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Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Ludogorets enjoying their ‘crazy’ adventure in the big time

SOFIA, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Four years ago Ludogorets were competing in the Bulgarian third division, they come from a region more renowned for its wild forests than soccer and they cannot even play home European matches on their own ground.

But despite all that, and a lot more besides, the club that have been nicknamed “Crazy Forest”, an approximate translation of their name in English, are second in arguably the most open group in the Champions League.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Ludogorets make history with 1-0 win over Basel

SOFIA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – An unstoppable last-gasp shot from defender Yordan Minev gave Ludogorets a 1-0 victory over 10-man Basel on Wednesday as they became the first Bulgarian team to register a Champions League group stage victory.

In fact, the only previous club from Bulgaria to mix it with Europe’s powerhouses, Levski Sofia in 2006, lost all six of their group stage matches.

Oct 22, 2014

Ludogorets snatch last-gasp 1-0 win over Basel

SOFIA (Reuters) – An unstoppable last-gasp, long-range shot from defender Yordan Minev gave Ludogorets a 1-0 victory over 10-man Basel in their Champions League Group B match in Sofia on Wednesday.

It was an historic moment for Ludogorets, who became the first Bulgarian team to win points in the Champions League’s group stage.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Ludogorets snatch last-gasp 1-0 win over Basel

SOFIA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – An unstoppable last-gasp, long-range shot from defender Yordan Minev gave Ludogorets a 1-0 victory over 10-man Basel in their Champions League Group B match in Sofia on Wednesday.

It was an historic moment for Ludogorets, who became the first Bulgarian team to win points in the Champions League’s group stage.

Oct 15, 2014

Piturca set to bow out on a high after reviving Romania

By Angel Krasimirov

(Reuters) – Romania bounced back in style from their home draw with Hungary, outclassing Finland for their second successive away Euro 2016 win on Tuesday, but Victor Piturca’s third spell as his country’s coach appears to be over.

Media reports say the 58-year-old, who guided Romania to the European Championship finals in 2000 and 2008 during his previous reigns, is close to taking the coaching job at Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad.

Oct 15, 2014

Soccer-Piturca set to bow out on a high after reviving Romania

Oct 15 (Reuters) – Romania bounced back in style from their home draw with Hungary, outclassing Finland for their second successive away Euro 2016 win on Tuesday, but Victor Piturca’s third spell as his country’s coach appears to be over.

Media reports say the 58-year-old, who guided Romania to the European Championship finals in 2000 and 2008 during his previous reigns, is close to taking the coaching job at Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad.

Oct 11, 2014

Bulgaria coach Penev defends fans, flares and fireworks

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev has defended the display of pyrotechnics by fans during the Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia on Friday that could trigger another punishment for the country’s football authorities.

The match at the Vasil Levski national stadium was interrupted for a few minutes midway through the first half after rival supporters threw fireworks at each other and a number of flares were hurled from the stands.

Oct 11, 2014

Soccer-Bulgaria coach Penev defends fans, flares and fireworks

SOFIA, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev has defended the display of pyrotechnics by fans during the Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia on Friday that could trigger another punishment for the country’s football authorities.

The match at the Vasil Levski national stadium was interrupted for a few minutes midway through the first half after rival supporters threw fireworks at each other and a number of flares were hurled from the stands.

Oct 10, 2014

Soccer-Crowd trouble takes gloss off Croatia triumph in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – An own goal by Bulgaria centre back Nikolay Bodurov gave Croatia a 1-0 victory in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifier marred by unruly behaviour by fans of both teams at the Vasil Levski stadium on Friday.

The visitors struck after 36 minutes when the powerfully-built Bodurov turned the ball into his own net as he tried to clear Ivica Olic’s header from Ivan Rakitic’s right-wing cross.

Oct 10, 2014

Bulgarian election winner seeks broad coalition to govern

SOFIA (Reuters) – The winner of Bulgaria’s election said on Friday he wanted to form a majority government, shifting tactics after last weekend’s vote produced a fractured result threatening his chances of becoming prime minister again.

Boiko Borisov, who led Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013, had initially said he was ready to head a minority government after his center-right GERB party won about a third of the vote on Sunday but fell 37 seats short of a majority.

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