Bulgaria national football team
|Nickname(s)||Лъвовете (The Lions)|
|Association||Bulgarian Football Union|
|Head coach||Petar Hubchev|
|Most caps||Stiliyan Petrov (105)|
Hristo Bonev (48)
|Home stadium||Vasil Levski National Stadium|
|Current||45 1 (25 October 2018)|
|Highest||8 (June 1995)|
|Lowest||96 (August 2012)|
|Current||50 10 (16 October 2018)|
|Highest||2 (August 1975)|
|Lowest||70 (12 November 2016)|
Bulgaria 0–6 Austria |
(Vienna, Austria; 21 May 1924)
Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana |
(Leon, Mexico; 14 October 1968)
Bulgaria 0–13 Spain |
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
|Appearances||7 (first in 1962)|
|Best result||Fourth place, 1994|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1996 and 2004|
|Olympic medal record|
|1968 Mexico City||Team|
The Bulgaria national football team (Bulgarian: Български национален отбор по футбол) is an association football team of Bulgaria. It is fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home stadium is the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia and Petar Hubchev is the current national manager. Their best achievements are – one FIFA World Cup semi-final in 1994, one Summer Olympics final in 1968, fifth place at the UEFA Euro 1968, and three Balkan Cup titles. Although defeating strong top ranked teams in many international friendlies throughout the years, the team's strength has slowly fallen, failing to qualify for any major tournament since 2004.
- 1 History
- 1.1 The beginning
- 1.2 1930 to 1960
- 1.3 1960s and 1970s
- 1.4 1962 World Cup
- 1.5 1966 World Cup
- 1.6 1968 Summer Olympics
- 1.7 1970 World Cup
- 1.8 1974 World Cup
- 1.9 The 1980s and 1990s
- 1.10 New millennium
- 1.11 Era of Decline
- 2 Team image
- 3 National Stadium
- 4 Competition history
- 5 Honours
- 6 Recent results
- 7 Ranking history
- 8 Players
- 9 Player records
- 10 International match records
- 11 Head coaches
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The Bulgaria national team was founded in 1922. In 1923, the Bulgarian Football Union was established and the team's first match was held in Vienna on 21 May 1924, against Austria a 6–0 defeat. The result was not surprising since Austria was at that time an avangarde of the Central–European school which dominated football in that period. To bring Bulgaria closer to that level, the Bulgarian FA has brought Austrian coaches Nitsch and Stejskal in the 1920s, and Hungarians Nemes, Fogl and German Feist in the 1930s.
Bulgaria was invited to participate in the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay, but eventually rejected the invitation because the players were incapable of having an extended leave of absence from work.
1930 to 1960
The Bulgarian team at this time could not progress in qualifying for any major tournaments from 1930 to 1960. They would end up finishing, on many occasions, in second or third place in their qualifying group and proceeding to the play-offs, but in the end, failing to qualify. Bulgaria, however, did defeat many strong teams in international games during those years. The only tournaments they were able to qualify for were smaller tournaments, such as the Balkan Cup, which they have won four times. They qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 1962
1960s and 1970s
Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 1962 and followed that up with consecutive appearances in 1966, 1970 and 1974. The team, however finished third in their group three out of the four times and failed to win a match in all 4 of their appearances.
At the 1968 Summer Olympics, the team won the silver medal. They finished first in Group D by beating Thailand 7–0, Guatemala 2–1, and drawing 2–2 against Czechoslovakia. They advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Israel and the semi-finals by beating host Mexico. In the final, the team was defeated by Hungary.
1962 World Cup
Bulgaria finally qualified to their first international tournament, the 1962 World Cup, and this would be the first time that they qualified, after not doing so for 32 years. Bulgaria was placed in a group alongside England, Argentina and Hungary. Bulgaria would open up their campaign with a narrow 0–1 loss to Argentina then would lose their second match 1–6 to Hungary. Mathematically eliminated from progressing to the next round, Bulgaria drew England 0–0 to finish fourth in the group with only one point.
1966 World Cup
Bulgaria would qualify for their second World Cup in 1966. They were placed in a group, alongside Hungary, Portugal and a Pelé-led Brazil. Bulgaria would open their campaign match with a 0–2 loss to Brazil thanks to two free-kick goals by Pelé and Garrincha. Later on, Bulgaria would lose 0–3 to the Eusébio-led Portugal, then lost again to Hungary (1–3). They would finish fourth in their group zero points earned.
1968 Summer Olympics
A month-and-a-half after the Euro came the Olympics, which Bulgaria had qualified for the fifth time in their history. They were drawn in a group with Thailand, Guatemala and Czechoslovakia. Bulgaria began with a 7–0 win over Thailand. They would later go on and draw with Czechoslovakia 2–2. Their final match would determine if they would go on to the quarterfinals. Bulgaria defeated Guatemala 2–1 and win their first round Olympic group. They passed on to the Quarterfinals to face Israel. That game would remain 1–1 for most of the match until a drawing of lots determined who would go to the semi-finals of the tournament. Bulgaria won the draw and advanced to play Mexico. They won in overtime with a 3–2 victory. Bulgaria advanced to the finals for the first time in their Olympic history. They then suffered a 1–4 loss to Hungary. Bulgaria won the silver medal in the end.
1970 World Cup
Bulgaria qualified for their third-straight World Cup in 1970, held in Mexico. They were drawn in a group with Western Germany, Peru, and Morocco. Playing their first match against Peru, Bulgaria were leading 2–0 until near the end when the Peruvians came back to win Peru 2–3. In the second match, Bulgaria would fall to West Germany 5–2, ensuring Bulgaria would need to defeat Morocco to progress to the next round. A 1–1 draw, however, resulted in a third-place group finish and elimination from the tournament.
1974 World Cup
Four years later, in Germany, Bulgaria would qualify for their fourth-straight World Cup. They were drawn in a group with the Netherlands, Sweden and Uruguay. Bulgaria would start off with Sweden and after 90 minutes the game would remain goalless in a 0–0 draw. Although no goals were scored, Bulgaria were down set from the disallowed goal they scored, that was ruled offside by the side referee. Later on, Bulgaria tied with Uruguay 1–1. Bulgaria remained in contention; all they needed to do was tie against the Netherlands. As the final match came, Bulgaria fell by a 1–4 score. The Netherlands scored all the goals including an own goal for Bulgaria. Bulgaria remained in 3rd place in the group and failed to move on to the next round.
The 1980s and 1990s
1986 World Cup
Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in Mexico by finishing second in Group Four, behind France with 11 points, but worse goal difference, ahead of the teams of Yugoslavia, East Germany, and Luxembourg. 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 a 1–1 draw. Alessandro Altobelli gave the Italians the lead, but an 85th-minute equalizer by Nasko Sirakov gave the Bulgarians the point. 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 ended up winning the tournament. Despite not recording a win, the Bulgarians advanced to the knockout stage by being the third-best third placed team. That way, Bulgaria and also 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 and lost the match 2–0. Ivan Vutsov was the manager of the team.
1994 World Cup: Final Four Triumph
On 17 November 1993, Emil Kostadinov scored two goals to beat France in Paris, thus allowing Bulgaria to qualify for the World Cup in the United States in 1994, while France was eliminated having needed only a draw to qualify. Under the management of Dimitar Penev, the team led by players such as Hristo Stoichkov, Yordan Lechkov and Krasimir Balakov was referred to as the "Golden Generation". They entered Group D with Argentina, Nigeria and Greece. Prior to 1994, the Bulgarians had not won a single match in the previous five World Cup finals appearances. The first match ended with a 3–0 defeat by Nigeria in Dallas. Later, the team won 4–0 against World Cup-debuting Greece in Chicago and 2–0 against Argentina in Dallas. Bulgaria continued to the next round, where they faced Mexico at Giants Stadium just outside New York City. The match ended 1–1 and after no goals were scored in extra time, penalties would decide which team would go through. Team captain Borislav Mihaylov saved two penalty kicks and Bulgaria won 3–1 on penalties. In their quarter-final match, again in New York City, Bulgaria faced defending World Cup champions Germany. Lothar Matthäus scored in a penalty kick. The Bulgarians, however, managed to turn the game over with two goals by Stoichkov and Yordan Lechkov, giving them a 2–1 win. Millions of Bulgarians celebrated this win in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia and other Bulgarian cities. In their semi-final match again in New York, they lost 2–1 to Italy. Bulgaria then traveled across the country and three time zones to the Pasadena Rose Bowl just outside Los Angeles to play Sweden, who did not have to travel because their semi-final match against Brazil had been held in the Rose Bowl. Sweden beat Bulgaria 4–0, so the team finished the tournament in 4th place. Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot (along with Russia's Oleg Salenko) for scoring six goals and finishing as joint top goal scorer of the tournament. Later in December, Stoitchkov was awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or, becoming the first ever Bulgarian to win it. Krasimir Balakov was named in the all-star team along with Stoichkov.
European Football Championship 1996
In 1996, the team qualified for the European Football Championship for the first time, after some good results in the qualifying group, including a stunning 3–2 turnaround win against future Euro 1996 champions Germany. They were drawn in Group B with France, Spain and Romania. Bulgaria started with a 1–1 draw against the Spanish. They would score a second with a volley by Stoitchkov. After losing against Spain, Bulgaria went on to a 1–0 win against Romania. Stoitchkov scoring in the third minute adding a second goal to the list. In the final group match, they lost 3–1 against France, Stoitchkov scoring from a free kick to give Bulgaria there only goal of the game. At the same time, Spain defeated Romania 2–1 with the winning goal coming in the 84th minute, and the Bulgarians subsequently failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
1998 World Cup
Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup in France by finishing first in the Group 5, followed by Russia. They entered the competition with a new manager, Hristo Bonev. Bulgaria drew Spain, Nigeria and Paraguay in Group D. The first match ended in a 0–0 draw against Paraguay. In the second match, the Bulgarians lost 1–0 for a second-straight World Cup to Nigeria. The final match ended with a disappointing 6–1 defeat to Spain, even though two offside goals were ruled out. Following the bad results, Bulgaria finished fourth in the group, with only one point, and didn't go through the next round. This was the last major appearance at World Cup level for Bulgaria.
2000 Euro Cup qualification
Bulgaria was drawn in a tough qualifying group with teams like England, Sweden and Poland. The campaign started bad 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 one for Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov before his international retirement. Bulgaria finished third with eight points and failed to make the final stages of Euro 2000.
2002 World Cup qualification: Beginning of a drought
Bulgaria, Denmark, and Czech Republic were among the main contenders for the qualifying spots. This is also the debut of Bulgaria's top scoring player Dimitar Berbatov. Bulgaria won the matches against the weaker teams, but lost 2–0 to Denmark and one match with the Czech Republic. That way, Bulgaria finished third with 17 points and three points behind second-placed Czech Republic, thus failing to make the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Bulgaria managed to qualify for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in the group ahead of teams like Croatia and Belgium with 17 points. They drew Sweden, Italy and Denmark in Group C. They started off with a defeat by Sweden, followed by a 2–0 defeat by Denmark. The last match against Italy was a 2–1 defeat. Near the end of the match, the score was 1–1 after goals from Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov and Simone Perrotta, but a last-minute goal by Antonio Cassano gave the Italians the win. They finished fourth with zero points and were sent home without reaching the knockout round.
2006 World Cup qualification: Failure
Bulgaria failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany after a run of poor results. They began with a win over Hungary and "weaker" teams in the group. They tied with Sweden and Croatia the first run but lost the other meetings to the two sides. Although Berbatov scored many key goals in the qualifier including a last minute equaliser against Croatia, Bulgaria finished third in Group Eight, behind Sweden and Croatia with 15 points.
2006 Kirin Cup
Although not making it to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Bulgaria found themselves in a minor tournament in Japan, known as the Kirin Cup, which Bulgaria entered for the first time. They started off well with a 2–1 victory over the hosts Japan. Later, they lost 5–1 to Scotland, the eventual champions of the Kirin Cup. Bulgaria became the Runners-up and received the silver medal.
2008 European qualification: Near miss
Group G had Netherlands, Romania, and Bulgaria as the main contestants for a qualifying spot for the Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria. Bulgaria performed well after a run of good results from Romania that gave them the first place. Bulgaria would go on to the playoffs but draw the first match 1–1 with a goal by Petrov in the tenth minute and lose the second 2–0. Bulgaria failed to qualify to the competition, finishing with 25 points, after Romania and the Netherlands, with only one lost match against the Dutch.
2010 World Cup qualification: Close call
Bulgaria were drawn against Italy and the Republic of Ireland in qualifying Group Eight. Bulgaria started the campaign with a series of draws in the 2010 qualifiers. The manager Plamen Markov was replaced by Stanimir Stoilov in January 2009. The Bulgarians then recorded their first win in the group against Cyprus, and also won against Montenegro and Georgia. They finished in third place in the group with 14 points, therefore failing to qualify directly or for a play-off place. Bulgarian top scorer Berbatov resigned from the national side after this result.
Era of Decline
2012 European qualification
Bulgaria were drawn in Group G along with England, Switzerland, Wales and Montenegro. Bulgaria started off horribly with an opening away loss to England. They later on drew level with Switzerland along with defeating Wales and Montenegro. However, Bulgaria finished fifth in their group reaching their nadir in their football history, marking the fourth instance during 2000s that the nation had failed to finish in third (or better).
2014 World Cup Qualification
In the qualification phase for the 2014 FIFA World Cup 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 2–1 victory over 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands in Amsterdam. The qualifications started with a 2–2 draw against the Euro 2012 runners-up Italy. Bulgaria then defeated Armenia, which ended 1–0. Later on Bulgaria drew 1–1 against Denmark. Four days later, Bulgaria earned a 0–0 draw away against the Czech Republic. As a result of these performances, the team climbed from 96th in the FIFA Ranking, their lowest position in history, to 40th in November 2012, earning FIFA best mover of the year. Penev's players hosted and defeated Malta 6–0 under heavy snowfall. Four days later, Bulgaria once again set a draw with Denmark 1–1 in Copenhagen. This result left Bulgaria second in the group with ten points and still undefeated. Bulgaria traveled to Italy, a game where they lost 1–0. Further on, the lions secured three more points with a 2–0 away win against Malta. After that Bulgaria was defeated by Armenia 2–1 and the Czech Republic 1–0 at home.
2016 Euro Cup 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, which was followed by a 2–1 defeat to Norway. Bulgaria then drew with Malta 1–1 at home, but this cost Head Coach Lyuboslav Penev his position and he was replaced by former Ludogorets Razgrad Coach Ivaylo Petev. In his debut match in February 2015, Petev's squad drew Romania 0–0 in a friendly, which was then followed at the end of March by a 2–2 qualifier match draw with Italy, a match which Bulgaria had led till the 84th minute. In June, Bulgaria defeated Malta 1–0 to move within 2 points of the third place playoff position. They then, however, lost their next three matches against Norway, Italy and Croatia before winning their final match 2–0 over Azerbaijan, thus failing to qualify for the finals tournament.
2018 World Cup qualification - Resurgence
Bulgaria have been drawn in a World Cup qualification group with Netherlands, France and Sweden, Belarus and Luxembourg. Bulgaria has already had a recent meeting with the Netherlands within the year 2013 in which Bulgaria came out on top with a 2–1 victory. Bulgaria has also had a 100 percent record history against Luxembourg while recently defeating Belarus 2–1 in a friendly in 2014. To add to this aspect, the last time Bulgaria was drawn within a world cup qualification group with Sweden and France was in 1994. Bulgaria drew level with Sweden once, and defeated France twice, decisively, to reach the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. where Bulgaria reached its all-time high of going to the Semi-finals. Bulgaria has luckily drawn Luxembourg at home for their first match in September. This will give them the brief opportunity to re-group hoping to earn an early victory. This can lead the team on to starting off their qualifying campaign on a very positive level at the top of the group while building momentum overtime for when the time comes to face the stronger and tougher opponents. In the beginning, Bulgaria earned a hard-fought 4–3 win against Luxembourg at home, a frustrating scoreline despite the victory. It was followed by two heavy 1–4 and 0–3 losses to France and Sweden, respectively. In November 2016, the Lions secured the three points against Belarus in Sofia with a narrow 1–0 win. On Matchday 5, the Bulgarian team put up arguably its' best performance in recent years, beating the Netherlands 2–0, thus claiming the 3rd spot in the group. On Thursday the 31st of August, 2017 Bulgaria pulled off another famous shock result defeating 1st place Sweden who had recently defeated heavy favourites France, 3–2 in Sofia. This result sent Bulgaria to 3rd place, 1 point below now second-placed Sweden and put them in a really good position to claim a play-off place which could assure them a ticket for Russia 2018. However, the Lions lost the key match against the Netherlands at Amsterdam Arena by the scoreline of 1–3, thus falling back to 4th place and possibly putting an end to their hopes of qualifying, as now Bulgaria is 4 points away from second-placed Sweden and 5 behind leaders France. Bulgaria then lost 0–1 at home to France, ending their undefeated-at-home streak, and missing yet another tournament. This not so bad qualifying campaign, the brightest moments being the wins against the Netherlands and Sweden, however ended in a disappointing way, as Bulgaria failed to beat Luxembourg for the first time in history, with the match at Stade Josy Barthel ending 1–1.
|1||France||10||7||2||1||18||6||+12||23||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||2–1||4–0||4–1||0–0||2–1|
|2||Sweden||10||6||1||3||26||9||+17||19||Advance to second round||2–1||—||1–1||3–0||8–0||4–0|
Normally, the Bulgarian national football team's home stadium is the Vasil Levski National Stadium with a capacity of 45,000. Vasil Levski was officially opened in 1953 and reconstructed in 1966 and 2002. It is currently eligible to host UEFA Europa League final matches. It is the second largest stadium in Bulgaria just behind the Plovdiv Stadium with a capacity 55,000. During the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, the stadium was used for the games of Levski Sofia with Barcelona, Chelsea, and Werder Bremen. It was also given three stars for its excellence in art construction of the stadium. The Bulgarian national football team's home matches and the Bulgarian Cup finals are held at the venue, as well as athletics competitions. The stadium also offers judo, artistic gymnastics, basketball, boxing, aerobics, fencing and table tennis halls, as well as a general physical training hall, two conference halls, and three restaurants.
World Cup record
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|Bulgaria's FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Was not invited|
|1934||Did not qualify||3rd||3||0||0||3||3||14|
|1950||Did not enter||-|
|1954||Did not qualify||3rd||4||0||1||3||3||7|
|1978||Did not qualify||2nd||4||1||2||1||5||6|
|1986||Round of 16||10th||4||0||2||2||2||6||2nd||8||5||1||2||13||5|
|1990||Did not qualify||4th||6||1||1||4||6||8|
|2002||Did not qualify||3rd||10||5||2||3||14||15|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
European Championship record
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|UEFA Championship record||UEFA qualification record|
|1960||Did not qualify||FR||2||0||1||1||1||3|
|2000||Did not qualify||4th||8||2||2||4||6||8|
|2008||Did not qualify||3rd||12||7||4||1||18||7|
|2020||To be determined||To be determined|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA Nations League record
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|UEFA Championship record|
|2018–19||C||3||To be determined|
Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
|1900–1920||Did not participate|
|1924||Round of 16||12th||1||0||0||1||0||1|
|1928–1948||Did not participate|
|1952||Round of 16||13th||1||0||0||1||1||2|
|1964||Did not qualify|
|1972–1988||Did not qualify|
|1992–present||See Bulgaria U23 football team|
Balkan Cup record
Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
FIFA Confederations Cup record
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|Appearances : 0|
|1992||Did not enter|
|1995||Did not qualify|
- Olympic Tournament
- Balkan Cup
Win Draw Loss
|25 March 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Bulgaria||2–0||Netherlands||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Delev 5', 20'||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
|9 June 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Belarus||2–1||Bulgaria||Barysaw, Belarus|
|Sivakow 33' (pen.)
|Kostadinov 90+1'||Stadium: Borisov Arena|
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
|31 August 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Bulgaria||3–2||Sweden||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
|3 September 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Netherlands||3–1||Bulgaria||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Pröpper 7', 80'
|Kostadinov 69'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena|
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
|7 October 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Bulgaria||0–1||France||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Matuidi 3'||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
|10 October 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Luxembourg||1–1||Bulgaria||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|O. Thill 3'||Report (FIFA)
|Chochev 68'||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
|13 November 2017 Friendly||Bulgaria||1–0||Saudi Arabia||Lisbon, Portugal|
|I. Popov 81'||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Restelo|
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Bulgaria||0–1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Razgrad, Bulgaria|
|Report||Kodro 20'||Stadium: Ludogorets Arena|
Referee: François Letexier (France)
|26 March 2018 Friendly||Bulgaria||2–1||Kazakhstan||Felcsút, Hungary|
|I. Popov 23' (pen.)
|Report||Tungyshbayev 55'||Stadium: Pancho Aréna|
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
|6 September 2018 UEFA Nations League||Slovenia||1–2||Bulgaria||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Zajc 40'||Report||Kraev 3', 59'||Stadium: Stožice Stadium|
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
|9 September 2018 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||1−0||Norway||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Vasilev 59'||Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
|13 October 2018 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||2−1||Cyprus||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Report||Kastanos 41'||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
|16 October 2018 UEFA Nations League||Norway||1–0||Bulgaria||Oslo, Norway|
|Elyounoussi 31'||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadium|
Referee: John Beaton (Scotland)
|16 November 2018 UEFA Nations League||Cyprus||v||Bulgaria||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|Stadium: GSP Stadium|
|19 November 2018 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||v||Slovenia||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
|Best Rank||3||June 1995|
|Current Rank||45||October 2018|
|Worst Rank||96||May 2012|
- FIFA-ranking yearly averages for Bulgaria
The following players were called up in the squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Cyprus on 13 October, and Norway on 16 October 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of 16 October 2018 after the match against Norway.
The following players have also been called up to the Bulgarian squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Martin Lukov||5 July 1993||0||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Norway, 9 September 2018|
|GK||Bozhidar Mitrev||31 March 1987||9||0||Levski Sofia||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|DF||Angel Lyaskov||16 March 1998||1||0||CSKA Sofia||v. Norway, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Kamen Hadzhiev||22 September 1991||0||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|DF||Tsvetomir Panov||17 April 1989||1||0||Ludogorets Razgrad||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|DF||Aleksandar Dyulgerov||19 April 1990||0||0||CSKA Sofia||v. Saudi Arabia, 13 November 2017|
|MF||Borislav Tsonev INJ||29 April 1995||0||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Norway, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Martin Raynov||25 April 1992||7||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Norway, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Aleksandar Tsvetkov||31 August 1990||2||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Norway, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Stanislav Manolev||16 December 1985||51||5||CSKA Sofia||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|MF||Mihail Aleksandrov INJ||11 June 1989||21||3||Arsenal Tula||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|MF||Ivaylo Chochev INJ||18 February 1993||17||3||Palermo||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|MF||Ivan Minchev||28 May 1991||1||0||Beroe Stara Zagora||v. Saudi Arabia, 13 November 2017|
|MF||Aleksandar Tonev||2 February 1990||28||5||Unattached||v. Saudi Arabia, 13 November 2017|
|FW||Spas Delev INJ||22 September 1989||20||2||Pogoń Szczecin||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|FW||Radoslav Kirilov||29 June 1992||2||0||Vis Pesaro||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2018|
|FW||Andrey Galabinov||13 November 1988||10||2||Spezia||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 23 March 2018|
|FW||Ivaylo Dimitrov||26 March 1989||2||0||Ararat-Armenia||v. Saudi Arabia, 13 November 2017|
INJ = Withdrew from this squad due to injury
Current technical staff
|Head coach||Petar Hubchev|
|Assistant coach||Georgi Donkov|
|Assistant coach||Levon Apkaryan|
|Goalkeepers coach||Armen Ambartsumyan|
|BFU president||Borislav Mikhailov|
|Team captain||Svetoslav Dyakov|
- FIFA World Cup Squads
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International match records
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