Team analysis



Bulgaria squad
1Kristiyan Katsarev07/08/1995Goalkeeper PFC Lokomotiv Sofia (BUL)
2Vasil Popov19/11/1995Defender PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)
3Reyan Daskalov10/02/1995Midfield5+45* PFC Litex Lovech (BUL)
4Preslav Petrov01/05/1995Defender45* 90 PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
5Plamen Galabov02/11/1995Defender909090 PFC Litex Lovech (BUL)
6Hristofor Hubchev24/11/1995Midfield45*90 PFC Montana 1921 (BUL)
7Kiril Despodov11/11/1996Forward9045*79* PFC Litex Lovech (BUL)
8Nikola Kolev06/06/1995Midfield9085*90 PFC Litex Lovech (BUL)
9Georgi Minchev20/04/1995Forward45+45+90 PFC Litex Lovech (BUL)
10Stanislav Dryanov04/02/1995Forward 9090 PFC Botev Plovdiv (BUL)
11Antonio Vutov06/06/1996Midfield909045+ Udinese Calcio (ITA)
12Aleksandar Lyubenov11/02/1995Goalkeeper909090 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
13Dimitar Velkovski22/01/1995Midfield12+ 11+ PFC Lokomotiv Sofia (BUL)
14Miki Orachev19/03/1996Midfield45+90 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
16Petar Vitanov10/03/1995Midfield9090 PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)
19Aleksandar Vasilev27/04/1995Forward909090 PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
20Stefan Velkov12/12/1996Defender90 90 PFC Slavia Sofia (BUL)
21Radoslav Tsonev29/04/1995Midfield78*9090 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Aleksandar Dimitrov
"Our players started with huge tension because they hadn’t been at a European championship before. But I was happy with how we played – apart from all the chances we missed. I ended up sick and tired of doing well but coming away empty-handed. We learned some important lessons – that the better team doesn’t always win, that playing with a big heart isn’t enough, and that without scoring goals you cannot win. We had problems in attack, especially with our finishing."

Bulgaria team analysis

Bulgaria team analysis

• Variations on 4-3-3 (4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1) with single or twin midfield screen

• Constructive build-ups based on short passing combinations

• Excellent off-ball movement – options for player in possession

• Attacks through midfield using solo skills and crisp combinations

• Compact, disciplined defensive block; pressing as from halfway line

• Positional rotation in attack; full-backs ready to overlap and support

• Comfortable in possession; good team spirit, determination, mental strength