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Bulgaria national basketball team

The Bulgaria national basketball team (Bulgarian: Български национален баскетболен отбор) represents Bulgaria in international basketball. They are administered by the Bulgarian Basketball Federation.

Bulgaria Bulgaria
Bulgarian Basketball Federation logo.png
FIBA ranking51 Decrease 4 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1935
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationBulgarian Basketball Federation
CoachLyubomir Minchev
Nickname(s)Лъвовете (The Lions)
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
MedalsSilver Silver: (1957)
Bronze Bronze: (1961)

Bulgaria's first appearance at an international tournament came at the EuroBasket in 1935. They have reached the premier European basketball competition 24 times, with their best results coming in 1957 as the runner-up on home soil, and 1961 respectively. The national team has also qualified for the FIBA World Cup, where they finished seventh in their lone appearance in 1959. Competing at the Summer Olympics multiple times, Bulgaria had their top performance in 1956. In 1950, the national team participated in and won the Balkan Championship.


EuroBasket 1935Edit

Bulgaria debuted on the international stage at the first European Basketball Championship held in Geneva in 1935. The Bulgarian side started the tournament off with an lost to Italy in the preliminary round, but bounced back to defeat Hungary in their next match. Following this, Bulgaria lost their classification matches to Belgium, and to Italy again. The national team wound up finishing off their tournament run in 8th place.

EuroBasket 1947Edit

Twelve years later, the Bulgarian national team reached the tournament for their second appearance overall. At the EuroBasket 1947, Bulgaria split their two preliminary round matches against Austria, and France advancing to the upper bracket semifinal groups. There they lost all three of their games, putting them in a 7th/8th place classification match versus Hungary, which they lost. The national team would once again end the tournament reaching the quarterfinals.

EuroBasket 1951Edit

Bulgaria's third appearance was at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. They won their two contested preliminary games, outscoring opponents 145–70, and gained a third win by Romania's forfeit. In the semifinal round, the national team became enmeshed in a three-way tie for first place in the four-team group after losing to France but winning the other two matches, and ended up finishing in second place in the group. This pitted them against the Soviet Union in a semifinal matchup, which the Bulgarians lost. The national team then went on to lose again, in the bronze medal game to France.

EuroBasket 1953Edit

The national team's next appearance was in Moscow for EuroBasket 1953. They found themselves on the unfortunate end of a three-way tiebreaker after finishing 3–1 in their preliminary group, and their 3rd place rank in the group sent them to the classification round, a disappointing turn of events for Bulgaria which had expected to do at least as well as they had two years prior. They won their next five matches to take the highest place available, after the preliminary round. Thus, reaching the quarterfinals in the tournament with an 8–1 record.

EuroBasket 1955Edit

At EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest, the Bulgarian side open up their campaign at the tournament with an 107-33 dismantling of Denmark. They would go on to only drop one match in their preliminary group to finish with an 2–1 record, which allowed them to advance to the final round along with group leader Czechoslovakia. After losing to the three eventual medalists in the final round, Bulgaria finished the round with a 4–3 record while once again reaching the semifinals.

EuroBasket 1957Edit

Bulgaria hosted the EuroBasket 1957, in Sofia. The national team breezed through their three preliminary round matches, and kept their win streak through the first six of the final round games, including an 82–80 victory over Czechoslovakia. In their final game of the tournament, which by chance was against the similarly undefeated Soviet Union squad, Bulgaria led by 4 points at halftime, 23–19. Their lead did not last through the second half though, however, as the Soviets powered to a 60–57 final, Bulgaria finished as the runners-up with the silver medal.

1959 World CupEdit

Bulgaria made its debut at the World Cup in 1959. They were placed in Group C, where they went undefeated (3-0) and advanced to the final round. There, they finished with an 2-4 record, but after controversy struck. As they along with the Soviets refused to play Formosa, due to political reasons. This mishap caused the national team to be relegated to seventh place at the tournament.

EuroBasket 1961Edit

At the EuroBasket 1961, the national team returned to the top European basketball tournament looking to place better than their last trip at the event. In their preliminary round group they finished with an 2-0 record to move on to the second round. There they finished with an impressive 4-1 record to advance to the semifinals with a matchup against the Soviet Union. The outcome did not turn out in the favor of the Bulgarian side though, as they were manhandled 77-54. The devastating loss sent the Bulgarians to the bronze medal match versus France, where they came away with a victory to end the tournament on a high note.

Later yearsEdit

Bulgaria would go on to qualify to the European Basketball Championship 16 more times after 1961, but never came away with an top three finish at the event. The Bulgarian side have endured multiple droughts without qualifying as well, eg. not reaching the tournament for 12 years after EuroBasket 1993 until EuroBasket 2005. As well as not having qualified to the tournament since 2011. They have also attempted to qualify for the World Cup on numerous occasions since 1959, although they have yet to succeed in their bid.

Competitive recordEdit


Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification.

Bulgaria national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
PG 1 Bost, Dee 27 – (1989-11-12)12 November 1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) BC Khimki  
G 23 Marinov, Stanimir 25 – (1991-09-07)7 September 1991 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Balkan  
SG 20 Kostov, Chavdar 29 – (1988-04-18)18 April 1988 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Kymis B.C.  
F 9 Simeonov, Aleks 24 – (1993-03-28)28 March 1993 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Gipuzkoa  
C 15 Vaklinov, Stanislav 28 – (1989-06-07)7 June 1989 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Academic Plovdiv  
F 12 Yanev, Aleksandar 27 – (1990-01-20)20 January 1990 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) BC Beroe  
F 41 Vezenkov, Sasha 21 – (1995-08-06)6 August 1995 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Olympiacos  
G 6 Hadzhirusev, Evgeni 21 – (1995-12-11)11 December 1995 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) BC Levski Sofia  
G/F 6 Minchev, Yordan 18 – (1998-10-17)17 October 1998 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Vrsac  
SF 10 Marinov, Pavel (C) 29 – (1988-06-12)12 June 1988 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Lille BC  
C 16 Vangelov, Nikolay 21 – (1996-02-15)15 February 1996 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Palestrina  
PF 34 Dimitrov, Dimitar 23 – (1993-03-01)1 March 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) PBC Academic  
G/F 22 Marinov, Martin 31 – (1985-11-14)14 November 1985 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) BC Spartak Pleven  
G/F 8 Stoyanov, Nikolay 23 – (1994-03-10)10 March 1994 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) BC Rilski Sportist  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 5 August 2017

Past rostersEdit

1935 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 10 teams

Krum Konstantinov, Pinkas, Etropolski, Rogachev, Tsankov, Kevorkjan, Khaimov (Coach: Krum Konstantinov)

1947 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 14 teams

Bozhidar Takev, Veselin Temkov, Ilija Asenov, Georgi Georgiev, Ljudmil Katerinski, Nikola Kolev, Krhisto Khajtov, Stefan Bankov, Peev, Sharkov, Rajkov (Coach: Georgi Petkov)

1951 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 17 teams

Kiril Semov, Konstantin Totev, Georgi Georgiev, Stefan Bankov, Nejcho Nejchev, Vladimir Slavov, Ilija Asenov, Petar Shishkov, Anton Kuzov, Gencho Rashkov, Ivan Vladimirov, Dimitar Popov, Metodi Tomovski (Coach: Veselin Temkov)

1952 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 23 teams

Georgi Panov, Konstantin Totev, Kiril Semov, Petar Shishkov, Khristo Donev, Ilija Georgiev, Vladimir Slavov, Anton Kuzov, Nejcho Nejchev, Vasil Manchenko, Ivan Nikolov, Veselin Penkov, Konstantin Georgiev, Genczo Hristov

1953 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 17 teams

Georgi Panov, Ljubomir Panov, Ilija Mirchev, Konstantin Totev, Georgi Georgiev, Dimitar Popov, Vladimir Stefanov, Velko Velkov, Khristo Donev, Ilija Georgiev, Vasil Manchenko, Anton Kuzov, Veselin Ivanov, Vladimir Slavov (Coach: Veselin Temkov)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 18 teams

Viktor Radev, Cvjatko Barchovski, Georgi Panov, Ilija Mirchev, Konstantin Totev, Gencho Rashkov, Metodi Tomovski, Vasil Manchenko, Vladimir Ganchev, Emanuil Gjaurov, Anton Kuzov, Rajkov (Coach: Bozhidar Takev)

1956 Olympic Games: finished 5th among 15 teams

Atanas Atanasov, Viktor Radev, Georgi Panov, Ljubomir Panov, Cvjatko Barchovski, Ilija Mirchev, Georgi Kanev, Konstantin Totev, Vladimir Slavov, Vasil Manchenko, Tsvetko Savov, Nikola Ilov (Coach: Ljudmil Katerinski)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams

Viktor Radev, Georgi Panov, Ljubomir Panov, Mikhail Semov, Petko Lazarov, Cvjatko Barchovski, Vladimir Ganchev, Georgi Kanev, Ilija Mirchev, Konstantin Totev, Atanas Pejchinski, Metodi Tomovski (Coach: Ljudmil Katerinski)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 17 teams

Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Atanas Atanasov, Ilija Mirchev, Petko Lazarov, Georgi Kanev, Mikhail Semov, Nikola Ilov, Khristo Donev, Tsvetko Savov, Angel Shipkov, Gencho Rashkov (Coach: Ljudmil Katerinski)

1959 World Championship: finished 7th among 13 teams

Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Atanas Atanasov, Ljubomir Panov, Mikhail Semov, Ilija Mirchev, Georgi Kanev, Petko Lazarov, Tsvetko Savov, Gencho Rashkov, Emanuil Gjaurov, Metodi Tomovski (Coach: Ljudmil Katerinski)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 16 teams

Viktor Radev, Georgi Panov, Atanas Atanasov, Petko Lazarov, Ljubomir Panov, Ilija Mirchev, Georgi Kanev, Nikola Ilov, Stefan Stojkov, Emanuil Gjaurov, Tsvetko Savov, Khristo Tsvetkov (Coach: Nikola Kolev)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 19 teams

Mincho Dimov, Georgi Panov, Atanas Atanasov, Ljubomir Panov, Viktor Radev, Petko Lazarov, Ilija Mirchev, Radko Zlatev, Stefan Stojkov, Khristo Tsvetkov, Tsvetko Savov, Khristo Donev (Coach: Veselin Temkov)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Mincho Dimov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Atanas Atanasov, Ljubomir Panov, Ilija Mirchev, Georgi Kanev, Tsvetko Savov, Nikola Atanasov, Kliment Kamenarov, Dimitar Donev, Stefan Filipov (Coach: Kiril Khajtov)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Mincho Dimov, Atanas Atanasov, Ljubomir Panov, Slavejko Rajchev, Valentin Spasov, Stefan Filipov, Emil Mikhajlov, Radko Zlatev, Georgi Barzakov, Paspalanov, Kolev, Ilchev (Coach: Kiril Semov)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

Mincho Dimov, Cvjatko Barchovski, Ivan Vodenicharski, Georgi Khristov, Emil Mikhajlov, Khristo Dojchinov, Georgi Genev, Boris Krastev, Pando Pandov, Bojcho Branzov, Temelaki Dimitrov, Slavejko Rajchev (Coach: Kiril Khajtov)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 16 teams

Mincho Dimov, Georgi Khristov, Bojcho Branzov, Stefan Filipov, Emil Mikhajlov, Pando Pandov, Khristo Dojchinov, Valentin Spasov, Ivajlo Kirov, Dimitar Sakhanikov, Stanislav Bojadzhiev, Slavejko Rajchev (Coach: Kiril Khajtov)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Atanas Golomeev, Mincho Dimov, Georgi Khristov, Bojcho Branzov, Khristo Dojchinov, Rumen Pejchev, Dimitar Galabov, Ivan Rusinov, Bogomil Chanev, Georgi Barzakov, Stancho Kostov, Temelaki Dimitrov (Coach: Dimitar Mitev)

1971 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Atanas Golomeev, Georgi Khristov, Stefan Filipov, Pando Pandov, Khristo Dojchinov, Bogomil Chanev, llija Yankov, Docho Petrov, Ivajlo Kirov, Rumen Pejchev, Slavejko Rajchev, Paspalanov (Coach: Dimitar Mitev)

1973 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Atanas Golomeev, Georgi Khristov, Bojcho Branzov, Bogomil Chanev, Pando Pandov, Rumen Pejchev, Khristo Borisov, Georgi Stojanov, Ivajlo Kirov, Marin Romanski, Khristo Dojchinov, Boris Krastev (Coach: Nejcho Nejchev)

1975 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 12 teams

Atanas Golomeev, Georgi Khristov, Valentin Petkov, Bojcho Branzov, Temelaki Dimitrov, Marin Romanski, Mikhail Dukov, Khristo Dojchinov, Atanas Stojanov, Docho Petrov, Mikhail Mikhajlov, Valentin Sharkov (Coach: Ivan Kolev)

1977 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Atanas Golomeev, Ilija Evtimov, Petko Marinov, Milko Arabadzhijski, Todor Bogdanov, Atanas Kolev, Rumen Pejchev, Plamen Takev, Valentin Sharkov, Smochevski, Shantov, Yosifov (Coach: Nejcho Nejchev)

1979 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Georgi Glouchkov, Ilija Evtimov, Rumen Pejchev, Dimitar Marchin, Atanas Kolev, Milko Arabadzhijski, Todor Bogdanov, Valentin Sharkov, Mikhail Manolov, Ognjan Rusev, Dimitar Donov (Coach: Ivan Todorov)

1985 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

Georgi Glouchkov, Georgi Mladenov, Ilija Evtimov, Atanas Kolev, Yordan Kolev, Rosen Barchovski, Ljubomir Amiorkov, Tsvetan Antov, Emil Yonov, Kojo Koev, Sashko Vezenkov, Ivan Tsenov (Coach: Cvjatko Barchovski)

1989 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 8 teams

Georgi Glouchkov, Georgi Mladenov, Robert Gergov, Ivan Tsenov, Sashko Vezenkov, Eduard Valchev, Yordan Kolev, Kojo Koev, Tsvetan Antov, Ljubomir Amiorkov, Ventsislav Slavov, Emil Yonov (Coach: Kiril Semov)

1991 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 8 teams

Georgi Glouchkov, Georgi Mladenov, Spas Natov, Robert Gergov, Yordan Kolev, Ljubomir Amiorkov, Ivan Tsenov, Daniel Dimitrov, Sashko Vezenkov, Ivajlo Ravutsov, Tsvetan Nedelchev, Plamen Petrov (Coach: Simeon Varchev)

1993 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

Georgi Mladenov, Spas Natov, Ljubomir Amiorkov, Robert Gergov, Daniel Dimitrov, Vasil Stojanov, Dimo Kostov, Ivajlo Ravutsov, Vladimir Dimitrov, Anton Kharalanov, Stanislav Stankov, Ventsislav Slavov (Coach: Simeon Varchev)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Todor Stoykov, Filip Videnov, Dimitar Angelov, Yordan Bozov, Georgi Davidov, Stefan Georgiev, Boyko Mladenov, Kaloyan Ivanov, Tencho Banev, Dejan Ivanov, Yuliyan Radionov, Khrisimir Dimitrov (Coach: Rosen Barchovski)

2009 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

Dejan Ivanov, Kaloyan Ivanov, Chavdar Kostov, Earl Rowland, Filip Videnov, Stanislav Slaveykov, Stefan Georgiev, Dimitar Angelov, Vassil Evtimov, Boyko Mladenov, Bozhidar Avramov, Todor Stoykov (Coach:Pini Gershon)

2011 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 24 teams

Dejan Ivanov, Kaloyan Ivanov, Chavdar Kostov, Earl Rowland, Filip Videnov, Pavel Marinov, Bozhidar Avramov, Zlatin Georgiev, Aleksandar Yanev, Asen Velikov, Tencho Banev, Nikolay Varbanov (Coach: Rosen Barchovski)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.

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