Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 11, 1987- Bulgaria 0-Scotland 1

November 11, 1987
Bulgaria 0-Scotland 1
European Championship Qualifying-Group 7
Venue: Sofia- Vassil Levski Stadion (Vassil Levski Stadium)
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)
Goalscorers: (Bulgaria): None
 (Scotland): Gary Mackay 87
1-Borislav Mikhailov (Fudbalski Klub Vitosha –Sofia) [38 caps / 0 goals]    
2-Plamen Nikolov (Idrottsklubben Brage-Borlange / Sweden) [48 caps / 1 goals]    
3-Krasimir Bezinski (CFKA (Centralnij Fudbalski Klub Armija) Sredets-Sofia)   [12 caps / 0 goals]    
4-Petar Petrov (Fudbalski Klub Vitosha –Sofia) [47 caps / 0 goals]    
5-Nikolay Iliev (Fudbalski Klub Vitosha –Sofia) [20 caps / 1 goals]    
6-Plamen Simeonov (Fudbalski Klub Slavia-Sofia) [8 caps / 0 goals]      (14-Ljuboslav Penev (CFKA (Centralnij Fudbalski Klub Armija) Sredets-Sofia) [2 caps / 0 goals]      88)
7-Hristo Stoichkov (CFKA (Centralnij Fudbalski Klub Armija) Sredets-Sofia)   [3 caps / 0 goals]    
8-Anyo Sadkov (Druzestvo za Fizkultura i Sport Lokomotiv-Plovdiv) [60 caps / 6 goals]    
9-Petar Aleksandrov (Fudbalski Klub Slavia-Sofia)  [8 caps / 1 goals]  (15-Ilia Voinov (Fudbalski Klub Vratsa) [8 caps / 0 goals]      42)
10-Nasko Sirakov (Fudbalski Klub Vitosha –Sofia) [31 caps / 10 goals]    
11-Bojidar Iskrenov (Fudbalski Klub Vitosha –Sofia) [43 caps / 4 goals]    

Coach: Hristo Mladenov
Booked: Plamen Nikolov

Team Captain: Nasko Sirakov
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Green Shorts, White Socks

1-James Leighton (Aberdeen Football Club Limited) [38 caps / 0 goals]    
2- Stephen Clarke (Chelsea Football Club-London / England) [3 caps / 0 goals]    
3- Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas (Dundee United Football Club) [17 caps / 0 goals]    
4- Robert Sime ‘Roy’ Aitken  (The Celtic Football Club-Glasgow) [33 caps / 1 goals]    
5-Alexander McLeish (Aberdeen Football Club Limited) [49 caps / 0 goals]    
6- Gary Thompson Gillespie (Liverpool Football Club / England) [2 caps / 0 goals]    
7-Stephen Nicol (Liverpool Football Club / England) [13 caps / 0 goals]    
8- Paul Michael Lyons McStay (The Celtic Football Club-Glasgow) [25 caps / 5 goals]     (15-Gary Mackay (Heart of Midlothian Football Club-Edinburgh) [1 caps / 1 goals]     57)
9- Graeme Marshall Sharp (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) [10 caps / 0 goals]    (16-Gordon Scott Durie (Chelsea Football Club-London / England) [1 caps / 0 goals] 71)    
10-Brian McClair (Manchester United Football Club / England) [5 caps / 0 goals]    
11- Ian William Wilson (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) [4 caps / 0 goals]    

Coach: Andrew Roxburgh
Booked: Clarke

Team Captain: Robert Sime ‘Roy’ Aitken

Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro

Uniform Colors: Navy Blue Shirts, White Shorts and Navy Blue Socks


-Match number 399 for Bulgaria and number 497 for Scotland.

-This was only the third meeting between the nations.

-Bulgaria has not defeated Scotland to date.

- The previous match between the nations was the first leg of this European Championship qualifier on September 10, 1986 in Glasgow that ended in a scoreless tie.
Scottish players: Leighton, Malpas, McStay and Aitken and Bulgaria players: Mikhailov, Nikolov, Petrov, Iliev, Simeonov, Sadkov, Aleksandrov, Sirakov and Voinov were the players still remaining from that match.
This was Scottish manager Andy Roxburgh’s first match as Scotland manager.

- Scotland’s previous win over Bulgaria had been a 2-1 win in a friendly in Glasgow on February 22, 1978.
This was also the first ever match between the nations.
Bulgaria’s Plamen Nikolov was the only player still remaining from that match.
In fact he earned his first national team appearance for Bulgaria in that match.

- This was the first ever match between the nations on Bulgarian soil.

- The next match between the nations, as well as the next in Sofia, would be a 1-1 tie in a UEFA European Championship Qualifier Friendly on November 14, 1990.
Bulgaria players: Mikhailov, Stoichkov, Penev and Sirakov and Scotland players: Malpas, Gillespie, Durie and McClair were the players still remaining from that match.

-Scotland’s next win over Bulgaria would be on Japanese soil (Kobe) for the 2006 Kirin Cup on May 11, 2006 and a 5-1 win.
Borislav Mikhailov’s son Nikolay also played as a goalkeeper in that match.
Hristo Stoichkov managed Bulgaria for that match.

-Bulgaria only needed to hold onto a tie to advance to the Euros in West Germany. Scotland’s win eliminated them and enabled Republic of Ireland to qualify.

-Republic of Ireland qualified from this UEFA European Championship qualifying group. Besides Scotland and Bulgaria, the rest of the group consisted of Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

-This was Scotland’s first away win since defeating Israel 1-0 in Tel Aviv on January 28, 1986. And it was their first away win in an official match since defeating Iceland in Reykjavik for a World Cup Qualifier on May 28, 1985.

-This was Bulgaria’s first home loss since losing to West Germany in a Friendly in Varna on February 15, 1984. This was also their first home loss in an official match since losing to Yugoslavia (0-1) in the same stadium for a European Champiosnhip Qualifier on November 17, 1982.

-Scotland players Maurice Johnston, Ally McCoist, Richard Gough, Murdo McLeod, Jim Bett and Gordon Strachan were unavailable for this match.

-Bulgaria captian Georgi Dimitrov was injured and unavailable for this match. Sirakov skippered in his place. Krasimir Bezinski took his place in the squad.

- Stephen Clarke is the current assistant manager of Liverpool FC.

-This was Scottish Gillespie’s only second cap. Both Scottish substitutes Mackay and Durie earned their first caps for Scotland. In Mackay’s case also his first goal.

-Plamen Nikolov was the only foreign based player on the Bulgarian team/.

-All Scotland players were British based.

-Scotland’s Gillespie/Nicol (Liverpool FC) and Sharp/Wilson (Everton FC) were Liverpool based.

-Bulgarians Petar Petrov and Ilia Voinov earned their last caps for Bulgaria.

-Both goalkeepers earned their 38th cap.

- Ljuboslav Penev has just been appointed as the manager of Bulgaria. His uncle Dimitar Penev is also a former manager of Bulgaria.

-Hristo Stoichkov has also managed Bulgaria.

- Alexander McLeish also became manager of Scotland.

-The match referee, the Austrian, Helmut Kohl (born February 8, 1943) was a namesake of then West German Chancellor, He passed away on September 26, 1991, aged 48.

- Borislav Mikhailov is the current president of Bulgaria’s Soccer Federation and is also on UEFA’s executive committee.
He played in the United Kingdom in the 1990s for Reading FC.

-Future European player of the year, Hristo Stoichkov had returned to active duty that season after being suspended for over 2 years for his part in the 1985 Bulgarian Cup Final brawl between CSKA and Levski.

-Mikhailov, Stoichkov and Sirakov were part of the Bulgaria squad that finished fourth in the 1994 World Cup.

-Neither team had up to this point qualified for the Finals of a UEFA Euro Championships. Scotland would manage it for the first time in 1992 (also 1996) and Bulgaria would do so in 1996.

- Petar Aleksandrov had to be substituted out because of a shoulder injury in a collision with Scottish defenders.

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  1. Great article about this particular match. The game in question is a good example of fair play in football. Although Scotland could not qualify, their win sent The Republic of Ireland to the European Championship at the expense of Bulgaria, who only needed a draw.

  2. The unusual Scottish kit of the mid-to-late 80's with a horizontal navy blue ring on the shorts. AFAIK, Scotland were the only team to wear shorts like these in international football.

    1. right, i think the first time they wore those was for the 1985 rous cup

    2. Someone once said the players look like they have sat on a bench painted dark blue with the paint still wet which caused a dark blue line across their shorts :)

    3. You're correct sp1873. Was at that game and it pissed down the entire game. Happy with the result mind you :)

  3. Hello, no that was what I meant, as I was talking about the September match

    1. Sorry mate

      Reread immediately after posting lol

      Absolutely superb blog btw. Started from the beginning yesterday so have lots more nostalgia in front of me.


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