Bulgaria national football team
The Bulgaria national football team (Bulgarian: Български национален отбор по футбол) is an association football team of Bulgaria. It is fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home stadium is the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia and Petar Hubchev is the current national manager. Their best achievements are – reaching the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 1994, reaching the Summer Olympics final in 1968, quarter-finals at the UEFA Euro 1968, along with winning four Balkan Cup titles. Although defeating strong top ranked teams in many international friendlies throughout the years, the team's strength has slowly fallen. In result, Bulgaria has failed to qualify for any major tournament since 2004.
|Nickname(s)||Лъвовете (The Lions)|
|Association||Bulgarian Football Union|
|Head coach||Petar Hubchev|
|Most caps||Stiliyan Petrov (105)|
|Top scorer||Dimitar Berbatov (48)|
Hristo Bonev (48)
|Home stadium||Vasil Levski National Stadium|
|Current||48 2 (7 February 2019)|
|Highest||3 (June 1995)|
|Lowest||96 (August 2012)|
|Current||50 4 (3 March 2019)|
|Highest||3 (August 1975)|
|Lowest||69 (12 November 2016)|
| Bulgaria 0–0 Austria |
(Vienna, Austria; 22 April 1924)
| Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana |
(Leon, Mexico; 14 October 1968)
| Bulgaria 1–8 Spain |
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
|Appearances||8 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Semi-Finals (1994)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1968)|
|Best result||Quarter-Finals (1968)|
|Appearances||5 (first in 1924)|
|Best result||Runners-Up (1968)|
|Appearances||12 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Champions (1931, 1932, 1948, 1976)|
The Bulgaria national team was founded in 1922. In 1923, the Bulgarian Football Union was established and the team's first match was held in Vienna on 21 May 1924, against Austria a 0–0 draw. The result was not surprising since Austria was at that time an avangarde of the Central–European school which dominated football in that period. To bring Bulgaria closer to that level, the Bulgarian FA has brought Austrian coaches Nitsch and Stejskal in the 1920s, and Hungarians Nemes, Fogl and German Feist in the 1930s.
Bulgaria was invited to participate in the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay, but eventually rejected the invitation because the players were incapable of having an extended leave of absence from work.
1930's to 1960's: Years of International WildernessEdit
The Bulgarian team at this time could not progress in qualifying for any major tournaments from 1930 to 1960. They would end up finishing, on many occasions, in second or third place in their qualifying group and proceeding to the play-offs, but in the end, failing to qualify. Bulgaria, however, did defeat many strong teams in international games during those years. The only tournaments they were able to qualify for were smaller tournaments, such as the Balkan Cup, which they have won four times. They qualified for the World Cup for the second time in 1962
1960s and 1970s: Beginning of the New EraEdit
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 finished third in their group three out of the four times.
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 CupEdit
Bulgaria finally qualified to their first international tournament, the 1962 world cup, and this would be the first time that they qualified, after not doing so for 32 years. Bulgaria was placed in a group alongside England, Argentina and Hungary. Bulgaria would open up their campaign with a narrow 0–1 loss to Argentina then would lose their second match 1–6 to Hungary. Mathematically eliminated from progressing to the next round, Bulgaria drew England 0–0 to finish fourth in the group with only one point.
1966 World CupEdit
Bulgaria would qualify for their second World Cup in 1966. They were placed in a group, alongside Hungary, Portugal and a Pelé-led Brazil. Bulgaria would open their campaign match with a 0–2 loss to Brazil thanks to two free-kick goals by Pelé and Garrincha. Later on, Bulgaria would lose 0–3 to the Eusébio-led Portugal, then lost again to Hungary (1–3). They would finish fourth in their group zero points earned.
1968 Summer Olympics: Road to the FinalEdit
A month-and-a-half after the Euro came the Olympics, which Bulgaria had qualified for the fifth time in their history. They were drawn in a group with Thailand, Guatemala and Czechoslovakia. Bulgaria began with a 7–0 win over Thailand. They would later go on and draw with Czechoslovakia 2–2. Their final match would determine if they would go on to the quarterfinals. Bulgaria defeated Guatemala 2–1 and win their first round Olympic group. They passed on to the Quarterfinals to face Israel. That game would remain 1–1 for most of the match until a drawing of lots determined who would go to the semi-finals of the tournament. Bulgaria won the draw and advanced to play Mexico. They won in overtime with a 3–2 victory. Bulgaria advanced to the finals for the first time in their Olympic history. They then suffered a 1–4 loss to Hungary. Bulgaria won the silver medal in the end.
1970 World CupEdit
Bulgaria qualified for their third-straight World Cup in 1970, held in Mexico. They were drawn in a group with Western Germany, Peru, and Morocco. Playing their first match against Peru, Bulgaria were leading 2–0 until near the end when the Peruvians came back to win Peru 2–3. In the second match, Bulgaria would fall to West Germany 5–2, ensuring Bulgaria would need to defeat Morocco to progress to the next round. A 1–1 draw, however, resulted in a third-place group finish and elimination from the tournament.
1974 World CupEdit
Four years later, in Germany, Bulgaria would qualify for their fourth-straight World Cup. They were drawn in a group with the Netherlands, Sweden and 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 referee. Later on, Bulgaria tied with Uruguay 1–1. Bulgaria remained in contention; all they needed to do was tie against the Netherlands. As the final match came, Bulgaria fell by a 1–4 score. The Netherlands scored all the goals including an own goal for Bulgaria. Bulgaria remained in 3rd place in the group and did not move on to the next round.
The 1980's and 1990'sEdit
1986 World Cup: The Knockout StageEdit
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.
The 1992 and 1998: Reign of the Golden GenerationEdit
1994 World Cup: Final Four TriumphEdit
On 17 November 1993, 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. Later, 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 defending World Cup champions Germany. Lothar Matthäus scored in a penalty kick. The Bulgarians, however, managed to turn the game over with two goals by 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. In their semi-final match again in New York, 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 semi-final match against Brazil had been held in the Rose Bowl. Sweden beat Bulgaria 4–0, so the team finished the tournament in 4th place. 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, becoming the first ever Bulgarian to win it. Krasimir Balakov was named in the all-star team along with Stoichkov.
Euro Cup 1996: Close CallEdit
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, and went on to a 1–0 win against Romania. In the final group match, they lost 3–1 against France, Stoitchkov scoring from a free kick to give Bulgaria their only goal of the game. At the same time, Spain defeated Romania 2–1 with the winning goal coming in the 84th minute, and the Bulgarians subsequently failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
1998 World Cup: Last Stand of the Golden GenerationEdit
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 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 offside 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 QualificationEdit
Bulgaria was drawn in a tough qualifying group with England, Sweden and Poland. The campaign was off to a bad start 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.
A New millenniumEdit
2002 World Cup Qualification: Beginning of a DroughtEdit
Bulgaria, Denmark, and Czech Republic were among the main contenders for the qualifying spots. This is also the debut of Bulgaria's top scoring player 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.
Bulgaria qualified for Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in their group ahead Croatia and Belgium with 17 points. They drew Sweden, Italy and Denmark in Group C. They started with a 5–0 defeat by Sweden, followed by a 2–0 defeat by Denmark. The last match against Italy was a 2–1 defeat. Near the end of the match, the score was 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. Bulgaria finished fourth in the group with no points and were sent home without reaching the knockout round.
2006 World Cup Qualification: FailureEdit
Bulgaria failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany after a run of poor results. They began with a win over Hungary and "weaker" teams in the group. 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 equaliser against Croatia, Bulgaria finished third in Group Eight, behind Sweden and Croatia with 15 points.
2006 Kirin Cup: Fight for the FinaleEdit
Although not making it to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Bulgaria found themselves in a minor tournament in Japan, known as the Kirin Cup, which Bulgaria entered for the first time. They started off well with a 2–1 victory over the hosts Japan. Later, they lost 5–1 to Scotland, the eventual champions of the Kirin Cup. Bulgaria became the Runners Up and received the silver medal.
2008 European Qualification: Near MissEdit
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 tenth minute and lose the second 2–0. Bulgaria failed to qualify to the competition, finishing with 25 points, after Romania and the Netherlands, with only one lost match against the Dutch.
2010 World Cup Qualification: Close CallEdit
Bulgaria were drawn against Italy and the Republic of Ireland in qualifying Group Eight. Bulgaria started the campaign with a series of draws in the 2010 qualifiers. 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 DeclineEdit
2012 European Qualification: Last PlaceEdit
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. However, Bulgaria finished fifth in their group reaching their nadir in their football history, marking the fourth instance during 2000s that the nation had failed to finish in third (or better).
2014 World Cup Qualification: Final Phase FailureEdit
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 2–1 victory over 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands in Amsterdam. The qualifications started with a 2–2 draw against the Euro 2012 runners-up Italy. Bulgaria then defeated Armenia, which ended 1–0. Later on Bulgaria drew 1–1 against Denmark. Four days later, Bulgaria earned a 0–0 draw away against 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. 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 ten points and still undefeated. Bulgaria traveled to Italy, a game where they lost 1–0. Further on, the lions secured three more points with a 2–0 away win against Malta. After that Bulgaria was defeated by Armenia 2–1 and the Czech Republic 1–0 at home.
2016 Euro Cup Qualification: Continuation of the DroughtEdit
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 QualificationEdit
Bulgaria were drawn in a strong World Cup qualification group with the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Belarus and Luxembourg. They began with a hard-fought 4–3 win against Luxembourg at home. This was followed by heavy losses to France (4–1) and Sweden (3–0). In November 2016, the Lions beat Belarus in Sofia 1–0, and then put up one of their best performances in recent years, beating the Netherlands 2–0 to move into third place in the group. Bulgaria then beat the group leaders Sweden 3–2 in Sofia to move one point behind their opponents in the table. However, they lost the key match against the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena 3–1. A 1–0 defeat at home to France and a 1–1 draw in Luxembourg ended their chances of qualifying.
2020 Euro Cup Qualification: Nations LeagueEdit
Bulgaria were drawn in Euro Cup Nations League C qualifying group 3 with Norway, Slovenia and Cyprus. Bulgaria opened up the campaign well, with an impressive 2-1 win over Slovenia and an even more astounding 1-0 shutout win over Norway. The Norwegians eventually avenged their loss to Bulgaria, resulting in a tie for first place. Bulgaria eventually closed out the second round of games with two 1-1 draws against Slovenia and Cyprus. This ultimately resulted in finishing in second place and narrowly missing promotion to League B.
2020 Euro Cup Qualification: Regular qualifiersEdit
Bulgaria was drawn in very tough group A with England, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Kosovo. The Lions began the qualifying campaign with 1-1 home draw against strong opponents Montenegro and a 1-1 away draw to mighty debutantes Kosovo, despite being without 3 of Bulgaria's best players.
|1||England (X)||2||2||0||0||10||1||+9||6||Qualify for final tournament||—||7 Sep||10 Sep||14 Nov||5–0|
|2||Bulgaria||2||0||2||0||2||2||0||2||14 Oct||—||10 Jun||1–1||17 Nov|
|3||Kosovo (X)||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||1||17 Nov||1–1||—||14 Oct||7 Sep|
|4||Montenegro||2||0||1||1||2||6||−4||1||1–5||11 Oct||7 Jun||—||10 Sep|
|5||Czech Republic||1||0||0||1||0||5||−5||0||11 Oct||7 Jun||14 Nov||10 Jun||—|
Normally, the Bulgarian national football team's home stadium is the Vasil Levski National Stadium with a capacity of 45,000. 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 with Barcelona, Chelsea, and Werder Bremen. 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.
Champions Runners-Up Semi-Finals Other Top Results
World Cup RecordEdit
|FIFA World Cup Record|
|1986||Round of 16||10th||4||0||2||2||2||6|
|2022||To Be Determined|
Euro Cup RecordEdit
|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 RecordEdit
Win Draw Loss
|26 March 2018 Friendly||Bulgaria||2–1||Kazakhstan||Felcsút, Hungary|
|I. Popov 23' (pen.)
|Report||Tungyshbayev 55'||Stadium: Pancho Aréna|
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
|6 September 2018 UEFA Nations League||Slovenia||1–2||Bulgaria||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Zajc 40'||Report||Kraev 3', 59'||Stadium: Stožice Stadium|
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
|9 September 2018 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||1−0||Norway||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Vasilev 59'||Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
|13 October 2018 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||2−1||Cyprus||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Report||Kastanos 41'||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
|16 October 2018 UEFA Nations League||Norway||1–0||Bulgaria||Oslo, Norway|
|Elyounoussi 31'||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadium|
Referee: John Beaton (Scotland)
|16 November 2018 UEFA Nations League||Cyprus||1−1||Bulgaria||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|Zachariou 24'||Report||Dimitrov 89' (pen.)||Stadium: GSP Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
|19 November 2018 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||1–1||Slovenia||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Ivanov 68'||Report||Zajc 75'||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
|22 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Bulgaria||1−1||Montenegro||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Nedelev 82' (pen.)||Report||Mugoša 50'||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
|25 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Kosovo||1−1||Bulgaria||Pristina, Kosovo|
|Zeneli 61'||Report||Bozhikov 39'||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
|7 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Czech Republic||v||Bulgaria||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Report||Stadium: Stadion Letná|
|10 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Bulgaria||v||Kosovo||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
|7 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||England||v||Bulgaria||TBA, England|
|10 September 2019 Friendly||Republic of Ireland||v||Bulgaria||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Stadium: Aviva Stadium|
|11 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Montenegro||v||Bulgaria||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|Report||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
|14 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Bulgaria||v||England||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
|Best Rank||3||June 1995|
|Current Rank||48||February 2019|
|Worst Rank||96||May 2012|
- FIFA-ranking yearly averages for Bulgaria (1993–2019)
- As of 25 February 2019
The following players have been called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Montenegro and Kosovo, on 22 and 25 March 2019.
All caps and goals as of 25 March 2019 after match against Kosovo.
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||13||0||Ludogorets Razgrad||v. Montenegro, 22 March 2019INJ|
|GK||Georgi Petkov||14 March 1976||18||0||Slavia Sofia||v. Slovenia, 19 November 2018|
|GK||Martin Lukov||5 July 1993||0||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Norway, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Ivan Bandalovski||23 November 1986||19||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Slovenia, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski||1 August 1995||8||0||CSKA Sofia||v. Slovenia, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Ivan Goranov||10 June 1992||2||0||Levski Sofia||v. Cyprus, 16 November 2018INJ|
|DF||Angel Lyaskov||16 March 1998||1||0||CSKA Sofia||v. Norway, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Ivaylo Chochev||18 February 1993||18||3||Palermo||v. Montenegro, 22 March 2019INJ|
|MF||Bozhidar Kraev||23 June 1997||9||2||Midtjylland||v. Slovenia, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Martin Raynov||25 April 1992||7||0||Levski Sofia||v. Slovenia, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Aleksandar Tsvetkov||31 August 1990||2||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Slovenia, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Svetoslav Kovachev||14 March 1998||0||0||Dunav Ruse||v. Slovenia, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Georgi Milanov||19 February 1992||41||2||MOL Vidi||v. Norway, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Borislav Tsonev||29 April 1995||0||0||Inter Zaprešić||v. Norway, 16 October 2018INJ|
|FW||Radoslav Vasilev||12 October 1990||6||1||Cherno More Varna||v. Montenegro, 22 March 2019|
|FW||Kiril Despodov||11 November 1996||5||1||Cagliari||v. Montenegro, 22 March 2019INJ|
- INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury.
Current technical staffEdit
|Head coach||Petar Hubchev|
|Goalkeeping coach||Armen Ambartsumyan|
International match recordsEdit
As of 22 March 2019
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||1||0||1||2||2||0|
|Republic of Ireland||9||3||4||2||8||10||−2|
|United Arab Emirates||6||5||0||1||14||4||+10|
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