- Address: Sofia
- Country: Bulgaria
- Capacity: 44,000
- Opened: 5 July 1953
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Vasil Levski National Stadium
The Vasil Levski National Stadium, which is also used for athletics and concerts, is named after a Bulgarian national hero. It was renovated several times. The first football clubs from Bulgaria with 10 domestic league titles, CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia, played various home games at the venue with attendances above 50,000. CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia became the first sports clubs from Sofia with a value of at least $10 million.
The national football team of Bulgaria
The national football team of Bulgaria played numerous home games at the Vasil Levski National Stadium. They won their first official game against Austria in 1924. In 1968, Bulgaria won 10-0 for the first time in their history after beating Ghana. In 1962, Bulgaria finished below Hungary, England and the Argentine Republic in the group stage of their first-ever FIFA World Cup participation. The Argentine Republic defeated Bulgaria in their inaugural FIFA World Cup game 1-0. Héctor Osvaldo Facundo scored the only goal of the game. Hungary won the second FIFA World Cup match of Bulgaria 6-1. The third world championship game of Bulgaria against England ended in a goalless draw.
The 1994 FIFA World Cup
In 1994, Bulgaria qualified for the FIFA World Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history after beating Germany. Hristo Stoichkov, widely considered one of the best Bulgarian football player of all time, scored the first goal of the game. In 1992, he won the European championship for football clubs with the world famous Spanish side FC Barcelona. Yordan Letchkov Yankov scored the second goal of the match. The Italian Republic defeated Bulgaria in the semi-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The Italians lost the final of the tournament, which took place in the United States, against Brazil.