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BulgariaBulgariaNatsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - SofiaSaturday 7 October 2017
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Group A - Matchday 9
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/10/2016QR (GS)France - Bulgaria4-1
Saint-DenisGameiro 23, 59, Payet 26, Griezmann 38; Alexandrov 6 (P)
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
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Bulgaria651061053102229492737
France650160153201229493727

Last updated 15/09/2017 11:52CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Bozhidar Mitrev31/03/198730Levski - 0000
-Blagoy Makendzhiev11/07/198829Pirin - 0000
-Plamen Iliev30/11/199125Astra - 2000
Defenders
-Petar Zanev18/10/198531Amkar - 5000
-Stanislav Manolev16/12/198531CSKA Sofia*4100
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198829Slovan Bratislava*6000
-Nikolay Bodurov30/05/198631CSKA Sofia - 1000
-Aleksandar Tsvetkov31/08/199027Cherno More - 1000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199027Kasımpaşa - 8000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199324CSKA Sofia*3000
-Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski08/08/199522CSKA Sofia - 4000
-Cvetomir Panov17/04/198928Botev Plovdiv - 0000
Midfielders
-Simeon Slavchev25/09/199324Sporting CP - 5000
-Todor Nedelev07/02/199324Botev Plovdiv - 2000
-Martin Rainov25/04/199225Beroe - 1000
-Kristiyan Malinov30/03/199423CSKA Sofia - 0000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199027M. Haifa*6300
-Bozhidar Kraev23/06/199720Midtjylland - 2000
Forwards
-Spas Delev22/09/198928Pogoń - 3200
-Andrej Galabinov27/11/198828Genoa - 2000
-Ivaylo Dimitrov26/03/198928Slavia Sofia - 1000
Coach
-Petar Houbtchev26/02/196453 - 6000
France - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Hugo Lloris26/12/198630Tottenham*7000
-Steve Mandanda28/03/198532Marseille - 1000
-Alphonse Areola27/02/199324Paris - 0000
Defenders
-Christophe Jallet31/10/198333Nice - 1000
-Adil Rami27/12/198531Marseille - 0000
-Lucas Digne20/07/199324Barcelona - 0000
-Samuel Umtiti14/11/199323Barcelona - 3000
-Djibril Sidibé29/07/199225Monaco - 8000
-Raphaël Varane25/04/199324Real Madrid - 5000
-Jordan Amavi09/03/199423Marseille - 0000
-Presnel Kimpembe13/08/199522Paris - 0000
Midfielders
-Blaise Matuidi09/04/198730Juventus*5000
-Moussa Sissoko16/08/198928Tottenham - 5000
-Dimitri Payet29/03/198730Marseille - 6200
-Thomas Lemar12/11/199521Monaco - 3200
-Adrien Rabiot03/04/199522Paris - 1000
-Corentin Tolisso03/08/199423Bayern - 0000
-N'Golo Kanté29/03/199126Chelsea - 6000
Forwards
-Alexandre Lacazette28/05/199126Arsenal*2000
-Antoine Griezmann21/03/199126Atlético*8300
-Olivier Giroud30/09/198631Arsenal - 6300
-Kingsley Coman13/06/199621Bayern - 2000
-Kylian Mbappé20/12/199818Paris - 4100
Coach
-Didier Deschamps15/10/196848 - 8000

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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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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.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=940248.html#didier+deschamps

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAntonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesPau Cebrián Devís (ESP) , Roberto del Palomar (ESP)
  • Fourth officialAlejandro Hernandez (ESP)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerDavid Findlay (SCO)
  • Referee observerJørn West Larsen (DEN)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Antonio Mateu Lahoz12/03/1977450

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
19/07/2012UEL2QRPFC Lokomotiv PlovdivVitesse4-4Lovech
04/10/2012UELGSNewcastle United FCFC Girondins de Bordeaux3-0Newcastle
04/12/2012UCLGSMontpellier Hérault SCFC Schalke 041-1Montpellier
06/08/2013UCL3QRGrasshopper Club ZürichOlympique Lyonnais0-1Zurich
26/11/2013UCLGSArsenal FCOlympique de Marseille2-0London
13/03/2014UELR16Olympique LyonnaisFC Viktoria Plzeň4-1Lyon
10/10/2014EUROQRBulgariaCroatia0-1Sofia
26/11/2014UCLGSPFC Ludogorets 1945Liverpool FC2-2Sofia
21/02/2017UCLR16Manchester City FCAS Monaco FC5-3Manchester
13/04/2017UELQFOlympique LyonnaisBeşiktaş JK2-1Decines
03/05/2017UCLSFAS Monaco FCJuventus0-2Monaco
27/09/2017UCLGSParis Saint-GermainFC Bayern München3-0Paris

Last updated 05/10/2017 12:12CET

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
    France852115517
    Sweden851218716
    Netherlands8413161113
    Bulgaria8404131712
    Luxembourg81257175
    Belarus81254165
    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 Bojilov), 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 3-2 Sweden
    1-0 Manolev 12, 1-1 Lustig 29, 2-1 Kostadinov 33, 2-2 Berg 44, 3-2 Chochev 79
    Iliev, Popov, Zanev, Chorbadzhiyski, Slavchev, Kostadinov, Popov (83 Dimitrov), Manolev (75 Kraev), Bozhikov, Milanov (61 Nedelev), Chochev
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Netherlands 3-1 Bulgaria
    1-0 Pröpper 7, 2-0 Robben 67, 2-1 Kostadinov 69, 3-1 Pröpper 80
    Iliev, Popov, Zanev, Zehirov (46 Milanov), Terziev, Kostadinov, Popov, Manolev (60 Galabinov), Bozhikov, Chochev, Tsvetkov (24 Slavchev)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bulgaria-France
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Luxembourg-Bulgaria

France

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    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)
    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
    Lloris, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (83 Fekir), Payet, Gameiro (72 Gignac), Matuidi, Sissoko, Sagna (27 Sidibé), Koscielny
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Netherlands 0-1 France
    0-1 Pogba 30
    Lloris, Sidibé, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (93 Kanté), Payet (67 Martial), Gameiro (79 Gignac), Matuidi, Sissoko, Koscielny
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    France 2-1 Sweden
    0-1 Forsberg 55, 1-1 Pogba 58, 2-1 Payet 65
    Lloris, Evra, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (88 Kanté), Payet, Giroud, Matuidi, Sissoko, Sidibé, Koscielny
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Luxembourg 1-3 France
    0-1 Giroud 28, 1-1 Joachim 34 (P) , 1-2 Griezmann 37 (P) , 1-3 Giroud 77
    Lloris, Griezmann, Payet (78 Mbappé), Giroud, Dembélé, Kanté, Matuidi (83 Rabiot), B. Mendy, Sidibé (62 Jallet), Koscielny, Umtiti
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Sweden 2-1 France
    0-1 Giroud 37, 1-1 Durmaz 43, 2-1 Toivonen 90+3
    Lloris, B. Mendy, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (75 Mbappé), Giroud, Payet (76 Lemar), Matuidi, Sissoko, Sidibé, Koscielny
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    France 4-0 Netherlands
    1-0 Griezmann 14, 2-0 Lemar 73, 3-0 Lemar 88, 4-0 Mbappé 90+1
    Lloris, Kurzawa, Umtiti, Pogba, Griezmann (89 Fekir), Lemar, Giroud (75 Mbappé), Coman (80 Lacazette), Kanté, Sidibé, Koscielny
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    France 0-0 Luxembourg
    Lloris, Kurzawa, Umtiti, Pogba, Griezmann (81 Fekir), Lemar, Giroud (59 Lacazette), Kanté, Sidibé, Mbappé (59 Coman), Koscielny
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bulgaria-France
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    France-Belarus

Last updated 15/09/2017 11:54CET

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.