Bulgaria national football team
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|Nickname(s)||Лъвовете (The Lions)|
|Association||Bulgarian Football Union|
|Head coach||Ivaylo Petev|
|Most caps||Stiliyan Petrov (105)|
|Top scorer||Dimitar Berbatov (48)|
|Current||77 (11 August 2016)|
|Highest||8  (June 1995)|
|Lowest||96  (August 2012)|
|Current||62 (28 June 2016)|
|Highest||7  (August 1969)|
|Lowest||68  (10 October 2015)|
| Bulgaria 0–6 Austria
(Vienna, Austria; 21 May 1924)
| Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana
(Leon, Mexico; 14 October 1968)
| Bulgaria 0–13 Spain
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
|Appearances||7 (First in 1962)|
|Best result||Semi-Finals: 1994|
|Appearances||2 (First in 1996)|
|Best result||Quarter-Finals: 1968|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1924)|
|Best result||Runners-Up: 1968|
|Olympic medal record|
|1968 Mexico City||Team|
The Bulgaria national football team (Bulgarian: Национален отбор по футбол на България) is an association football team fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home stadium is Vasil Levski in Sofia and Ivaylo Petev is the current national manager. Their best World Cup performance was in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, where they beat defending champions Germany to reach the semi-finals, controversially losing to Italy. Although defeating strong top ranked teams in many international friendlies throughout the years, the team's strength has slowly diminished, failing to qualify for any major tournament since 2004.
- 1 History
- 1.1 The beginning
- 1.2 Years in international wilderness
- 1.3 1960s and 1970s
- 1.4 The 1980s and 1990s
- 1.5 Berbatov's Era
- 1.6 Era of Decline
- 2 Team image
- 3 National stadium
- 4 Competition history
- 5 Honours
- 6 Recent results
- 7 Ranking history
- 8 Players
- 9 Player records
- 10 International match records
- 11 Head coaches
- 12 See also
- 13 Sources
- 14 External links
The Bulgarian national football team was formed in 1922. In 1923 The Bulgarian Football Union was formed and the team's first match was held in Vienna on 21 May 1924, with a 6–0 defeat to Austria.
Years in international wilderness
The Bulgarian side, at this time, could not progress in qualifying to any major tournaments from the time of 1930 to 1960. This period of time was the international wilderness for Bulgaria. They would end up on many occasions getting 2nd or 3rd in their qualifying group and proceeding to the play offs, but in the end not able to qualify. Bulgaria although, did defeat many great teams in international friendlies during those years. The only tournaments they seemed to qualify for were smaller tournaments, such as the Balkan Cup, which they have won four times. Finally, their time came, when they qualified for the World Cup for the second time, in Chile, 1962.
1960s and 1970s
Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 1962 and followed that up with consecutive appearances in 1966, 1970 and 1974. The team, however, did not have much success and finished third in their group three out of the four times.
The team qualified for its first UEFA European Championship in 1968 and went on to win their group with wins over Norway (4-2), Sweden (3-0) and Portugal (1-0) before losing to eventual champion and host Italy in a two-legged quarterfinal. Bulgaria won the first leg 3-2, but lost the second by a 2-0 score to lose 4-3 on aggregate.
At the 1968 Summer Olympics, the team won the silver medal. They finished first in Group D by beating Thailand 7–0, Guatemala 2–1, and drawing 2–2 against Czechoslovakia. They advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Israel and the semifinals by beating host Mexico. In the final, the team was defeated by Hungary.
1962 World Cup
Bulgaria finally would qualify after a while to their second world cup, although this is the first one they would be competing in. Bulgaria was drawn in a tough group with tough opponents England, power machine Argentina and super power house Hungary. Bulgaria would open up their campaign with a narrow 0-1 loss to Argentina. Later on, misery would strike, as Bulgaria would lose their second group match by a 1-6 score to Hungary. Bulgaria's hopes of qualifying were over, but with one world cup match left, they gave it a shot. They would end up drawing with England 0-0 and finish fourth in the group with only one point.
1966 World Cup
As 4 years passed, so did another chance of world cup success. Bulgaria would qualify for their second straight world cup. They were drawn into an even harder group than last world cup. They would end up in a group of death with super powers Hungary, Portugal and Brazil with Pele at the helm. Bulgaria would open their campaign match with a 0-2 loss to Brazil thanks to two free kick goals by Pele and Garrincha. Later on Bulgaria would lose 0-3 to Eusebio and Portugal. Finally Bulgaria, once again with no chance of next round qualification, would finish their last match with a 1-3 loss to Hungary. Bulgaria would finish fourth with zero points in the group. This being Bulgaria's worst World Cup performance yet in their history.
1968 Euro Cup
After their poor world cup performance, Bulgaria was determined to redeem themselves somehow. So when the time finally came, they did. Bulgaria was drawn in a group with Scandinavian Giants Norway and Sweden along with King Eusebio and Portugal. Bulgaria started off very well with a 4-2 win over Norway. They would add to their winning streak with a 3-0 destruction of Sweden. There final match would determine who would win the group. Bulgaria were downed in the past world cup by Portugal 3-0, and they were determined not to happen again. When the game finally came, Bulgaria would defeat Portugal by a 1-0 score. This would seal Bulgaria as group winners and a shot at the two legged quarterfinal. When that time finally came Bulgaria would have to face Italy, the hosts. Bulgaria would start off well, with a 3-2 victory over the Italians. When the second match came, Bulgaria would fall 2-0, also causing them to lose in aggregate and getting eliminated from the tournament. Italy would go on to win the European Championship, and Bulgaria would get the 5th-place ranking, for being the only team in the tournament able to defeat the champions Italy, in a match.
1968 Summer Olympics
A month and a half after the European Championship came the Olympics, which Bulgaria had qualified for the 5th time in their history. They were drawn in a simple group with minnows Thailand, tough opponents Guatemala and giants Czechoslovakia. Bulgaria would start off with a 7-0 thrashing of Thailand. They would later go on and draw with Czechoslovakia 2-2 to increase their point standards. Their final match would determine if they would go on to the quarterfinals. As the time came Bulgaria would defeat Guatemala 2-1 and win their first round Olympic group. They would pass on to the Quarterfinals to face underdogs Israel. That game would remain 1-1 for most of the match until a drawing of lots would determine who would go to the semifinals of the tournament. Bulgaria would with the draw and advance to play Mexico. They would have a hard fought match, but overtime they would come out on top with a 3-2 victory. Bulgaria would advance to the finals for the first time in their Olympic history. They were determined to win the gold medal, but would fall short badly with a 1-4 loss to Hungary. Bulgaria worked hard but could only come out with a silver medal. It was a good performance but not enough for the final and most important game of the tournament.
1970 World Cup
Bulgaria qualified for their third straight world cup. This time it was in Mexico just like the Olympics two years before it. Bulgaria was hoping for another great result like in the Olympics but this time in world cup standards. They were drawn in a medially tough group with power giants Germany, South American powers Peru and African underdogs Morocco. Bulgaria played their first match against Peru. They were leading the match 2-0 until near the end when the Peruvians woke up and began to score. Bulgaria would clumsily fall to Peru 2-3, and start their group in slow fashion. The second match didn’t change much for Bulgaria as they would fall to the giants Germany 5-2. Bulgaria still had a chance to qualify for the next round but they would need a win against Morocco to do that. When that time came Bulgaria would lead Morocco for most of the game until the 61st minute. Bulgaria would end up drawing with Morocco 1-1. They would finish the group in 3rd place but fall short of next round qualification.
1974 World Cup
Four years later, in Germany, Bulgaria would qualify for their fourth straight world cup. They were drawn in a decently tough group, with destroyers the Netherlands, up setters Sweden and shockers Uruguay. Bulgaria would start off with Sweden and after 90 minutes the game would remain goalless in a 0-0 draw. Although no goals, Bulgaria were down set from the disallowed goal they scored, that was ruled offside by the side ref. Later on though Bulgaria would tie with Uruguay 1-1 after a hard fought match. Bulgaria remained in good qualifying contention; all they needed to do was tie against the Netherlands. As the final match came, Bulgaria would fall by a 1-4 score. The ironic thing though was that Netherlands scored all the goals including an own goal for Bulgaria. Bulgaria would remain in 3rd place in the group and sadly fall short of the next round once again. The good thing was that this was their best performance at a world cup since 1930; with 2 draws and 1 loss. Though, their best performances were soon to come.
The 1980s and 1990s
1986 World Cup: The knockout rounds
Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in Mexico by finishing second in Group Four, behind France with 11 points, but worse goal difference, ahead of the teams of Yugoslavia, East Germany, and Luxembourg. This was their fifth World Cup appearance. They were drawn in Group A with Italy, Argentina, and South Korea. In the opening match of the World Cup, the Bulgarians held the defending champions Italy to a 1–1 draw. Alessandro Altobelli gave the Italians the lead, but an 85th minute equalizer by Nasko Sirakov gave the Bulgarians the point. The next match was another 1–1 draw against South Korea with the goal for Bulgaria coming from Plamen Getov in the 11th minute. They lost the final match of the group 2–0 against Argentina, who ended up winning the tournament. Despite not recording a win, the Bulgarians advanced to the knockout stage by being the third-best third placed team. That way, Bulgaria and also Uruguay became the first nations to qualify for the knockout stage without winning a game in the first round. In the Round of 16, they faced World Cup hosts Mexico and lost the match 2–0. Ivan Vutsov was the manager of the team.
1994 World Cup: Semi-final triumph
One of the most important dates in Bulgarian football history is 17 November 1993, when Emil Kostadinov scored two goals to beat France in Paris, thus allowing Bulgaria to qualify for the World Cup in the United States in 1994, and disallowing France to qualify for that tournament. Under the management of Dimitar Penev, the team led by players such as Hristo Stoichkov, Yordan Lechkov, and Krasimir Balakov was referred to as the "Golden Generation". They entered Group D with Argentina, Nigeria, and Greece. Prior to 1994, the Bulgarians had not won a single match in the previous five World Cup finals appearances. The first match ended with a 3–0 defeat by Nigeria in Dallas. Despite the bad start, the team won 4–0 against World Cup-debuting Greece in Chicago and 2–0 against Argentina in Dallas. Bulgaria continued to the next round, where they faced Mexico at Giants Stadium just outside New York City. The match ended 1–1 and after no goals were scored in extra time, penalties would decide which team would go through. Team captain Borislav Mihaylov saved two penalty kicks and Bulgaria won 3–1 on penalties. In their quarter-final match again in New York City, Bulgaria faced the then-defending World Cup champions Germany. Lothar Matthäus scored from a penalty. The Bulgarians, however, managed to turn the game over with two goals by Hristo Stoichkov and Yordan Lechkov, giving them a 2–1 win. Millions of Bulgarians celebrated this win in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia and other Bulgarian cities. Having reached the semi-finals, this was the best Bulgarian performance in the World Cup. In their semi-final match again in New York City, they lost 2–1 to Italy. Bulgaria then traveled across the country and three time zones to the Pasadena Rose Bowl just outside Los Angeles to play Sweden, who did not have to travel because their and semi-final match against Brazil was held in the Rose Bowl. Sweden beat Bulgaria 4-0, so the team finished the tournament in 4th place. Hristo Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot (along with Russia's Oleg Salenko) for scoring six goals and finishing as joint top goal scorer of the tournament. Later in December, Stoitchkov was awarded the FIFA Ballon D'or trophy becoming the first Bulgarian to win it in history. Krasimir Balakov was named in the all-star team along with Stoichkov.
1996 Euro Cup: Group stage
In 1996, the team qualified for the European Football Championship for the first time, after some good results in the qualifying group, including a stunning 3–2 turnaround win against future Euro 1996 champions Germany. They were drawn in Group B with France, Spain, and Romania. Bulgaria started with a 1–1 draw against the Spanish. They would score a second with a volley by Stoitchkov but it would be ruled offsides even though the cameras showed it clearly wasn't. After there rob of a win over Spain, Bulgaria went on to a 1–0 win against Romania. Stoitchkov scoring in the 3rd minute adding a second goal to the list. In the final group match, they lost 3–1 against France, Stoitchkov scoring from an freekick to give Bulgaria there only goal of the game. At the same time, Spain defeated Romania 2–1 with the winner coming in the 84th minute, and the Bulgarians subsequently failed to qualify and robbed of the quarter-finals.
1998 World Cup: The last stand of the "Golden Team"
Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in France by finishing first in the Group 5, followed by Russia. They entered the competition with a new manager Hristo Bonev. Bulgaria drew Spain, Nigeria, and Paraguay in Group D. The first match ended in a 0–0 goalless draw against Paraguay. In the second match, the Bulgarians lost 1–0 for a second-straight World Cup to Nigeria. The final match ended with a disappointing 6–1 defeat to Spain, even though two offsides goals were ruled out. Following the bad results, Bulgaria finished fourth in the group, with only one point, and didn't go through the next round. This was the last major appearance at World Cup level for Bulgaria.
2000 Euro Cup qualification: The end of a legendary era
Bulgaria was drawn in a tough qualifying group with teams like England, Sweden, and Poland. The campaign started bad with a draw and a defeat by Poland and Sweden. The most memorable match for Bulgaria in the group was the 1–1 draw against England, which was also the last one for Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov before his international retirement. Bulgaria finished third with eight points and failed to make the final stages of Euro 2000.
2002 World Cup qualification: Beginning of the World Cup drought
Bulgaria, Denmark, and Czech Republic amongst the main contenders for the qualifying spots. This is also the debut of Bulgaria's top scoring legend Dimitar Berbatov. Bulgaria won the matches against the weaker teams, but lost 2–0 to Denmark and one match with the Czech Republic. That way, Bulgaria finished third with 17 points and three points behind second-placed Czech Republic, thus failing to make the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
2004 Euro Cup
Bulgaria managed to qualify for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in the group ahead of teams like Croatia and Belgium with 17 points. They drew Sweden, Italy, and Denmark in Group C. They started very disappointing with a defeat to Sweden, followed by a 2–0 defeat to Denmark. The last match against Italy was a reasonable 2–1 defeat. The match was looking to end 1–1 after goals from Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov and Simone Perrotta, but a last minute goal by Antonio Cassano gave the Italians the win. They finished fourth with zero points and were sent home without reaching the knockout round.
2006 World Cup qualification: Failure
Bulgaria failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany after a run of poor results,they started off good with wins over Hungary and other weaker teams. They tied with Sweden and Croatia the first run but lost the other meetings to the two sides. Although Berbatov scored many key goals in the qualifier including a last minute eqaulizer against Croatia, Bulgaria still finished third in Group Eight, behind Sweden and Croatia with 15 points.
2006 Kirin Cup
Although not making it to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Bulgaria found themselves in a minor tournament in Japan. Known as the Kirin Cup, Bulgaria entered for the first time. They started off well with a 2-1 victory over the hosts Japan. Later on though, things went downhill as they lost 5-1 to Scotland, the eventual champions of the Kirin Cup. Bulgaria became the Runners Up and received the silver medal.
2008 Euro Cup qualification: Euro Cup near miss
Group G had Netherlands, Romania, and Bulgaria as the main contestants for a qualifying spot for the Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria. Bulgaria performed well after a run of good results from Romania that gave them the first place. Bulgaria would go on to the playoffs but draw the first match 1-1 with a goal by Petrov in the 10th minute and lose the second 2-0. The Bulgarians were robbed of a Euro and finished with 25 points, after Romania and Netherlands, with only one lost match against the Dutch.
2010 World Cup qualification: Close call
Bulgaria were drawn against Italy and Ireland in qualifying Group Eight. Bulgaria started the campaign with a series of draws in the 2010 qualifiers. After the unconvincing start, the manager Plamen Markov was replaced by Stanimir Stoilov in January 2009. The Bulgarians then recorded their first win in the group against Cyprus, and also won against Montenegro and Georgia. They finished in third place in the group with 14 points, therefore failing to qualify directly or for a play-off place. Bulgarian top scorer Berbatov resigned from the national side after this result.
Era of Decline
2012 Euro Cup Qualification: Upset
Bulgaria were drawn in Group G along with England, Switzerland, Wales, and Montenegro. Bulgaria started off horribly with an opening away loss to England. They later on drew level with Switzerland along with defeating Wales and Montenegro. Sadly, Bulgaria finished in third behind Switzerland -- marking the fourth instance during the 2000's that the nation failed to finish in third (or better).
2014 World Cup Qualification: World Cup near miss
In the qualification phase for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Bulgaria were placed in Group B together with the teams of Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Armenia and Malta. Under the guidance of former player Lyuboslav Penev as head coach, Bulgaria enjoyed a revival and put up an incredible performance in many friendly matches before the start of the qualification stage, most notably a 2-1 victory over world cup 2010 runners-up Netherlands in Amsterdam. The qualifications started with a well-earned 2-2 draw against the Euro 2012 runners-up Italy. Bulgaria then edged a tight match against Armenia, which ended 1-0. Later on Bulgaria narrowly drew 1-1 against Denmark. Another good performance followed four days later, Bulgaria earning a hard-fought 0-0 draw away to the Czech Republic. As a result of these performances, the team climbed from 96th in the FIFA Ranking, their lowest position in history, to 40th in November 2012, earning FIFA best mover of the year. Nevertheless, Penev's players hosted and defeated Malta 6-0 under heavy snowfall. Four days later, Bulgaria once again set a draw with Denmark 1-1 in Copenhagen. This result left Bulgaria second in the group with 10 points and still undefeated. Bulgaria traveled to Italy, a game where they narrowly lost 1-0. Further on, the lions secured three more points with a 2-0 away win against Malta, leaving them hopeful of securing their second place in the group and a spot in the play-offs. However, after Bulgaria was defeated by Armenia 2-1 and the Czech Republic 1-0 at home, the dream of qualifying ended.
2016 Euro Cup Qualification: Continuation of the drought
Bulgaria were placed in a group with Italy, Croatia, Norway, Azerbaijan, and Malta. Bulgaria opened up their first match with a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan. They were defeated 1-0 by Croatia, which was followed by a 2-1 defeat to Norway. Bulgaria then drew with Malta 1-1 at home, but this cost Head Coach Lyuboslav Penev his position and he was replaced by former Ludogorets Razgrad Coach Ivaylo Petev. In his debut match in February 2015, Petev's squad drew Romania 0-0 in a friendly, which was then followed at the end of March by a 2-2 qualifier match draw with Italy, a match which Bulgaria had led till the 84th minute. In June, Bulgaria defeated Malta 1-0 to move within 2 points of the third place playoff position. They then, however, lost their next three matches against Norway, Italy and Croatia before winning their final match 2-0 over Azerbaijan, thus failing to qualify for the finals tournament.
2018 World Cup qualification: The qualifying group of death
Bulgaria have been drawn in a tough world cup qualification group with powerhouses Netherlands, France, Sweden along with other members Belarus and Luxembourg. Bulgaria has already had a recent meeting with the Netherlands within the year 2013 in which Bulgaria came out on top with a 2-1 victory. Bulgaria has also had a 100 percent record history against Luxembourg while recently defeating Belarus 2-1 in a friendly in 2014. To add to this aspect, the last time Bulgaria was drawn within a world cup qualification group with Sweden and France was in 1994. Bulgaria drew level with Sweden once, and defeated France twice, decisively, to reach the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. where Bulgaria reached its all-time high of going to the Semi-Finals. Although placed with tough opponents, Bulgaria has luckily drawn Luxembourg at home for their first match in September. This will give them the brief opportunity to re-group hoping to earn an early victory. This can lead the team on to starting off their qualifying campaign on a very positive level at the top of the group while building momentum overtime for when the time comes to face the stronger and tougher opponents.
|1||Netherlands||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||10 Oct '16||10 Oct '17||3 Sep '17||7 Oct '16||9 Jun '17|
|1||France||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible second round[a]||31 Aug '17||—||13 Nov '16||7 Oct '16||10 Oct '17||3 Sep '17|
|1||Sweden||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6 Sep '16||9 Jun '17||—||10 Oct '16||25 Mar '17||7 Oct '17|
|1||Bulgaria||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||25 Mar '17||7 Oct '17||31 Aug '17||—||13 Nov '16||6 Sep '16|
|1||Belarus||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7 Oct '17||6 Sep '16||3 Sep '17||9 Jun '17||—||10 Oct '16|
|1||Luxembourg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||13 Nov '16||25 Mar '17||7 Oct '16||10 Oct '17||31 Aug '17||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
Throughout the football nation's sartorial history, the outfield players wore equipment with the following color patterns of white, green or red signifying the Bulgarian flag.
Normally, the Bulgarian national football team's home stadium is the Vasil Levski National Stadium with a capacity of 44,000. Vasil Levski was officially opened in 1953 and reconstructed in 1966 and 2002.It is currently eligible to host UEFA Europa League final matches. It is the second largest stadium in Bulgaria just behind the Plovdiv Stadium with a capacity 55,000. During the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League the stadium was used for the games of Levski Sofia and Ludogorets Razgrad in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. It was also given three stars for its excellence in art construction of the stadium. The Bulgarian national football team's home matches and the Bulgarian Cup finals are held at the venue, as well as athletics competitions. The stadium also offers judo, artistic gymnastics, basketball, boxing, aerobics, fencing and table tennis halls, as well as a general physical training hall, two conference halls, and three restaurants. On November 4, 2011 it was announced that Bulgaria's new national stadium is going to be built in the Sofia suburb of Vrazhdebna, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Svilen Neykov, has announced. The new national stadium will be called "Arena of the Rose" and will be constructed near the International Airport where Vrazhdebna is located. It will have 60,000 seats and seen from above it will appear in the structure of a rose.
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Other Top Results
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup Record|
|1930||Did not enter||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1934 to 1958||Years Of International Wilderness|
|1986||Round of 16||10th||4||0||2||2||2||6|
|2018||To Be Determined|
|2022||To Be Determined|
Euro Cup record
|UEFA Euro Cup Record|
|2020||To Be Determined|
|1924||Round of 16||12th||1||0||0||1||0||1|
|1952||Round of 16||13th||1||0||0||1||1||2|
|2020||To Be Determined|
Balkan Cup record
|Balkan Cup Record|
- FIFA World Cup
- Fourth Place (1): 1994
- UEFA European Championship
- Quarter-Finals (1): 1968
- Olympic Tournament
- Balkan Cup
Win Draw Loss
13 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q
|Bulgaria||2 – 0||Azerbaijan||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|M. Aleksandrov 20'
|Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
25 March 2016 Friendly
|Bulgaria||1 – 0||Portugal||Leiria, Portugal|
|Marcelinho 19'||Stadium: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa
Referee: Clos Gomez (Spain)
29 March 2016 Friendly
|Bulgaria||2 – 0||Macedonia||Skopje, Macedonia|
|Rangelov 65' Tonev 87'||Stadium: Philip II Arena
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
3 June 2016 Kirin Cup Semi Final
|Bulgaria||2 − 7||Japan||Aichi, Japan|
Kagawa 26', 35'
Yoshida 38', 53'
Asano 87' (pen.)
|Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
7 June 2016 Kirin Cup 3rd-Place Playoff
|Bulgaria||0 − 4||Denmark||Osaka, Japan|
Eriksen 72', 74', 82'
|Stadium: Suita City Football Stadium
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
6 September 2016 FIFA World Cup 2018 Q
|Stadium: Vasil Levski Stadium
7 October 2016 FIFA World Cup 2018 Q
|Stadium: Stade de France
10 October 2016 FIFA World Cup 2018 Q
|Stadium: Friends Arena
13 November 2016 FIFA World Cup 2018 Q
|Best Rank||3||June 1995|
|Current Rank||69||June 2016|
|Worst Rank||96||May 2012|
The following players have also been called up to the Bulgarian squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Plamen Iliev||30 November 1991||2||0||Botoșani||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|DF||Aleksandar Aleksandrov||13 April 1986||12||0||Levski Sofia||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|DF||Georgi Terziev||18 April 1992||9||0||Ludogorets Razgrad||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|DF||Ventsislav Vasilev||8 July 1988||3||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|DF||Ivo Ivanov||11 March 1985||6||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|DF||Radoslav Terziev INJ||6 August 1994||0||0||Botev Plovdiv||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|DF||Plamen Galabov INJ||2 November 1995||0||0||CSKA Sofia||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|DF||Nikolay Bodurov||30 May 1986||35||1||Fulham||v. Macedonia, 29 March 2016|
|DF||Atanas Zehirov||13 February 1989||0||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Portugal, 25 March 2016 INJ|
|DF||Kiril Kotev||18 April 1982||6||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Asen Georgiev||9 July 1993||0||0||Istra 1961||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Stefan Stanchev||26 April 1989||0||0||Cherno More Varna||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Plamen Krumov||4 November 1985||0||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Yordan Minev||14 October 1980||24||0||Ludogorets Razgrad||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Ivan Goranov||10 June 1992||0||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Simeon Slavchev||25 September 1993||7||0||Lechia Gdańsk||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|MF||Galin Ivanov||15 March 1988||1||0||Samsunspor||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|MF||Stefan Velev||2 May 1989||5||0||Dinamo Tbilisi||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|MF||Borys Tashchy||26 July 1993||0||0||VfB Stuttgart||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|MF||Yanis Karabelyov||23 January 1996||0||0||Slavia Sofia||v. Macedonia, 29 March 2016|
|MF||Kristiyan Malinov||30 March 1994||1||0||CSKA Sofia||v. Portugal, 25 March 2016|
|MF||Nikolay Dimitrov||15 October 1987||8||0||Skoda Xanthi||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Anton Karachanakov||17 January 1992||0||0||Cracovia||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Milen Gamakov||12 April 1994||0||0||Lechia Gdańsk||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Dimo Bakalov||9 December 1988||0||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Antonio Vutov||June 6, 1996||0||0||Lecce||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Radoslav Tsonev||29 April 1995||0||0||Lecce||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Daniel Genov||19 May 1989||0||0||Montana||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Lachezar Baltanov||11 July 1988||0||0||Botev Plovdiv||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Hristo Zlatinski||22 January 1985||12||0||CSU Craiova||v. Azerbaijan, 13 October 2015|
|FW||Spas Delev||22 September 1989||12||0||Pogoń Szczecin||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|FW||Ventsislav Hristov||9 November 1988||8||1||Levski Sofia||2016 Kirin Cup Squad|
|FW||Toni Tasev||25 March 1994||0||0||Pirin Blagoevgrad||v. Macedonia, 29 March 2016|
|FW||Aleksandar Kolev||8 December 1992||0||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|FW||Ismail Isa||26 June 1989||0||0||Unattached||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|FW||Georgi Minchev||April 20, 1995||0||0||CSKA Sofia||v. Bulgaria, 13 November 2015|
|FW||Andrey Galabinov||27 November 1988||6||2||Novara||v. Croatia, 10 October 2015|
|Head coach||Ivaylo Petev|
|Team captain||Svetoslav Dyakov|
|BFU president||Borislav Mikhailov|
|National stadium||Vasil Levski National Stadium|
- FIFA World Cup Squads
- 1962 FIFA World Cup squad
- 1966 FIFA World Cup squad
- 1970 FIFA World Cup squad
- 1974 FIFA World Cup squad
- 1986 FIFA World Cup squad
- 1994 FIFA World Cup squad
- 1998 FIFA World Cup squad
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