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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Bulgaria

Last month
February 2023
# refugee crisis
Seven people detained after 18 found dead in abandoned truck in Bulgaria
Some survivors are being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after having inhaled exhaust pipe gases.
Last year
# Detained
'I should be on a flight home tonight': Shamrock Rovers fan released from Bulgarian jail
Daniel Fulham was detained after Rovers’ match on Tuesday.
# European Union
North Macedonian parliament approves deal to set EU bid in motion
Opposition MPs left the chamber in protest.
# covid-19 protest
Anti-restrictions protesters try to storm Bulgarian parliament
A heavy police presence prevented protesters from entering the building in Sofia.
All time
# Bosnek
At least 46 people killed after tourist bus catches fire in Bulgaria
There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.
# losing out
Northern Ireland suffer second-half collapse to lose in Bulgaria
Conor Washington had given the visitors a half-time lead.
# clean slate
Northern Ireland try to move on after controversial defeat to Switzerland
Ian Baraclough’s side are unlikely to qualify for next year’s World Cup after they lost on Saturday.
# off the beaten track
Graham Carey scores and delivers man-of-the-match display in Bulgaria's 'Eternal derby'
The Dubliner helped CSKA Sofia overcome local rivals Levski.
# All Square
Italy make underwhelming return from Euro triumph with draw against Bulgaria
The Azzurri could only manage a 1-1 result in their World Cup qualifier.
# Ian Baraclough
Northern Ireland boss laments draw after dominant display as World Cup hopes fade
A goalless draw at home to Bulgaria has left their qualification dreams in peril.
# podium places
Team Ireland duo secure bronze medals at least on mixed day in Bulgaria
Aoife O’Rourke and Brendan Irvine march on, while there was disappointment and frustration for Michaela Walsh.
# another bad night
Ireland's miserable run continues with goalless draw against Bulgaria
Ireland avoided relegation with a point in Dublin, but will be third seeds in the World Cup qualifiers and now haven’t scored in 11 hours of football.
# Team news
Full debuts for Manning and Knight as Irish team to face Bulgaria is named
Troy Parrott and the Shamrock Rovers trio of Jack Byrne, Graham Burke and Aaron McEneff are on the bench.
# matchday
O'Dowda out, four late call-ups in, as Ireland squad to face Bulgaria is finalised
The Aviva Stadium hosts tonight’s Nations League clash.
# Preview
'I don't think you can make any realistic assessment' - Kenny's turbulent start reaches its end against Bulgaria
The new manager’s Nations League campaign has been hopelessly undermined by injury and Covid-19.
# Honest
'I’ve had a family issue with Covid' - Hourihane gives frank insight into players' mindset amid pandemic
The Aston Villa midfielder gave a honest assessment of the challenges and dilemmas of playing international football ahead of tomorrow’s game with Bulgaria.
# State of Play
Wales win in Bulgaria to reclaim top spot in Ireland's Nations League group
The defeat for the Bulgarians is a boost to Stephen Kenny’s side’s hopes of avoiding relegation.
# the old reliable
Late Duffy header spares Kenny a debut defeat in Bulgaria
The defender’s towering header secured a 1-1 draw for Ireland in Sofia tonight.
O'Shea misses out as Ireland's matchday squad for Bulgaria is confirmed
West Bromwich Albion defender Dara O’Shea misses out for this evening’s game in Sofia.
# Preview
Time for the talking to stop as Stephen Kenny and Ireland finally begin a new era in Sofia
The long, long wait for Kenny’s first game in charge comes to an end in the Uefa Nations League tonight.
# Final Preparations
Kenny yet to settle on his first Irish team as he reports a clean bill of health in Sofia
The new Irish manager has a few final preparations planned before he finally gets his reign underway against Bulgaria tomorrow night.
# debunked
Debunked: No, this is not a picture of Bulgarian workers outside a supermarket in Dublin this week
The photo has been widely shared on social media and messaging services.
# crime rings
Border crime: Republican and loyalist smuggling gangs 'crippling haulage sector'
Dissidents and loyalists are using the same routes to smuggle goods.
# Smuggling
Gardaí probe Bulgarian smuggling routes after CAB raids in Monaghan
Yesterday’s searches were carried on foot of district court warrants.
# Punishment
Bulgaria to play behind closed doors following racist abuse in defeat to England
The Bulgarian Football Union has also been fined €75,000 for the racist behaviour of fans during the game.
# standing down
Bulgaria head coach resigns after racism row at England match
Krasimir Balakov initially said he did not hear abuse directed at the England players.
# call for action
Bulgaria legend Stoichkov breaks down in tears due to racist chants aimed at England players
Hristo Stoichkov has suggested ‘heavier punishments’ than stadium closures might be needed in Bulgaria.
# Kick it out
Fifa president calls for stronger fight against racism as Southgate hails his side's reaction to abuse in Bulgaria
‘Join us and think together of new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football,’ Gianna Infantino said.
# Claim
England overreacted a bit, says Bulgaria goalkeeper amid racism storm
Racist abuse aimed towards Three Lions players has received widespread condemnation.
# Qualifier
England smash six past Bulgaria but racist chants sees play stopped twice in Sofia
Racist chants overshadowed proceedings on the pitch in Sofia on Monday night.
# Racism
England match halted as Bulgaria fans warned for racist behaviour
The Three Lions’ Euro qualifier was stopped twice after abuse was registered from the stands.
# tensions
Southgate: English football must solve its own racism issues
The Bulgarian FA chief was upset with remarks made by the England camp but Southgate has tried to defuse to the situation.
# Dispute
'Groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary' - Bulgarian Football Union hits back at Southgate
The manager said England’s players are already preparing for racist abuse in Sofia.
# debutant
'There was loads of tears. You hear the crowd and think: Jesus Christ, I'm actually in this situation'
Jack Byrne reflects on making his first senior international appearance for Ireland last night.
# the byrne supremacy
Mick McCarthy: 'Jack Byrne lit the place up, to be fair'
The Rovers midfielder made his senior international debut in tonight’s 3-1 win over Bulgaria.
# Friendly
Fresh faces make the difference as Ireland eventually see off Bulgaria
Goals from Alan Browne, Kevin Long and James Collins gave McCarthy’s side a deserved win.
Ireland v Bulgaria, International friendly
We went minute-by-minute as Mick McCarthy’s men welcomed Bulgaria to the Aviva Stadium.
# Starting XI
McCarthy rings the changes as he names Irish team to face Bulgaria
Only Conor Hourihane keeps his place as Mark Travers and Josh Cullen make their debuts.
# Boxing
Dublin boxer Niamh Fay crowned European Youth champion with gold medal in Bulgaria
The Swords BC fighter secured Ireland’s fourth medal in Sofia on Tuesday.
# three of the best
Harry Kane hat-trick helps England ease past Bulgaria and maintain perfect start
The England captain’s three goals helped England make it three wins from three in Euro 2020 qualifying.