Football is clearly the number one sport in Bulgaria
. The greatest success for Bulgarian football in recent years was the fourth-place finish at the 1994 FIFA World Cup? in the USA. Bulgaria
also won the International Youth Tournament (U-19) in 1959, 1969 and 1974, secured the Bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956, and went one better 12 years later in Mexico City, when the team took home the Silver medal. Hristo Stoitchkov (Barcelona, Parma, etc), Krasimir Balakov (Sporting Lisbon, VfB Stuttgart), Luboslav Penev (various Spanish clubs), Marian Hristov (1. FC Kaiserslautern) and Georgi Aspauhov (Levski Sofia) are just a few of the names who have made Bulgarian football famous.