Borislav Mihaylov is authoritarian, without any capacity to listen, he has proposed to buy a expensive bus for the BFU and has tried to bring in dubious “overseas companies” to build playgrounds in Bulgaria under a project for 1 million Swiss francs. This is written in a confidential report of the representative of UEFA Andreas Kuhn, who visited Bulgaria in April 2005 and met with the then Vice President of the BFU.
The information is found in internal correspondence and documentation of UEFA leaked to the international journalistic consortium OCCRP. They mainly deal with projects under the “HatTrick” programs to finance projects of national football federations from the UEFA budget. The files contain data on almost all countries that are members of the European Federation and are studied by a team of journalists from the consortium.
During Kuhn’s visit to Bulgaria, the president of the BFU is still Ivan Slavkov, who is entangled in corruption scandals and has delegated to Borislav Mihaylov all activities related to UEFA funding. The scandals did not prevent Slavkov from leading a lavish lifestyle and organizing “royal receptions and dispatches” witnessed by UEFA delegates.
One of the projects funded by UEFA under the HatTrick program is the construction of 40 mini-courses across the country for 1 million Swiss francs. Borislav Mihaylov proposed to build 30 playgrounds for 900,000 francs from unknown offshore companies with whom he was in contact.
The UEFA envoy explained to Mihaylov that this would not happen because in neighboring countries Romania and Turkey managed to build 40 playgrounds for 1 million francs. Mikhailov was also warned that UEFA would be watching very closely for the tender and invoices for this project.
Subsequently, the project for 40 mini-courses was implemented under the UEFA scheme, not that of Mihaylov and received good praise from the management of the European football organization.
Another scandalous project related to Mihaylov is the purchase of a new bus for the BFU under the same program “HatTrick”. Kuhn says that this idea is entirely driven by the Vice President of the BFU. The documents show that the BFU’s proposal to UEFA is to finance the purchase of a Mercedes Travego 15 RHD bus with half a million Swiss francs. It was rejected by the board of the HatTrick program, arguing that the vehicle was too expensive.
From the correspondence it becomes clear that after the unsuccessful attempt to buy an expensive bus, the main subject of negotiations for UEFA funding becomes the National Training Centre for football. It will become a fact 11 years later and UEFA will pour millions into it. The saga with the design, implementation and significant cost of the project over time is documented in dozens of files, the analysis of which is the subject of subsequent publication. This important project for Bulgarian football is so stuck that in 2013 UEFA chairman Michel Platini warned Mihaylov in a letter that funding could be lost.
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