Krassimir Balakov is no longer the coach of the Bulgarian national team. According to official notification, the former Bundesliga player in VfB Stuttgart has handed his departure to the association. Like the 53-year-old, the entire leadership of the National Federation (BFU) also decided to step down after Tuesday's departure from President Borisslaw Mikhailov. "I resigned from a moral responsibility," said the former Bulgaria coach for the photo .
Balakov had come under international scrutiny following the European Championship qualifier against England (0: 6). During the match, England's dark-haired players Tyrone Mings, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were offended racially by Bulgarian fans. Supporters of the hosts also showed Hitler's salute in Sofia. Balakov played down the events after the match
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"Personally, I did not hear the songs" said the 53-year-old ex-Stuttgarter. "I saw that the referees stopped the game, but I must say that not only the Bulgarian fans but also the English fans behaved badly when they whistled during the Bulgarian national anthem." For both associations had also received penalties. The brutal racism of Bulgarian followers Balakov does not want to be heard – it sounded incredible to the other players, the media and fans.
Did Balakov really not hear about the open racism at Sofia's stadium? England's superstar Sterling mocked Twitter in Balakov's direction: "Mmmmm … I'm not sure, boss." The deal of the international match, which will probably occupy Bulgarian football for a long time, was after the harsh criticism, not only the fate of Federation President Borisslaw Mikhailov, but also Balakov himself.
It was the former coach of 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the office since June, the match against England was his sixth match. During this time, Bulgaria lost five times. After all, it was a draw against Montenegro. Balakov's modest record: 0.17 points per match. Balakov had previously trained Grasshoppers Zurich, FC St. Gallen, Chernomorets Burgas, Hajduk Split, Lautern, Litex Lovetch and FK Etar.