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The Bulgarian professional footballers’ association ABF is ‘extremely satisfied’ with its first team for players without a contract. Seventy percent of the players that participated in the Team ABF initiative succeeded in finding a new professional club.


It was the first time that the ABF arranged training facilities and matches for players looking for a new contract. The Bulgarian union scheduled four friendly matches: three encounters with Bulgarian opponents, one game in Greece against the team from the Greek footballers’ association.


In total 22 players took part in this initiative. From that squad, 14 players signed a new contract at a professional club. Two of them went to Greece, two of them signed up with a team from the Bulgarian first division and ten players joined a team from the country’s second division.


‘We are extremely satisfied with the results of the ABF team’, said Georgi Boychev, secretary general of ABF. ‘We believe that the project fulfilled its main goal – 70% of the footballers without a contract have signed professional contracts.’


‘The players were very pleased with the opportunity to train in professional conditions and play friendly matches in Bulgaria and one match in Thessaloniki with the team of our colleagues from Greece. We have no doubt that Team ABF will be organized again next year.’


‘After these results, we believe we have a good chance to be among the participants in the FIFPro Tournament  2011.’


The following players have found a new club:
Georgi Georgiev, Sliven (I Division);
Zdravko Stankov, Vidima Rakovski (I);
Alek Manolov and Radoslav Filipov, Botev Krivodol (II Division);
Alexander Goranov, Kom-Minior (II);
Atanas Liaskov and Borislav Hazurov, Bansko (II);
Georgi Bijev, Dorostol 2003 (II);
Nikolai Hadzhinikolov and Tcvetan Antov, Botev Vratsa (II);
Radoslav Anev, Ludogorets Razgrad (II);
Iordan Linkov, Brestnik 1948 (II);
Maryan Blajev, Ethnikos Asteras (Greece, II)
Stoyan Todorov, Porto Heli (Greece)