Bulgaria national football team

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Bulgaria
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Nickname(s) Лъвовете / Lavovete
(The Lions)
Association Bulgarian Football Union (BFU)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Yasen Petrov
Captain Kiril Despodov
Most caps Stiliyan Petrov (105)
Top scorer Dimitar Berbatov
Hristo Bonev (48)
Home stadium Vasil Levski National Stadium
FIFA code BUL
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 71 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [1]
Highest8 (June 1995)
Lowest96 (May 2012)
First international
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6–0 Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg
(Vienna, Austria; 21 May 1924)
Biggest win
Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg  Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg
(Leon, Mexico; 2 October 1968)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Spain (1931-1939).svg  Spain 13–0 Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1962 )
Best resultFourth place (1994)
European Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1996 )
Best resultGroup stage (1996, 2004)
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (first in 1924 )
Best resultRunners-up (1968)

The Bulgaria national football team (Bulgarian : Български национален отбор по футбол, romanized: Balgarski natsionalen otbor po futbol) represents Bulgaria in men's international football and is administered by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home venue is the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia, and is currently managed by Yasen Petrov.

Bulgaria's best achievements are reaching the final at the 1968 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 1994. They have also competed at the Balkan Cup, winning three titles. However, Bulgaria has failed to qualify for any major tournament since UEFA Euro 2004.

History

Early history

The Bulgarian national football team was formed in 1922. In 1923, the Bulgarian Football Union was formed and the team's first match was held in Vienna on 21 May 1924, which resulted in a 6–0 defeat against Austria. [2] Bulgaria also participated in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris a few days later.

Years of international wilderness

After being unable to compete in the 1930 World Cup, the Bulgarian side did not qualify for any major tournament for nearly 30 years, narrowly falling short of qualification on numerous occasions. The national team had gone on a streak of finishing 2nd or 3rd in their qualifying groups along with proceeding to the play-offs, but in the end, failing to qualify. Despite their qualifying problems, the national team did manage to defeat many elite teams during memorable international friendlies during those years. It also seemed as if the only tournaments they managed to qualify for were smaller tournaments, such as the Balkan Cup, which they won four times.

1960s and 1970s: Rising to prominence

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Bulgaria vs. Sweden 0 – 0, 1974 FIFA World Cup

Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup for the first time in its history in 1962 and followed that up with consecutive appearances in 1966, 1970 and 1974. The team, however, did not have much success and finished in third place in their group two out of the four times.

Bulgaria took part in qualifiers for the European Championship in 1968 and went on to win their group with impressive wins over Norway, Sweden, and Portugal. Although they would go on to lose to the eventual champions and hosts Italy in a two-legged qualifying play-off.

At the 1968 Summer Olympics, the team won the silver medal. They finished first in Group D by defeating Thailand 7–0, Guatemala 2–1, and drawing 2–2 against Czechoslovakia. They advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating Israel and then the semi-finals by defeating favored hosts Mexico. In the Olympic Final, the team was defeated by Hungary, in what many would say was a hard-fought match for both sides.

Despite winning the Balkan Cup twice in 1931 and 1932, the Bulgaria national team added two more trophies to their case as they went on to win the tournament in 1973 and 1976. In both 1973 and 1976, Bulgaria had used their previous World Cup experience to create a very tactical team. This paid off quite well, as they had many decisive victories over Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Poland, Albania and Romania. In fact, the team won the 1976 Balkan Cup by beating Romania in the two-legged final 1–0 and 3–2.

1962 World Cup

Bulgaria finally qualified for their second world cup. Bulgaria was drawn in a tough group with elite opponents in England, powerhouse Argentina and Hungary. Bulgaria opened up their campaign with a narrow 0–1 loss to Argentina. Later on, Bulgaria would lose their second group match by a 6–1 score to Hungary. Bulgaria's hopes of qualifying were over, but the national team impressively drew with future 1966 World Cup champions England 0-0 and finished fourth in the group with only one point.

1966 World Cup

Bulgaria qualified for their second straight World Cup, drawn into an even tougher group compared to the previous World Cup. They were placed in the group of death with superpowers Hungary, Portugal and Brazil, with Pelé at the helm. Bulgaria opened their campaign match with a 0–2 loss to Brazil thanks to two free kick goals by Pelé and Garrincha. In their second match Bulgaria loss 0-3 to Eusebio's Portugal. Finally, Bulgaria with no chance of advancing to the next round, finished their last match with a 1–3 loss to Hungary. Bulgaria once again finished fourth with zero points in the group.

Euro 1968 qualification

After their poor World Cup performance, Bulgaria was determined to redeem themselves. Bulgaria was drawn in a very tough group for qualifying, with Norway and Sweden, along with Eusebio's Portugal. Bulgaria started off with a 4–2 win over Norway. They would add to their winning streak with a 2–0 victory against Sweden. In their next two matches Bulgaria would draw 0–0 against Norway, and dominate Sweden 3–0. In their final two group fixtures Bulgaria played Portugal to a 1–0 victory at home and an 0–0 draw on the road, but it was enough to advance to the two-legged qualifying play-off. There Bulgaria were drawn against eventual Euro 1968 host Italy. Italy were defeated in the first leg 3–2, but won the second by a 0–2 score to advance 4–3 on aggregate. Italy would win the playoff and go on to win the tournament, while Bulgaria was eliminated from reaching the finals.

1968 Summer Olympics: Road to the final

A month and a half after the European Championship qualifying came the Olympics, which Bulgaria had qualified for the fifth time in their history. They were drawn in a simple group with Thailand, Guatemala and Czechoslovakia. Bulgaria started off with a 7–0 thrashing of Thailand. They later went on and drew with Czechoslovakia 2–2 to increase their point standards. Their final match once again determined if they would carry on to the quarter-finals. Needing a decisive win, Bulgaria went on to defeat Guatemala 2–1 and win their Olympic group. They qualified directly to the quarter-finals facing underdogs, Israel. The game remained 1–1 for most of the match until a drawing of lots determined who would go on to the semi-finals of the tournament. Winning the draw Bulgaria advanced to the semi-finals against Mexico. After a very hard-fought match, Bulgaria proved stronger as they came out on top with a 3–2 victory. Bulgaria advanced to the finals for the first time in their Olympic history. They were determined to win the gold medal, but fell short with a 1–4 loss to Hungary. Although battling hard, Bulgaria came out with the silver medal.

1970 World Cup

Bulgaria qualified for their third straight World Cup, held in Mexico, just like the 1968 Olympics. They were drawn in a very tricky group with Germany, Peru and Morocco. Bulgaria played their first match against Peru, losing 3–2. Germany won Bulgaria's second match, 5–2. The last group stage match ended 1–1; Bulgaria ended up in 3rd place.

1974 World Cup

The 1974 World Cup was held in West Germany. They were drawn in a decently tough group, with the Netherlands, Sweden and Uruguay. Bulgaria started off with a goalless draw with Sweden. They drew again, this time 1–1 with Uruguay. As the final match came, Bulgaria fell by a 4–1 score. Bulgaria remained in third place in the group stages.

1986 World Cup: The knockout rounds

Bulgaria qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico by finishing second in Group Four, behind France with 11 points, but ahead of powerful rivals Yugoslavia and Germany. 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 an impressive 1–1 draw. Alessandro Altobelli gave the Italians the lead, but an 85th-minute equalizer by Nasko Sirakov gave the Bulgarians the point they needed. 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 eventually won the tournament. Despite not recording a win, the Bulgarians advanced to the knockout stage by being the third-best third-placed team. By doing so, Bulgaria along with 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, who were looking for revenge due to their previous home Olympic semi-final loss to Bulgaria in Mexico City in 1968. The match was hard-fought from both sides of the scale but ultimately, Mexico came away with the 2–0 win.

Stoichkov's reign of the Golden Generation

Hristo Stoichkov won the Ballon D'Or, World and European Golden Boots in 1994. His incredible style of play led Bulgaria to the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup, along with leading Barcelona to their first ever UEFA Champions League in 1992. Stoichkov in 2016.jpg
Hristo Stoichkov won the Ballon D'Or, World and European Golden Boots in 1994. His incredible style of play led Bulgaria to the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup, along with leading Barcelona to their first ever UEFA Champions League in 1992.

1994 World Cup: Final four triumph

Certainly one of the most important dates in Bulgarian football history is 17 November 1993, a date where Emil Kostadinov scored a deciding goal in the 90th minute to beat France in Paris, allowing Bulgaria to qualify for the World Cup in the United States in 1994. Under the management of Dimitar Penev, the Bulgarians, led by players such as Hristo Stoichkov, Yordan Lechkov, and Krasimir Balakov, along with a multitude of other talented players remembered in Bulgaria as the "Golden Generation", made a strong impression by surprisingly reaching the semi-finals. They entered a very tough Group D with 1990 World Cup runners-up Argentina with Diego Maradona at the helm, African Nations Cup champions Nigeria, and Balkan rivals Greece. The first match ended with a 3–0 defeat to Nigeria. Despite the bad start, the team made quite a huge statement by winning 4–0 against their Greece and increasing their goal difference. Their third and final match came against Argentina. The powerful Bulgarian side came away with a shocking 2–0 victory. Going into injury-time, Argentina was leading the group. A 91st-minute strike from Nasko Sirakov, however, meant that they'd drop two places and finish third.

Bulgaria continued to the round of 16, where they faced Mexico. Stoichkov opened the scoring in the sixth minute with an incredible strike off a break away from outside the box, tallying his fourth goal. The match ended 1–1 and after no goals were scored in extra time, penalties decided which team would go through. Team captain Borislav Mihaylov saved the first three penalty kicks in a row, breaking the World Cup record. Bulgaria won 3–1 on penalties. In the quarter-finals, Bulgaria faced the defending world champions Germany. At the start of the match held in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Bulgarians dominated impressively, hitting the post twice in the process. The Bulgarians, however, managed to turn the game over with a swerving free kick by Hristo Stoichkov and a flying header by Yordan Lechkov, giving them a 2–1 win. In the semi-finals, they controversially lost 2–1 to Italy. Stoichkov scored Bulgaria's only goal in the first half to tally his seventh goal, which led the tournament. In the second half, Bulgaria were waved off a penalty in which an Italian defender had clearly committed a handball in the box, off a Kostadinov cross. Instead of playing in the final, it became a third place play-off. Bulgaria lost against Sweden with 4-0, but fourth place still was Bulgaria's best performance in history.

Hristo Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot shared with Oleg Salenko as the top scorer in the tournament with his six goals. Krasimir Balakov was named in the 1994 World Cup Dream Team along with Stoichkov. Later on in December, Stoichkov was awarded the FIFA Ballon D'Or trophy for his great skill and leadership, becoming the first Bulgarian and third Barcelona player to win it in history.[ citation needed ]

Euro 1996: Controversial quarter-final call

In 1996, the team qualified for the European Football Championship for the first time. They were drawn in Group B with France, Spain, and Romania. Bulgaria started with a 1–1 draw against the Spain. Stoichkov scored his second goal with a wonderful volley, ruled offside. Bulgaria defeated Romania 1–0 in the next group stage match. Stoichkov scored in the third minute. In the final group match, the Bulgarian side lost 3–1 against France; Stoichkov scored a free kick to give Bulgaria their only goal of the game, along with their only loss. At the same time, Spain defeated Romania 2–1, and Bulgaria were eliminated.

1998 World Cup: The Last Stand of the "Golden Team"

Bulgaria qualified for the 1998 World Cup in France by finishing first in Group 5, with decisive wins over Russia. They entered the competition with new manager Hristo Bonev. Bulgaria drew Spain, Nigeria, and Paraguay in Group D. The first match ended decently, in a goalless draw against eventual group runners up Paraguay. In the second match, the Bulgarians lost 1–0 for a second-straight World Cup to Nigeria. The final match ended with a 6–1 defeat to Spain. Following the bad results, Bulgaria finished fourth in the group, with only one point. This was the last World Cup appearance for Bulgaria.

2000s

Euro 2000 qualification: The end of a legendary era

Bulgaria was drawn in a tough qualifying group with teams England, Sweden, and Poland. The campaign started slow 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 match for Stoichkov before his international retirement. Bulgaria finished fourth with eight points and failed to make the final stages of Euro 2000.

Berbatov's era

2002 World Cup qualification: Beginning of the World Cup drought

Bulgaria was once again drawn into a tough group with Denmark and Czech Republic. The group was also the debut of Bulgaria's top scoring legend Dimitar Berbatov. Bulgaria won the matches against the weaker teams, but lost once and drew once with both Denmark and the Czech Republic. Bulgaria finished third with 17 points, three points behind second-placed Czech Republic, thus failing to make the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Euro 2004

Bulgaria managed to qualify for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first with wins over Croatia and Belgium. They drew Sweden, Italy, and Denmark in Group C. All three group stage matches ended up in losses for Bulgaria.

2006 World Cup qualification: Failure

Bulgaria failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany after a run of poor results. They tied with Sweden and Croatia the first run but lost the other meetings to the two sides. Although Berbatov scored many goals in the qualifiers including a last-minute equalizer against Croatia, Bulgaria still finished third in qualifying with 15 points.

2006 Kirin Cup

Bulgaria found themselves in a minor tournament in Japan known as the Kirin Cup. They started off well with a 2–1 victory over the hosts Japan. However, Bulgaria lost 5–1 to Scotland, the eventual cup champions. Bulgaria finished as the runners-up and received the silver medal.

Euro 2008 qualification

Group G of Euro 2008 qualification had Netherlands, Romania, and Bulgaria attempting to qualify for Euro 2008, hosted by Switzerland and Austria. Bulgaria performed well after a run of good results against Romania which gave them the first place. Bulgaria went on to the playoffs but drew the first match 1–1 along with losing their second match 2–0.

2010 World Cup qualification

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Bulgaria in 2010

Bulgaria were drawn against Italy and Ireland in qualifying in Group 8. Bulgaria started the campaign with a series of draws. Manager Plamen Markov was replaced by Stanimir Stoilov in January 2009. The Bulgarians then recorded their first wins of the group over Cyprus, Montenegro and Georgia. They finished in third place with 14 points, therefore failing to qualify to a play-off spot.

Euro 2012 qualification

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The national team in 2012

Bulgaria were drawn in Group G along with England, Switzerland, Wales, and Montenegro. Bulgaria finished in last place in the group.

2014 World Cup qualification

In the qualification phase for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, 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 revival and some noteworthy performances in friendly matches before the start of the qualifying, including a 2–1 victory over 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands in Amsterdam. The qualifying began with a 2–2 draw against Euro 2012 runners-up Italy. Bulgaria then edged a tight match against Armenia, which ended 1–0. Next, Bulgaria drew 1–1 against Denmark. Four days later, Bulgaria earning a hard-fought 0–0 draw away to the Czech Republic. As a result, the team climbed from 96th in the FIFA World Rankings, their lowest position in history, to 40th in November 2012.

Penev's players hosted and defeated Malta 6–0 under heavy snowfall. Four days later, Bulgaria drew Denmark 1–1 in Copenhagen. This result left Bulgaria second in the group with 10 points, still undefeated. Bulgaria traveled to Italy, losing 1–0. After a series of poor results, Bulgaria ended up failing to qualify for Brazil 2014.

Euro 2016 qualification: Continuation of the drought

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, following another 2–1 defeat to Norway. To make it worse, Bulgaria drew with Malta 1–1 at home, which would cost manager Lyuboslav Penev his position. He was replaced by Ludogorets Razgrad manager Ivaylo Petev.

On his debut match, Petev's squad drew Romania 0-0; this later led to a 2–2 draw with Italy, which Bulgaria led until a last-minute Italian equalizer. Bulgaria defeated Malta 1–0 to edge two points ever closer to the third place playoff position. After a series of losses, Bulgaria failed to qualify for Euro 2016 in France despite a 2–0 defeat of Azerbaijan.

2018 World Cup qualification

Bulgaria were drawn in a strong World Cup qualification group with the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Belarus and Luxembourg. They began with a 4–3 win against Luxembourg at home. [3] This was followed by heavy losses to France (4–1) and Sweden (3–0). [4] [5] In November 2016, the Lions beat Belarus in Sofia 1–0, [6] 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. [7] Bulgaria then beat the group leaders Sweden 3–2 in Sofia to move one point behind their opponents in the table. [8] However, they lost the 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. [9]

Euro 2020 qualification and Nations League: Play-offs

Bulgaria were drawn in UEFA Nations League C with Norway, Slovenia and Cyprus. Bulgaria opened up the campaign with a 2–1 win over Slovenia and a clean sheet against 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, resulting in a second-place finish.

Bulgaria was drawn in Group A with England, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Kosovo. The team began the qualifying campaign with a 1–1 home draw against Montenegro and a 1–1 away draw to Kosovo while losing three major players due to injuries. [10] They later carried on with two more losses which sparked the end of their group campaign. Despite finishing in fourth place, the national side had one more opportunity to qualify for the Euros thanks to the good performance in the Nations League. It sent Bulgaria to the Path A qualifying play-offs, which also included Hungary, Iceland and Romania.

The draw put Bulgaria against Hungary in their first play-off match on their quest to qualify for a major competition since 2004. However, in front of limited number of home fans, Bulgaria fell 1–3 to Hungary, and was eliminated from the tournament. [11] [12]

2020−21 Nations League

After appointing Georgi Dermendzhiev as their new head coach, Bulgaria began their brief promotion in League B. Being drawn into Group 4 with Wales, Finland and Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria played its first match against Ireland. A near victory for the Bulgarians until a 90th minute injury time equalizer sealed the draw for the Irish. [13] Bulgaria would then play away to Wales, where they held the hosts leveled 0-0 until another 90th minute injury time goal that resulted in 0-1 loss. The problems would continue with another set of narrow losses to Finland and Wales, forcing Bulgaria to miss out on promotion to League A. With two more two matches left, Bulgaria finished winless against Finland and Ireland, relegating the Lions to League C.

Team image

Bulgaria's traditional colours are white, green and red, taken from the colours of the country's flag. This tricolour is reflected through the use of white shirts, green shorts, and red socks. The team's away kits have usually been red.

Their nickname is The Lions, in tribute of the lions represented in the coat of arms of Bulgaria.

Ultras and controversy

In recent years, ultras of the Bulgarian team have developed a reputation for racism. After racist chanting and monkey noises directed at Ashley Young, Ashley Cole and Theo Walcott during a qualifier for Euro 2012, the Bulgarian Football Union was fined €40,000 by UEFA. [14] The BFU denied that racism would be an issue during Euro 2020 qualifiers, claiming that the issue was worse in England. [15] Nevertheless, Bulgarian ultras were accused of racist chants during their matches against Czech Republic, Kosovo and England. As a result, part of the Bulgarian stadium was closed off for the match against England (October 2019), and officials twice halted the game under the UEFA anti-racism protocol. [16] In the following days since the match took place, Bulgarian police identified 15 fans they suspected were responsible for subjecting black English players including Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Tyrone Mings to racist abuse, arresting six of them. [17]

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin condemned the alleged abuse calling on the "football family and governments" to "wage war on the racists". [18] Disciplinary proceedings have been launched against both Bulgaria and England. [19]

Home stadium

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Vasil Levski National Stadium

Normally, the Bulgarian national football team's home stadium is the Vasil Levski National Stadium with a capacity of 44,000. Vasil Levski was officially opened in 1953 and reconstructed in 1966 and 2002. It is the second largest stadium in Bulgaria, behind the Plovdiv Stadium with a capacity of 55,000. During the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, the stadium was used for Levski Sofia matches with Barcelona, Chelsea, and Werder Bremen. Similarly, Ludogorets Razgrad used it as their main home venue for their European matches until the 2017–18 season. The Bulgarian national team's home matches and the Bulgarian Cup finals are held at the venue, as well as athletics competitions.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

 Champions   Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDeclined invitation
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not qualify3003314
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 201117
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Did not qualify401337
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 4202117
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Group stage15th301217 Squad 540174
Flag of England.svg 1966 Group stage15th300318 Squad 5401117
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Group stage13th301259 Squad 6411127
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Group stage12th302125 Squad 6420133
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Did not qualify412156
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 84131110
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Round of 1615th402226 Squad 8512135
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not qualify611468
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Fourth place4th73131011 Squad 106221910
Flag of France.svg 1998 Group stage29th301217 Squad 8602189
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Did not qualify105231415
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 104331717
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 103521713
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 10343149
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 104151419
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined In progress
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
TotalFourth place7/212638152253129602742209177
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1960 Did not qualify201113
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 530277
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 8521134
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 6312117
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 6222127
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 8215614
Flag of France.svg 1984 621378
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 8422126
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 8332158
Flag of England.svg 1996 Group stage11th311134 Squad 107122410
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 Did not qualify822468
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 Group stage16th300319 Squad 8521134
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 Did not qualify12741187
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 8125313
Flag of France.svg 2016 10325912
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 9135720
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalGroup stage2/166114413122502943164140
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season**DivisionGroupPldWD*LGFGAP/RRK
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 3 632175Green Arrow Up Darker.svg29th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 B 4 602427Red Arrow Down.svg31st
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 C To be determined
Total1234591229th
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquad
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908 Did not enter
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924 Round of 1612th100101 Squad
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Did not enter
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Round of 1613th100112 Squad
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Bronze medal3rd3201103 Squad
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 Group stage5th321083 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1964 Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Silver medal2nd63211610 Squad
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Did not qualify
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980
Flag of the United States.svg 1984
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988
Since 1992 Olympic football has been an under-23 tournament
Total1 Silver medal5/17147343519

Balkan Cup

Balkan Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Romania.svg 1931 Fourth place4th62041019
Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1931 Champions1st220083
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1932 Champions1st330072
Flag of Romania.svg 1933 Third place3rd3102211
Flag of Greece.svg 1935 Fourth place4th310278
Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1935 Runners-up2nd3210125
Flag of Romania.svg 1936 Runners-up2nd210168
Flag of Albania.svg 1946 Fourth place4th301247
Flag of Hungary.svg 1947 Fourth place4th4103514
Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1948*Group stage3rd521267
Flag of Romania.svg 1976 Champions1st4202109
Flag of Turkey.svg 1980 Group stage3rd411246
Total3 Titles12/1242184208199
*Competition abandoned with Bulgaria in third place.

All-time head-to-head record

As of 8 June 2021 after the match against Flag of France.svg  France . [20]

  Positive Record  Neutral Record  Negative Record

  1. Includes matches against Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia .
  2. Includes matches against Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany .
  3. Includes matches against Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union .
  4. Includes matches against Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia and Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro .

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss

2020

3 September 2020 (2020-09-03) UEFA Nations League Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–1Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland Sofia, Bulgaria
20:45
(21:45  UTC+3)
Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 0 [note 1]
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
6 September 2020 (2020-09-06) UEFA Nations League Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg1–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Cardiff, Wales
15:00
(14:00  UTC+1)
Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 0 [note 1]
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)
8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) UEFA Euro 2020 PO SF Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–3Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Sofia, Bulgaria
20:45
(21:45  UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 1,929
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) UEFA Nations League Finland  Flag of Finland.svg2–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Helsinki, Finland
18:00
(19:00  UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 6,587
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
14 October 2020 (2020-10-14) UEFA Nations League Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg0–1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Sofia, Bulgaria
20:45
(21:45  UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 478
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Friendly Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg3–0Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar Sofia, Bulgaria
19:00
(18:00  UTC+2)
Report Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sebastian Colțescu (Romania)
15 November 2020 (2020-11-15) UEFA Nations League Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–2Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Sofia, Bulgaria
18:00
(19:00  UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18) UEFA Nations League Republic of Ireland  Flag of Ireland.svg0–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Dublin, Republic of Ireland
20:45
(19:45  UTC±0)
Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)

2021

25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–3Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Sofia, Bulgaria
18:00
(19:00  UTC+1)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg0–2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Sofia, Bulgaria
21:45
(21:45  UTC+1)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
31 March 2021 (2021-03-31) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg0–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Belfast, Northern Ireland
19:45
(20:45  UTC+2)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Igal Frid (Israel)
1 June 2021 (2021-06-01) Friendly Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg1–1Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Ried im Innkreis, Austria
18:00 Bénes Soccerball shade.svg 27' Report A. Iliev Soccerball shade.svg 9'Stadium: Keine Sorgen Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Walter Altmann (Austria)
5 June 2021 (2021-06-05) Friendly Russia  Flag of Russia.svg1–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Moscow, Russia
17:00
(18:00  UTC+3)
Sobolev Soccerball shade.svg 84' (pen.) Report Stadium: VTB Arena
Attendance: 11,100
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) Friendly France  Flag of France.svg3–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Saint-Denis, France
21:10
Report Stadium: Stade de France
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Italy  Flag of Italy.svgvFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Florence, Italy
20:45 Report (FIFA)
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Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svgvFlag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Sofia, Bulgaria
19:00
(18:00  UTC+2)
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Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
8 September 2021 (2021-09-08) Friendly Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svgvFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Sofia, Bulgaria
19:30
(18:30  UTC+2)
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Lithuania  Flag of Lithuania.svgvFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Vilnius, Lithuania
14:00
(15:00  UTC+2)
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Report (UEFA)
Stadium: LFF Stadium
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) Friendly Ukraine  Flag of Ukraine.svgvFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Odesa, Ukraine
Stadium: Chornomorets Stadium
15 November 2021 (2021-11-15) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Switzerland   Flag of Switzerland.svgvFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the matches against Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia on 1 June 2021, Flag of Russia.svg Russia on 5 June 2021 and Flag of France.svg France on 8 June 2021. [23]
Caps and goals as of 8 June 2021 after the match against Flag of France.svg France.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
131 GK Nikolay Mihaylov (1988-06-28) 28 June 1988 (age 33)390 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
11 GK Daniel Naumov (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 23)30 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA 1948
231 GK Ivan Karadzhov (1989-07-12) 12 July 1989 (age 32)10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Arda Kardzhali

152 DF Vasil Bozhikov (3rd captain) (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 33)342 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava
52 DF Kristian Dimitrov (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 24)121 Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split
42 DF Valentin Antov (2000-11-09) 9 November 2000 (age 20)80 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
22 DF Ivan Turitsov (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 22)40 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
252 DF Petko Hristov (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 22)40 Flag of Italy.svg Spezia
32 DF Andrea Hristov (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 22)30 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia

183 MF Ivaylo Chochev (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 28)243 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA 1948
163 MF Kristiyan Malinov (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 27)220 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg OH Leuven
63 MF Birsent Karagaren (1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 28)120 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
243 MF Yanis Karabelyov (1996-01-23) 23 January 1996 (age 25)60 Flag of Hungary.svg Kisvárda
213 MF Momchil Tsvetanov (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 30)60 Flag of South Korea.svg Gangwon FC
73 MF Dominik Yankov (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 20)60 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
223 MF Petar Vitanov (1995-03-10) 10 March 1995 (age 26)50 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
83 MF Antonio Vutov (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of Hungary.svg Mezőkövesd
123 MF Ilian Iliev Jr. (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 21)20 Flag of Cyprus.svg Apollon Limassol
173 MF Lachezar Kotev (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Arda Kardzhali

104 FW Bozhidar Kraev (1997-06-23) 23 June 1997 (age 24)243 Flag of Portugal.svg Famalicão
114 FW Kiril Despodov (captain) (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 24)202 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
94 FW Andrey Galabinov (1988-11-27) 27 November 1988 (age 32)142 Flag of Italy.svg Spezia
204 FW Dimitar Iliev (vice captain) (1988-09-25) 25 September 1988 (age 32)102 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
194 FW Atanas Iliev (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 26)61 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Botev Plovdiv
264 FW Georgi Minchev (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 (age 26)30 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Bulgarian squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Georgi Georgiev (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 32)60 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Cherno More Varna v. Flag of France.svg  France , 8 June 2021 WD
GK Plamen Iliev (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 29)190 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 31 March 2021
GK Martin Lukov (1993-07-05) 5 July 1993 (age 28)40 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Tai v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
GK Hristiyan Vasilev (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Beroe Stara Zagora v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020 COVID

DF Daniel Dimov (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 32)20 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Cherno More Varna v. Flag of France.svg  France , 8 June 2021 WD
DF Anton Nedyalkov (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 28)190 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad v. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia , 1 June 2021 INJ
DF Petar Zanev (1985-10-18) 18 October 1985 (age 35)460 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 31 March 2021
DF Strahil Popov (1990-08-31) 31 August 1990 (age 30)350 Flag of Turkey.svg Hatayspor v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 31 March 2021
DF Cicinho (1988-12-26) 26 December 1988 (age 32)70 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 31 March 2021 INJ
DF Georgi Angelov (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 30)10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Beroe Stara Zagora v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
DF Aleksandar Vasilev (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 26)10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Beroe Stara Zagora v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
DF Radoslav Terziev (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Montana v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
DF Dimitar Velkovski (1995-01-22) 22 January 1995 (age 26)30 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Cercle Brugge v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020 COVID
DF Viktor Popov (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21)30 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Cherno More Varna v. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland , 15 November 2020 U21
DF Georgi Terziev (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 29)160 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad v. Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar , 11 November 2020 COVID
DF Tsvetomir Panov (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 32)10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Cherno More Varna v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 14 October 2020
DF Ivan Goranov (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 29)70 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Charleroi v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 6 September 2020
DF Plamen Galabov (1995-11-02) 2 November 1995 (age 25)10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 6 September 2020
DF Stanislav Rabotov (2002-06-14) 14 June 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Botev Plovdiv v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 6 September 2020

MF Dimitar Kostadinov (1999-08-14) 14 August 1999 (age 21)00 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Tsarsko Selo v. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia , 1 June 2021 INJ
MF Georgi Kostadinov (Captain) (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 30)283 Flag of Russia.svg Arsenal Tula v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 31 March 2021
MF Martin Raynov (1992-04-25) 25 April 1992 (age 29)80 Flag of Israel.svg Ashdod v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland , 31 March 2021
MF Galin Ivanov (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 33)161 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA 1948 v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
MF Aleksandar Tsvetkov (1990-08-31) 31 August 1990 (age 30)111 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Beroe Stara Zagora v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
MF Svetoslav Kovachev (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 23)40 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
MF Denislav Aleksandrov (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 24)10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA 1948 v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
MF Serkan Yusein (1996-03-31) 31 March 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA 1948 v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 18 November 2020
MF Todor Nedelev INJ (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 28)332 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Botev Plovdiv v. Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar , 11 November 2020 INJ
MF Filip Krastev (2001-10-15) 15 October 2001 (age 19)10 Flag of France.svg Troyes v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 14 October 2020
MF Borislav Tsonev (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 26)00 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 8 October 2020 INJ

FW Spas Delev (1989-09-22) 22 September 1989 (age 31)312 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Arda Kardzhali v. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia , 1 June 2021 INJ
FW Georgi Yomov (1997-07-06) 6 July 1997 (age 24)62 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia v. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia , 1 June 2021 INJ
FW Zdravko Dimitrov (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 22)10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia v. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland , 15 November 2020 U21
FW Ismail Isa (1989-06-26) 26 June 1989 (age 32)81 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Cherno More Varna v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 14 October 2020

INJ Player withdrew from the current squad due to injury.
COVID Player withdrew from the current squad due to testing positively for COVID-19 or having to self-isolate because of it.
U21 Not part of the squad due to U-21 call up.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player had announced retirement from international football.
SUS Player is serving a suspension.
PRI Player absent due to private circumstances.
WD Withdrawn.

Coaching staff

RoleName
Head coach Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yasen Petrov
Assistant coach Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kostadin Vidolov
Assistant coach Flag of Bulgaria.svg Alexander Georgiev
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Sheytanov

Player records

As of 28 March 2021 [24]
Players in bold text are still active with Bulgaria.

Most appearances

Stiliyan Petrov is Bulgaria's most capped player with 105 appearances Stiliyan Petrov.JPG
Stiliyan Petrov is Bulgaria's most capped player with 105 appearances
RankPlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1 Stiliyan Petrov 10581998–2013
2 Borislav Mihaylov 10201983–1998
3 Hristo Bonev 96481967–1979
4 Krasimir Balakov 92161988–2003
5 Dimitar Penev 9021965–1974
Ivelin Popov 90162007–2019
7 Martin Petrov 89191999–2013
8 Radostin Kishishev 8811996–2009
9 Hristo Stoichkov 83371986–1999
10 Ayan Sadakov 8091981–1991
Zlatko Yankov 8041989–1999

Most goals

Dimitar Berbatov is Bulgaria's joint all-time top scorer with 48 goals. Berbatov 9.jpg
Dimitar Berbatov is Bulgaria's joint all-time top scorer with 48 goals.
RankPlayerGoalsCapsAverageCareer
1 Dimitar Berbatov 48780.621999–2010
Hristo Bonev 48960.51967–1979
3 Hristo Stoichkov 37830.461987–1999
4 Emil Kostadinov 27700.391988–1998
5 Petar Zhekov 25440.571963–1972
Ivan Kolev 25750.331950–1963
7 Nasko Sirakov 24780.311983–1996
8 Atanas Mihaylov 23450.511970–1981
9 Dimitar Milanov 20390.511948–1959
10 Georgi Asparuhov 19500.381962–1970
Dinko Dermendzhiev 19580.331966–1977
Martin Petrov 19890.211999–2013

Head coaches

Ranking history

RankDate
Best Rank8June 1995
Current Rank71May 2021
Worst Rank96May 2012
As of 27 May 2021

Honours

This is a list of honours for the senior Bulgaria national team

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 will be played behind closed doors. [21] [22]

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