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
AssociationBulgarian Volleyball Federation
ConfederationCEV
Head coachSilvano Prandi
FIVB ranking14 (as of October 2019)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances8 (First in 1964)
Best result (1980)
World Championship
Appearances18 (First in 1949)
Best result (1970)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1965)
Best result (2007)
European Championship
Appearances28 (First in 1950)
Best result (1951)
www.volleyball.bg (in Bulgarian)

History

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.

Statistics

Olympic Games

World Championship

World Cup

European Championship

World League

Nations League

European Games

Universiade

Team

Current squad

The following is the Bulgarian roster in the 2018 World Championship.[1]

Head coach: Silvano Prandi

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2018–19 club
2Miroslav Gradinarov10 February 19852.03 m (6 ft 8 in)92 kg (203 lb)350 cm (140 in)330 cm (130 in) El Jaish
5Svetoslav Gotsev31 August 19902.05 m (6 ft 9 in)97 kg (214 lb)358 cm (141 in)335 cm (132 in) Tours
6Rozalin Penchev11 December 19941.97 m (6 ft 6 in)79 kg (174 lb)337 cm (133 in)327 cm (129 in) Bolívar
7Nikolay Uchikov13 April 19862.07 m (6 ft 9 in)110 kg (240 lb)355 cm (140 in)330 cm (130 in) Thessaloniki
8Todor Skrimov9 January 19901.91 m (6 ft 3 in)87 kg (192 lb)348 cm (137 in)330 cm (130 in) Loreto
9Georgi Seganov10 June 19931.98 m (6 ft 6 in)83 kg (183 lb)355 cm (140 in)325 cm (128 in) Sora
10Valentin Bratoev21 October 19872.03 m (6 ft 8 in)92 kg (203 lb)347 cm (137 in)337 cm (133 in) Neftohimik
12Viktor Yosifov (C)16 October 19852.04 m (6 ft 8 in)100 kg (220 lb)350 cm (140 in)340 cm (130 in) Piacenza
13Teodor Salparov16 August 19821.87 m (6 ft 2 in)77 kg (170 lb)320 cm (130 in)305 cm (120 in) Neftohimik
14Teodor Todorov1 September 19892.08 m (6 ft 10 in)108 kg (238 lb)365 cm (144 in)345 cm (136 in) Galatasaray
15Ivan Stanev7 July 19851.90 m (6 ft 3 in)86 kg (190 lb)335 cm (132 in)325 cm (128 in) Neftohimik
17Nikolay Penchev22 May 19921.97 m (6 ft 6 in)87 kg (192 lb)341 cm (134 in)335 cm (132 in) Skra Bełchatów
18Nikolay Nikolov29 July 19862.06 m (6 ft 9 in)97 kg (214 lb)350 cm (140 in)332 cm (131 in) Neftohimik
19Tsvetan Sokolov31 December 19892.06 m (6 ft 9 in)100 kg (220 lb)370 cm (150 in)350 cm (140 in) Cucine Lube Civitanova
21Petar Karakashev11 February 19911.84 m (6 ft 0 in)77 kg (170 lb)326 cm (128 in)308 cm (121 in) Pirin Razlog

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 coaches

  • 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 providers

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

Period Kit provider
2002– Asics

Sponsorship

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

References

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