Plamen Georgiev Konstantinov (Bulgarian: Пламен Георгиев Константинов; born 14 June 1973) is a former Bulgarian volleyball player, a member of Bulgaria men's national volleyball team, head coach of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk and former head coach of Bulgaria men's national volleyball team.,
|Full name||Plamen Georgiev Konstantinov|
|Born||14 June 1973|
|Height||2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||93 kg (205 lb)|
|Spike||347 cm (137 in)|
|Block||330 cm (130 in)|
|Current team||Lokomotiv Novosibirsk|
|Last updated: 20 February 2017|
Konstantinov was born in Sofia; both his parents, Georgi and Eva née Doycheva, are former volleyball internationals and his older brother Julian Konstantinov is an opera singer. Like his father, he bears the nickname Gibona ("The Gibbon").
Konstantinov finished a sports school and started his career with Levski Sofia in 1986, where he remained until 1995; he spent some of the following season with Slavia Sofia and then moved to Italy to play for the Gioia del Colle team. In 1996–97, he was a member of Greek Aris VC and then of Turkish Halkbank Ankara (1997–99). From 1999 until 2004 he played in Greece for Orestiada, PAOK Thessaloniki V.C., Iraklis V.C., Olympiacos S.C. and Panathinaikos VC. In 2004–05, he was with the French Tours VB and then in 2004–05 he represented the Montichiari team. In 2005–06, he played in Poland for Jastrzębski Węgiel and then in 2006–07 he was in Russia with ZSKA Gazprom Surgut. He ended his career in Iraklis, where he played from 2007 to 2009. With Iraklis Thessaloniki he won the silver medal at the 2008-09 Indesit Champions League and also was individually awarded "Best Receiver".
Konstantinov's awards and achievements include Bulgarian championship titles with Levski and Slavia, Greek championship titles with Aris, Iraklis, Olympiacos and Panathinaikois and a French championship title with Tours. He has also won the Greek Cup once and the Supercup twice with Iraklis and the Bulgarian Cup twice with Slavia. He has twice been awarded the Greek Championship Volleyball Player of the Year prize. In 2006, he won third-place bronze medals from the 2006 FIVB Men's World Championship and the 2007 FIVB Men's World Cup in Japan with the Bulgaria national team. In 2008, he was voted Bulgaria's Man of the Year in an online poll organized by Darik Radio.
In 2010/11 season, he started his coaching career, as the coach of Ziraatbank of the Turkish Volleyball League. Plamen Konstantinov has been coaching the men's National Team of Bulgaria since 2014, following a stint in Turkey and several seasons at the helm of clubs in Russia - where he continues with Lokomotiv Novosibirsk during the club season.
- Пламен Константинов вече не е треньор на националите, Gong.bg, 2 октомври 2018, 12:28 ч.
- Пламен Константинов – Г-н Нямам късмет, Емил Атанасов, „Труд“, 3 октомври 2018, 22:02 ч.
- "Пламен Константинов стана мъж на годината" (in Bulgarian). Топспорт. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
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- "Пламен Константинов стана мъж на годината" (in Bulgarian). Топспорт. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2008-11-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- CEV. "TRENTINO wins CEV Indesit Champions League!". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-04-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Павлова, Инес. "Пламен Константинов (2008)" (in Bulgarian). Мъж на годината. Retrieved 2008-11-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Η χρυσή βίβλος της Volleyleague". volleyleague. Retrieved 23 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Plamen Konstantinov at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
- Plamen Konstantinov at the International Olympic Committee
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