Bulgaria national under-21 football team

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Bulgaria Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Lions (Lavovete) (лъвовете)
Association Bulgarian Football Union
Head coach Bulgaria Antoni Zdravkov
Captain Simeon Slavchev
Most caps Petar Mihtarski (51)
Top scorer Atanas Mihaylov (31)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
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Biggest defeat
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UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 1978)
Best result semi-finalists 1978

The Bulgaria national under-21 football team (Bulgarian: младежки национален отбор на България по футбол)[1] represents the under-21 football team of Bulgaria and is controlled by the Bulgarian Football Union. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.

UEFA U-23 Championship record[edit]

The Bulgaria national under-23 football team was the first ever champion in the UEFA Under-23 Challenge Cup. The team defended the title four times between June 1967 and April 1968: against East Germany, Finland, Czechoslovakia and the Netherlands before losing it to Yugoslavia in October 1968.

  • 1972: semi-finalists
  • 1974: quarter-finalists
  • 1976: quarter-finalists

UEFA U-21 Championship record[edit]

  • 1978: Losing semi-finalists. Lost against East Germany East Germany 2:1 and 1:3
  • 1980: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of three in qualification group.
  • 1982: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of four in qualification group.
  • 1984: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of four in qualification group.
  • 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of four in qualification group.
  • 1988: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of four in qualification group.
  • 1990: Losing quarter-finalists. Lost against Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 0:2 and 1:0
  • 1992: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of four in qualification group.
  • 1994: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of six in qualification group.
  • 1996: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of five in qualification group.
  • 1998: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of five in qualification group.
  • 2000: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of five in qualification group.
  • 2002: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of six in qualification group. Were eighth-best runner-up (top seven qualified for playoffs)
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of four in qualification group.
  • 2006: Did not qualify. Finished 5th of six in qualification group.
  • 2007: Did not qualify. Lost qualification playoff against Belgium Belgium 1:1 and 1:4
  • 2009: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of five in qualification group.
  • 2011: Did not qualify. Finished 5th of five in qualification group.
  • 2013: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of five in qualification group.

Current squad[edit]

Current players[edit]

Squad for the friendly games against Vihren Sandanski and Slavia Sofia on 17 and 19 December 2014.

Caps and goals updated as of 14 December 2014.

Note: Players in bold have already been called up to the senior team.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Marin Orlinov (1994-10-30) October 30, 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
12 1GK Krasimir Kostov (1995-02-11) February 11, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Pirin Blagoevgrad
2DF Slavi Stalev (1994-02-28) February 28, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Bulgaria Cherno More
2DF Miki Orachev (1996-03-19) March 19, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
2DF Plamen Tenev (1995-06-13) June 13, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora
2DF Aleksandar Vasilev (1995-04-27) April 27, 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
2DF Plamen Galabov (1995-11-02) November 2, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
2DF Preslav Petrov (1995-05-01) May 1, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
2DF Lubomir Iliev (1995-01-23) January 23, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
2DF Hristo Popadiyn (1994-01-06) January 6, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
3MF Petar Vitanov (1995-03-10) March 10, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
3MF Milen Gamakov (1994-04-12) April 12, 1994 (age 20) 6 2 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
3MF Aikut Yanakov (1995-04-09) April 9, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
3MF Vladimir Semerdzhiev (1996-11-10) November 10, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
3MF Radoslav Terziev (1994-08-06) August 6, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
3MF Bekir Rasim (1994-12-26) December 26, 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria Cherno More Varna
3MF Radoi Bozhilov (1995-12-13) December 13, 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
3MF Nikola Kolev (1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
3MF Radoslav Tsonev (1995-04-29) April 29, 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
4FW Tsvetelin Chunchukov (1994-12-26) December 26, 1994 (age 19) 2 1 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
4FW Georgi Minchev (1995-04-20) April 20, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
3MF Kiril Despodov (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech

Recent fixtures[edit]

2004-2006[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers
3 September 2004 Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 1−3 UEFA Euro 2006 Q Sigurðsson Goal 83' (o.g.)
8 October 2004 Velika Gorica, Croatia  Croatia 0−1 UEFA Euro 2006 Q
12 October 2004 Sofia, Bulgaria  Malta 2−1 UEFA Euro 2006 Q Zakov Goal 37', Palankov Goal 38'
25 March 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Sweden 1−2 UEFA Euro 2006 Q Venkov Goal 41'
29 March 2005 Dunaújváros, Hungary  Hungary 0−1 UEFA Euro 2006 Q
3 June 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Croatia 2−1 UEFA Euro 2006 Q Genkov Goal 56', Domovchiyski Goal 63'
2 September 2005 Eskilstuna, Sweden  Sweden 0−2 UEFA Euro 2006 Q
6 September 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Iceland 1−3 UEFA Euro 2006 Q Rangelov Goal 53'
7 October 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Hungary 1−2 UEFA Euro 2006 Q Olegov Goal 3'
11 October 2005 Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1−1 UEFA Euro 2006 Q Domovchiyski Goal 14'
16 June 2006 Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 3−0 UEFA Euro 2007 Q Atanasov Goal 43', Bojinov Goal 57'64' (pen.)
3 September 2006 Sofia, Bulgaria  Croatia 2−1 UEFA Euro 2007 Q Bojinov Goal 53', Popov Goal 81'
7 October 2006 Roeselare, Belgium  Belgium 1−1 UEFA Euro 2007 Q Genkov Goal 89' (pen.)
11 October 2006 Sofia, Bulgaria  Belgium 1−4 UEFA Euro 2007 Q Genkov Goal 56'

2007-2009[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers
5 June 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  Montenegro 1−2 UEFA Euro 2009 Q Simović Goal 90+1' (o.g.)
11 September 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  England 0−2 UEFA Euro 2009 Q
12 October 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  Portugal 1-0 UEFA Euro 2009 Q Domovchiyski Goal 43' (pen.)
16 November 2007 Milton Keynes, England  England 0-2 UEFA Euro 2009 Q
20 November 2007 Athlone, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 0-1 UEFA Euro 2009 Q
26 March 2008 Guimarães, Portugal  Portugal 0-2 UEFA Euro 2009 Q
5 September 2008 Sofia, Bulgaria  Republic of Ireland 2-0 UEFA Euro 2009 Q Kurdov Goal 45', Tsvetanov Goal 77'
9 September 2008 Nikšić, Montenegro  Montenegro 0-0 UEFA Euro 2009 Q
2 April 2009 Almaty, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 0-2 UEFA Euro 2011 Q
3 June 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Austria 0-1 Friendly
10 June 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Israel 3-4 UEFA Euro 2011 Q Baltanov Goal 3', Tsvetanov Goal 59', Ivanov Goal 67'
21 July 2009 Sliven, Bulgaria  Zimbabwe - Friendly
24 July 2009 Sliven, Bulgaria  Georgia - Friendly
26 July 2009 Sliven, Bulgaria  South Africa - Friendly
11 August 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Ghana - Friendly
4 September 2009 Lovech, Bulgaria  Kazakhstan 3-0 UEFA Euro 2011 Q Tonev Goal 58', Baltanov Goal 64' (90+4)
9 September 2009 Trelleborg, Sweden  Sweden 1-2 UEFA Euro 2011 Q Genev Goal 56'
10 October 2009 Lovech, Bulgaria  Montenegro 1-1 UEFA Euro 2011 Q Baltanov Goal 68' (pen.)
18 November 2009 Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 0-4 UEFA Euro 2011 Q

2010-2011[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers
3 March 2010 Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 0−2 UEFA Euro 2011 Q
11 August 2010 Mezdra, Bulgaria  Mali - Friendly
7 September 2010 Lovech, Bulgaria  Sweden 0-1 UEFA Euro 2011 Q
16 November 2010 Mezdra, Bulgaria  Ghana 2-1 Friendly Tsvetanov Goal 4' (28)
9 February 2011 Lovech, Bulgaria  Cameroon 3-1 Friendly Terziev Goal 22', Tonev Goal 74', Marchev Goal 90'
25 March 2011 Inđija, Serbia  Serbia 0-2 Friendly
2 June 2011 Serres, Greece  Greece 1-2 Friendly Tonev Goal 66'
6 June 2011 Sandanski, Bulgaria  Macedonia 0-0 Friendly
9 August 2011 Lovech, Bulgaria  Romania 1-1 Friendly Vasilev Goal 3'
1 September 2011 Lovech, Bulgaria  Netherlands 0-1 UEFA Euro 2013 Q
5 September 2011 Paisley, Scotland  Scotland 0-0 UEFA Euro 2013 Q
11 October 2011 Lovech, Bulgaria  Luxembourg 3-2 UEFA Euro 2013 Q Tsvetanov Goal 22', T. Kostadinov Goal 39' (pen.), Milanov Goal 55'
10 November 2011 Wiener Neustadt, Austria  Austria 2-0 UEFA Euro 2013 Q Tsvetanov Goal 1', Kolev Goal 9'
15 November 2011 Lovech, Bulgaria  Austria 1-1 UEFA Euro 2013 Q Tonev Goal 12'

2012−2014[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers
29 February 2012 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria  Poland 1−0 Friendly Karachanakov Goal 75'
31 May 2012 Lovech, Bulgaria  Scotland 2−2 UEFA Euro 2013 Q Milanov Goal 33', Kostadinov Goal 90+3'
5 June 2012 Maastricht, Netherlands  Netherlands 0−5 UEFA Euro 2013 Q
10 September 2012 Ettelbruck, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 3−1 UEFA Euro 2013 Q Chochev Goal 12', Kirilov Goal 48' (69)
12 October 2012 Lovech, Bulgaria Litex Lovech 0−3 Friendly
14 November 2012 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria  Macedonia 1−1 Friendly Aškovski Goal 31' (o.g.)
26 March 2013 Lovech, Bulgaria  Serbia 0−2 Friendly
1 June 2013 Lovech, Bulgaria  Andorra 3−0 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Nedelev Goal 19', Petkov Goal 45', Chochev Goal 50'
5 June 2013 Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Andorra 3−0 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Nedelev Goal 45+2' (pen.)73', Chochev Goal 53'
14 August 2013 Lovech, Bulgaria  Azerbaijan 3−1 Friendly Karachanakov Goal 29', Petkov Goal 61', Gamakov Goal 90+1'
6 September 2013 Lovech, Bulgaria  Estonia 1−1 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Kirilov Goal 20'
10 September 2013 Moscow, Russia  Russia 1−3 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Kolev Goal 45+4'
11 October 2013 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria  Russia 3−3 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Velkov Goal 13', Chochev Goal 37', Kolev Goal 66'
15 October 2013 Nova Gorica, Slovenia  Slovenia 1−2 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Jordanov Goal 53'
15 November 2013 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria  Denmark 2−3 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Jordanov Goal 19', Gamakov Goal 27'
19 November 2013 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria  Slovenia 1−5 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Kolev Goal 28'
3 September 2014 Tallinn,Estonia  Estonia 2−2 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Kolev Goal 8' Chunchukov Goal 79'
9 September 2014 Aalborg,Denmark  Denmark 1−7 UEFA Euro 2015 Q Karachanakov Goal 49',

2015−2017[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 10 8 2 0 37 9 +28 26
 Russia 10 7 1 2 22 12 +10 22
 Slovenia 10 5 2 3 29 11 +18 17
 Bulgaria 10 2 3 5 18 26 –8 9
 Estonia 10 2 3 5 9 23 –14 9
 Andorra 10 0 1 9 1 35 –34 1
  Andorra Bulgaria Denmark Estonia Russia Slovenia
Andorra  0–3 0–2 0–2 0–3 0–5
Bulgaria  3–0 2–3 1–1 3–3 1–5
Denmark  6–0 7–1 8–0 4–2 2–2
Estonia  1–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–7
Russia  5–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 2–1
Slovenia  5–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 0–1
1 June 2013
19:00 (UTC+3)
Bulgaria  3 – 0  Andorra
Nedelev Goal 19'
Petkov Goal 45'
Chochev Goal 50'
Report
Lovech Stadium, Lovech
Attendance: 500
Referee: Johnny Casanova (San Marino)

5 June 2013
17:00 (UTC+2)
Andorra  0 – 3  Bulgaria
Report Nedelev Goal 45+2' (pen.)73'
Kirilov Goal 53'

6 September 2013
19:00 (UTC+3)
Bulgaria  1 – 1  Estonia
Kirilov Goal 20' Report Baranov Goal 90+4'

10 September 2013
15:00
Russia  3 – 1  Bulgaria
Obukhov Goal 19' (pen.)48'
Bazelyuk Goal 63'
Report Kolev Goal 45+4'
Arena Khimki, Khimki
Attendance: 500
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

11 October 2013
17:00
Bulgaria  3 – 3  Russia
Velkov Goal 13'
Chochev Goal 37'
Kolev Goal 66'
Report Bazelyuk Goal 8'56'
Kozlov Goal 63'

15 October 2013
17:00
Slovenia  2 – 1  Bulgaria
Vrhovec Goal 24'
Šporar Goal 90+2'
Report Jordanov Goal 53'

15 November 2013
16:00
Bulgaria  2 – 3  Denmark
Jordanov Goal 19'
Gamakov Goal 27'
Report Poulsen Goal 8'87'
Vestergaard Goal 53'
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 1000
Referee: Hugo Miguel (Portugal)

19 November 2013
16:00
Bulgaria  1 – 5  Slovenia
Kolev Goal 28' Report Pučko Goal 24'
Jelenič Goal 34'
Benedičič Goal 64'
Bratanovič Goal 74'90+1'
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 300
Referee: Eli Hacmon (Israel)
3 September 2014
18:00
Estonia  2 – 2  Bulgaria
Vihmann, Goal 49'
Anier (pen.)
Report Kolev, Goal 8'
Chunchukov Goal 79'
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 1000
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (Wales)

9 September 2014
18:00
Denmark  7 – 1  Bulgaria
Lucas Andersen Goal 18'32'
Durmisi Goal 36'
Vestergaard Goal 42'
Berggreen Goal 65'
Bech Goal 67'
Zohore Goal 78'
Report Karachanakov Goal 49'
Nordjyske Arena, Aalborg
Attendance: 600
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)

Honors[edit]

Three times Balkan Youth Championship winners (1972, 1975, 1976).

See also[edit]

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ Mladezhki natsionalen otbor na Balgariya po futbol, literally "Bulgaria national youth football team".