Team analysis

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Bulgaria squad
No.PlayerBornPos.CROESPAUTGSClub
1Daniel Naumov29/03/1998Goalkeeper8080 PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
2Dimitar Savov29/01/1998Defender808080 PFC Slavia Sofia (BUL)
3Danail Ivanov07/08/1998Defender FC DIT Sofia (BUL)
4Radoslav Dimitrov03/07/1998Midfield69*73*27+ PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)
5Kristiyan Slavov23/05/1998Defender808080 PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)
6Georgi Rusev02/07/1998Forward808059* FC DIT Sofia (BUL)
7Aleks Borimirov13/05/1998Forward 21+ PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
8Georgi Yanev04/01/1998Midfield33+ 53* PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
9Valentin Yoskov05/06/1998Forward12+21+80 PFC Cherno More Varna (BUL)
10Iliyan Stefanov20/09/1998Midfield808021+ PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
11Svetoslav Kovachev14/03/1998Midfield11+7+77* PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
12Dimitar Sheytanov15/03/1999Goalkeeper 80 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
13Asen Chandarov13/11/1998Midfield47*59*3+ FC DIT Sofia (BUL)
14Mateo Stamatov22/03/1999Defender808080 RCD Espanyol (ESP)
15Petko Hristov01/03/1999Defender808080 PFC Slavia Sofia (BUL)
16Georgi Chukalov25/02/1998Midfield PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL)
17Pavel Golovodov28/06/1998Defender808080 PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)
18Tonislav Yordanov27/11/1998Forward68*59*802 PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Coach: Aleksandar Dimitrov
12/09/76
"We definitely lacked a competitive edge and sharpness. That was quite visible in the opening game against Croatia, when there was a lot of pressure on us, but we improved with each match and demonstrated that there was talent in the squad. It was a tremendous learning experience and the players, after seeing the best with their own eyes, must concentrate on adding to their talents, developing their game and improving their standard."

Bulgaria team analysis

Bulgaria team analysis

• 4-1-4-1 switching to 4-3-1-2 v Austria with midfield diamond
• Three lines of defence dropping deep and pressing hard in own half
• Attacking emphasis on individual efforts by striker and two wide players
• Rapid transitions in both directions; counters with direct supply to front
• Full-backs ready to work box to box to support attacks
• Georgi Rusev the leader and catalyst in linking attacking moves
• Strong, hard-working players with great commitment and team spirit