BULGARIA VERSUS NEW ZEALAND was the title of a Daily Prophet article written by Ginerva Potter and published on 20 May, 2014. The article covered the match between the Bulgarian and New Zealand National Quidditch teams, part of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
New Zealand manager Charlie Baverstock proclaimed himself 'madder than a bloke who's been locked in a box of Fwoopers' after Dennis Moon was sent off in the 106th minute. This loss was undoubtedly a crucial factor in New Zealand's 410 - 170 loss to a Bulgarian side that many feel was lucky to qualify at all.
The mid-air collision of Chasers Moon and Bogomil Levski appeared accidental from many parts of the stadium. However, referee Georgios Xenakis was better positioned and judged that Moon had deliberately caused the crash. Whether or not Xenakis was influenced by rumours that Moon and Levski have a long-standing feud, his decision undoubtedly turned the match in Bulgaria's favour.
Twice runners-up in the last fifty years, the current Bulgarian side showed flashes of inspiration as they racked up an impressive score against the six-strong Kiwis. Two players - Levski and Vulchanov - had fathers on the 1994 side that introduced an eighteen-year-old Viktor Krum to the world. One of the headline stories of the current World Cup is, of course, Krum's re-emergence from retirement. At thirty-eight he is the oldest player in the competition, and has faced stiff criticism for taking the place of a younger player on what some have called 'sentimental' grounds. However, Krum's capture of the Snitch ahead of twenty-one-year-old Ngapo Ponika unquestionably showed traces of his old brilliance, and delighted the Bulgarian supporters.
Bulgaria will play joint favourites Norway in the quarter-finals.