Bulgaria national under-21 football team

The Bulgaria 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 UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23.

Bulgaria U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Лъвчетата (The Young Lions)
AssociationBulgarian Football Union
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAleksandar Dimitrov
CaptainDominik Yankov
Most capsPetar Mihtarski (51)
Top scorerAtanas Mihaylov (31)
Home stadiumStadion Slavia
FIFA codeBUL
First colours
Second colours

Coaching staffEdit

Head coachEdit

Tenure Head Coach
2000–2001   Dimitar Aleksiev
2002   Ivan Kolev
2003–2006   Petar Miladinov
2006–2007   Aleksandar Stankov
2008–2009   Ivan Kolev
2010–2013   Mihail Madanski
2014–2018   Antoni Zdravkov
2019–2020   Aleksandar Dimitrov
2021–   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   vacant
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
  1990 Quarter-Finals

Current squadEdit

PlayersEdit

The following players have been called up for the friendly matches against   Russia on 3 June 2021 and   Albania on 8 June 2021.[3] Names in bold denote players who have been capped for or called up to the senior team.
Caps and goals updated as of 8 June 2021 after the match against   Albania.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Svetoslav Vutsov (2002-07-09) 9 July 2002 (age 18) 4 0   Slavia Sofia
23 1GK Viktor Nikolov (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Socuéllamos
1 1GK Damyan Damyanov (2000-07-29) 29 July 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Botev Vratsa

6 2DF Viktor Popov (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 11 0   Cherno More Varna
4 2DF Hristiyan Petrov (2002-06-24) 24 June 2002 (age 18) 5 0   Litex Lovech
16 2DF Martin Dichev (2000-08-22) 22 August 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Cherno More Varna
22 2DF Patrick-Gabriel Galchev (2001-04-14) 14 April 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Levski Sofia
20 2DF Simeon Petrov (2000-01-12) 12 January 2000 (age 21) 4 1   CSKA 1948
2 2DF Tomislav Papazov (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 19) 3 0   Hebar Pazardzhik
2DF Kolyo Stanev (2001-10-10) 10 October 2001 (age 19) 2 0   Etar Veliko Tarnovo
18 2DF Atanas Chernev (2002-03-25) 25 March 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Botev Plovdiv
15 2DF Tihomir Dimitrov (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Ludogorets Razgrad II

14 3MF Filip Krastev (2001-10-15) 15 October 2001 (age 19) 5 1   Troyes
7 3MF Stanislav Shopov (2002-02-23) 23 February 2002 (age 19) 5 1   Heerenveen
5 3MF Yoan Baurenski (2001-10-21) 21 October 2001 (age 19) 5 0   Litex Lovech
3 3MF Emanuel Mirchev (2002-02-09) 9 February 2002 (age 19) 5 0   Hamburger SV II
8 3MF Ilia Gruev (2000-05-06) 6 May 2000 (age 21) 4 1   Werder Bremen
19 3MF Mitko Mitkov (2000-08-28) 28 August 2000 (age 20) 4 0   CSKA Sofia
3MF Stefan Kamenov (2001-03-13) 13 March 2001 (age 20) 3 0   Montana
21 3MF Martin Petkov (2002-08-15) 15 August 2002 (age 18) 2 0   Levski Sofia
17 3MF Marin Petkov (2003-10-02) 2 October 2003 (age 17) 2 0   Levski Sofia
13 3MF Dimo Krastev (2003-02-10) 10 February 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Fiorentina

11 4FW Martin Minchev (2001-04-22) 22 April 2001 (age 20) 9 0   Sparta Prague
10 4FW Vladimir Nikolov (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 20) 6 2   Würzburger Kickers
9 4FW Dimitar Mitkov (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 21) 4 0   CSKA 1948

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
GK Damyan Hristov (2002-11-10) 10 November 2002 (age 18) 0 0   Ludogorets Razgrad II v.   North Macedonia, 29 March 2021

DF Stanislav Rabotov (2002-06-14) 14 June 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Botev Plovdiv v.   North Macedonia, 29 March 2021
DF Valentin Antov (2000-11-09) 9 November 2000 (age 20) 9 0   Bologna v.   Estonia, 17 November 2020

MF Dominik Yankov (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 20) 9 2   Ludogorets Razgrad v.   North Macedonia, 29 March 2021 A
MF Dimitar Tonev (2001-10-15) 15 October 2001 (age 19) 2 2   Botev Plovdiv v.   North Macedonia, 29 March 2021
MF Stefan Gavrilov (2000-07-09) 9 July 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Septemvri Sofia v.   Estonia, 17 November 2020

FW Preslav Borukov (2000-04-23) 23 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Etar Veliko Tarnovo v.   Russia, 3 June 2021 INJ
FW Denislav Angelov (2001-06-08) 8 June 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Cherno More Varna v.   North Macedonia, 29 March 2021
Notes

UEFA Euro 2021 QualifierEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Russia 10 7 2 1 22 4 +18 23 Final tournament 2–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 2−0
2   Poland 10 6 2 2 19 8 +11 20 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–1
3   Bulgaria 10 5 3 2 14 5 +9 18 0–0 3−0 0–1 3–0 1–0
4   Serbia 10 3 3 4 12 9 +3 12 0–2 1–0 1–2 6−0 1–1
5   Estonia 10 1 2 7 3 34 −31 5 0–5 0–6 0–4 0–0 2–1
6   Latvia 10 0 4 6 7 17 −10 4 1–4 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

UEFA Euro 2023 QualifierEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Moldova 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Final tournament 8 Oct 3 Jun '22 8 Jun '22 3 Sep 12 Oct
2   Wales 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Play-offs 0–0 11 Jun '22 16 Nov 29 Mar '22 14 Jun '22
3   Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 Sep 12 Oct 29 Mar '22 12 Nov 7 Jun '22
4    Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 Nov 25 Mar '22 8 Oct 4 Jun '22 3 Sep
5   Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 Nov 7 Sep 25 Mar '22 12 Oct 11 Jun '22
6   Gibraltar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 Mar '22 12 Nov 15 Nov 7 Sep 8 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 4 June 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on disciplinary record: Moldova –3, Wales –5.

Recent fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

25 March 2019 (2019-03-25) Friendly Finland   0–1   Bulgaria Marbella, Spain
14:00 (UTC+01:00) Report
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella
3 June 2019 (2019-06-03) Friendly tournament Bulgaria   1–1
(4–5 p)
  Israel Kyiv, Ukraine
14:00 (UTC+02:00)
Report
Stadium: Bannikov Stadium
25 March 2019 (2019-03-25) Friendly tournament Bulgaria   0–0
(5–4 p)
  Cyprus Kyiv, Ukraine
14:00 (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Bannikov Stadium
5 September 2019 (2019-09-05) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Estonia   0–4   Bulgaria Tallinn, Estonia
17:30 (UTC+03:00) Report
Stadium: Kadriorg Stadium
Attendance: 207[4]
Referee: Milovan Milačić (Montenegro)
10 September 2019 (2019-09-10) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Bulgaria   0–0   Russia Sofia, Bulgaria
20:30 (UTC+03:00) Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 1,800[5]
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
11 October 2019 (2019-10-11) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Bulgaria   0–1   Serbia Sofia, Bulgaria
19:00 (UTC+03:00) Report
Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 1,020[6]
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
15 October 2019 (2019-10-15) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Latvia   0–0   Bulgaria Riga, Latvia
18:00 (UTC+03:00) Report Stadium: Skonto Stadium
Attendance: 305[7]
Referee: Marcel Birsan (Romania)
15 November 2019 (2019-11-15) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Bulgaria   3–0   Poland Sofia, Bulgaria
18:00 (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 453[8]
Referee: Yaroslav Kozyk (Ukraine)
4 September 2020 (2020-09-04) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Russia   2–0   Bulgaria Khimki, Russia
19:00 (UTC+03:00)
Report Stadium: Arena Khimki
Attendance: 0
Referee: Arda Kardeşler (Turkey)
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Serbia   1–2   Bulgaria Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
20:00 (UTC+01:00)
Report
Stadium: Stadion Metalac
Attendance: 0
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
9 October 2020 (2020-10-09) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Bulgaria   1–0   Latvia Sofia, Bulgaria
18:45 (UTC+03:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 0
Referee: Viktor Shimusik (Belarus)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Poland   1–1   Bulgaria Gdynia, Poland
18:00 (UTC+01:00)
Report
Stadium: Stadion Miejski
Attendance: 1,894
Referee: Allard Lindhout (Netherlands)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) UEFA Euro 2021 qualification Bulgaria   3–0   Estonia Sofia, Bulgaria
18:30 (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 0
Referee: Walter Altmann (Austria)
24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) Friendly tournament Ukraine   1–2   Bulgaria Antalya, Turkey
16:00 (UTC+03:00)
Report
Stadium: Bellis Sports Center
26 March 2021 (2021-03-26) Friendly tournament Bulgaria   3–1   Kazakhstan Antalya, Turkey
15:00 (UTC+03:00)
Report
  • Sagnayev   81' (pen.)
Stadium: Bellis Sports Center
29 March 2021 (2021-03-29) Friendly tournament North Macedonia   5–1   Bulgaria Antalya, Turkey
16:30 (UTC+03:00)
Report
Stadium: Bellis Sports Center
3 June 2021 (2021-06-03) Friendly Bulgaria   0–1   Russia Sofia, Bulgaria
17:30 (UTC+03:00) Report
Stadium: Stadion Slavia
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) Friendly Bulgaria   4–0   Albania Sofia, Bulgaria
17:30 (UTC+03:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia

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 приятелските мачове с Русия U21 и Албания U21" (in Bulgarian). Bulgarian Football Union. 18 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Estonia U21 vs. Bulgaria U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Bulgaria U21 vs. Russia U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Bulgaria U21 vs. Serbia U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Latvia U21 vs. Bulgaria U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Bulgaria U21 vs. Poland U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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