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 coachSilvano Prandi
FIVB ranking14 (as of October 2019)
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.

StatisticsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

World ChampionshipEdit

World CupEdit

European ChampionshipEdit

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Nations LeagueEdit

European GamesEdit

UniversiadeEdit

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following is the Bulgarian roster in the 2019 Volleyball Men's Nations League.[1]

Head coach: Silvano Prandi

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2018–19 club
1 Georgi Bratoev 21 October 1987 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Neftohimik
2 Krasimir Georgiev 13 February 1995 195 cm (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Rennes
2 Chono Penchev 11 December 1994 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Pirin Razlog
4 Martin Atanasov 27 September 1996 198 cm (6 ft 6 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Chaumont
5 Gotsev Svetoslav 31 August 1990 205 cm (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 358 cm (141 in) 335 cm (132 in)   Dinamo Leningrad
6 Rozalin Penchev 11 December 1994 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 337 cm (133 in) 327 cm (129 in)   Bolívar
7 Nikolay Uchikov 13 April 1986 207 cm (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (240 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Neftohimik
8 Todor Skrimov 9 January 1990 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Vibo Valentia
9 Georgi Seganov 10 June 1993 198 cm (6 ft 6 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Maliye Milli Pyango
10 Valentin Bratoev 21 October 1987 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 347 cm (137 in) 337 cm (133 in)   JTEKT Stings
11 Velizar Chernokozhev 23 April 1995 212 cm (6 ft 11 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 335 cm (132 in)   Diobrudzha 07
13 Teodor Salparov 16 August 1982 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 305 cm (120 in)   Neftohimik
14 Teodor Todorov 1 September 1989 208 cm (6 ft 10 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 365 cm (144 in) 345 cm (136 in)   Neftohimik
16 Vladislav Ivanov 14 March 1987 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)
17 Nikolay Penchev 22 May 1992 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 341 cm (134 in) 335 cm (132 in)   ONIKO
18 Nikolay Nikolov 29 July 1986 206 cm (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 332 cm (131 in)   Sporting Lisboa
19 Tsvetan Sokolov 31 December 1989 206 cm (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 370 cm (150 in) 350 cm (140 in)   VC Zenit-Kazan
20 Aleks Grozdanov 27 September 1996 206 cm (6 ft 9 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 334 cm (131 in)   Greenyard Maaseik
21 Petar Karakashev 11 February 1991 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 326 cm (128 in) 308 cm (121 in)   VC Hebar
22 Vladimir Stankov 8 September 1996 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 325 cm (128 in) 320 cm (130 in)   VC CSKA Sofia
23 Martin Ivanov 2 April 1992 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Neftohimik
25 Radoslav Parapunov 19 June 1997 205 cm (6 ft 9 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 346 cm (136 in) 327 cm (129 in)   Rainbow Warriors
26 Plamen Shekerdezhiev 21 May 1998 198 cm (6 ft 6 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 328 cm (129 in)   VC CSKA Sofia
26 Nikolay Kolev 16 December 1997 204 cm (6 ft 8 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in)   Cherno more BASK

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

  •   1949–1950 – Valentin Ankov
  •   1951–1952 – Dimitar Elenkov
  •   1952–1955 – Georgi Krastev
  •   1957–1958 – Dimitar Elenkov
  •   1964–1971 – Dimitar Gigov
  •   1971–1972 – Todor Simov
  •   1979–1980 – Todor Piperkov
  •   1980–1982 – Tsvetan Pavlov
  •   1982–1983 – Vasil Simov
  •   1984–1986 – Bogdan Kjuchukov
  •   1991–1992 – Georgi Vasilev
  •   1992–1994 – Georgi Stoev
  •   1994–1994 – Brunko Iliev
  •   1994–1996 – Bogdan Kjuchukov
  •   1996–1997 – Stefan Sokolov
  •   1998–1999 – Georgi Vasilev
  •   1999–2000 – Brunko Iliev
  •   2000–2002 – Hristo Iliev
  •   2002–2003 – Assen Galabinov
  •   2003–2004 – Milorad Kijac
  •   2004–2005 – Brunko Iliev
  •   2005–2008 – Martin Stoev
  •   2009–2010 – Silvano Prandi
  •   2010–2012 – Radostin Stoychev
  •   2012–2012 – Nayden Naydenov
  •   2012–2014 – Camillo Placì
  •   2014–2019 – Plamen Konstantinov
  •   2019–present – Silvano Prandi

Kit providersEdit

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

Period Kit provider
2002– Asics

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. ^ https://www.volleyball.world/en/vnl/2019/men/teams/bul%20bulgaria/players. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://volleymob.com/tsvetan-solokov-underwent-knee-surgery-on-june-4-2018/
  3. ^ https://volleymob.com/lubes-tsvetan-sokolov-sit-next-20-days-injury/
  4. ^ https://www.flovolleyball.tv/articles/6274625-semifinalists-determined-reigning-champ-gone-at-world-club-championships
  5. ^ https://www.flovolleyball.tv/articles/6276940-trentino-wins-fifth-fivb-world-club-gold-medal
  6. ^ https://volleymob.com/sokolov-is-back-training-with-lube-video/
  7. ^ http://www.volleyball.bg/

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