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BulgariaBulgariaNatsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - SofiaThursday 31 August 2017
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group A - Matchday 7
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/2016QR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria3-0
SolnaToivonen 39, Hiljemark 45, Lindelöf 58
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/09/2005QR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria3-0
SolnaLjungberg 60, Mellberg 75, Ibrahimović 90
26/03/2005QR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden0-3
SofiaLjungberg 17, 90, Edman 74
UEFA EURO 2004
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/06/2004GS-FTSweden - Bulgaria5-0
LisbonLjungberg 32, Larsson 57, 58, Ibrahimović 78 (P), Allbäck 90+1
UEFA EURO 2000
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
04/09/1999PR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria1-0
SolnaAlexandersson 65
14/10/1998PR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden0-1
BourgasLarsson 62
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
16/07/19943rdPOBulgaria - Sweden0-4
Los AngelesBrolin 8, Mild 30, Larsson 37, Andersson 40
08/09/1993QR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden1-1SofiaStoichkov 21 (P); Dahlin 26
07/10/1992QR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria2-0
SolnaDahlin 56, Pettersson 76
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/06/1974GS-FTSweden - Bulgaria0-0Dusseldorf
1968 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/11/1967PR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden3-0
SofiaKotkov 43, Mitkov 44, Asparuhov 75
11/06/1967PR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria0-2
SolnaZhekov 23, Dermendzhiev 82
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Bulgaria411251043012152211829
Sweden540142113210151122298

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:14CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Bozhidar Mitrev31/03/198730Levski - 0000
-Plamen Iliev30/11/199125Astra - 0000
-Georgi Kitanov06/03/199522CSKA Sofia - 0000
Defenders
-Orlin Starokin08/01/198730Cherno More - 0000
-Petar Zanev18/10/198531Amkar - 3000
-Stanislav Manolev16/12/198531CSKA Sofia - 2000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198829Slovan Bratislava - 4000
-Aleksandar Tsvetkov31/08/199027Cherno More - 0000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199027Kasımpaşa - 6000
-Georgi Terziev18/04/199225Ludogorets - 0000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199324CSKA Sofia*3000
-Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski08/08/199522CSKA Sofia*3000
Midfielders
-Ivelin Popov26/10/198729Spartak Moskva*6200
-Georgi Milanov19/02/199225CSKA Moskva - 5000
-Ivaylo Chochev18/02/199324Palermo - 4000
-Simeon Slavchev25/09/199323Sporting CP - 3000
-Todor Nedelev07/02/199324Botev Plovdiv - 1000
-Kristiyan Malinov30/03/199423CSKA Sofia - 0000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199026M. Haifa - 4100
-Kiril Despodov11/11/199620CSKA Sofia - 0000
-Bozhidar Kraev23/06/199720Midtjylland - 1000
Forwards
-Andrej Galabinov27/11/198828Genoa - 1000
-Ivaylo Dimitrov26/03/198928Slavia Sofia - 0000
Coach
-Petar Houbtchev26/02/196453 - 5000
Sweden - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Kristoffer Nordfeldt23/06/198928Swansea - 0000
-Karl-Johan Johnsson28/01/199027Guingamp - 0000
-Robin Olsen08/01/199027København - 6000
Defenders
-Andreas Granqvist16/04/198532Krasnodar*6000
-Mikael Lustig13/12/198630Celtic*4100
-Martin Olsson17/05/198829Swansea*2000
-Pontus Jansson13/02/199126Leeds - 2000
-Ludwig Augustinsson21/04/199423Bremen - 4000
-Filip Helander22/04/199324Bologna - 0000
-Emil Krafth02/08/199423Bologna*2000
-Victor Lindelöf17/07/199423Man. United*5100
Midfielders
-Sebastian Larsson06/06/198532Hull - 1000
-Gustav Svensson07/02/198730Seattle Sounders - 0000
-Albin Ekdal28/07/198928Hamburg - 5000
-Jakob Johansson21/06/199027AEK - 3000
-Jimmy Durmaz22/03/198928Toulouse*6100
-Emil Forsberg23/10/199125Leipzig - 6300
-Viktor Claesson02/01/199225Krasnodar - 2000
-Marcus Rohdén11/05/199126Crotone - 1000
Forwards
-Marcus Berg17/08/198631Al-Ain - 5200
-Ola Toivonen03/07/198631Toulouse*5200
-Samuel Armenteros27/05/199027Benevento - 0000
-Christoffer Nyman05/10/199224Braunschweig*2000
Coach
-Jan Andersson29/09/196254 - 6000

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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.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2410755.html#petar+hubchev

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Janne Andersson

Date of birth: 29 September 1962
Nationality: Swedish
Playing career: Alets IK (twice), IS Halmia, Laholms FK
Coaching career: Alets IK, Halmstads BK (assistant, twice), Laholms FK, Halmstads BK, Örgryte IS, IFK Norrköping, Sweden

• Janne Andersson succeeded Erik Hamrén after UEFA EURO 2016 having led Norrköping to their first Allsvenskan title in almost two decades the previous year.

• A footballer and handball player in his native Halmstad, Andersson became assistant coach to Stuart Baxter at the city's main club in 1990, going on to work under Tom Prahl and then Jonas Thern.

• Andersson, who also coached lower-division teams Alet and Laholm, took the Halmstad reins himself in 2004 and in his first season in charge was named coach of the year in Sweden after steering Halmstad to second place.

• After a brief spell at Örgryte in 2010, Andersson was named Norrköping coach the following year as they returned to the Allsvenskan, at first keeping them up then guiding them to the 2015 title.

• His appointment as Sweden coach meant he missed out on leading the club into UEFA Champions League qualifying, Andersson saying on his unveiling: "Right now I'm just humbled and grateful. This is an honour and a challenge that will be very exciting to take on."

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePaolo Tagliavento (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesFilippo Meli (ITA) , Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
  • Fourth officialMassimiliano Irrati (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerJean Paul Mievis (BEL)
  • Referee observerCharles Agius (MLT)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Paolo Tagliavento19/09/1972574

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
19/05/2007U19ELITEBulgariaGermany0-2Dublin
20/06/2007RCUPGS-FTYugoiztochen RegionTuzla Canton1-1Sliven
26/06/2007RCUPFinalYugoiztochen RegionDolnośląski Region1-2Sliven

Last updated 29/08/2017 11:27CET

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
    Sweden641112413
    France641111513
    Netherlands631213610
    Bulgaria63039129
    Belarus61234115
    Luxembourg60156171
    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 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 2-0 Netherlands
    1-0 Delev 5, 2-0 Delev 20
    Mihaylov, Popov, Zanev (86 Nedyalkov), Chorbadzhiyski, Slavchev, Kostadinov, Delev (88 Bodurov), Popov (67 Kraev), Manolev, Bozhikov, Tonev
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Belarus 2-1 Bulgaria
    1-0 Sivakov 33 (P) , 2-0 Savitski 80, 2-1 Kostadinov 90+1
    Mihaylov, Popov, Zanev, Chorbadzhiyski, Kostadinov, Delev (54 Galabinov), Popov (64 Chochev), Manolev (81 Milanov), Bozhikov, Tonev, Dyakov
  • 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

Sweden

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Sweden 1-1 Netherlands
    1-0 Berg 42, 1-1 Sneijder 67
    Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Rohdén (76 Kujovic), Berg (87 Durmaz), Forsberg, Guidetti (64 Nyman), Hiljemark, Wendt, Fransson
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Luxembourg 0-1 Sweden
    0-1 Lustig 58
    Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, M. Olsson, Ekdal (79 Fransson), Berg, Forsberg, Guidetti (70 Toivonen), Hiljemark, Durmaz (88 Nyman)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Sweden 3-0 Bulgaria
    1-0 Toivonen 39, 2-0 Hiljemark 45, 3-0 Lindelöf 58
    Olsen, Lindelöf, Granqvist, M. Olsson (63 Augustinsson), Ekdal, Berg (85 Guidetti), Forsberg (74 Wendt), Hiljemark, Krafth, Toivonen, Durmaz
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    France 2-1 Sweden
    0-1 Forsberg 55, 1-1 Pogba 58, 2-1 Payet 65
    Olsen, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Ekdal (66 Hiljemark), Forsberg, Guidetti (73 Kiese Thelin), J. Johansson, Krafth, Toivonen, Durmaz (87 Jansson)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Sweden 4-0 Belarus
    1-0 Forsberg 19 (P) , 2-0 Forsberg 49, 3-0 Berg 57, 4-0 Kiese Thelin 78
    Olsen, Lustig, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Ekdal (69 J. Johansson), Berg, Forsberg, Hiljemark, Jansson, Toivonen (74 Kiese Thelin), Durmaz (85 Claesson)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Sweden 2-1 France
    0-1 Giroud 37, 1-1 Durmaz 43, 2-1 Toivonen 90+3
    Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Ekdal (77 S. Larsson), Berg (88 Guidetti), Forsberg, J. Johansson, Toivonen, Durmaz (76 Claesson)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Bulgaria-Sweden
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Belarus-Sweden
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Sweden-Luxembourg
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Netherlands-Sweden

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:13CET

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.