Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Bulgaria and Italy go head to head at Nacionalen Stadion Vasil Levski in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Sunday’s program. The Bulgarians experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Switzerland, and it is no wonder bookies see them as underdogs in the weekend qualifier. You should bear in mind that Bulgaria have not defeated Italy in a competitive match since April 1968 when the two teams faced each other in the EURO qualifiers.
The Azzurri, on the other hand, kicked off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in style, with the team beating Northern Ireland 2-0 at Stadio Ennio Tardini. Bulgaria are no longer considered a team to beat in the qualifiers for the showpiece tournament, meaning that Italy should not find it hard to pick up all three points from the match. Lazio attacker Ciro Immobile is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Georgi Terziev):
Georgi Terziev is a defender who was born in Sliven, Bulgaria on April 18, 1992. Terziev’s main position is centre-back, but he is often used as a full-back and it has to be noted that he is a two-footed footballer. The Bulgaria international started his youth career at his home-town club Sliven and then he moved to Naftex Burgas.
After making nine appearances for the club at senior level, Georgi Terziev joined Chernomorets Burgas in 2009. The defender played for the Sharks from 2009 to 2013 and the he decided to take his career to the next level. Georgi Terziev signed for big-spending Bulgarian side Ludogorets on August 12, 2013 for a fee of €500,000 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the club.
However, in 2017 he played eight games for Croatian side Hajduk Split on loan, but he returned to Razgrad at the end of the 2016/2017 season. Speaking of his international career, Georgi Terziev made his debut for the Bulgaria national football team in October, 2011 in a friendly game against Ukraine.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.