( June 3 is the
deadline to submit the final roster.)
The list that Coach Hristo
Bonev presents is made up up of:
Zdravkov, 27 years of age (Istanbulspor), Borislav
Mihailov, 34 (Slavia Sofia).
Ivanov, 32 (CSKA Sofia), Adalbert Zafirov, 29 (Arminia
Bielefeld), Gosho Guinchev, 28 (Antalya), Ivailo Petkov,
21 (Litex Lovech), Radostin Kichichev, 23 (Bursaspor),
Rossen Kirilov (Litex)
Yankov, 31 (Besiktas), Anatoli Nankov, 28 (Locomotiv
Sofia), Milen Petkov, 23 (CSKA Sofia), Ivailo Yordanov,
29 (Sporting Lisbon), Stoicho Stoilov (Litex), Daniel
Borimirov, 27 (1860 Munich), Krassimir Balakov, 31 (VfB
Stuttgart), Marian Hristov, 24
Stoichkov, 32 (CSKA), Emil Kostadinov, 30 (CSKA), Ilian
Iliev, 29 (Bursaspor), Georgi Bachev, 22 (Slavia), Georgi
Ivanov, 21 (Levski Sofia), Luboslav Penev, 31
Who did not make it:
Bonev axed goalkeeper Radostin Stanev, defender Petar
Houbchev, midfielders Kostadin Vidolov and Ilia Grouev
and striker Svetoslav Todorov from his provisional squad.
G Dimitar Popov 27, F Hristo Yovov 20, F Georgi Donkov 27
who were also considered were not called up.
As expected, there was no late
call-up for veteran midfielder Jordan Letchkov, who
walked out on his Turkish club Besiktas in February and
has not played since.
Bulgaria is in Group D in the
first round of the World Cup, along with Spain, Nigeria
Bonev's squad includes eight
players who played in the U.S. four years ago when
Bulgaria, who had not previously won a finals match, beat
Germany to reach the semifinals.
Bonev left out goalkeeper
Radostin Stanev after Borislav Mihailov recovered from
injury, and midfielder Kostadin Vidolov from his
"(Borislav) Mihailov is fully
fit to play. I cannot leave out an outfield player for
the sake of having three goalkeepers," Bonev told
reporters. Mihailov played an important part in the
squad's 1994 success.
"Vidolov is a right-side
midfielder and we already have too many players playing
in that zone - Ilian Iliev, Daniel Borimirov and, in some
tactical formations, Marian Hristov."
"Lyuboslav Penev is still
working on an individual program but, apart from that,
the squad which played against Kaiserslautern will be the
backbone for the World Cup matches," Bonev