Wroclaw, Poland: Bulgaria’s women’s national street football team has qualified for the semifinals of the strong Wroclaw Cup international tournament in Poland, despite today’s 1:7 loss to the Homeless World Cup bronze medallist Romania.
The competition is being held in a format with three fielder and a goalkeeper, which is also practiced at the World Cup for the Homeless.
A day after beating Poland’s second team 8:2, the Bulgarians found no football arguments to oppose the more experienced Romanian team. The dedicated game of the Nationals yielded results only in the opening minutes of the match, but the first goal turned out to be the turning point in the match.
This is the third semi-final in three consecutive international tournaments for coach Iva Radkova and several of the girls in the team. Four of the eight Bulgarian nationals are participants in the social project “Team of Hope”.
In 2018, the Bulgarian team won bronze medals at the European Street Football Festival in Graz, Austria, and in 2021 they finished fourth at the European Championship in the same football format in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Tomorrow, the Bulgarian national teams will face the Homeless World Cup 2023 world champion Mexico. The second semifinal match is between Romania and the first host team from Poland. Places 5 to 7 will be distributed between the teams of Hungary, France and Poland 2.
Until last year, the Wroclaw Cup had the status of an unofficial European street football championship, but this year it has expanded its geography to include Mexico.