss

Overall appearances

Overall goals



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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