Team analysis

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

UEFA Under 19 Championship 2017 - Bulgaria Headshots
No.PlayerBornPos.ENGGERNEDGSClub
1Daniel Naumov29/03/1998Goalkeeper9090 PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
2Andrea Hristov01/03/1999Defender9017 PFC Slavia Sofia (BUL)
3Vasil Dobrev05/01/1998Defender76*69+90 FC Septemvri Sofia (BUL)
4Angel Lyaskov16/03/1998Defender909090 PFC CSKA-Sofia (BUL)
5Petar Genchev29/03/1998Defender909090 FC Septemvri Sofia (BUL)
6Ivaylo Klimentov03/02/1998Midfield14+ 45+ PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
7Ivaylo Naydenov22/03/1998Forward9070*45* PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
8Georgi Yanev04/01/1998Midfield36+9090 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
9Tonislav Yordanov27/11/1998Forward54*9033+ PFC Litex Lovech (BUL)
10Georgi Rusev02/07/1998Forward90901 Elche CF (ESP)
11Svetoslav Kovachev14/03/1998Midfield54* PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
12Dimitar Sheytanov15/03/1999Goalkeeper90 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
15Petko Hristov01/03/1999Defender909090 PFC Slavia Sofia (BUL)
16Kaloyan Krastev24/01/1999Forward9082*90* PFC Slavia Sofia (BUL)
18Mariyan Dimitrov28/09/1998Defender 1+ FC Septemvri Sofia (BUL)
19Stanislav Ivanov16/04/1999Forward36+8+57* PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
20Mateo Stamatov22/03/1999Defender 20+ RCD Espanyol (ESP)
22Ivan Tilev05/01/1999Midfield9021*90 FC Septemvri Sofia (BUL)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Angel Stoykov (Bulgaria):

The fact that they are here in finals, among the top eight at this level, is evidence that they are the future of Bulgarian football, but there is still a lot of work to be done by everybody. It's definitely a success for us to be at the final, but we were expecting to do more. This is a team who have the most international experience since Under-15s. They were developed for the Under-17s that we hosted two years ago so they have a lot of experience – we have up to 15 members of this squad in that one.

Bulgaria team analysis

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• 1-4-4-2 becoming 1-4-4-1-1 in defence, with good links between the lines.
• Constructive build-up play from the back through the midfield.
• Mid-range and short passing in own half with long ball used over defenders.
• Mostly attacking down the wings.
• Effective use of full-backs.
• Goalkeeper Daniel Naumov (1) with good technique with foot and active in build-up; good long balls.
• Two screening midfielders with different functions – more defensive Georgi Yanev (8) and more attacking Ivaylo Naydenov (7)
• Compact deep defence; midfield pressing.
• Frequent transitions from defence to attack, Tonislav Yordanov (9) and Kaloyan Krastev (16) two players who could create difficulties for opponents and could make the difference.
• Organised on set pieces in defence. Mentally strong with excellent team spirit.