Bulgaria men's national volleyball team

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Bulgaria
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Association Bulgarian Volleyball Federation
Confederation CEV
Head coach Plamen Konstantinov
FIVB ranking 8 (as of September 2014)
Summer Olympics
Appearances 8 (First in 1964)
Best result Silver medal with cup.svg (1980)
World Championship
Appearances 17 (First in 1949)
Best result Silver medal with cup.svg (1970)
FIVB World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1965)
Best result Bronze medal with cup.svg (2007)
Website www.volleyball.bg (Bulgarian) (English)
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Bulgaria men's national volleyball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver 1980 Moscow Team
World Championship
Silver 1970 Sofia Team
Bronze 1949 Prague Team
Bronze 1952 Moscow Team
Bronze 1986 Paris Team
Bronze 2006 Japan Team
World Cup
Bronze 2007 Japan Team
European Championship
Silver 1951 Paris Team
Bronze 1955 Bucharest Team
Bronze 1981 Varna Team
Bronze 1983 East Berlin Team
Bronze 2009 Turkey Team
The team in 2014
Bulgaria vs Serbia, 2011
Bulgaria national volleyball team at the 2011 FIVB World League international round in Varna.

The Bulgarian men's volleyball national team, controlled by the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, is one of the leading volleyball teams in Europe and the world.

Its achievements include one silver medal from the World Championship (1970) and four bronze medals (1949, 1952, 1986, 2006), as well as one fourth place (1962). From the European Championship, Bulgaria has won one second place (1951) and four third (1955, 1981, 1983, 2009) and five fourth places (1948, 1963, 1967, 1995, 2013). Bulgaria has also won a silver medal from the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, and has a fourth place from the 1972 Olympics in Munich and the 2012 Olympics in London. The team's World Cup has won one bronze medal (2007) and one fourth place in 1969. The team has also achieved five World League fourth places (1994, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013).

The team's most relevant recent results were winning third place in the 2006 Volleyball World Championship, the 2007 World Cup, and the 2009 Men's European Volleyball Championship.

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
Japan 1964[1] 5 9 5 4 20 16
Mexico 1968[2] 6 9 4 5 16 17
West Germany 1972 4 7 5 2 15 14
Canada 1976 Did not qualify
Soviet Union 1980 2 6 4 2 13 8
United States 1984 Withdrew
South Korea 1988 6 7 3 4 10 12
Spain 1992 Did not qualify
United States 1996 7 7 4 3 14 13
Australia 2000 Did not qualify
Greece 2004 Did not qualify
China 2008 5 6 3 3 10 16
United Kingdom 2012 4 8 5 3 18 10

World Championship[edit]

  • 1949Med 3.png Bronze medal
  • 1952Med 3.png Bronze medal
  • 1956 — 5th place
  • 1960 — 7th place
  • 1962 — 4th place
  • 1966 — 7th place
  • 1970Med 2.png Silver medal
  • 1974 — 7th place
  • 1978 — 10th place
  • 1982 — 5th place
  • 1986Med 3.png Bronze medal
  • 1990 — 5th place
  • 1994 — 9th place
  • 1998 — 7th place
  • 2002 — 13th place
  • 2006Med 3.png Bronze medal
  • 2010 — 7th place
  • 2014 — 13th place

European Championship[edit]

World League[edit]

  • 1990 to 1993 — did not participate
  • 1994 — 4th place
  • 1995 — 5th place
  • 1996 — 8th place
  • 1997 — 6th place
  • 1998 — 7th place
  • 1999 to 2002 — did not participate
  • 2003 — 5th place
  • 2004 — 4th place
  • 2005 — 5th place
  • 2006 — 4th place
  • 2007 — 5th place
  • 2008 — 7th place
  • 2009 — 10th place
  • 2010 — 7th place
  • 2011 — 5th place
  • 2012 — 4th place
  • 2013 — 4th place
  • 2014 — 7th place

Bulgaria in the World League[edit]

Bulgaria national volleyball team at the 2006 Volleyball World Championship in Japan.

Bulgaria was first invited to take part in the World League in 1994. In its debut season in the tournament the team managed to finish fourth led by players like Lubo Ganev, Dimo Tonev, Martin Stoev, etc. In the next four editions Bulgaria took part but did not manage to tie or beat its first season performance – the team came fifth in 1995, eight in 1996, sixth in 1997, and seventh in 1998. Bulgaria was then excluded from the World League until the 2003 season. It has been a constant participant ever since and among the contestants for the final phase of the tournament. Under the guidance of Milorad Kijac the new wave of players including Teodor Salparov, Danail Mihaylov, etc. mixed well with the more experienced Evgeni Ivanov, Plamen Konstantinov, Nikolay Ivanov, Vladimir Nikolov, Hristo Tsvetanov to come fifth in 2003. The next year once again under Kijac the team played some impressive games and succeeded to tie its best performance of finishing fourth. The team included more players of the Under-21 team that the previous year managed to win a medal at the World Championships such as Matey Kaziyski and Milushev. In 2005 with a new coach, Martin Stoev, the team finished fifth, followed by another tied best-ever performance – fourth in 2006, and another fifth in 2007. In 2008 the team finished seventh, while in 2009 they finished tenth. In 2010 Bulgaria recorded another seventh place. In 2011 Bulgaria qualified for first time in the Final Round after four years, they finished fifth. The 2012 Final Round was held in the newly opened Armeets Arena in Sofia, and the host team finished fourth yet again, narrowly missing on the bronze medals after a 3–2 loss to Cuba in the 3rd place game.

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Bulgarian roster in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship.[3]

Head coach: Plamen Konstantinov

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2014 club
3 Zhekov, AndreyAndrey Zhekov 12 March 1980 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 326 cm (128 in) Romania C.V.M. Tomis Constanţa
4 Bozhilov, MartinMartin Bozhilov 11 April 1988 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 305 cm (120 in) Bulgaria Marek Union Ivkoni
5 Gotsev, SvetoslavSvetoslav Gotsev 31 August 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 358 cm (141 in) 335 cm (132 in) Italy Blu Volley Verona
6 Milushev, DanailDanail Milushev 3 February 1984 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 360 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in) France Toulouse OAC
7 Gradinarov, MiroslavMiroslav Gradinarov 10 February 1985 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) Japan F.C. Tokyo
8 Skrimov, TodorTodor Skrimov 9 January 1990 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 330 cm (130 in) Italy Top Volley Latina
9 Dimitrov, DobromirDobromir Dimitrov 7 July 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 335 cm (132 in) Bulgaria CVC Gabrovo
12 Yosifov, ViktorViktor Yosifov 16 October 1985 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in) Germany VfB Friedrichshafen
13 Salparov, TeodorTeodor Salparov 16 August 1982 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 305 cm (120 in) France ASUL Lyon Volley-Ball
14 Todorov, TeodorTeodor Todorov 1 September 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 365 cm (144 in) 345 cm (136 in) Russia Gazprom-Yugra Surgut
15 Aleksiev, TodorTodor Aleksiev (C) 21 April 1983 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in) Russia Gazprom-Yugra Surgut
17 Penchev, NikolayNikolay Penchev 22 May 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 341 cm (134 in) 335 cm (132 in) Poland Asseco Resovia
19 Sokolov, TsvetanTsvetan Sokolov 31 December 1989 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 370 cm (150 in) 350 cm (140 in) Turkey Halkbank Ankara
22 Seganov, GeorgiGeorgi Seganov 10 June 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 325 cm (128 in) Bulgaria VC CSKA Sofia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summer Olympic Games Official Report Volume 2, Page 655" (PDF). Summer Olympic Games Official Report. LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Summer Olympic Games Official Report, Page 562" (PDF). Summer Olympic Games Official Report. LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Team Roster – Bulgaria". poland2014.fivb.org. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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