"Sport is a a very important social factor," President Petar Stoyanov said on Thursday. "Bulgarians are undergoing difficult social and economic reforms and are paying a high social price for that. They need a boost and success in France will give us confidence."
In post-communist Bulgaria, living standards are low and unemployment high. Football plays a part in politics: Stoyanov used the support of players like Hristo Stoichkov to help him win the presidency in 1996 by a landslide.Reuse content