Bulgaria national under-21 football team

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Bulgaria U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Лъвчетата (The Young Lions)
AssociationBulgarian Football Union
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAleksandar Dimitrov
CaptainDominik Yankov
Most capsPetar Mihtarski (51)
Top scorerAtanas Mihaylov (31)
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.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach[edit]

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
2019–2020 Bulgaria Aleksandar Dimitrov
2021– Bulgaria Aleksandar Dimitrov

On 20 December 2018, BFU appointed Aleksandar Dimitrov as the head coach of the under-21 team.[2]

U21 Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Bulgaria Aleksandar Dimitrov
Assistant Manager Bulgaria vacant
Goalkeeping Coach Bulgaria vacant

Source:[citation needed]

Competition results[edit]

  Champions    Runners-Up    Semi-Finals    Other Top Results  

Balkan Youth Championship[edit]

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

UEFA U-21 European Championship[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

Players[edit]

The following players have been called up for the friendly tournament matches against Ukraine on 24 March 2021, Kazakhstan on 26 March 2021, and North Macedonia on 29 March 2021.[3] Names in bold denote players who have been capped for or called up to the senior team.
Caps and goals updated as of 29 March 2021 after the match against North Macedonia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Svetoslav Vutsov (2002-07-09) 9 July 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
1 1GK Viktor Nikolov (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Spain Socuéllamos
23 1GK Damyan Hristov (2002-11-10) 10 November 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad II

6 2DF Viktor Popov (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 9 0 Bulgaria Cherno More Varna
4 2DF Hristiyan Petrov (2002-06-24) 24 June 2002 (age 18) 3 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
16 2DF Martin Dichev (2000-08-22) 22 August 2000 (age 20) 3 0 Bulgaria Cherno More Varna
22 2DF Patrick-Gabriel Galchev (2001-04-14) 14 April 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
5 2DF Simeon Petrov (2000-01-12) 12 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Bulgaria CSKA 1948
13 2DF Kolyo Stanev (2001-10-10) 10 October 2001 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria Etar Veliko Tarnovo
20 2DF Stanislav Rabotov (2002-06-14) 14 June 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
19 2DF Tomislav Papazov (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria Hebar Pazardzhik

8 3MF Dominik Yankov (Captain) (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 20) 9 2 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
3MF Martin Minchev (2001-04-22) 22 April 2001 (age 20) 7 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
14 3MF Filip Krastev (2001-10-15) 15 October 2001 (age 19) 3 1 France Troyes
3 3MF Yoan Baurenski (2001-10-21) 21 October 2001 (age 19) 3 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
7 3MF Stanislav Shopov (2002-02-23) 23 February 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
15 3MF Emanuel Mirchev (2002-02-09) 9 February 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Germany Hamburger SV II
18 3MF Stefan Kamenov (2001-03-13) 13 March 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Bulgaria Montana
11 3MF Dimitar Tonev (2001-10-15) 15 October 2001 (age 19) 2 2 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
2 3MF Ilia Gruev (2000-05-06) 6 May 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Germany Werder Bremen

10 4FW Vladimir Nikolov (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 20) 4 1 Germany Würzburger Kickers
9 4FW Dimitar Mitkov (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Bulgaria CSKA 1948
17 4FW Preslav Borukov (2000-04-23) 23 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Bulgaria Etar Veliko Tarnovo
21 4FW Denislav Angelov (2001-06-08) 8 June 2001 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria Cherno More Varna

Recent call ups[edit]

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

DF Valentin Antov (2000-11-09) 9 November 2000 (age 20) 9 0 Italy Bologna v.  Estonia, 17 November 2020 A

MF Stefan Gavrilov (2000-07-09) 9 July 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Bulgaria Septemvri Sofia v.  Estonia, 17 November 2020

FW Martin Petkov (2002-08-15) 15 August 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia v.  Ukraine, 24 March 2021 COVID
Notes

UEFA Euro 2021 Qualifier[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 10 7 2 1 22 4 +18 23 Final tournament 2–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 2−0
2  Poland 10 6 2 2 19 8 +11 20 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–1
3  Bulgaria 10 5 3 2 14 5 +9 18 0–0 3−0 0–1 3–0 1–0
4  Serbia 10 3 3 4 12 9 +3 12 0–2 1–0 1–2 6−0 1–1
5  Estonia 10 1 2 7 3 34 −31 5 0–5 0–6 0–4 0–0 2–1
6  Latvia 10 0 4 6 7 17 −10 4 1–4 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

UEFA Euro 2023 Qualifier[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament 29 Mar '22 12 Nov 12 Oct 7 Sep 7 Jun '22
2   Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Play-offs 8 Oct 4 Jun '22 25 Mar '22 12 Nov 3 Sep
3  Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 Mar '22 12 Oct 7 Sep 16 Nov 11 Jun '22
4  Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Jun '22 16 Nov 29 Mar '22 4 Jun 14 Jun '22
5  Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Jun '22 8 Jun '22 3 Sep 8 Oct 12 Oct
6  Gibraltar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov 7 Sep 8 Oct 12 Nov 29 Mar '22
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Recent fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Bulgaria scorers
25 March 2019 Marbella, Spain  Finland 1−0 Friendly match Kotev Goal 30'
3 June 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine  Israel 1−1 Friendly tournament Yurukov Goal 20'
5 June 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine  Cyprus 0−0 Friendly tournament
5 September 2019 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 4−0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q Yordanov Goal 15'48'65', S. Ivanov Goal 39'
10 September 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria  Russia 0−0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q
11 October 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria  Serbia 0−1 UEFA EURO 2021 Q
15 October 2019 Riga, Latvia  Latvia 0−0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q
15 November 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria  Poland 3−0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q Yordanov Goal 43', S. Ivanov Goal 51'61'
4 September 2020 Khimki, Russia  Russia 0−2 UEFA EURO 2021 Q
8 September 2020 Gornji Milanovac, Serbia  Serbia 2–1 UEFA EURO 2021 Q Iliev Goal 45', K. Krastev Goal 64'
9 October 2020 Sofia, Bulgaria  Latvia 1–0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q S. Ivanov Goal 67'
13 October 2020 Gdynia, Poland  Poland 1−1 UEFA EURO 2021 Q Dimitrov Goal 41'
17 November 2020 Sofia, Bulgaria  Estonia 3−0 UEFA EURO 2021 Q Kotev Goal 28', Tombak Goal 30', K. Krastev Goal 88'
24 March 2021 Antalya, Turkey  Ukraine 2−1 Friendly tournament Yankov Goal 20', F. Krastev Goal 53'
26 March 2021 Antalya, Turkey  Kazakhstan 3−1 Friendly tournament Nikolov Goal 51', Tonev Goal 58'60'
29 March 2021 Antalya, Turkey  North Macedonia 1−5 Friendly tournament Yankov Goal 50'
3 September 2021 Moldova  Moldova UEFA EURO 2023 Q
7 September 2021 Bulgaria  Wales UEFA EURO 2023 Q
8 October 2021 Gibraltar  Gibraltar UEFA EURO 2023 Q
12 October 2021 Bulgaria   Switzerland UEFA EURO 2023 Q
12 November 2021 Netherlands  Netherlands UEFA EURO 2023 Q
16 November 2021 Bulgaria  Moldova UEFA EURO 2023 Q
25 March 2022 Bulgaria  Netherlands UEFA EURO 2023 Q
29 March 2022 Wales  Wales UEFA EURO 2023 Q
4 June 2022 Switzerland   Switzerland UEFA EURO 2023 Q
11 June 2022 Bulgaria  Gibraltar UEFA EURO 2023 Q

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mladezhki natsionalen otbor na Balgariya po futbol, literally "Bulgaria national youth football team".
  2. ^ "Изпълнителният комитет на БФС прие бюджета и спортния календар за 2019 г." (in Bulgarian). bfunion.bg. 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Състав на България U21 за приятелския турнир в Турция" (in Bulgarian). Bulgarian Football Union. 16 March 2021.

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