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FranceFranceStade de France - Saint-DenisFriday 7 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group A - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/06/1996GS-FTFrance - Bulgaria3-1
NewcastleBlanc 21, Penev 63 (og), Loko 90; Stoichkov 69
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
17/11/1993QR (GS)France - Bulgaria1-2
ParisCantona 32; Kostadinov 37, 90
09/09/1992QR (GS)Bulgaria - France2-0
SofiaStoichkov 22, Balakov 30
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/05/1985QR (GS)Bulgaria - France2-0
SofiaDimitrov 11, Sirakov 61
21/11/1984QR (GS)France - Bulgaria1-0
ParisPlatini 62 (P)
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
16/11/1977QR (GS)France - Bulgaria3-1
ParisRocheteau 38, Platini 63, Dalger 89; Tzvetkov 85
09/10/1976QR (GS)Bulgaria - France2-2SofiaBonev 45, Panov 68; Platini 37, Lacombe 40
1972 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
04/12/1971PR (GS)Bulgaria - France2-1
SofiaZhekov 47, Mihaylov 82; Blanchet 84
10/11/1971PR (GS)France - Bulgaria2-1
NantesLech 64, Loubet 84; Bonev 54 (P)
1964 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
26/10/19631/8France - Bulgaria3-1
agg: 3-2
ParisGoujon 44, 81, Herbin 78; Yakimov 75
29/09/19631/8Bulgaria - France1-0
SofiaDiev 24
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
16/12/1961QR (GS)Bulgaria - France1-0
MilanYakimov 47
12/11/1961QR (GS)Bulgaria - France1-0
SofiaIliev 89
11/12/1960QR (GS)France - Bulgaria3-0
Colombes-ParisWisnieski 48, Marcel 58, Cossou 80
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Squad list Only this chapter

France - Squad list
Current season
-Hugo Lloris26/12/198629Tottenham - 0000
-Steve Mandanda28/03/198531Crystal Palace - 1000
-Alphonse Aréola27/02/199323Paris - 0000
-Bacary Sagna14/02/198333Man. City - 0000
-Lucas Digne20/07/199323Barcelona - 0000
-Laurent Koscielny10/09/198531Arsenal - 1000
-Layvin Kurzawa04/09/199224Paris - 1000
-Djibril Sidibé29/07/199224Monaco - 1000
-Raphaël Varane25/04/199323Real Madrid - 1000
-Aymeric Laporte27/05/199422Athletic - 0000
-Presnel Kimpembe13/08/199521Paris - 0000
-Yohan Cabaye14/01/198630Crystal Palace - 0000
-Blaise Matuidi09/04/198729Paris - 0000
-Moussa Sissoko16/08/198927Tottenham - 1000
-Dimitri Payet29/03/198729West Ham - 1000
-Paul Pogba15/03/199323Man. United - 1000
-N'Golo Kanté29/03/199125Chelsea - 1000
-Kevin Gameiro09/05/198729Atlético - 1000
-André-Pierre Gignac05/12/198530Tigres - 0000
-Antoine Griezmann21/03/199125Atlético - 1000
-Anthony Martial05/12/199520Man. United - 1000
-Kingsley Coman13/06/199620Bayern - 0000
-Nabil Fekir18/07/199323Lyon - 0000
-Didier Deschamps15/10/196847 - 1000
Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
-Vladislav Stoyanov08/06/198729Ludogorets - 1000
-Bozhidar Mitrev31/03/198729Sheriff - 0000
-Blagoy Makendzhiev11/07/198828Beroe - 0000
-Zhivko Milanov15/07/198432APOEL - 0000
-Aleksandar Aleksandrov13/04/198630Levski - 0000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198828Kasımpaşa - 0000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199026Kasımpaşa - 1000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199323CSKA-Sofia*1000
-Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski30/11/199520CSKA-Sofia - 1000
-Dimitar Pirgov26/10/198926Levski - 0000
-Ivelin Popov26/10/198728Spartak Moskva*1100
-Svetoslav Dyakov31/05/198432Ludogorets - 1000
-Georgi Milanov19/02/199224CSKA Moskva - 1000
-Ivaylo Chochev18/02/199323Palermo - 1000
-Simeon Slavchev25/09/199323Lechia - 0000
-Todor Nedelev07/02/199323Botev Plovdiv - 0000
-Martin Rainov25/04/199224Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 0000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199026Levski - 0000
-Mihail Alexandrov11/06/198927Legia - 1000
-Dimitar Rangelov09/02/198333Konyaspor - 1100
-Alexandar Tonev03/02/199026Crotone*1100
-Andrej Galabinov27/11/198827Novara - 0000
-Petar Houbtchev26/02/196452 - 0000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Didier Deschamps

Date of birth: 15 October 1968
Nationality: French
Playing career: FC Nantes, Olympique de Marseille (twice), FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea FC, Valencia CF
Coaching career: AS Monaco FC, Juventus, Olympique de Marseille, France

• A product of Nantes's highly rated youth system, Deschamps had success with Marseille as a defensive midfielder, winning Ligue 1 in 1990 and 1992 and captaining them to UEFA Champions League glory in 1993.

• Signed for Juve in 1994 and won the UEFA Champions League again in 1996, adding three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a European/South American Cup. Left in 1999 for Chelsea, staying one season and lifting the FA Cup, before ending his career with a year in Valencia, watching from the bench as they lost the 2001 UEFA Champions League final to FC Bayern München.

• Skippered France to victory on home soil at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also at UEFA EURO 2000, retiring that year with 103 caps.

• Started coaching career in 2001 with Monaco, landing the French League Cup in 2003 and reaching the UEFA Champions League final a year later, going down to José Mourinho's FC Porto. Resigned in September 2005 and joined his old club Juventus, then in Serie B, the following June. Stepped down after securing promotion back to Serie A in May 2007.

• Appointed Marseille boss in May 2009, replacing Eric Gerets. Ended OM's 18-year wait for the Ligue 1 championship in his first term and added a maiden League Cup, retaining the latter trophy in the next two campaigns. Succeeded Laurent Blanc after UEFA EURO 2012 and guided France to the 2014 World Cup, where they lost to eventual winners Germany in the quarter-finals, and then to the final of UEFA EURO 2016 on home soil only to lose to Portugal in extra time.



Petar Hubchev

Date of birth: 26 February 1964
Nationality: Bulgarian
Playing career: PFC Litex Lovech, PFC Levski Sofia, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt
Coaching career: PFC Slavia Sofia, Chernomorets Pomorie, PFC Botev Plovdiv, PFC Beroe Stara Zagora

• Made debut for Bulgaria while playing in the second tier in a friendly against Greece in 1984, the first of 35 caps. Hubchev was one of the mainstays of the great Bulgaria side that reached the 1994 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. He also played at EURO '96.

• Hubchev came through the ranks of Osum Lovech (now known as Litex Lovech). He was a right-back before establishing himself as a central defender.

• In 1989 he moved to Levski, winning the league and cup double in 1993 before departing at the end of that year for Hamburg. In 1996 he moved on to Eintracht, helping them back to the Bundesliga.

• Hubchev began his coaching career at Eintracht in 2001, and after a six-month stint as head coach at Slavia Sofia in 2005 he returned to Germany for spells with the reserve sides of Eintracht and Wolfsburg.

• In 2009 he was back in Bulgaria at Chernomorets Pomorie, guiding the second division side to the cup final in his first season. Following a brief spell at Botev Plovdiv he had four seasons at Beroe Stara Zagora, leading them to the Bulgarian Cup in 2013. On 3 October 2016 Hubchev succeeded Ivaylo Petev as Bulgaria coach.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeLuca Banti (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesAlessandro Giallatini (ITA) , Fabiano Preti (ITA)
  • Fourth officialPaolo Valeri (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerThomas Weyhing (GER)
  • Referee observerPatrick Kelly (IRL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Luca Banti27/03/1974137

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from 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
02/12/2010UELGSParis Saint-GermainSevilla FC4-2Paris
15/09/2011UELGSParis Saint-GermainFC Salzburg3-1Paris
02/08/2016UCL3QRFK Crvena zvezdaPFC Ludogorets Razgrad2-4Belgrade

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group A - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Belarus 0-0 France
    Mandanda, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud (83 Gameiro), Martial (57 Payet), Kanté, Sissoko (69 Dembélé), Sidibé, Koscielny
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Bulgaria 4-3 Luxembourg
    1-0 Rangelov 16, 1-1 Joachim 60, 1-2 Joachim 62, 2-2 Marcelinho 65, 3-2 Popov 79, 3-3 Bohnert 90+1, 4-3 Tonev 90+2
    Stoyanov, Popov, Nedyalkov, Chorbadzhiyski, Alexandrov (56 Chochev), Rangelov, Popov (85 Bozhilov), Marcelinho, Ivanov, Milanov (64 Tonev), Dyakov
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on