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Bulgaria national football team

The Bulgaria national football team represents Bulgaria in 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, is managed by Georgi Dermendzhiev, their best achievements are reaching the final in the 1968 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 1994. They have competed at the Balkan Cup, winning four titles. However, Bulgaria has failed to qualify for any major tournament since Euro 2004; 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. Bulgaria participated in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris a few days later. 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 seemed as if the only tournaments they managed to qualify for were smaller tournaments, such as the Balkan Cup, which they won four times. Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup for the second time in its history in 1962 and followed that up with consecutive appearances in 1966, 1970 and 1974; the team, did not have much success and finished in third place in their group three 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 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, drawing 2–2 against Czechoslovakia. They advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating Israel and 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 tactical team; this paid off quite well, as they had many decisive victories over Hungary, Turkey, Poland and Romania. In fact, the team won the 1976 Balkan Cup by beating Romania in the two-legged final 1–0 and 3–2. Bulgaria 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.

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. Bulgaria qualified for their second straight World Cup, drawn into an tougher group compared to the previous World Cup, they were placed in the group of death with superpowers Hungary and Brazil, with Pele at the helm. Bulgaria opened their campaign match with a 0–2 loss to Brazil thanks to two free kick goals by Pele and Garrincha. In their second match Bulgaria loss 0-3 to Eusebio's Portugal. 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. After their poor World Cup performance, Bulgaria was determined to redeem themselves. Bulgaria was drawn in a 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, 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. 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 and Czechoslovakia. Bulgaria started off with a 7–0 thrashing of Thailand, they went on and drew with Czechoslovakia 2–2 to increase their point standards.

Their final match once again determined. Needing a decisive win, Bulgaria went on to win their Olympic group, they qualified directly to the quarter-finals facing 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 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. T

Dellwood, Minnesota

Dellwood is a city in Washington County, United States and a suburb of St. Paul; the population was 1,063 at the 2010 census. Dellwood was platted in 1882. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.81 square miles. Minnesota State Highway 96 serves as a main route in the community. Dellwood, Minnesota was ranked 7 in a top ten list of most wealthy cities in America in 2007; as of the census of 2010, there were 1,063 people, 372 households, 319 families living in the city. The population density was 399.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 409 housing units at an average density of 153.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population. There were 372 households of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.0% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 14.2% were non-families.

12.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.13. The median age in the city was 46.1 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,033 people, 353 households, 304 families living in the city; the population density was 374.5 people per square mile. There were 374 housing units at an average density of 135.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 98.26% White, 0.48% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.29% from other races, 0.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population. There were 353 households out of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.7% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 13.6% were non-families. 10.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.16. In the city, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 18.6% from 25 to 44, 37.0% from 45 to 64, 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $129,136, the median income for a family was $133,717. Males had a median income of $84,792 versus $50,625 for females; the per capita income for the city was $61,592. About 1.6% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over. Notable residents of Dellwood include the late Herb Brooks, coach of the Miracle on Ice hockey team.

Number One Yixing Factory

Yixing Factory Number One is the oldest teapot factory in China. The factory houses skilled artisans. In 1918, the Jiangsu Provincial Ceramics Factory was established for the production of pottery using Yixing clay. By 1932, more than 600 craftspeople worked in Yixing. During the Japanese invasion, the artists scattered and many subsequently died. Under the People's Republic of China government, industry began to revive. In 1954, 59 potters began the Zisha production group of the Shushan workshop with funding from the Tangdu Pottery co-operative; the government established Factory No. 1 in April 1958. Before that time, no proper ranking existed for the craftsmen; every maker mined and took courses and exams to be recognised. It took about three years of training to advance through the system. At each stage the craftsmen were required to complete a test to attain a new title; the craftsmen would begin as an'Assistant Master Craftsman' ascend through the ranks of'Master Craftsman','Senior Master Craftsman' and finally'National Master Craftsman'.

Their signature product was artisan-crafted teapots. Starting in 1966, the Cultural Revolution led Factory No. 1 to begin to produce utilitarian pots in a style known as shui ping hu in vast numbers. Instead of having the name of the craftsman who made the pot on the bottom, these pots had characters that represented Yixing. During this time, the factory walls were filled with slogans painted in red that insisted that art was for the people and not for self-aggrandizement. According to Barbara Oakley, the quality of these pots was far worse than before the revolution. Despite this, many connoisseurs still prize these pots for their quality. With the end of the Cultural Revolution, new ranks for craftsmen were subsequently introduced in the 1970s: Technician Craftsman Craftsman – independent potters Assistant Master craftsman Master craftsman Senior Master craftsman Provincial Grandmaster Grandmaster craftsman. Today, teapots produced by the factory are creative. Waits for a master craftsman's commissioned pot can reach up to two years.

Gu Jingzhou, one of the founders and Deputy Director of Research and Technology at the factory, was an accomplished master artist. His teapots have sold for up to $US 2 million. Jiang Rong was a Grand Master, her teapots emulated nature. Ren Ganting, an ambidextrous artist who created natural forms, participated in the National Labour Heroes Convention. Pei Shimin started making teapots at age 14. Zhu Kexin worked in the Jiangsu factory as a youth, he has since received many honours. Yixing Factory No. 2 was formed in 1984 by brothers Xu Siew Tang and Xu Han Tang, both master craftsmen. They managed to lure some women from Factory No. 1 to join them. Photograph gallery