By Football Italian staffThe Bulgarians will not be playing at the World Cups in 2019 and 2022, despite a bid from FIFA to bring them to the tournament.”FIFA will not accept an offer to bring Bulgarian football to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the Bulgarian Football Federation (BFF) has confirmed,” the BFF said in a statement.
The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) made the announcement after a meeting with FIFA on Tuesday, with BFF president Vladimir Volkov saying that it was not possible to meet with the governing body.
“The BFF will not consider a bid for the 2018 World Cup from FIFA or the 2022 World Cup organizers,” Volkov said in the statement.
“We need a new political situation, not to mention the international economic situation.”BFF president Volkov has previously said that his organisation would not take part in the 2018 or 2022 World Championships if they were held in a country that was not a member of FIFA.
Bulgarian football was the second biggest sport in Bulgaria in the 2010 World Cup but has since lost ground due to poor economic conditions and high unemployment.
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