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July 13, 1994 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The phone has been ringing constantly at the Bulgarian American Cultural Society's makeshift office in the Los Feliz district since the Eastern European nation became the darling of the World Cup by beating the odds and reaching the tournament's Final Four. "Can I get Bulgarian stamps?" one caller asked. "Do you have any extra Bulgarian coins?" asked another. "Just where is Bulgaria, anyway?"
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June 9, 1998
BULGARIA * World Cup Record: Played 23, won three, lost 13, tied seven, goals for 21, goals against46. * Best Finish: Fourth place, 1994. * 1994 Showing: Lost to Sweden in the third-place game. * Coach: Hristo Bonev. One of the greatest players in Bulgarian history, with 47 goals in 96 games for his country. Pity he can't suit up now. * Players to Watch: Zdravko Zdravkov, Trifon Ivanov, Krassimir Balakov, Hristo Stoichkov, Emil Kostadinov.
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September 24, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Bulgaria withdrew its weightlifting team from the Olympic Games Saturday with two more weight classes to be contested after a second lifter was stripped of a gold medal for taking a banned drug, officials said. The Bulgarian Olympic delegation announced the withdrawal after Angel Guenchev, the 148 1/2-pound champion, was disqualified for taking a weight-reducing diuretic.
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August 6, 1996 | From Associated Press
In the first confirmed drug cases of the Atlanta Olympic Games, two women track and field athletes from Bulgaria and Russia tested positive for steroids and face possible four-year bans. Meeting the morning after the Games closed, the IOC said Monday that Bulgarian triple jumper Iva Prandzheva and Russian hurdler Natalya Shekodanova tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.
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July 13, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there are Bulgarians in Italy tonight, they are silent Bulgarians. From the Alps to Sicily, nothing will move in Italy beyond flickering images on TV sets when the beloved Azzurri play Bulgaria in a World Cup semifinal game. More than half the country--about 30 million people, nearly half of them women--will watch every move with unconcealed partisanship. In Bulgaria, the team's ascent has been compared to the fall of communism there in 1989.
SPORTS
June 9, 1998
BULGARIA * World Cup Record: Played 23, won three, lost 13, tied seven, goals for 21, goals against46. * Best Finish: Fourth place, 1994. * 1994 Showing: Lost to Sweden in the third-place game. * Coach: Hristo Bonev. One of the greatest players in Bulgarian history, with 47 goals in 96 games for his country. Pity he can't suit up now. * Players to Watch: Zdravko Zdravkov, Trifon Ivanov, Krassimir Balakov, Hristo Stoichkov, Emil Kostadinov.
SPORTS
July 17, 1994 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unleashing the offensive firepower they save for special occasions such as this, Sweden routed Bulgaria, 4-0, Saturday in the biggest explosion of goals in a World Cup third-place game since. . . . Well, let's see. The World Encyclopedia of Soccer doesn't list final scores from World Cup third-place games. Neither does this massive manual on World Cup soccer entitled, well, "World Cup Soccer." Semifinal scores, yes. Championship final scores, of course. Third-place scores?
SPORTS
July 17, 1994 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Coming to grips with the axiom that the best way to score is to shoot, Sweden loosened its tie at the Rose Bowl on Saturday and took target practice against road-weary Bulgaria. With no Romarios or Bebetos or Brazilian lore to intimidate them, the Swedes easily disposed of Bulgaria, 4-0, before a hushed crowd of 83,716 in the World Cup consolation match. Sweden returns triumphantly to Stockholm as the world's third-best team and the tournament's biggest paradox.
SPORTS
July 16, 1994 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
College basketball dumped its consolation game in 1982. The NFL red-carded its "Playoff Bowl" between Western and Eastern Conference also-rans in 1970. (Die-hards will recall the Rams' resounding 31-0 victory over Dallas in the last Playoff Bowl.) Yet, the battle for bragging rights--'We're No. 3!"--continues in the World Cup. Today, at 12:30, Sweden and Bulgaria will meet at the Rose Bowl in a consolation game almost devoid of meaning.
SPORTS
July 14, 1994 | GRAHAME L. JONES
"After the match is when you do the analysis," Bulgaria's Hristo Stoitchkov said. Well, it can hardly be done beforehand, can it? But then, the Bulgarians got just about everything backward on Wednesday, losing to Italy, 2-1, and seldom looking anything like the team that had beaten Argentina and Germany on its way to the World Cup semifinals. Where the Italians were quick, the Bulgarians were slow. Where the Italians were inventive, the Bulgarians were uncomplicated.
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July 14, 1994 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
Italy beat Bulgaria, 2-1, in the semifinals of World Cup '94 before a crowd of 77,094 Wednesday at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands. The stars of the game were Demetrio Albertini and Pierluigi Casiraghi for Italy and Trifon Ivanov and Yordan Letchkov for Bulgaria. What about Roberto Baggio and Hristo Stoitchkov? Forget them. You can read 25 stories and 25,000 words about those two today. Elsewhere. They are the superstars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1994 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an improbable situation from the start, and Petko Kadiev knew it. Packed into a small conference room at the plush Bulgarian Consulate, opened just months ago in a high-rise office building overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, Kadiev and about 20 other fans sat stone-faced, watching on television as their country's dream came to an end. Quietly, they munched on fried shrimp and drank white wine, their Bulgarian flags left rolled up on the table.
SPORTS
July 14, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After it was over, after Bulgaria's dream machine was left broken and battered in a 2-1 semifinal loss to Italy, Hristo Stoitchkov was asked if God was still a Bulgarian. "Yes," the temperamental striker said. "But the referee was French." And in soccer, that might mean more. At least it did to Bulgaria on Wednesday at the Meadowlands where the World Cup's surprise team finally met a match it did not like.
SPORTS
July 13, 1994 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Italians realize it is no longer luck. Forget the indications of a short-handed victory over Norway, of last-minute escapes against Nigeria and Spain. When Roberto Baggio performed his goal-celebrating somersault Saturday and landed on his feet, they knew. "We now feel we have a duty to take this thing all the way to the end," goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca said. But look what just wandered into their path for today's World Cup semifinal at 1 p.m. at Giants Stadium.
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