Truth. I remember my father telling me stories about Asparuhov’s incredible goal against you lots at the old Wembley in 1968.
As a small country we have been lucky enough to have some world class footballers over the years. - Obviously the 1994’s golden generation of Stoichkov, Balakov, Kostadinov, Letchkov etc. But also in more recent years with Berbatov and the two Petrov. Unfortunately those times are long gone. I want to believe that as a country, we are going in the right direction - the standard of living is getting higher, the education system is on a very good level and we are trying to establish ourselves as a Tourist destination. However, the football and sport in general are proper dead. The corruption in the country is too big and the sport is seen as an easy and guaranteed way of making some dirty money.
8 years ago, as a teenager, I signed a professional contract with a team from the second division of Bulgaria, before that I played and captained the U21 team of the same club. I spent 3 years at the club and participated in around 60 ish matches. Probably 50 of them were fixed and we were told and forced to follow commands and score goals when we were instructed to score goals, and to concede goals when we were told to concede them.
The whole country knew about that, but nothing did anything about it for the simple reason that it is all a well connected corruption chain/net and everyone made/ makes money out of teams like that. Everyone, including the Bulgarian football federation itself. Its sad, but noone cares about developing players or improving stadiums and facilities anymore. All they care about is making money for themselves.
Didn’t even watch the match tonight. Were there any real racist chants and shouts or was it just ordinary boo-ing, as this is something quite normal in Eastern Europe and all players get it, not just the dark skinned ones?