Bulgaria women's national football team

The Bulgaria women's national football team (Bulgarian: Български женски национален отбор по футбол) represents Bulgaria in international women's football, and is controlled by the Bulgarian Football Union. The team's major success came in 2008 when they won the Balkan Championship and the Albena Cup in the same year. These major tournament victories brought them up to their all-time highest FIFA world ranking of 33rd.

Bulgaria
Nickname(s)Лъвиците (The Lionesses)
AssociationBulgarian Football Union
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachSilviya Radulska
CaptainRadoslava Slavcheva
Home stadiumLovech Stadium
FIFA codeBUL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 85 Decrease 4 (25 March 2022)[1]
Highest33 (December 2008)
Lowest85 (March 2022)
First international
 Bulgaria 1–1 Spain 
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 11 October 1987)
Biggest win
 Estonia 0–5 Bulgaria 
(Otopeni, Romania; 18 November 2006)
 Bulgaria 5–0 Luxembourg 
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 5 June 2009)
 Bulgaria 5–0 Georgia 
(Lovech, Bulgaria; 21 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
 France 14–0 Bulgaria 
(Le Mans, France; 28 November 2013)

HistoryEdit

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

The Bulgaria women's national football team have been nicknamed as "Лъвиците (The Lionesses)".

Home stadiumEdit

Bulgaria plays their home matches on the Lovech Stadium.

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixture

2021Edit

11 June 2021 Friendly Bulgaria   0–1   Bosnia and Herzegovina Sofia, Bulgaria
18:00 UTC+3 Report (BFU)
Report (FABH)
M. Hasanbegović   36' Stadium: National Football Base Boyana
Referee: Hristiyana Guteva (Bulgaria)
14 June 2021 Friendly Turkey   3–1   Bulgaria
18 September 2021 (2021-09-18) 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H Germany   7–0   Bulgaria Cottbus, Germany
16:07
Report Stadium: Stadion der Freundschaft
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (North Macedonia)
26 October 2021 (2021-10-26) 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H Bulgaria   0–5   Portugal Plovdiv, Bulgaria
TBD Report
Stadium: Stadion Lokomotiv
Referee: Alina Peşu (Romania)
30 November 2021 (2021-11-30) 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H Bulgaria   1–4   Serbia Plovdiv, Bulgaria
TBD
Report
Stadium: Stadion Lokomotiv
Referee: Ainara Acevedo (Spain)

2022Edit

16 February 2022 (2022-02-16) Turkish Women's Cup Bulgaria   1–1   Latvia Alanya
Report
Stadium: Goldcity Sport Complex
19 February 2022 (2022-02-19) Turkish Women's Cup Bulgaria   2–3   Lithuania Alanya
Report
Stadium: Goldcity Sport Complex
22 February 2022 (2022-02-22) Turkish Women's Cup Ukraine   2–0   Bulgaria Alanya
Stadium: Goldcity Sport Complex
23 June 2022 (2022-06-23) 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H Bulgaria   v   Israel TBD
Report Stadium: TBD
1 September 2022 (2022-09-01) 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H Israel   v   Bulgaria TBD
TBD Report Stadium: TBD
6 September 2022 (2022-09-06) 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H Bulgaria   v   Germany TBD
TBD Report Stadium: TBD

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 23 May 2021
Position Name Ref.
Head coach Silviya Radulska

Manager historyEdit

  • Silviya Radulska (????–)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11 June 2021.[2][3]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nina Karabelyova (1995-12-21) 21 December 1995 (age 26) 0 0
12 1GK Roksana Shahanska (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 30) 16 0   NSA

2 2DF Nikoleta Boycheva (1994-08-20) 20 August 1994 (age 27) 9+ 0+   Lokomotiv Plovdiv
3 2DF Yanitsa Ivanova (2001-01-05) 5 January 2001 (age 21) 1 0   NSA
4 2DF Monika Razhgeva (1992-11-21) 21 November 1992 (age 29) 11 0   NSA
5 2DF Nora Dimitrova (1996-07-26) 26 July 1996 (age 25) 1 0   NSA
16 2DF Yana Dineva (2002-11-08) 8 November 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Lokomotiv Stara Zagora
18 2DF Zhasmina Atanasova (1996-06-25) 25 June 1996 (age 25) 1+ 0+   Lokomotiv Plovdiv
20 3MF Gergana Iliycheva (2002-02-24) 24 February 2002 (age 20) 1 0

6 3MF Diana-Mihaela Atanasova (1999-11-08) 8 November 1999 (age 22) 2 0
7 3MF Simona Petkova (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 28) 7 0   Lugano
8 3MF Leonora Zheleva (1999-05-13) 13 May 1999 (age 23) 1+ 0   NSA
14 3MF Bilyana Pencheva (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 25) 2 0
17 3MF Nina Georgieva (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Lokomotiv Stara Zagora
19 3MF Teya Penkova (1999-09-08) 8 September 1999 (age 22) 1 0   NSA

10 4FW Veronika Gotseva (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 (age 28) 1+ 0   Lokomotiv Plovdiv
11 4FW Velina Koshuleva (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 31) 1+ 0   Lokomotiv Plovdiv
15 4FW Aleksandra Yaneva (2001-02-24) 24 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0   NSA
21 4FW Yuliana Aleksandrova (1999-02-21) 21 February 1999 (age 23) 4+ 0   NSA

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up to a Bulgaria squad in the past 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Viktoria Dimova (2002-01-08) 8 January 2002 (age 20) 1+ 0+   NSA v.   Turkey, 21 October 2021

DF Veni Sarbinska (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 26) 1+ 0+   Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021
DF Aleksandra Palagacheva (2002-09-02) 2 September 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021

MF Eva Dupuy (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 28) 1 0   KIF Örebro v.   Germany, 18 September 2021
MF Liliana Kostova (1988-03-15) 15 March 1988 (age 34) 25+ 3+   Czarni Sosnowiec v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021
MF Yoana Papazova (captain) (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 29) 4 0   NSA v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021
MF Ivana Naydenova (2001-12-21) 21 December 2001 (age 20) 2 1   NSA v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021
MF Lora Petrova (1998-10-12) 12 October 1998 (age 23) 1+ 0   Lugano v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021
MF Yana Yordanova (2003-02-20) 20 February 2003 (age 19) 0 0   NSA v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021

FW Evdokiya Popadiynova (1996-10-26) 26 October 1996 (age 25) 4 1   Napoli v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021
FW Dimitra Ivanova (2004-01-26) 26 January 2004 (age 18) 1+ 0   NSA v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 June 2021

CaptainsEdit

  • Radoslava Slavcheva (????–)

RecordsEdit

As of 23 May 2021
Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2021.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GP W D* L GF GA
  1991 Did not qualify UEFA Euro 1991
  1995 UEFA Euro 1995
  1999 6 2 1 3 11 12
  2003 Did not enter Did not enter
  2007
  2011 Did not qualify 8 2 2 4 9 25
  2015 10 0 1 9 3 62
  2019 Did not enter Did not enter
   2023 To be determined To be determined
Total - - - - - - - 24 4 4 16 23 99
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's ChampionshipEdit

UEFA Women's Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GP W D* L GF GA
     1984 Did not enter Did not enter
  1987
  1989 Did not qualify 8 0 2 6 1 18
  1991 6 0 0 6 3 18
  1993 4 0 0 4 1 9
     1995 4 1 1 2 3 11
   1997 6 4 0 2 13 6
  2001 Did not enter Did not enter
  2005
  2009 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 8 1
  2013 10 0 0 10 1 54
  2017 Did not enter Did not enter
  2022
Total - - - - - - - 41 7 3 31 30 117
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

HonoursEdit

Albena Cup

  • Champions : 2008

Balkan Cup

  • Champions : 2008

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 25 March 2022. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Състав на женския национален отбор за приятелските срещи с Босна и Херцеговина и Турция". Bulgaria Football Union (in Bulgarian). 28 May 2021. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  3. ^ "България WA отстъпи на Босна и Херцеговина с минималното 0:1". Bulgaria Football Union (in Bulgarian). 11 June 2021. Retrieved 3 July 2021.

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