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For the first time since the 1990s: Bulgarian football without a representative at the World Cup

For the first time since 1990, Bulgarian football will not have a representative at the World Cup.

This became a fact, after a few minutes, the coach of Poland, Czeslaw Michniewicz, destroyed the last hope of the native First League. He announced his squad list for the Qatar World Cup, but Ludogorets midfielder Jakub Piotrovski was not on it. The player was part of the extended squad, but ended up getting away with a call-up.

Earlier in the week, Ludogorets had hoped to send Ghana’s Bernard Tekpetei to the World Cup. However, he did not even get into the extended African squad, although in recent years he periodically got a chance to appear.

Thus, in practice, the Bulgarian football elite was not able to send even one representative for Qatar, although at the last World Cup 4 years ago we had as many as two – the Icelander Holmar Ejolfsson from Levski and the Pole Jacek Goralski from Ludogorets.

Before that, in 2014, CSKA sent Rais Mboli, who was the starting goalkeeper of Algeria, to the world cup. Mboli was a representative of Bulgarian football and at the 2010 World Cup, but then he was a player for Slavia. At the 2006 World Cup, CSKA once again played the national team of the finalist team – the Serbian goalkeeper Oliver Kovacevic, and in 2002, the South African forward Macdonald Mukasi played for Loko St.

Of course, in 1998 and 1994 the representatives of the Bulgarian championship were much more, and the explanation is logical – our state team was among the participants of the world championship. In 1998, in France, 11 of Hristo Bonev’s 22 players competed in the A group, and of the Peneva squad in 1994, 9 were footballers of their home clubs.

Alas, the World Cup in Qatar, starting in a few days, will be without a single “Bulgarian representative”, but this, given the situation in the native football, is unfortunately quite expected…

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