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BULGARIA
1994


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BULGARIA 1994 WORLD CUP FOURTH PLACE
From left to right: Stoichkov, Kostadinov, Letchkov, Kiryakov, Balăkov, Sirakov, Tsvetanov, Yankov, Hubchev, Ivanov and Mihaylov.



MANAGER: Dimitar PENEV


GOALKEEPERS:

1 Borislav MIHAYLOV
12 Plamen NIKOLOV

DEFENDERS:

2 Emil KREMENLIEV
3 Trifon IVANOV
4 Tsanko TSVETANOV
5 Petăr HUBCHEV
15 Nikolay ILIEV
16 Iliyan KIRYAKOV

MIDFIELDERS:

6 Zlatko YANKOV
9 Yordan LETCHKOV
11 Daniel BORIMIROV
13 Ivaylo YORDANOV
14 Boncho GENCHEV
19 Georgi GEORGIEV
20 Krasimir BALĂKOV

FORWARDS:

7 Emil KOSTADINOV
8 Hristo STOICHKOV
10 Nasko SIRAKOV
17 Petăr MIHTARSKI
18 Petăr ALEKSANDROV
21 Velko YOTOV
22 Ivaylo ANDONOV



4-3-3 FORMATION:

Argentina Vs Bulgaria - Group Stage Game (30/06/1994)

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GK MIHAYLOV
CB HUBCHEV
CB IVANOV
RB KREMENLIEV
LB TSVETANOV
DMF YANKOV
CMF LETCHKOV
CMF/AMF BALĂKOV
SS KOSTADINOV
SS STOICHKOV
CF/SS SIRAKOV

Substitutions: Kiryakov for Kostadinov (74 mn) and Borimirov for Letchkov (76 mn)
Note: Tsvetanov was sent off (min 67)


Captain: Borislav Mihaylov
Short Free Kick: Krassimir Balăkov
Long Free Kick: Yordan Letchkov/Tsanko Tsvetanov/Emil Kremenliev/Trifon Ivanov
Free Kick 2: Hristo Stoichkov
Left Corner: Krassimir Balăkov/Hristo Stoichkov
Right Corner: Krassimir Balăkov
Penalty: Hristo Stoichkov
Player to go up on free kicks and corners: Trifon Ivanov

Team Strategy

Counter Attack


Bulgaria Vs Germany - World Cup Quarterfinals (10/07/1994)

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GK MIHAYLOV
CB HUBCHEV
CB/SWP IVANOV
RB KIRYAKOV
LB TSVETANOV
DMF YANKOV
CMF/AMF LETCHKOV
CMF/AMF BALĂKOV
SS KOSTADINOV
SS STOICHKOV
CF/SS SIRAKOV

Substitutions: Yordanov for Stoichkov (85 mn) and Genchev for Kostadinov (90+ mn)

Captain: Borislav Mihaylov
Short Free Kick: Hristo Stoichkov/Emil Kostadinov
Long Free Kick: Krassimir Balăkov/Yordan Letchkov/Hristo Stoichkov/Nasko Sirakov/Iliyan Kiryakov/Tsanko Tsvetanov
Free Kick 2: -
Left Corner: Krassimir Balăkov
Right Corner: Krassimir Balăkov
Penalty: Hristo Stoichkov
Player to go up on free kicks and corners: Trifon Ivanov

Team Strategy

Right Side Attack
Left Side Attack
Change Sides: Kostadinov/Stoichkov
Counter Attack


INFOS:

Certainly one of the most important dates in Bulgarian football history is 17 November 1993, a date where Emil Kostadinov scored two goals to beat France in Paris, allowing Bulgaria to qualify for the World Cup in the United States in 1994. Under the management of Dimitar Penev, the Bulgarians, led by players such as Hristo Stoichkov, Yordan Lechkov, and Krasimir Balakov — along with a multitude of other talented players remembered in Bulgaria as the "Golden Generation" — made a strong impression by reaching the semi-finals. They entered Group D with Argentina, Nigeria, and Greece. Before that, the Bulgarians hadn't won a single match in five World Cup finals appearances. The first match ended with a 3–0 defeat by Nigeria. Despite the bad start, the team won 4–0 against World Cup-debuting featherweights Greece and 2–0 against Argentina. Argentina had actually been winning the group going into injury-time. A 91st minute strike from Nasko Sirakov, however, meant that they dropped two places and finished third. Bulgaria continued to the next round, where they faced Mexico. 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 made a good performance saving the first three penalty kicks. Bulgaria won 3–1 on penalties with Mihaylov becoming the hero for the Bulgarian team. In the quarter-finals, Bulgaria faced the then-defending World Cup champions Germany. Lothar Matthäus scored from a penalty. The Bulgarians, however, managed to turn the game over with two goals by Hristo Stoichkov and Yordan Lechkov, giving them a 2–1 win and recording one of the most memorable wins for the team. Millions of Bulgarians celebrated this win in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia and other Bulgarian cities. Having reached the semi-finals, this was the best Bulgarian performance in the World Cup. In the semi-finals, they lost 2–1 to Italy and were eventually given the bronze medals. Hristo Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the tournament with six goals. Krasimir Balakov was named in the all-star team along with Stoichkov.


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