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Match No. 758 vs. Sweden Match No. 760 vs. Luxembourg Match Results

England National Football Team Match No. 759

Bulgaria 1 England 1 [1-1]

Wednesday, 9 June 1999

Match Summary and Report

Stadion Balgarska Armia
, Sofiya, 9 June 1999 - The team that faced Bulgaria.
Back row - Michael Gray, Sol Campbell, Alan Shearer (captain), Jonathan Woodgate, David Seaman, Robbie Fowler.
Front row - Gareth Southgate, David Batty, Phil Neville, Teddy Sheringham, Jamie Redknapp.


Match Summary

Status: European Championship 2000 Preliminary Group 5 qualification match.
Venue: Stadion Balgarska Armia, Sofiya, capacity 30,000.
Attendance: 25,000.
Goals: England - Alan Shearer, 15th min.
Bulgaria - Georgi Markov, 18th min.
Cautions: England - Robbie Fowler, 11th min.
England - Gareth Southgate, 19th min.
England - Teddy Sheringham, 31st min.
Bulgaria - Martin Petrov,
Bulgaria - Ilian Iliev, 49th min.
England - Sol Campbell, 52nd min.
Bulgaria - Martin Petrov, 59th min.
Expulsions: Bulgaria - Martin Petrov, 59th min., two cautionable offences.
Referee - Mario van der Ende, 43 (28-Mar-1956), Netherlands, FIFA-listed 1990;
Assistant referees - Jan-Willem van Veluwen, 41, Netherlands, FIFA-listed 1997, & Gerhard J. H. Verwoort, 45, Netherlands, FIFA-listed 1992;
Fourth official -
Roelof Luinge, Netherlands;
Conditions: Kickoff 7:25 p.m. local time; 5:25 p.m. BST.
Miscellany: -




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


Bulgaria Team

Ranking: 30th in FIFA ranking of 30 May 1999; 54th in Elo world ranking before this match and 51st after this match.
Colours: Red shirts with green side panels and white piping, green shorts with white trim, white socks; made by Puma.
Coach: Dimitar Dimitrov, 40, appointed 14 September 1998,
11th match, W 3 - D 3 - L 5 - F 8 - A 13.
Captain: Hristo Stoitchkov.

Bulgaria Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Ivankov, Dimitar 30-Oct-1975 23 G PFC Levski Sofia 4 0 1998-active
2-Kishishev, Radostin 30-Jul-1974 24 D FC Liteks Lovech 17 0 1998-active
3-Zagortchich, Zlatomir 15-Jan-1971 26 D FC Liteks Lovech 10 0 1998-active
4-Stoilov, Stanimir 13-Feb-1967 32 M PFC Levski Sofia 6 0 1992-2000
5- Markov, Gueorgui 20-Jan-1972 27 D FC Lokomotiv Sofia 5 1 1999-active
6-Kirilov, Rossen 04-Jan-1973 26 D Adanaspor AS, Turkey 7 0 1998-active
7-Petrov, Stiliyan 05-Jul-1979 19 M FC CSKA Sofia 7 0 1999-active
8-Stoitchkov, Hristo, sub off 73rd min. 08-Feb-1966 33 F Kashiwa Reysol, Japan 84 37 1987-1999
9-Iovov, Hristo, sub off 46th min. 11-Apr-1977 22 F FC Lokomotiv Sofia 10 2 1998-2001
10-Petkov, Milen 12-Jan-1974 25 M FC CSKA Sofia 8 0 1995-active
11-Iliev, Ilian, sub off 60th min. 02-Jul-1968 30 M PFC Levski Sofia 25 2 1991-2000

Bulgaria Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
18-Petrov, Martin, sub on 46th min., for Iovov 15-Jan-1979 20 F Servette FC, Switzerland 1 0 1999-active
14-Borimirov, Daniel, sub on 60th min., for Iliev 15-Jan-1970 29 M TSV München 1860, Germany 39 3 1994-active
17-Batchev, Gueorgui, sub on 73rd min., for Stoitchkov 18-Apr-1977 22 F PFC Levski Sofia 14 1 1997-2000


Ivankov -
Kirilov, Zagortchich, Markov -
Stoilov -
Kishishev, Petrov, Iliev (Borimirov), Petkov -
Stoitchkov (Batachev), Iovov (Petrov).

Not Used:
12-Iordan Gospodinov, 13-Ilian Stoyanov, 15-Ivailo Petkov, 16-Ilia Grouev.

England Team

Ranking: 11th in FIFA ranking of 30 May 1999; 9th in Elo world ranking before this match and 10th after this match.
Colours: White shirts, navy blue shorts, white socks.  The 1999 "home" uniform.
Coach: J. Kevin Keegan, 48, appointed temporary manager 17 February 1999 and full-time manager 14 May 1999,
4th match, W 1 - D 3 - L 0 - F 5 - A 3.
Captain: Alan Shearer, 22nd captaincy. 

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 35 G Arsenal FC 52 0 1988-2002
2-Neville, Philip J. 21-Jan-1977 22 D Manchester United FC 17 0 1996-active
3-Gray, Michael 03-Aug-1974 24 D Sunderland AFC 3 0 1999
4-Woodgate, Jonathan S., sub off 65th min. 22-Jan-1980 19 D Leeds United AFC 1 0 1999-active
5-Southgate, Gareth 03-Sep-1970 28 D Aston Villa FC 31 1 1995-2004
6-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 0 1996-active
7-Redknapp, Jamie F. 25-Jun-1973 25 M Liverpool FC 14 0 1995-1999
8-Batty, David 02-Dec-1968 30 M Leeds United AFC 40 0 1991-1999
9- Shearer, Alan 13-Aug-1970 28 F Newcastle United FC 51 24 1992-2000
10-Sheringham, Edward P. 02-Apr-1966 33 F Manchester United FC 38 9 1993-2002
11-Fowler, Robert B., sub off 82nd min. 09-Apr-1975 24 F Liverpool FC 9 2 1996-2002

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
15-Parlour, Raymond, sub on 65th min. for Woodgate 07-Mar-1973 26 M Arsenal FC 3 0 1999-2000
18-Heskey, Emile W.I., sub on 82nd min. for Fowler 11-Jan-1978 21 F Leicester City FC 2 0 1999-active

3-5-2 with one of the midfielders advanced in a free role behind the forwards (3-4-1-2):

Not Used:
12-Rio Ferdinand, 13-Ian Walker, 14-Tim Sherwood, 16-Kieron Dyer, 17-Andrew Cole.

Match Report


England's draw in the Balgarska Armia Stadium was not a disaster as far as their qualification hopes were concerned but it did mean that their prospects of even making the play-offs were further dimmed after dropping points at Wembley four days earlier.  As they faced a Bulgarian team that had the famous Hristo Stoitchkov in their line-up for the last time, Poland were scraping through 3-2 in Luxembourg after conceding two  goals in the last fifteen minutes.  England were now three points adrift of the Poles with just two qualifiers left - and one of those would be in Chorzow.

There had been an emphasis on attack in Kevin Keegan's choice of team for this last match of the season.  Robbie Fowler linked up with Shearer up front and Sheringham, obviously in form with his club after important goals in two finals, was brought in to play just behind them.  England forced early corners and free-kicks and had the boost of a goal in the 15th minute.  Michael Gray's high cross in from the left seemed to have eluded Shearer but the ball was knocked back into his path, possibly by a defender, and England's captain hit a fairly soft shot along the ground and into the far corner for his first international goal in open play since France '98.

Unfortunately, the feeling that the visitors would be spurred on by this early success lasted less than four minutes.  Sheringham conceded an unnecessary foul wide on the right and then made his indiscretion worse by allowing Bulgarian defender Markov a free header at the far post from Stoitchkov's well-hit free-kick.  From virtually point-blank range Seaman had little chance of preventing an equaliser.  Then Bulgaria should have taken the lead on 38 minutes when Stoitchkov surged down the left to slip a perfect pass across the face of the goal for Yovov, rushing in.  From a maximum of two yards he contrived to slice the ball well wide.

Milen Petrov was introduced for Yovov at half-time but lasted barely fifteen minutes.  After two yellow cards he was off.  Still it was the home side, effectively now Group 5 also-rans, who could have secured all three points.  Jonathan Woodgate, a debutant at 19, made a brilliant tackle to deny Petrov in front of goal during the latter's short time on the pitch and Seaman had to be at his most alert to deal with a piledriver from the other Petrov.. - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

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