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worldcup: Northern Ireland - Bulgaria Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2021/22 SeasonMatch press kits

Northern IrelandNorthern IrelandWindsor Park - BelfastWednesday 31 March 2021
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Group C - Matchday 3
BulgariaBulgaria
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/06/2001QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Bulgaria0-1
BelfastG. Ivanov 54
28/03/2001QR (GS)Bulgaria - Northern Ireland4-3
SofiaBalakov 7 (P), M.Petrov 17, 77, Tchomakov 72; Williams 15, Elliott 83, Healy 90 (P)
1980 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/05/1979PR (GS)Northern Ireland - Bulgaria2-0
BelfastNicholl 16, Armstrong 30
29/11/1978PR (GS)Bulgaria - Northern Ireland0-2
SofiaArmstrong 17, Caskey 83
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
26/09/1973QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Bulgaria0-0Sheffield
18/10/1972QR (GS)Bulgaria - Northern Ireland3-0
SofiaBonev 18 (P), 82 (P), Kolev 59
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Northern Ireland31113102----721479
Bulgaria32013111----741297

Last updated 30/03/2021 16:23CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Conor Hazard05/03/199823Celtic - 0000
-Liam Hughes19/08/200119Celtic - 0000
-Bailey Peacock-Farrell29/10/199624Burnley - 1000
Defenders
-Jonny Evans03/01/198833Leicester - 1000
-Craig Cathcart06/02/198932Watford - 1000
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199129Sunderland - 0000
-Michael Smith04/09/198832Hearts - 1000
-Paddy McNair27/04/199525Middlesbrough - 1000
-Jamal Lewis25/01/199823Newcastle - 0000
-Daniel Ballard22/09/199921Blackpool - 0000
Midfielders
-Steven Davis01/01/198536Rangers - 1000
-Josh Magennis15/08/199030Hull - 1000
-Corry Evans30/07/199030Blackburn - 1000
-Stuart Dallas19/04/199129Leeds - 1000
-Shane Ferguson12/07/199129Millwall - 0000
-George Saville01/06/199327Middlesbrough*1000
-Jordan Thompson03/01/199724Stoke*1000
-Dion Charles07/10/199525Accrington - 0000
-Alistair McCann04/12/199921St Johnstone - 1000
Forwards
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198733Kilmarnock - 1000
-Niall McGinn20/07/198733Aberdeen - 0000
-Matthew Kennedy01/11/199426Aberdeen - 0000
-Gavin Whyte31/01/199625Hull - 1000
Coach
-Ian Baraclough04/12/197050 - 1000
Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Plamen Iliev30/11/199129Ludogorets - 2000
-Daniel Naumov29/03/199823FC CSKA 1948 Sofia - 0000
-Ivan Karadzhov12/07/198931Arda - 0000
Defenders
-Petar Zanev18/10/198535CSKA-Sofia - 1000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198832Slovan Bratislava*2000
-Petko Hristov01/03/199922Pro Vercelli - 0000
-Valentin Antov09/11/200020Bologna - 1000
-Andrea Hristov01/03/199922Slavia Sofia - 0000
Midfielders
-Dimitar Iliev25/09/198832Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 1000
-Daniel Dimov21/01/198932Cherno More - 2000
-Momchil Tsvetanov03/12/199030Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 2000
-Ivaylo Chochev18/02/199328FC CSKA 1948 Sofia - 2000
-Kristiyan Malinov30/03/199427Leuven - 2000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199030Arsenal Tula*2000
-Antonio Vutov06/06/199624Mezőkövesd*0000
-Petar Vitanov10/03/199526Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 1000
-Ilian Iliev20/08/199921Cherno More - 1000
-Georgi Yomov06/07/199723CSKA-Sofia - 1000
-Birsent Karagaren06/12/199228Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 1000
Forwards
-Spas Delev22/09/198931Arda - 2000
-Andrej Galabinov27/11/198832Spezia - 1000
-Kiril Despodov11/11/199624Ludogorets - 1100
-Atanas Iliev09/10/199426Botev Plovdiv - 2000
Coach
-Yasen Petrov23/06/196852 - 2000

Last updated 31/03/2021 15:03CET

Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeYigal Frid (ISR)
  • Assistant refereesNati Dotan (ISR) , Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
  • Fourth officialSnir Levy (ISR)
  • UEFA DelegateThura Win (ENG)
  • UEFA Referee observerKenneth William Clark (SCO)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Yigal Frid28/02/1992015

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
11/07/2019UEL1QRCrusaders FCB36 Tórshavn2-0Belfast

Last updated 30/03/2021 15:39CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Northern Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Italy2200406
    Switzerland2200416
    Lithuania1001010
    Northern Ireland1001020
    Bulgaria2002150
    Matchday 1 (25/03/2021)
    Italy 2-0 Northern Ireland
    1-0 Berardi 14, 2-0 Immobile 38
    Peacock-Farrell, J. Evans, S. Davis, C. Evans (46 Saville), Dallas, McCann (78 Thompson), McNair, Whyte (63 Lavery), Smith, Cathcart, Magennis (78 Lafferty)
  • Matchday 3 (31/03/2021)
    Northern Ireland-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 4 (02/09/2021)
    Lithuania-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 6 (08/09/2021)
    Northern Ireland-Switzerland
  • Matchday 7 (09/10/2021)
    Switzerland-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (12/10/2021)
    Bulgaria-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 9 (12/11/2021)
    Northern Ireland-Lithuania
  • Matchday 10 (15/11/2021)
    Northern Ireland-Italy

Bulgaria

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (25/03/2021)
    Bulgaria 1-3 Switzerland
    0-1 Embolo 7, 0-2 Seferović 10, 0-3 Zuber 13, 1-3 Despodov 46
    Iliev, S. Popov, Zanev, Cicinho (72 Tsvetanov), Kostadinov, Despodov (48 Delev), D. Dimov, Bozhikov, Malinov (71 Chochev), Yomov (70 I. Iliev), Iliev (46 A. Iliev)
  • Matchday 2 (28/03/2021)
    Bulgaria 0-2 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 43 (P) , 0-2 Locatelli 82
    Iliev, Antov, Vitanov (88 Rainov), Cicinho (46 Karagaren), Kostadinov (62 Malinov), Galabinov, Delev (78 A. Iliev), D. Dimov, Bozhikov, Chochev, Tsvetanov
  • Matchday 3 (31/03/2021)
    Northern Ireland-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 4 (02/09/2021)
    Italy-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 5 (05/09/2021)
    Bulgaria-Lithuania
  • Matchday 7 (09/10/2021)
    Lithuania-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 8 (12/10/2021)
    Bulgaria-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 10 (15/11/2021)
    Switzerland-Bulgaria

Last updated 31/03/2021 14:56CET

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
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