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Marcus Rashford praises Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov for his 'courage' after begging racist fans to stop abuse of England's black players

Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by hits

ENGLAND star Marcus Rashford led praise for Bulgaria skipper Ivelin Popov after he remonstrated with racist fans in a bid to stop the abuse of black players. Popov, 31, spoke at length to supporters by terrace barriers at half-time after two stoppages left England's eventual 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win in danger of being abandoned. Home skipper Ivelin Popov urges home supporters to behave aft...Full Story »

Bulgaria manager hits back at English football over racism comments ahead of Sofia clash

Posted Monday, October 14, 2019 by hits

Bulgaria manager hits back at English football over racism comments ahead of Sofia clash Bulgaria coach Krassimir Balakov last night demanded that English football sort out its own problems with racism and fan behaviour badly before lecturing other countries. The Bulgarians have been angered by suggestions by England players in the last week that they will be led off the pitch on Monday at the...Full Story »

Southgate accepts reality Czech in Prague and promises better in Bulgaria

Posted Saturday, October 12, 2019 by PA60 hits

Gareth Southgate says England got what they deserved after the Czech Republic inflicted their first qualifying defeat in a decade.The Three Lions blew the chance to seal Euro 2020 qualification with three matches to spare as the Czechs capitalised on the visitors’ listless performance in Prague.Harry Kane’s fifth-minute penalty was as good as it got for England, with Jakub Brabec qui...Full Story »

McCarthy happy to see players repay his faith with victory over Bulgaria

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PA41 hits

Mick McCarthy was a happy man after seeing wild-card selections Jack Byrne and James Collins shine on their senior debuts for the Republic of Ireland.Shamrock Rovers midfielder Byrne, who started his career at Manchester City, had a hand in two of the goals and Luton striker Collins scored the third after coming off the bench in the 3-1 friendly victory over Bulgaria.McCarthy made 10 changes fro...Full Story »

James Collins comes off bench to seal Ireland victory over Bulgaria

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PA44 hits

James Collins enjoyed a dream Republic of Ireland debut as he came off the bench to seal a 3-1 friendly victory over Bulgaria.The Luton striker added his name to the score sheet with four minutes remaining as Mick McCarthy’s under-studies finally made the pressure tell with a late surge.Alan Browne and Kevin Long had both earlier scored first senior goals for their country either side of I...Full Story »

England 4 - 0 Bulgaria: Kane hat-trick helps England to comfortable win over Bulgaria

Posted Sunday, September 08, 2019 by PA81 hits

Harry Kane’s hat-trick helped blow away Bulgaria and continue England’s European Championship qualification cakewalk.After finishing third in the inaugural Nations League over the summer, the Three Lions got their international season under way at the stadium they hope to end the campaign at when Wembley hosts the Euro 2020 final.England are among the favourites to lift the trophy ne...Full Story »

Bulgaria 0 - 1 France: France return to Group A summit after seeing off Bulgaria

Posted Saturday, October 07, 2017 by PA227 hits

France clinched their first victory in Bulgaria for 85 years to move back to the top of Group A in the race to qualify for next year's World Cup finals. Les Bleus had failed to win on any of their last seven visits to Bulgaria but Blaise Matuidi's early goal proved enough for a 1-0 victory in Sofia. Sweden had applied the pressure with an 8-0 thumping of Luxembourg, who held France to a goal...Full Story »

Bulgaria vs France - Deschamps keeps his cool ahead of France's crucial clash

Posted Saturday, October 07, 2017 by PA139 hits

Didier Deschamps insists he is not feeling the pressure ahead of France's vital World Cup qualifying clash in Bulgaria on Saturday. Les Bleus sit top of Group A by a point with two games to go but results such as the 0-0 draw at home to Luxembourg last month have made life difficult. Deschamps knows a victory over Bulgaria coupled with three points at home to Belarus on Tuesday will secure qua...Full Story »

Netherlands sack manager Danny Blind following loss to Bulgaria

Posted Monday, March 27, 2017 by ESPN226 hits

Even before being sacked, Netherlands manager Danny Blind admitted qualifying for Russia 2018 would be a challenge. Netherlands have sacked coach Danny Blind in the wake of their World Cup qualifying loss to Bulgaria. The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has called time on the former defender's reign after only 20 months and 18 matches. Saturday's 2-0 defeat in Sofia was Netherland's second ...Full Story »

Bulgaria 2 Netherlands 0: Delev brace leaves De Ligt and Oranje feeling blue

Posted Sunday, March 26, 2017 by Goal.com139 hits

Netherlands' hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup were dealt a severe blow by a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria as Matthijs de Ligt endured a debut to forget in Sofia. At just 17 years of age, the highly-rated Ajax central defender was the youngest player to turn out for Oranje since 1931, but it was a painful introduction to international football for a man who had made just 14 senior appearanc...Full Story »

Bulgaria 1 - 0 Belarus: Ivelin Popov nets the winner for Bulgaria

Posted Sunday, November 13, 2016 by PA75 hits

Ivelin Popov scored the only goal as Bulgaria clinched a 1-0 win against 10-man Belarus in their World Cup qualifier in Sofia. Spartak Moscow forward Popov's early header at the Vasil Levski National Stadium proved decisive and secured Bulgaria's first victory under coach Petar Hubchev following heavy earlier defeats to Group A rivals France and Sweden. Victory lifts fourth-placed Bulgaria fou...Full Story »

Sweden 3 - 0 Bulgaria: Sweden ease to victory over Bulgaria in World Cup European Qualifying Group A

Posted Monday, October 10, 2016 by PA77 hits

Goals from Ola Toivonen, Oscar Hiljemark and Victor Lindelof steered Sweden to a 3-0 home victory over Bulgaria in World Cup European Qualifying Group A. The Swedes grabbed the lead in the 39th minute when Emil Forsberg's cross went via Marcus Berg and Bulgaria defender Aleksandar Aleksandrov to Toivonen, who blasted in. Moments after Ivelin Popov squandered a great chance to equalise by shoot...Full Story »

France 4-1 Bulgaria: Gameiro double inspires Les Bleus to victory

Posted Saturday, October 08, 2016 by Goal.com150 hits

France 4-1 Bulgaria: Gameiro double inspires Les Bleus to victory The Atletico Madrid striker bagged a brace as Didier Deschamps' charges registered their first victory in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase at Stade de France on Friday Two goals from Kevin Gameiro helped France return to winning ways with a 4-1 thumping of Bulgaria in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Paris. The Atletico Madri...Full Story »

France 4 - 1 Bulgaria: Kevin Gameiro bags brace as Les Bleus battle back to beat Bulgaria

Posted Friday, October 07, 2016 by PA71 hits

Kevin Gameiro struck twice as France came from behind to run out convincing 4-1 winners over Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifier in Paris. Dimitri Payet - with a cross-cum-shot - and Antoine Griezmann also got on the scoresheet as France hit back after Mihail Alexandrov's early penalty at the Stade de France. The victory was France's first of the campaign after they were held in their Group ...Full Story »

France vs Bulgaria - Atletico Madrid front duo could lead France attack for Bulgaria clash

Posted Friday, October 07, 2016 by PA85 hits

France coach Didier Deschamps is hoping he can find the right chemistry to help Les Bleus rediscover their form in front of goal in the World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria. The Euro 2016 runners-up opened their Group A campaign with a frustrating 0-0 away draw in Belarus. Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has not been called up for Friday's match in Paris and the upcoming trip to face Holland as...Full Story »

Bulgaria 4 - 3 Luxembourg: Late Aleksandar Tonev winner spares Bulgaria's blushes

Posted Tuesday, September 06, 2016 by PA96 hits

Bulgaria survived a major scare as a dramatic late winner from substitute Aleksandar Tonev saw them edge a seven-goal thriller against Luxembourg 4-3 in Sofia. The hosts took a 16th-minute lead in the World Cup qualifying opener through Dimitar Rangelov's strike before being stunned by a quickfire brace from Luxembourg's Aurelien Joachim, who converted from close range in the 60th and 63rd minu...Full Story »

Croatia 3 - 0 Bulgaria : Croatia stay in hunt for play-off spot with Bulgaria victory

Posted Saturday, October 10, 2015 by PA48 hits

Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic and Nikola Kalinic provided the goals as Croatia beat Bulgaria 3-0 to remain in the hunt for automatic qualification for Euro 2016. Saturday's win in Zagreb ensured Croatia of at least a play-off spot in Group H, with the nation sitting two points adrift of Norway, who hold the last direct qualifying spot with one game remaining. However, the result ended Bulgaria's ...Full Story »

Meet Hristo Hristov, a Bulgarian journalist that looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 by 101 GREAT GOALS297 hits

According to Swedish media, Hristo Hristov has been going viral on social media since 2013, when it emerged that the Bulgarian journalist looked a lot like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Swedish newspaper Expressen caught up with Hristov last week and marvelled at how he looks like Zlatan, usually in a well pressed suit, glasses and combed hair. Hristov told Expressen that the comparisons 'make me smil...Full Story »

Bulgaria call up uncapped Slavchev for qualifiers

Posted Saturday, October 05, 2013 by YAHOO Sport111 hits

SOFIA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Bulgaria named uncapped midfielder Simeon Slavchev in their 26-man squad on Friday for World Cup qualifiers away to Armenia on Oct. 11 and at home to the Czech Republic four days later. Coach Luboslav Penev called up the promising 20-year-old Litex Lovech midfielder following his outstanding performances in the domestic league. Slavchev has scored five goals in 10 match...Full Story »

Buffon 'quite worried' about Bulgaria qualifier

Posted Thursday, September 05, 2013 by Goal.com146 hits

The veteran keeper admits his side will need to be fully focused as they look to move clear at the top of Group B in the race to reach the World Cup Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon is "quite worried" about his side's crucial World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday. Cesare Prandelli's men can take a huge step towards automatic qualification from Group B for Brazil 2014 with a win at Sta...Full Story »

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