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Bulgaria national under-21 football team

Bulgaria's national Under-21 football team (Bulgarian: Mладежки национален отбор на България по футбол)[1] is considered to be the feeder team for the Bulgaria national football team. This team is for Bulgarian players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23.

Bulgaria Under-21
Nickname(s)The Lions
AssociationBulgarian Football Union
Head coachAleksandar Dimitrov
CaptainStefan Velkov
Most capsPetar Mihtarski (51)
Top scorerAtanas Mihaylov (31)
First colours
Second colours

Coaching staffEdit

Head coachEdit

Tenure Head Coach
2000–2002   Ivan Kolev
2003–2006   Petar Miladinov
2006–2007   Aleksandar Stankov
2008–2009   Ivan Kolev
2010–2013   Mihail Madanski
2014–2018   Antoni Zdravkov
2019–   Aleksandar Dimitrov

On 20 December 2018, BFU appointed Aleksandar Dimitrov as the head coach of the under-21 team.[2]

U21 Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Aleksandar Dimitrov
Assistant Manager   Ivaylo Yordanov
Goalkeeping Coach   vacant

Source:[citation needed]

Competition resultsEdit

     Champions       Runners-Up       Semi-Finals       Other Top Results  

Balkan Youth ChampionshipEdit

Year Rank
  1968 Champions
  1970 Champions
  1973 Champions

UEFA U-21 European ChampionshipEdit

Year Rank
  1972 Semi-Finals
  1974 Quarter-Finals
  1976 Quarter-Finals
  1978 Semi-Finals
  1980 Quarter-Finals

Current squadEdit

PlayersEdit

The following players have been called up for the 2021 European Under-21 Championship qualifying matches against Serbia and Latvia on 11 and 15 October 2019.[3] Names in bold denote players who have been capped for or called up to the senior team.
Caps and goals updated as of 11 October 2019 after the match against Serbia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Daniel Naumov (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 21) 11 0   CSKA 1948
12 1GK Ivan Dyulgerov (1999-07-15) 15 July 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Cherno More Varna

2 2DF Viktor Popov (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Cherno More Varna
4 2DF Angel Lyaskov (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21) 10 0   Botev Vratsa
5 2DF Alex Petkov (1999-07-25) 25 July 1999 (age 20) 7 0   Clyde
6 2DF Valentin Antov (2000-11-09) 9 November 2000 (age 18) 4 0   CSKA Sofia
15 2DF Petko Hristov (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 20) 14 0   Bisceglie
19 2DF Ivan Turitsov (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 20) 4 0   CSKA Sofia

3 3MF Stefan Gavrilov (2000-07-09) 9 July 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Septemvri Sofia
8 3MF Dominik Yankov (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Botev Vratsa
10 3MF Svetoslav Kovachev (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Etar Veliko Tarnovo
11 3MF Georgi Rusev (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 (age 21) 7 0   Septemvri Sofia
16 3MF Ivaylo Naydenov (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Levski Sofia
17 3MF Martin Minchev (2001-04-22) 22 April 2001 (age 18) 3 0   Cherno More Varna
18 3MF Iliya Yurukov (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 20) 6 1   Levski Sofia
21 3MF Lachezar Kotev (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 21) 7 1   Vitosha Bistritsa

7 4FW Kaloyan Krastev (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 20) 14 0   Slavia Sofia
9 4FW Tonislav Yordanov (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 20) 10 5   Litex Lovech
14 4FW Stanislav Ivanov (1999-04-16) 16 April 1999 (age 20) 3 1   Levski Sofia
20 4FW Kun Temenuzhkov (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Leeds United

Recent call upsEdit

The following players have previously been called up to the Bulgaria under-21 squad and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Andrea Hristov (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 20) 5 0   Slavia Sofia V. Lobanovskyi Tournament, 3–5 June 2019
DF Ertan Tombak (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Slavia Sofia V. Lobanovskyi Tournament, 3–5 June 2019
DF Vasil Dobrev (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Septemvri Sofia v.   Finland, 25 March 2019

MF Zdravko Dimitrov (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Levski Sofia v.   Russia, 10 September 2019
MF Mitko Mitkov (2000-08-28) 28 August 2000 (age 19) 2 0   CSKA Sofia v.   Russia, 10 September 2019
MF Kristian Dobrev (2001-04-27) 27 April 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Porto B v.   Russia, 10 September 2019
MF Ivan Tilev (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Septemvri Sofia V. Lobanovskyi Tournament, 3–5 June 2019
MF Asen Chandarov (1998-11-13) 13 November 1998 (age 20) 2 0   Levski Sofia V. Lobanovskyi Tournament, 3–5 June 2019
MF Atanas Kabov (1999-04-11) 11 April 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Vitosha Bistritsa v.   Finland, 25 March 2019

FW Preslav Borukov (2000-04-23) 23 April 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Sheffield Wednesday U23 V. Lobanovskyi Tournament, 3–5 June 2019
FW Vladimir Nikolov (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Septemvri Sofia V. Lobanovskyi Tournament, 3–5 June 2019
Notes

UEFA Euro 2021 QualifierEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Poland 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6 10 Final tournament 8 Sep '20 13 Oct '20 1–0 4–0 27 Mar '20
2   Russia 4 2 2 0 8 2 +6 8 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
2–2 4 Sep '20 1–0 9 Oct '20 15 Nov '19
3   Bulgaria 4 1 2 1 4 1 +3 5 15 Nov '19 0–0 0–1 31 Mar '20 9 Oct '20
4   Serbia 4 1 1 2 2 3 −1 4 9 Oct '20 19 Nov '19 8 Sep '20 15 Nov '19 1–1
5   Estonia 4 1 0 3 2 14 −12 3 4 Sep '20 0–5 0–4 13 Oct '20 2–1
6   Latvia 4 0 2 2 2 4 −2 2 0–1 13 Oct '20 0–0 4 Sep '20 8 Sep '20
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers
25 March 2019 Marbella, Spain   Finland 1−0 Friendly match Kotev   30'
3 June 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine   Israel 1−1 Friendly tournament Yurukov   20'
5 June 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine   Cyprus 0−0 Friendly tournament
5 September 2019 Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia 4−0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q Yordanov   15'48'65', S. Ivanov   39'
10 September 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria   Russia 0−0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q
11 October 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria   Serbia 0−1 UEFA EURO 2021 Q
15 October 2019 Riga, Latvia   Latvia UEFA EURO 2021 Q
15 November 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria   Poland UEFA EURO 2021 Q
31 March 2020 Bulgaria   Estonia UEFA EURO 2021 Q
4 September 2020 Russia   Russia UEFA EURO 2021 Q
8 September 2020 Serbia   Serbia UEFA EURO 2021 Q
9 October 2019 Bulgaria   Latvia UEFA EURO 2021 Q
13 October 2019 Poland   Poland UEFA EURO 2021 Q

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mladezhki natsionalen otbor na Balgariya po futbol, literally "Bulgaria national youth football team".
  2. ^ "Изпълнителният комитет на БФС прие бюджета и спортния календар за 2019 г." (in Bulgarian). bfunion.bg. 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Състав на България U21 за европейските квалификации със Сърбия и Латвия" (in Bulgarian). Bulgarian Football Union. 1 October 2019.

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