Bulgaria’s Sporting Heritage – Facts


Bulgaria has a rich sporting heritage, with soccer being the most popular sport. The Bulgarian National Team has qualified for multiple World Cups and produced successful Olympic athletes, including the world-record holder in the high jump, Stefka Kostadinova. Bansko, a medieval town in Bulgaria, is also a popular destination for skiing.

  • Soccer is the most popular sport in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian National Team has a strong history in the sport, qualifying for five World Cups and winning multiple medals at international competitions. In 1994, the Bulgarian national soccer team reached the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup held in the United States. Italy eventually defeated them in the semifinals, but the team’s performance in the tournament was seen as a significant achievement for Bulgarian soccer.
  • Bulgaria has also produced many successful Olympic athletes, with over 50 gold medals and more than 200 medals won.
  • Weightlifting: Ivan Ivanov holds the world record in the clean and jerk in the 105 kg weight category with a lift of 214 kg.
  • Powerlifting: Zdravko Zdravkov holds the world record in the raw deadlift in the 100 kg weight category with a lift of 420 kg.
  • Gymnastics: Jordan Jovtchev holds the world record for the most medals won by a male gymnast in the World Championships, totaling 16 gold medals.
  • Athletics: In 1983, Stefka Kostadinova set the world record in women’s high jump with a height of 2.09 meters, which still stands today.
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Reneta Kamberova holds the world record in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition with a score of 39.125 points.
  • Bansko, a medieval town in Bulgaria, is a popular destination for skiing. Bansko is included in the Southwestern Road Trip itinerary.

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