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worldcup: Bulgaria - Northern Ireland Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2021/22 SeasonMatch press kits

BulgariaBulgariaTuesday 12 October 2021
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Group C - Matchday 8
Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
31/03/2021QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Bulgaria0-0Belfast
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
Bulgaria32014121----842297
Northern Ireland41213102----822479

Last updated 10/10/2021 12:16CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Bulgaria - Squad list
Current seasonOverall
Qual.FTTeam
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
1Martin Lukov05/07/199328Al-Tai FC - 10005-
13Svetoslav Vutsov09/07/200219Slavia Sofia - 0000--
23Ivan Karadzhov12/07/198932PFC Arda - 00001-
Defenders
2Ivan Turitsov18/07/199922CSKA-Sofia - 10005-
3Andrea Hristov01/03/199922Slavia Sofia - 400071
5Petko Hristov01/03/199922Spezia*40008-
15Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198833Slovan Bratislava*3000362
21Dimitar Velkovski22/01/199526Cercle Brugge - 00004-
Midfielders
4Radoslav Tsonev29/04/199526Levski - 0000--
6Birsent Karagaren06/12/199228Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 200013-
7Dominic Yankov28/07/200021Ludogorets - 20009-
8Todor Nedelev07/02/199328Botev Plovdiv - 2000363
12Petar Vitanov10/03/199526Lokomotiv Plovdiv*40008-
14Borislav Tsonev29/04/199526Levski - 00001-
16Kristiyan Malinov30/03/199427Leuven - 500026-
18Ivaylo Chochev18/02/199328CSKA 1948 - 6100284
20Dimitar Iliev25/09/198833Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 4000133
22Ilian Iliev20/08/199922Apollon - 20004-
Forwards
9Spas Delev22/09/198932PFC Arda - 5000353
10Radoslav Kirilov29/06/199229Slavia Sofia - 10004-
11Kiril Despodov11/11/199624Ludogorets - 5200233
17Kaloyan Krastev24/01/199922CSKA-Sofia - 30004-
19Atanas Iliev09/10/199427Ascoli - 510082
Coach
-Yasen Petrov23/06/196853 - 600010-
Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current seasonOverall
Qual.FTTeam
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
1Bailey Peacock-Farrell29/10/199624Sheff. Wednesday - 500026-
12Conor Hazard05/03/199823Celtic - 00003-
23Liam Hughes19/08/200120Liverpool - 0000--
Defenders
4Daniel Ballard22/09/199922Millwall - 4100111
5Tom Flanagan21/10/199129Sunderland - 100010-
17Paddy McNair27/04/199526Middlesbrough - 4100505
20Craig Cathcart06/02/198932Watford - 5000642
22Ciaron Brown14/01/199823Cardiff*20007-
Midfielders
2Conor Bradley09/07/200318Liverpool*20004-
6George Saville01/06/199328Millwall - 400033-
8Steven Davis01/01/198536Rangers - 500012912
10Dion Charles07/10/199526Accrington - 10005-
11Shane Ferguson12/07/199130Rotherham - 1000512
13Carl Winchester12/04/199328Sunderland - 00001-
14Stuart Dallas19/04/199130Leeds - 3000573
15Jordan Thompson03/01/199724Stoke*400019-
19Alfie McCalmont25/03/200021Morecambe - 10004-
21Josh Magennis15/08/199031Hull*3000628
Forwards
7Niall McGinn20/07/198734Aberdeen - 1000676
9Conor Washington18/05/199229Charlton*3100325
16Jordan Jones24/10/199426Wigan - 3000161
18Paul Smyth10/09/199724Leyton Orient - 000031
Coach
-Ian Baraclough04/12/197050 - 50005-

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
  • Assistant refereesDmitri Zhuk (BLR) , Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
  • Video Assistant RefereeSergei Karasev (RUS)
  • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeAleksei Lunev (RUS)
  • Fourth officialDzmitry Dzmitryieu (BLR)
  • UEFA DelegatePascal Parent (FRA)
  • UEFA Referee observerZbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Aleksei Kulbakov27/12/19797122

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
08/10/2008U19QRSerbiaNorthern Ireland3-1Belfast
13/10/2008U19QRAlbaniaNorthern Ireland1-2Belfast
11/07/2013UEL1QRRosenborg BKCrusaders FC7-2Trondheim
06/08/2014UCL3QRFK PartizanPFC Ludogorets 19452-2Belgrade
13/09/2016UCLGSFC Basel 1893PFC Ludogorets 19451-1Basel
29/10/2020UELGSAS RomaPFC CSKA-Sofia0-0Rome
05/06/2021FRIE.R1RussiaBulgaria1-0Moscow

Last updated 10/10/2021 12:16CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Bulgaria

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Italy642012114
    Switzerland53206111
    Northern Ireland5122455
    Bulgaria6123495
    Lithuania61054143
    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
    P. Iliev, S. Popov, Zanev, Cicinho (72 Tsvetanov), Kostadinov, Despodov (48 Delev), D. Dimov, Bozhikov, Malinov (71 Chochev), Yomov (70 I. Iliev), D. Iliev (46 A. Iliev)
  • Matchday 2 (28/03/2021)
    Bulgaria 0-2 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 43 (P) , 0-2 Locatelli 82
    P. 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 0-0 Bulgaria
    Naumov, P. Hristov, Antov, Kostadinov (43 Vitanov), Vutov (46 D. Iliev), Galabinov (73 A. Iliev), Despodov, Yomov (72 Karagaren), Chochev, Tsvetanov (73 Zanev), A. Hristov
  • Matchday 4 (02/09/2021)
    Italy 1-1 Bulgaria
    1-0 Chiesa 16, 1-1 A. Iliev 40
    Georgiev, A. Hristov, Antov, P. Hristov, Kostadinov, Vitanov (74 Malinov), Despodov (74 Kirilov), Yankov (57 Chochev), Nedyalkov, Yomov (46 Delev), A. Iliev (69 Krastev)
  • Matchday 5 (05/09/2021)
    Bulgaria 1-0 Lithuania
    1-0 Chochev 82
    Georgiev, Turitsov, Antov, P. Hristov, Kostadinov (57 Chochev), Nedelev (57 D. Iliev), Despodov, Nedyalkov, Malinov (94 A. Hristov), Yomov (76 Delev), A. Iliev (94 Krastev)
  • Matchday 7 (09/10/2021)
    Lithuania 3-1 Bulgaria
    1-0 Lasickas 18, 1-1 Despodov 64, 2-1 Černych 82, 3-1 Černych 84
    Lukov, A. Hristov, Antov, P. Hristov, Nedelev (87 Yankov), Despodov, Vitanov (60 Chochev), Bozhikov, Malinov (60 I. Iliev), Yomov (72 Delev), D. Iliev (72 Krastev)
  • Matchday 8 (12/10/2021)
    Bulgaria-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 10 (15/11/2021)
    Switzerland-Bulgaria

Northern Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    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 0-0 Bulgaria
    Peacock-Farrell, Lewis, Ballard (74 Smith), J. Evans, Saville (74 Kennedy), S. Davis, Dallas, McNair, Whyte (64 McGinn), Cathcart, Magennis (82 Lafferty)
  • Matchday 4 (02/09/2021)
    Lithuania 1-4 Northern Ireland
    0-1 Ballard 20, 0-2 Washington 52 (P) , 1-2 Baravykas 55, 1-3 Lavery 67, 1-4 McNair 82 (P)
    Peacock-Farrell, Lewis, Ballard, S. Davis, Washington (82 Jones), Lavery (82 Lafferty), Thompson (82 McCalmont), McCann, McNair, Smith (89 Flanagan), Cathcart
  • Matchday 6 (08/09/2021)
    Northern Ireland 0-0 Switzerland
    Peacock-Farrell, Lewis, Ballard, S. Davis, Washington (68 Charles), Thompson (74 Saville), McCann, Lavery (86 Jones), Smith (68 Bradley), Cathcart, Brown
  • Matchday 7 (09/10/2021)
    Switzerland 2-0 Northern Ireland
    1-0 Zuber 45+3, 2-0 Fassnacht 90+1
    Peacock-Farrell, Lewis, Ballard, Saville, S. Davis, Washington (62 Magennis), Dallas (86 Bradley), Thompson (80 Jones), McNair, Cathcart, Brown (80 Ferguson)
  • Matchday 8 (12/10/2021)
    Bulgaria-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 9 (12/11/2021)
    Northern Ireland-Lithuania
  • Matchday 10 (15/11/2021)
    Northern Ireland-Italy

Last updated 10/10/2021 12:16CET

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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