Mladen Krastaich’s first team: A bunch of debutants in the Bulgarian national team

Mladen Krastaich’s first team: A bunch of debutants in the Bulgarian national team
Mladen Krastaich’s first team: A bunch of debutants in the Bulgarian national team

The new national coach Mladen Krastaic announced his first list of nationals.

The Serbian will make his Nations League debut when we host Gibraltar in Razgrad on September 23 and host North Macedonia in Skopje three days later.

In Krstaich’s list, the presence of an extremely large number of young players is impressive, some of whom are playing for the national team for the first time.

The average age of the players called up is only 22.3 yearswhich makes Bulgaria’s selection perhaps the youngest in all of Europe.

There are only three players over the age of 25 in the entire squad, the oldest being Radoslav Kirilov from CSKA 1948, who celebrated his 30th birthday at the end of June.

In the list we see complete debutants such as the CSKA defender – Hristiyan Petrov (20 years old), as well as the left wing defender of the Russian Orenburg – Mateo Stamatov. There is the young Ilia Gruev from Werder, Ivan Yordanov from Ludogorets, Marin Petkov from Levski (18 years old), as well as undoubtedly the two most surprising names – Ioan Stoyanov and Nikola Iliev.

18-year-old Iliev is a forward of Inter’s primavera, and although he does not play men’s football, he is included in the first team of Bulgaria. So far, he has made an excellent impression on Bottas, scoring a decisive goal for his team at the end of last season.

Ioan Stoyanov, on the other hand, is a 21-year-old right-wing defender who grew up in Israel and has Israeli citizenship, but a few months ago he was called up to the Bulgarian youth team, and he is now part of the men’s team as well.

He is a player for the local Apoer Be’er Sheva, which is among the leading clubs in the country.

It is impressive that some of the most experienced names are missing from the squad, and their absence is not dictated by injury. Such are, for example, the captain Georgi Kostadinov (APOEL), Christian Malinov (Leuven) and Ivaylo Chochev, who is making a splash in the First League. Among the absent experienced midfielders we can also add Georgi Milanov from Levski.

Certainly a curious and rather brave line-up from Krastaich, who is undoubtedly determined to rejuvenate the Bulgarian national team.

Here is the full list:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Naumov (CSKA 1948), Svetoslav Vutsov (Slavia), Ivan Dyulgerov (Black Sea)

Defenders: Valentin Antov (Monza, Italy), Petko Hristov (Spezia, Italy), Plamen Galabov (Maccabi Netanya, Israel), Hristiyan Petrov (CSKA), Viktor Popov (Black Sea), Ivan Turitsov (CSKA), Anton Nedyalkov (Ludogorets) , Mateo Stamatov (Orenburg, Russia)

Midfielders: Iliya Gruev (Werder, Germany), Ivan Yordanov (Ludogorets), Janis Karabelov (Kishvarda, Hungary), Phiip Krastev (Levski), Ilian Stefanov (Levski), Ioan Stoyanov (Apoel Beer Sheva, Israel), Nikola Iliev (Inter, Italy)

Strikers: Kiril Despodov (Ludogorets), Marin Petkov (Levski), Georgi Rusev (CSKA 1948), Radoslav Kirilov (CSKA 1948), Martin Minchev (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic).

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