BULGARIA Bulgaria World Cup FRANCE 98 BULGARIA

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Bulgaria make it to the World Cup finals for the fifth time.

Prior to US 94, where they made it to the semi-finals after beating Germany 2-1, they were the mother of all under achievers; never even winning a game in the tournaments.

Bulgaria the country.

Official Squad:

Goalkeepers:

1 Zdravko ZDRAVKOV (Istanbulspor)
12 Borislav MIHAYLOV (Slavia Sofia)

Defenders:

3 Trifon IVANOV (CSKA Sofia)
15 Adalbert ZAFIROV (Arminia Bielefeld)
13 Gocho GUINTCHEV (Antalya)
4 Ivailo PETKOV (Litex Lovech)
2 Radostin KICHICHEV (Bursaspor)
21 Rossen KIRILOV (Litex)

Midfielders:

6 Zlatko YANKOV (Besiktas)
16 Anatoli NANKOV (Locomotiv Sofia)
22 Milen PETKOV (CSKA Sofia)
5 Ivaylo IORDANOV (Sporting Lisbon)
11 Ilian ILIEV (Bursaspor)
17 Stoytcho STOILOV (Litex)
18 Daniel BORIMIROV (1860 Munich)
19 Georgui BACHEV (Slavia Sofia)
10 Krassimir BALAKOV (VfB Stuttgart)
14 Marian HRISTOV (Kaiserslautern)

Strikers:

8 Hristo STOITCHKOV (CSKA Sofia)
7 Emil KOSTADINOV (CSKA Sofia)
20 Georgui IVANOV (Levski Sofia)
9 Luboslav PENEV (Compostela)

Coached by Dimitar Penev

Fixtures:
First Round

12th June vs Paraguay
(0-0)
(Montpelier)

19th June vs. Nigeria
(0-1)
(Paris)

24th June vs. Spain
(1-6)
(Lens)

Match Reports.

Group Tables.


Bulgaria were a major disappointment, with Ivanov looking as though he had been on a major drinking session the night before their last game with Spain.


Bulgaria Links.

(Bulgarian Football Union)