Bulgaria national under-21 football team

National association football team

Bulgaria U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Лъвчетата / Lavchetata
(The Young Lions)
AssociationBulgarian Football Union (BFU)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAleksandar Dimitrov
CaptainDominik Yankov
Most capsPetar Mihtarski (51)
Top scorerAtanas Mihaylov (31)
Home stadiumStadion Aleksandar Shalamanov
FIFA codeBUL
First colours
Second colours

The Bulgaria national under-21 football team (Bulgarian: Mладежки национален отбор на България по футбол)[1] is considered to be the feeder team for the Bulgaria national football team. This team is for Bulgarian players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23.

Competition results

  Champions    Runners-Up    Semi-Finals    Other Top Results  

Balkan Youth Championship

Year Rank
Greece 1968 Champions
Bulgaria 1970 Champions
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1973 Champions

UEFA U-21 European Championship

Year Rank
Europe 1972 Semi-Finals
Europe 1974 Quarter-Finals
Europe 1976 Quarter-Finals
Europe 1978 Semi-Finals
Europe 1990 Quarter-Finals

UEFA Euro 2023 Qualifier

Pos Team
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Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 10 8 2 0 32 3 +29 26 Final tournament 2–0 3–0 5–0 3–1 6–0
2  Switzerland 10 7 2 1 22 6 +16 23 2–2 3–0 5–1 1–0 4–0
3  Moldova 10 3 3 4 7 12 −5 12 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–0
4  Wales 10 3 2 5 15 14 +1 11 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–0
5  Bulgaria 10 2 4 4 10 11 −1 10 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–4 5–0
6  Gibraltar 10 0 1 9 1 41 −40 1 0–7 0–4 0–4 0–7 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Recent fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

Ukraine  v  Bulgaria
24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) Friendly tournament Ukraine  1–2  Bulgaria Antalya, Turkey
16:00 (UTC+03:00) Report Stadium: Bellis Sports Center
Bulgaria  v  Kazakhstan
26 March 2021 (2021-03-26) Friendly tournament Bulgaria  3–1  Kazakhstan Antalya, Turkey
15:00 (UTC+03:00)
  • Nikolov 51'
  • Tonev 58', 60'
Report
  • Sagnayev 81' (pen.)
Stadium: Bellis Sports Center
North Macedonia  v  Bulgaria
29 March 2021 (2021-03-29) Friendly tournament North Macedonia  5–1  Bulgaria Antalya, Turkey
16:30 (UTC+03:00)
Report
Stadium: Bellis Sports Center
Bulgaria  v  Russia
3 June 2021 (2021-06-03) Friendly Bulgaria  0–1  Russia Sofia, Bulgaria
17:30 (UTC+03:00) Report
Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Bulgaria  v  Albania
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) Friendly Bulgaria  4–0  Albania Sofia, Bulgaria
17:30 (UTC+03:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Moldova  v  Bulgaria
3 September 2021 (2021-09-03) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Moldova  0–2  Bulgaria Chișinău, Moldova
20:00 (UTC+03:00) Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Attendance: 350
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
Bulgaria  v  Wales
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Bulgaria  0–4  Wales Sofia, Bulgaria
18:30 (UTC+03:00) Report
Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 400
Referee: Visar Kastrati (Kosovo)
Bulgaria  v  Gibraltar
8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Bulgaria  5–0  Gibraltar Sofia, Bulgaria
17:30 (18:30 EEST)
  • Nikolov 6', 25' (pen.), 26'
  • M. D. Petkov 35'
  • Stoyanov 63'
Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 45
Referee: Aleksei Matyunin (Russia)
Bulgaria  v  Switzerland
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Bulgaria  0–1  Switzerland Sofia, Bulgaria
17:00 (18:00 EEST) Report
Stadium: Stadion Slavia
Attendance: 93
Referee: Lazar Lukić (Serbia)
Netherlands  v  Bulgaria
12 November 2021 (2021-11-12) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Netherlands  3–1  Bulgaria Almere, Netherlands
19:45 (EET)
Report
Stadium: Yanmar Stadion
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
Bulgaria  v  Moldova
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Bulgaria  0–0  Moldova Sofia, Bulgaria
18:30 (EET) Report Stadium: Stadion Aleksandar Shalamanov
Attendance: 42
Referee: Petri Viljanen (Finland)
Bulgaria  v  Netherlands
25 March 2022 (2022-03-25) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Bulgaria  0–0  Netherlands Sofia, Bulgaria
19:45 (EET) Report Stadium: Stadion Aleksandar Shalamanov
Attendance: 332
Referee: Sandi Putros (Denmark)
Wales  v  Bulgaria
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Wales  1–1  Bulgaria Newport, Wales
17:00 (EET)
  • Pearson 63'
Report
  • Nikolov 61'
Stadium: Rodney Parade
Attendance: 210
Referee: Pavel Orel (Czech Republic)
Switzerland  v  Bulgaria
4 June 2022 (2022-06-04) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Switzerland  1–0  Bulgaria Lugano, Switzerland
19:00 Rieder 56' Report Stadium: Cornaredo Stadium
Attendance: 1,125
Referee: Gustavo Fernandes Correia (Portugal)
Gibraltar  v  Bulgaria
11 June 2022 (2022-06-11) UEFA Euro 2023 qualification Gibraltar  1–1  Bulgaria Gibraltar
20:00
  • Peacock 83' (pen.)
Report
  • Nikolov 57'
Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Attendance: 480
Referee: Alessandro Dudic (Switzerland)
Hungary  v  Bulgaria
23 September 2022 (2022-09-23) Friendly Hungary  1–0  Bulgaria Szombathely, Hungary
19:00
Report Stadium: Haladás Sportkomplexum
Bulgaria  v  Serbia
27 September 2022 (2022-09-27) Friendly Bulgaria  1–1  Serbia Sofia, Bulgaria
17:00
  • Tsenov 37'
Report
Stadium: Stadion Aleksandar Shalamanov
Note: The game was abandoned at half-time due to a thunderstorm.
Slovenia  v  Bulgaria
21 November 2022 (2022-11-21) Friendly Slovenia  0–0  Bulgaria Murska Sobota, Slovenia
18:30 Report Stadium: Fazanerija City Stadium
Bulgaria  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina
25 November 2022 (2022-11-25) Friendly Bulgaria  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
18:00 Stadium: Stadion Hristo Botev

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Bulgaria Aleksandar Dimitrov
Assistant manager Bulgaria Ivaylo Yordanov
Bulgaria Yavor Valchinov

Last updated: 20 December 2018
Source: https://bfunion.bg/news/45742/0

Manager history

Tenure Head Coach
2000–2001 Bulgaria Dimitar Aleksiev
2002 Bulgaria Ivan Kolev
2003–2006 Bulgaria Petar Miladinov
2006–2007 Bulgaria Aleksandar Stankov
2008–2009 Bulgaria Ivan Kolev
2010–2013 Bulgaria Mihail Madanski
2014–2018 Bulgaria Antoni Zdravkov
2018– Bulgaria Aleksandar Dimitrov

Current squad

Players

  • The following players were called up for the friendly matches against  Slovenia and  Bosnia and Herzegovina on 21 and 25 November 2022.[2]
  • All caps and goals as of 21 November 2022 after match against  Slovenia.
  • Players in bold have been called up or have played at least one full international match with national senior team.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Damyan Hristov (2002-11-10) 10 November 2002 (age 20) 9 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad II
1 1GK Hristiyan Slavkov (2003-02-26) 26 February 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv II
23 1GK Plamen Andreev (2004-12-15) 15 December 2004 (age 17) 1 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia

18 2DF Atanas Chernev (2002-03-25) 25 March 2002 (age 20) 10 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
5 2DF Hristiyan Petrov (2002-06-24) 24 June 2002 (age 20) 7 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
3 2DF Martin Hristov (2003-10-02) 2 October 2003 (age 19) 3 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv II
2 2DF Velislav Boev (2003-12-19) 19 December 2003 (age 18) 2 0 Bulgaria Spartak Varna
4 2DF Rosen Stefanov (2002-11-27) 27 November 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Bulgaria Cherno More
14 2DF Bozhidar Penchev (2002-03-13) 13 March 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora
24 2DF Bogomil Bozhurkin (2002-09-02) 2 September 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Bulgaria Hebar Pazardzhik
13 2DF Todor Pavlov (2004-07-31) 31 July 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
25 2DF Martin Georgiev (2005-09-24) 24 September 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Spain Barcelona

20 3MF Kristiyan Stoyanov (2003-04-29) 29 April 2003 (age 19) 3 0 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
6 3MF Emil Tsenov (2002-04-26) 26 April 2002 (age 20) 3 0 Bulgaria Minyor Pernik
11 3MF Martin Smolenski (2003-03-08) 8 March 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria Pirin Blagoevgrad
21 3MF Stoyan Stoichkov (2003-01-01) 1 January 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria CSKA 1948
10 3MF Krasian Kolev (2004-01-18) 18 January 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Bulgaria Septemvri Sofia

9 4FW Borislav Stankov (2002-05-05) 5 May 2002 (age 20) 3 0 Spain Real Valladolid
7 4FW Simeon Aleksandrov (2003-09-24) 24 September 2003 (age 19) 3 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
17 4FW Ivan Tasev (2002-04-27) 27 April 2002 (age 20) 2 0 Bulgaria Pirin Blagoevgrad
16 4FW Valentin Nikolov (2003-10-15) 15 October 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia
8 4FW Stanislav Dyulgerov (2003-08-23) 23 August 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Greece Apollon Larissa
22 4FW Roberto Raychev (2005-05-07) 7 May 2005 (age 17) 1 0 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
15 4FW Miroslav Marinov (2004-03-07) 7 March 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Bulgaria Botev Vratsa
19 4FW Nikolay Zlatev (2004-12-12) 12 December 2004 (age 17) 1 0 Bulgaria Cherno More

Recent call ups

The following players have previously been called up to the Bulgaria under-21 squad and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nikola Videnov (2002-03-22) 22 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Bulgaria Minyor Pernik v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022

DF Dimo Krastev (2003-02-10) 10 February 2003 (age 19) 6 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022 A
DF Martin Stoychev (2003-10-17) 17 October 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria Septemvri Sofia v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022
DF Lazar Boyanov (2003-04-01) 1 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Marinhense v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022

MF Stanislav Shopov (2002-02-23) 23 February 2002 (age 20) 10 1 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022 A
MF Martin Atanasov (2002-01-19) 19 January 2002 (age 20) 7 0 Bulgaria Botev Vratsa v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022
MF Biser Bonev (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv II v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022
MF Marin Petkov (2003-10-02) 2 October 2003 (age 19) 8 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia v.  Gibraltar, 11 June 2022 A

FW Martin Sorakov (2003-10-23) 23 October 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022
FW Mark-Emilio Papazov (2003-10-08) 8 October 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia II v.  Serbia, 27 September 2022
FW Martin D. Petkov (2002-08-15) 15 August 2002 (age 20) 10 1 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia v.  Gibraltar, 11 June 2022
Notes

See also

References

  1. ^ Mladezhki natsionalen otbor na Balgariya po futbol, literally "Bulgaria national youth football team".
  2. ^ "Състав на България U21 за приятелските мачове със Словения и Босна и Херцеговина" (in Bulgarian). Bulgarian Football Union. 14 November 2022.

External links

  • Official website (in Bulgarian)
  • UEFA Under-21 website, complete results archive
  • The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, full record of U-21 and U-23 Championships
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