Berbatov to Wear Captain's Armband of Bulgarian Football Team

Sports | March 22, 2007, Thursday // 00:00
Bulgaria: Berbatov to Wear Captain's Armband of Bulgarian Football Team Coach Hristo Stoitchkov (L) picked Dimitar Berbatov (R) to spearhead the national football team. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Dimitar Berbatov is the new captain of Bulgaria's national football team, the coach Hristo Stoitchkov announced Thursday for private bTV channel.

The striker is to take the responsible position despite the surprising return of previous captain Stilian Petrov to the squad.

Stoitchkov said also that all the conflicts between him and Aston Villa's midfielder Petrov are completely forgotten.

"Aston Villa is not good enough team for Stilian. He had great expectations but was disappointed," the coach commented.

Later in the day Stoitchkov will give a press conference, in which he will say more about how fit the Bulgarian players are before the next European championship qualification.

The team is to play against Albania on March 28.

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