27 July 1965, Veliko Tarnovo
CFKA Sredets (1988-90)
The future World Cup legend and much beloved hardman in the Bulgarian defence presented himself for a wider audience in these qualifiers. Ivanov had been drafted into the team in the beginning of 1988 by Boris Angelov, and after being restricted to an appearance on the bench in the opener again Romania (h), he started the match in Copenhagen. Ivanov enjoyed a good tussle against Povlsen, but committed several infringements and was finally sent off after a wild lounge on Sivebæk. He did return to the first team after his suspension, though, against Romania (a), where he appeared a lot more cautious, and continued to be a key player for Bulgaria under new manager Ivan Vutsov. Having started as a fringe player in the squad, Ivanov established himself as a first team regular for Bulgaria during the Italia'90 qualifiers.
WC 1990 history
19.10.1988 Bulgaria-Romania 1-3
02.11.1988 Denmark-Bulgaria 1-1
81 minutes. Red card.
"Enjoys a good tussle with Povlsen".
26.04.1989 Bulgaria-Denmark 0-2
17.05.1989 Romania-Bulgaria 1-0
"A bit more careful than last time around."
11.10.1989 Bulgaria - Greece 4-0
90 minutes. Yellow card.
15.11.1989 Greece - Bulgaria 1-0