"While they have twice reached the final in the last twenty years, Bulgaria entered this tournament as outsiders, their team having narrowly scraped into the final sixteen."
-- Ludo Bagman in the Daily Prophet, 2 July 2014 (Pm)
The Bulgarian team were narrowly defeated in the final match, this time to the national side from Egypt (Egypt 450, Bulgaria 300).
With Viktor Krum coming out of retirement as their Seeker, Bulgaria were tournament underdogs. Krum, who at the age of 38 during this Quidditch World Cup was considered to be a bit old to still be playing professionally, stated that he wanted to “win the World Cup before I die”.
The members of the 2014 team were: Stoyanka Grozda, Bogomil Levski (whose father was in the 1994 team) and Nikola Vassileva (Chasers); Dimitar Draganov and Boris Vulchanov (whose father was also a member of the 1994 team) (Beaters); Viktor Krum (Seeker); and Georgi Zdravko (Keeper) (Pm).
In a 2014 poll, the 1994 Bulgarian Beaters Volkov and Vulchanov were voted all-time best beater duo - ahead of the popular 2014 Japanese team Beaters Shingo and Hongo (Pm), even though they were on the losing side at the World Cup.
Although Bulgaria has participated in three Quidditch World Cups, there are no Quidditch or other wizarding sports teams listed on its Wikipedia entry (Wikipedia).
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wiki: Bulgarian National Quidditch Team