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The professional footballers’ associations of Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia are organizing the second Eastern Europe Tournament for players looking for a new contract. This three-team event will take place in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

 

On Saturday 14 July, the Georgi Asparuhov stadium (the home of PFA Levski) will open its doors to host the Eastern Europe Tournament. The first match will start at 17.30 hrs. All teams will play each other once in matches of 60 minutes (2x30 minutes).

 

Match schedule
17.30 Greece-Bulgaria
18.50 Bulgaria-Serbia
20.10 Serbia-Greece

 

Two years ago, the players associations of Bulgaria and Greece already organized an international match for players without a contract in Thessalonica, Greece. The many positive reactions after this match and a decent number of players finding a new club, led both countries to take the next step by organizing a three-team tournament last year in collaboration with the Slovenian professional footballers association SPINS. That tournament also took place in Thessalonica.

 

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Training Team PSAP, Greece

 

This year, the Serbian union Nezavisnost will replace their Slovenian colleagues, who are once again invited to participate in the FIFPro Tournament in Rijnsburg, The Netherlands.

 

The Association of Bulgarian footballers (ABF) welcomed its players to the first day of training camp on 4 July in Breznik. Coach Roman Stoyanov has scheduled two training sessions per day and his Team ABF is to play two friendly matches before they play the tournament. On the first day of camp, 20 players arrived. They are out of contract after having played for among others Litex, Chernomorets, Etar and Bdin.

 

The Greek team, winners of last year’s tournament, began their training camp on Saturday 7 July. Stelios Giannakopoulos, the president of the Greek professional footballers’ association PSAP and former player of the Greek national team, has taken the task of coach and supervisor upon him. Stelios said he regrets that he did not have the possibility to start training camp earlier; players could only confirm their participation due to late play offs and court decisions. Twenty Greek players hope to find a new contract after joining Team PSAP.

 

The Serbian footballers association Nezavisnost opened their training camp on 2 July in Zlatibor, with 18 players participating in the training sessions of coach Tomislav Sivic and his training staff. Sivic has coached many teams in Serbia and was also in charge of the Serbian U-17, U-19 and U-21 teams.  Thursday 5 July, Team Nezavisnost played its first match, against FK Vardar Skopje, the champions of Macedonia. They played a good match and drew 1-1.

 

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Training Team Nezavisnost, Serbia