“Slavia”’s members in the national teams of the country
During the years of “Slavia”’s existence a large number of worthy players have been a part of the team. More than 150 members of the “whites” have worn the national shirt.
The fans of the “whites” have a reason to be proud: in the first match of the male national team in a big international forum the captain is actually a member of “Slavia”. Todor Vladimirov (San) played for the national team in his debut match in the Games of the VIII Olympiad in Paris, held on 28thMay, 1924. He inspired his fellow-teammates and the Bulgarians played as equals against the much more experienced team of Ireland, and were defeated 0:1.
The largest number of “Slavia” members in the national team was in the match against Turkey, held on 14thOctober, 1927 in Istanbul. Nine footballers of “Slavia” are in the team. These are: Angel Andreev (Katastrofata, lit. The Accident), Nikola Kalkandjiev (Kolata, lit. The Cart), Dimitar Manolov (Naydo, The bear of Boyana), Stephen Chumpalov (Chumpala) Peter Kartevski (Pesho), Nikola Staykov (Toleto), Velcho Stoyanov, Alexander Filipinovich (Sasha), and Vladimir Tsvetkov (Tsotso).
During the following years in every significant achievements of our home football there are always members of “Slavia”: positions for World and European championships, winning of medals in the Olympic Games, and victories of the Balkans Cup. These are either members of the team of the time or alumni of the “white” football school.
The member of “Slavia” with most matches and most goals scored in the Premier (“A”) National Team is Chavdar Tsvetkov. Andrey Jelyazkov is the team member of the “white” who had been a captain most often.
In recent years three footballers product of “Slavia”’s school won recognition in the National team of Bulgaria: Blagoy Georgiev, Dimitar Rangelov, and Chavdar Yankov.
Members of “Slavia” with most matches in the Premier (“A”) National Team:
57 – Chavdar Tsvetkov
54 – Andrej Jelyazkov
42 – Alexander Shalamanov
34 – Simeon Simeonov
28 – Nikola Staykov
Members of “Slavia” with most goals in the Premier (“A”) National Team:
15 goals- Chavdar Tsvetkov
14 goals- Andrej Jelyazkov
12 goals- Nikola Staykov
Members of “Slavia” who were most often captains of the Premier (“A”) National Team:
14 times- Andrej Jelyazkov
12 times– Velcho Stoyanov
7 times - Stephen Chumpalov and Chavdar Tsvetkov
Members of “Slavia” who played in the World Cup:
1962 in Chile
Peter Velichkov- 3 matches
Dimitar Kostov- 1 match
1966 in England
Alexander Shalamanov - 2 matches
Simeon Simeonov- 1 match
Dimitar Largov- 1 match
Ivan Davidov- 1 match
1970 in Mexico
Alexander Shalamanov - 3 matches
Simeon Simeonov- 2 matches
Ivan Davidov- 1 match
1974 in Germany
Simeon Simeonov- резерва
1986 in Mexico
Andrey Jelyazkov- 3 matches
1998 in France
George Bachev- 2 matches
As well as their participation in the representative team of Bulgaria, the members of “Slavia” take part in other national events of the country. Here we will mention “Slavia”’s footballers who had most participations in different teams.
The Olympic team: 13 matches – Plamen Tachev
“B” team of the country: 10 matches – George Bor. Gugalov (Gugala)
Youth National Team: 30 matches – Blagoy Georgiev
Juvenile National Team: 40 matches – Vladimir Todorov