August 15, 2007 / 11:42 AM / in 11 years

Soccer-Popov named in Bulgaria squad for Wales friendly

SOFIA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Bulgaria coach Dimitar Penev has called up uncapped teenage midfielder Ivelin Popov for a Euro 2008 warm-up friendly against Wales in the Black Sea port of Bourgas on Aug. 22.

Nineteen-year-old Popov, captain of Bulgaria under-21s, scored three goals for Litex Lovech in their recent UEFA Cup first qualifying round matches against Malta’s Sliema Wanderers.

CSKA Sofia striker Velizar Dimitrov is back for Bulgaria, who are preparing for Euro 2008 qualifiers against Netherlands and Luxembourg in September.

Bulgaria lie second in Group G with 15 points from seven matches, two points behind their Balkan rivals Romania.

The game in Bourgas will be Bulgaria’s first under Penev, who was appointed for a second stint in charge of the side last month.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Dimitar Ivankov (Kayserispor), Georgi Petkov (Levski Sofia)

Defenders: Radostin Kishishev (Leicester City), Stanislav Angelov (Energie Cottbus), Alexandar Tunchev (CSKA Sofia), Lucio Vagner (Levski Sofia), Valentin Iliev (CSKA Sofia), Igor Tomasic (Levski Sofia), Petar Zanev (Celta Vigo)

Midfielders: Stilian Petrov (Aston Villa), Chavdar Yankov (Hanover), Dimitar Telkiyski (Levski Sofia), Ivelin Popov (Litex Lovech), Hristo Yovov (Levski Sofia)

Strikers: Martin Petrov (Manchester City), Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur), Tsvetan Genkov (Dynamo Moscow), Velizar Dimitrov (CSKA Sofia)

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