The new coach of the Bulgarian national football team Krasimir Balakov invited three Ludogorets players to join the team for the European qualifications against the Czech Republic and Kosovo on the 7th and 10th of June. Iliev, Nedyalkov, and Marcelinho are the ones who will join the team.
The Brazilian player with Bulgarian passport was part of the national team when Ivaylo Petev was the coach, and he scored in one of the most important games for Bulgaria. Marcelinho scored against Portugal. Bulgaria won 1:0 in that game in 2016.