Bulgaria men's national volleyball team

The Bulgaria men's national volleyball team is controlled by the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, which represents the country in international competitions and friendly matches.

Bulgaria
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AssociationBulgarian Volleyball Federation
ConfederationCEV
Head coachBulgaria Nikolay Zhelyazkov
FIVB ranking21 (as of 27 May 2022)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances8 (First in 1964)
Best resultSilver (1980)
World Championship
Appearances18 (First in 1949)
Best resultSilver (1970)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1965)
Best resultBronze (2007)
European Championship
Appearances28 (First in 1950)
Best resultSilver (1951)
www.volleyball.bg (in Bulgarian)
The Bulgaria National Team in 2014
Bulgaria Defeating Powerful Rivals Serbia in 2011
The Bulgaria National Team at the 2011 FIVB World League Defeating Asian Giants Japan
Bulgaria and Serbia Match in 2014

HistoryEdit

The team's achievements include winning the Balkan Championships in 1980, Runners-Up (1970) and Third Place (1949, 1952, 1986, 2006) at the World Championship. At the European Championships Bulgaria has one Runners-Up (1951) and four Third Place (1955, 1981, 1983, 2009) finishes. Bulgaria has also achieved Runners-Up at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. The team has one third place at the World Cup (2007) and five Semi-Final appearances in the World League (1994, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013). The team's most significant recent results include earning Third Place at the 2006 World Championship, the 2007 World Cup and 2009 European Championship as well as achieving Runners-Up at the first European Games in 2015.

Bulgaria first took part in the World League in 1994. During the debut season in the tournament, the team went all the way to the Semi-Finals; led by players like Lubo Ganev, Dimo Tonev, Martin Stoev, etc. In the next four editions, Bulgaria took part but did not manage to surpass its prior performance by reaching fifth in 1995, eight in 1996, sixth in 1997, and seventh in 1998. Under the guidance of Milorad Kijac, the new wave of players including Teodor Salparov, Danial Mihaylov, etc. mixed well with the more experienced Evgeni Ivanov, Plamen Konstantinov, Nikolay Ivanov, Vladimir Nikolov, Hristo Tsvetanov to result in the fifth-place rank in 2003. The next year, once again under Kijac, the team played some impressive games and succeeded to tie its best performance of reaching the Semi-Finals. The team included more players from the Under-21 team that the previous year won a medal at the World Championships, such as Matey Kaziyski and Milushev. In 2005 with a new coach, Martin Stoev, the team finished as the fifth rank, followed by another tied best-ever performance of reaching the Semi-Finals in 2006, and another fifth rank in 2007. In 2011 Bulgaria qualified for first time in the Final Round after four years, they finished as the fifth rank. The 2012 Final Round was held in the newly opened Armeets Arena in Sofia, and the host reached the Semi-Finals once again.

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Olympic GamesEdit

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Nations LeagueEdit

European GamesEdit

UniversiadeEdit

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following is the Bulgaria roster in the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League.[1]

Head coach:   Silvano Prandi

No. Name Position Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2020–21 club
1 Denis Karyagin OH 28 September 2002 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 320 cm (130 in)   Neftochimic 2010
2 Stefan Chavdarov MB 26 July 1995 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)   Montana Volley
3 Nikolay Kolev MB 16 December 1997 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 360 cm (140 in) 335 cm (132 in)   Neftochimic 2010
4 Martin Atanasov OH 27 September 1997 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 369 cm (145 in) 355 cm (140 in)   Ziraat Bankası Ankara
6 Vladimir Stankov S 9 August 1996 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 325 cm (128 in) 320 cm (130 in)   Levski Sofia
9 Georgi Seganov S 10 June 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Top Volley Latina
10 Svetoslav Stankov S 6 August 1996 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (180 lb)   Marek Union-Ivkoni
11 Aleks Grozdanov MB 28 March 1998 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 371 cm (146 in) 349 cm (137 in)   Vero Volley Monza
12 Georgi Petrov OH 18 August 1999 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Chaumont Volley-Ball 52
14 Asparuh Asparuhov OH 28 July 2000 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 330 cm (130 in)   BluVolley Verona
15 Gordan Lyutskanov OH 11 April 1997 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 344 cm (135 in) 324 cm (128 in)   Levski Sofia
16 Vladislav Ivanov L 14 March 1987 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Levski Sofia
19 Tsvetan Sokolov Opp 31 December 1989 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 370 cm (150 in) 350 cm (140 in)   Dynamo Moscow
22 Nikolay Kartev MB 20 September 1995 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 349 cm (137 in) 330 cm (130 in)   VC Hebar Pazardzhik
24 Martin Ivanov L 4 February 1992 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Neftochimic 2010
25 Radoslav Parapunov Opp 19 June 1997 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 346 cm (136 in) 327 cm (129 in)   Vojvodina Novi Sad
26 Svetoslav Ivanov OH 10 July 2000 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 76 kg (168 lb)   Marek Union-Ivkoni

Tsvetan Sokolov missed out on the first 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League and the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship as he went on a knee surgery.[2][3] However, he had recovered and participated in his club tournaments.[4][5][6]

Head coachesEdit

Kit providersEdit

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Bulgaria national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2002–2019 Asics
2019– Erreà

SponsorshipEdit

The main sponsor of the national team is the Bulgarian betting company efbet, while Asics, Mikasa and Lidl are secondary sponsors.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Roster - Bulgaria - FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2021". volleyballworld.com. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Tsvetan Solokov Underwent Knee Surgery on June 4, 2018".
  3. ^ "Lube's Tsvetan Sokolov to Sit Out for Next 20 Days with Injury".
  4. ^ "Semifinalists Determined, Reigning Champ Gone at World Club Championships - FloVolleyball".
  5. ^ "Trentino Wins Fifth FIVB World Club Gold Medal - FloVolleyball".
  6. ^ "Sokolov is Back Training with Lube (Video)".
  7. ^ http://www.volleyball.bg/

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