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BulgariaBulgariaNatsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - SofiaSaturday 25 March 2017
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Group A - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA EURO 2008
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/09/2007QR (GS)Netherlands - Bulgaria2-0
AmsterdamSneijder 22, Van Nistelrooy 58
07/10/2006QR (GS)Bulgaria - Netherlands1-1SofiaM.Petrov 12; Van Persie 62
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
23/06/1974GS-FTBulgaria - Netherlands1-4
DortmundKrol 79 (og); Neeskens 5 (P), 45 (P), Rep 71, de Jong 78
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/10/1969QR (GS)Netherlands - Bulgaria1-1RotterdamVeenstra 23; Bonev 60
27/10/1968QR (GS)Bulgaria - Netherlands2-0
SofiaBonev 44, Asparuhov 65
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Bulgaria211020111001104241417
Netherlands211020111100104241714

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Squad list Only this chapter

Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Nikolay Mihaylov28/06/198828Mersin - 0000
-Georgi Kitanov06/03/199522CSKA Sofia - 0000
-Nikolay Krastev06/12/199620Levski - 0000
Defenders
-Petar Zanev18/10/198531Amkar - 1000
-Stanislav Manolev16/12/198531CSKA Sofia - 0000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198828Kasımpaşa - 2000
-Nikolay Bodurov30/05/198630CSKA Sofia - 0000
-Aleksandar Tsvetkov31/08/199026Cherno More - 0000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199026Kasımpaşa - 4000
-Aleksandar Vasilev27/04/199521Ludogorets - 0000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199323CSKA Sofia*2000
-Stefan Velkov12/12/199620Slavia Sofia - 0000
-Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski08/08/199521CSKA Sofia - 1000
Midfielders
-Ivelin Popov26/10/198729Spartak Moskva*4200
-Ivaylo Chochev18/02/199324Palermo - 3000
-Simeon Slavchev25/09/199323Lechia - 2000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199026Levski - 2000
-Kiril Despodov11/11/199620CSKA Sofia - 0000
Forwards
-Alexandar Tonev03/02/199027Crotone*3100
-Spas Delev22/09/198927Pogoń - 1000
-Andrej Galabinov27/11/198828Novara - 0000
-Bozhidar Kraev23/06/199719Levski - 0000
Coach
-Petar Houbtchev26/02/196453 - 3000
Netherlands - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Michel Vorm20/10/198333Tottenham - 0000
-Jeroen Zoet06/01/199126PSV - 1000
-Jasper Cillessen22/04/198927Barcelona - 0000
Defenders
-Daley Blind09/03/199027Man. United*4000
-Joël Veltman15/01/199225Ajax - 0000
-Nick Viergever03/08/198927Ajax - 0000
-Bruno Martins Indi08/02/199225Stoke - 0000
-Kenny Tete09/10/199521Ajax - 0000
-Wesley Hoedt06/03/199423Lazio - 0000
-Matthijs de Ligt12/08/199917Ajax - 0000
Midfielders
-Wesley Sneijder09/06/198432Galatasaray - 3100
-Arjen Robben23/01/198433Bayern - 1100
-Georginio Wijnaldum11/11/199026Liverpool - 4000
-Jeremain Lens24/11/198729Fenerbahçe - 0000
-Kevin Strootman13/02/199027Roma - 3000
-Davy Klaassen21/02/199324Ajax - 4100
-Jens Toornstra04/04/198927Feyenoord - 0000
-Tonny Vilhena03/01/199522Feyenoord - 0000
-Quincy Promes04/01/199225Spartak Moskva - 3200
-Rick Karsdorp11/02/199522Feyenoord - 2000
Forwards
-Luuk de Jong27/08/199026PSV - 0000
-Bas Dost31/05/198927Sporting CP - 4000
-Memphis Depay13/02/199423Lyon - 2200
Coach
-Danny Blind01/08/196155 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

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.

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Danny Blind

Date of birth: 01 August 1961
Nationality: Dutch
Playing career: RC Souburg, Sparta Rotterdam, AFC Ajax
Coaching career: AFC Ajax

• Born in Oost-Souburg, in the Zeeland province, Blind played for local amateur outfit Souburg before joining Sparta in 1979. Making his Eredivisie debut in the same year – against AZ Alkmaar on 29 August – he helped Sparta qualify for the UEFA Cup on two occasions.

• Signed by Johan Cruyff in July 1986, Blind became Ajax's defensive cornerstone – winning 16 trophies, including five Dutch championships. The club also excelled in Europe, winning the UEFA Cup in 1992, with Blind captaining the side to a UEFA Champions League final defeat of AC Milan in 1995. He added the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup later that year.

• Having made his international bow for the Netherlands against Scotland on 29 April 1986, Blind ended his Oranje career 20 years later following a quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat against France at EURO '96.

• Appointed head of youth development at De Toekomst – Ajax's world famous academy – in 2003, having joined the club's technical staff after retiring in 1999 following 537 Dutch top-flight matches for the Dutch giants. Succeeded Ronald Koeman as Ajax coach in February 2005 but sacked 13 months later despite winning Dutch Cup and Dutch Super Cup. Returned to Ajax as technical director in 2008 following a stint at Sparta in a similar role, later becoming assistant to Martin Jol.

• Left Ajax in 2012, hired as assistant to Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal in July. Helped guide the Oranje to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Confirmed as next Netherlands coach after UEFA EURO 2016, but appointed in July 2015, a year early, after Van Gaal's successor Guus Hiddink stepped down during an ultimately unsuccessful qualifying campaign.

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeWilliam Collum (SCO)
  • Assistant refereesDouglas Ross (SCO) , Francis Connor (SCO)
  • Fourth officialJohn Beaton (SCO)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerStefano Pucci (ITA)
  • Referee observerZbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
William Collum18/01/1979681

William Collum

Referee since: 1993
First division: 2005
FIFA badge: 2006

Tournaments: UEFA EURO 2016, 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

Finals
2015 UEFA Super Cup
2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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
18/09/2008UELR1Stade Rennais FCFC Twente2-1Rennes
17/12/2009UELGSSS LazioPFC Levski Sofia0-1Rome
14/04/2011UELQFFC TwenteVillarreal CF1-3Enschede
15/03/2012UELR16PSV EindhovenValencia CF1-1Eindhoven
27/08/2013UCLPOFC Basel 1893PFC Ludogorets Razgrad2-0Basel
21/10/2014UCLGSFC BarcelonaAFC Ajax3-1Barcelona
31/03/2015FRIE.GS-FTNetherlandsSpain2-0
29/07/2015UCL3QRSK Rapid WienAFC Ajax2-2Vienna
16/08/2016UCLPOAFC AjaxFC Rostov1-1Amsterdam
19/10/2016UCLGSFC Bayern MünchenPSV Eindhoven4-1Munich

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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 UEFA.com.

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

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Bulgaria

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group A - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    France43107210
    Netherlands4211847
    Sweden4211637
    Bulgaria42026106
    Belarus4022262
    Luxembourg4013591
    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)
    France 4-1 Bulgaria
    0-1 Alexandrov 6 (P) , 1-1 Gameiro 23, 2-1 Payet 26, 3-1 Griezmann 38, 4-1 Gameiro 59
    Stoyanov, Popov, A. Aleksandrov, Alexandrov (76 Nedelev), Kostadinov, Popov (68 Tonev), Marcelinho (62 Rangelov), Pirgov, Milanov, Milanov, Dyakov
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Sweden 3-0 Bulgaria
    1-0 Toivonen 39, 2-0 Hiljemark 45, 3-0 Nilsson Lindelöf 58
    Stoyanov, Popov, A. Aleksandrov, Bozhikov, Slavchev (89 Rainov), Kostadinov (53 Alexandrov), Popov, Nedyalkov, Milanov, Chochev (72 Marcelinho), Dyakov
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Bulgaria 1-0 Belarus
    1-0 Popov 10
    Stoyanov, Popov, A. Aleksandrov, Zanev, Slavchev, Delev, Popov (75 Yordanov ), Bozhikov, Milanov (53 Chochev), Tonev (66 Kirilov), Dyakov
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Bulgaria-Netherlands
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Belarus-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Bulgaria-Sweden
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Netherlands-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bulgaria-France
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Luxembourg-Bulgaria

Netherlands

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Sweden 1-1 Netherlands
    1-0 Berg 42, 1-1 Sneijder 67
    Zoet, Janmaat, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman, Klaassen, Wijnaldum (66 Dost), Janssen, Sneijder, Promes (78 Berghuis)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Netherlands 4-1 Belarus
    1-0 Promes 15, 2-0 Promes 31, 2-1 Rios 47, 3-1 Klaassen 56, 4-1 Janssen 64
    Stekelenburg, Karsdorp, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman (79 Clasie), Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Janssen (83 Dost), Sneijder (46 Pröpper), Promes
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Netherlands 0-1 France
    0-1 Pogba 30
    Stekelenburg, Karsdorp, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman, Klaassen, Wijnaldum (62 Dost), Janssen, Pröpper (84 Willems), Promes (16 Depay)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Luxembourg 1-3 Netherlands
    0-1 Robben 36, 1-1 Chanot 44 (P) , 1-2 Depay 58, 1-3 Depay 84
    Stekelenburg, Brenet, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Ramselaar (88 De Roon), Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Dost, Sneijder (46 Depay), Robben (46 Berghuis)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Bulgaria-Netherlands
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Netherlands-Luxembourg
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    France-Netherlands
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Netherlands-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Belarus-Netherlands
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Netherlands-Sweden

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Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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 UEFA.com.