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UEFA EURO: England - Bulgaria Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits

EnglandEnglandWembley Stadium - LondonSaturday 7 September 2019
18.00CET (17.00 local time)
Group A - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/09/2011QR (GS)Bulgaria - England0-3
SofiaCahill 13, Rooney 21, 45+1
03/09/2010QR (GS)England - Bulgaria4-0
LondonDefoe 3, 61, 86, A. Johnson 83
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/06/1999PR (GS)Bulgaria - England1-1SofiaG. Markov 17; Shearer 14
10/10/1998PR (GS)England - Bulgaria0-0London
1980 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/11/1979PR (GS)England - Bulgaria2-0
LondonWatson 9, Hoddle 70
06/06/1979PR (GS)Bulgaria - England0-3
SofiaKeegan 33, Watson 53, Barnes 54
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/06/1962GS-FTEngland - Bulgaria0-0Rancagua
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 05/09/2019 10:09CET

Squad list Only this chapter

England - Squad list
Current season
-Tom Heaton15/04/198633Aston Villa - 0000
-Jordan Pickford07/03/199425Everton - 2000
-Nick Pope19/04/199227Burnley - 0000
-Danny Rose02/07/199029Tottenham - 1000
-Kieran Trippier19/09/199028Atlético - 0000
-Michael Keane11/01/199326Everton - 2100
-Joe Gomez23/05/199722Liverpool - 0000
-Harry Maguire05/03/199326Man. United - 2000
-Trent Alexander-Arnold07/10/199820Liverpool - 0000
-Ben Chilwell21/12/199622Leicester - 1000
-Tyrone Mings13/03/199326Aston Villa - 0000
-Ross Barkley05/12/199325Chelsea - 2200
-Jordan Henderson17/06/199029Liverpool - 2000
-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain15/08/199326Liverpool - 0000
-Raheem Sterling08/12/199424Man. City - 2400
-Harry Winks02/02/199623Tottenham - 0000
-Mason Mount10/01/199920Chelsea - 0000
-Declan Rice14/01/199920West Ham - 2000
-James Maddison23/11/199622Leicester - 0000
-Harry Kane28/07/199326Tottenham - 2200
-Marcus Rashford31/10/199721Man. United - 0000
-Jadon Sancho25/03/200019Dortmund - 1000
-Callum Wilson27/02/199227Bournemouth - 1000
-Gareth Southgate03/09/197049 - 2000
Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
-Hristo Ivanov06/04/198237Etar - 0000
-Plamen Iliev30/11/199127Ludogorets - 0000
-Martin Lukov05/07/199326Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 0000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198831Slovan Bratislava - 4100
-Nikolay Bodurov30/05/198633CSKA-Sofia - 2000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199029Kasımpaşa - 4000
-Georgi Pashov04/03/199029Ararat-Armenia - 0000
-Georgi Terziev18/04/199227Ludogorets - 0000
-Ivan Goranov10/06/199227Levski - 1000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199326Ludogorets - 3000
-Kristian Dimitrov27/02/199722Botev Plovdiv - 2100
-Ivelin Popov26/10/198731Rostov*4100
-Georgi Sarmov07/09/198534Chemnitz - 1000
-Galin Ivanov15/04/198831Slavia Sofia - 2000
-Georgi Milanov19/02/199227Fehérvár - 0000
-Simeon Slavchev25/09/199325Qarabağ - 2000
-Kristiyan Malinov30/03/199425CSKA-Sofia - 2000
-Marcelinho24/08/198435Ludogorets - 0000
-Bozhidar Kraev23/06/199722Gil Vicente - 0000
-Wanderson02/01/198831Ludogorets - 0000
-Nikolay Dimitrov15/10/198731Ural - 0000
-Daniel Mladenov25/05/198732Etar - 0000
-Kiril Despodov11/11/199622Sturm - 2000
-Krasimir Balakov29/03/196653 - 2000

Last updated 07/09/2019 08:17CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Gareth Southgate

Date of birth: 3 September 1970
Nationality: English
Playing career: Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough
Coaching career: Middlesbrough, England Under-21s, England

• Came through the ranks at Palace, initially as a midfielder, becoming captain and leading the club to promotion to the Premier League in 1993/94. Moved on to Villa following relegation in 1995 and was converted into a centre-back, winning the League Cup in his first season and helping the team reach the 2000 FA Cup final.

• Won 57 caps for England, although perhaps best known for missing a crucial penalty against Germany in the EURO '96 semi-final at Wembley; also appeared at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000.

• Left Villa for Middlesbrough in 2001 and became the first Boro captain to lift a trophy, skippering the side to victory against Sam Allardyce's Bolton in the 2004 League Cup final; also helped Boro reach the UEFA Cup final in memorable fashion two years later.

• Defeat by Sevilla in Eindhoven proved Southgate's last game as he moved into the Middlesbrough dug-out to succeed Steve McClaren following the latter's departure for England; kept them in the Premier League until 2009, when they were relegated with Southgate dismissed that October.

• Joined the Football Association in 2011, initially as head of elite development before taking over as Under-21 coach two years later; appointed caretaker manager of the national side in September 2016 following Allardyce's departure. Subsequently took the role full time and led the side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England ultimately reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Southgate subsequently guided his side to the first UEFA Nations League Finals ahead of Spain and Croatia.


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.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMarco Guida (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesMatteo Passeri (ITA) , Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
  • Fourth officialMichael Fabbri (ITA)
  • UEFA DelegatePeter Lundström (FIN)
  • UEFA Referee observerBo Karlsson (SWE)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Marco Guida07/06/1981026

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
17/07/2014UEL2QRPFC Botev PlovdivSKN St Pölten2-1Burgas
23/02/2016UYLR16Real Madrid CFManchester City FC3-1Madrid

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group A - Group Standings
    Czech Republic3201566
    Matchday 1 (22/03/2019)
    England 5-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 Sterling 24, 2-0 Kane 45+2 (P) , 3-0 Sterling 62, 4-0 Sterling 68, 5-0 Kalas 84 (og)
    Pickford, Walker, Chilwell, Dier (17 Barkley), Keane, Maguire, Sancho, Henderson, Kane, Alli (63 Rice), Sterling (70 Hudson-Odoi)
  • Matchday 2 (25/03/2019)
    Montenegro 1-5 England
    1-0 Vešović 17, 1-1 Keane 30, 1-2 Barkley 39, 1-3 Barkley 59, 1-4 Kane 71, 1-5 Sterling 81
    Pickford, Walker, Rose, Rice, Keane, Maguire, Sterling, Barkley (81 Ward-Prowse), Kane (83 Wilson), Alli (64 Henderson), Hudson-Odoi
  • Matchday 5 (07/09/2019)
  • Matchday 6 (10/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (11/10/2019)
    Czech Republic-England
  • Matchday 8 (14/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (14/11/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (17/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group A - Group Standings
    Czech Republic3201566
    Matchday 1 (22/03/2019)
    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)
  • Matchday 2 (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)
  • Matchday 3 (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)
  • Matchday 4 (10/06/2019)
    Bulgaria 2-3 Kosovo
    0-1 Rashica 14, 1-1 Popov 43, 2-1 Dimitrov 55, 2-2 Muriqi 64, 2-3 Rashani 90+3
    Mihaylov, Popov, Kostadinov, Nedelev (70 G. Iliev), Despodov, Popov, Nedyalkov, Bozhikov (46 Dimitrov), Ivanov, Isa (79 Chunchukov), Goranov
  • Matchday 5 (07/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (11/10/2019)
  • Matchday 8 (14/10/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (17/11/2019)
    Bulgaria-Czech Republic

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:: 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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