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Wednesday, 6 June 1979
European Championship 1980 Group One Qualification Match

Bulgaria 0 England 3 [0-1]
 

 

Match Summary
Bulgaria Squad
England Squad

Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija
Attendance: 31,322 to 55,000;
Kick-off: 6.00pm local, tbc BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson

England - Kevin Keegan (33), David Watson (53), Peter Barnes (54).
 
Results 1975-1980

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Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland

Bulgaria

Type

England

Referee (-) - Ernst Dorflinger
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Bulgaria Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 36th
Colours: Made by Adidas - White crew necked jerseys with green Adidas trim/collar/cuffs, green shorts with white Adidas trim, red socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt:   Manager: Zvetan Iltchev
Bulgaria Lineup
1 Filipov, Yordan     G     GA
2 Grantcharov, Nikolai            
3 Ivkov, Kiril            
4 Bonev, Georgi            
5 Iliev, Ivan            
6 Zdravkov, Radoslav, off 60th min.            
7 Voynov, Voin, off 46th min.            
8 Borisov, Krasimir            
9 Zhelyaskov, Andrey            
10 Panov, Pavel            
11 Tsvetkov, Chavdar            
Bulgaria Substitutes
1 Gotchev, Roussi, on 46th min. for Voynov            
1 Barzov, Todor, on 60th min. for Zdravkov            

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 5th to 3rd
Colours: The 1976 Admiral away uniform - Red collared jerseys with white/blue sleeve trim and white/blue trimmed collar/cuffs, white shorts with blue/white side stripes, white socks.
Capt: Kevin Keegan, fourteenth captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 57 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 17 December 1977,
17th match, W 12 - D 4 - L 1 - F 33 - A 10.
England Lineup
1 Clemence, Raymond     G     GA
2 Neal, Philip J. 28 20 February 1951 RB Liverpool FC 19 3
3 Mills, Michael D. 30 4 January 1949 LB Ipswich Town FC 25 0
4 Thompson, Philip B. 25 21 January 1954 RHB Liverpool FC 13 1
5 Watson, David V. 32 5 October 1946 CHB SV Werder Bremen, Germany 42 3
6 Wilkins, Raymond C. 22 14 September 1956 M Chelsea FC 22 0
7 Keegan, J. Kevin 28 14 February 1951 OR SV Hamburger, Germany 44 14
8 Coppell, Steven            
9 Latchford, Robert D., off 65th min. 28 18 January 1951 CF Everton FC 11 5
10 Brooking, Trevor D. 30 2 October 1948 IL West Ham United FC 29 1
11 Barnes, Peter, off 76th min.            
England Substitutes
1? Francis, Trevor, on 65th min. for Latchford            
1? Woodcock, Anthony S., on 76th min. for Barnes 23 6 December 1955 F Nottingham Forest FC 4 0

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England played with tremendous fervour despite suffocating heat-wave conditions. The Bulgarians threatened to take an early lead when Ray Clemence pushed a header by Borisov against a post, but then Kevin Keegan scored after combining with Trevor Brooking. England clinched victory early in the second-half of this European championship qualifier with two headed goals in a minute, first by Dave Watson and then Peter Barnes. Ron Greenwood said later, 'Our plan was for Kevin Keegan to play a deeper role than usual. This gave us extra drive in midfield, and confused the Bulgarians who had worked out a man to man marking policy to try to curb Kevin's freedom of movement.'

Source Notes

TheFA.com
UEFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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CG