Bulgaria men's national volleyball team

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Bulgaria
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Nickname(s) The Lions
Association Bulgarian Volleyball Federation
Confederation CEV
Head coach Plamen Konstantinov
FIVB ranking 7 (as of October 2015)
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Home
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Summer Olympics
Appearances 8 (First in 1964)
Best result 2nd Runners-Up (1980)
World Championship
Appearances 17 (First in 1949)
Best result 2nd Runners-Up (1970)
FIVB World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1965)
Best result 3rd Third Place (2007)
European Championship
Appearances 27 (First in 1950)
Best result 2nd Runners-Up (1951)
www.volleyball.bg (Bulgarian) (English)
Bulgaria men's national volleyball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1980 Moscow Team
World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1970 Bulgaria
Bronze medal – third place 1949 Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal – third place 1952 Soviet Union
Bronze medal – third place 1986 France
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Japan
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Japan
European Championship
Silver medal – second place 1951 Paris
Bronze medal – third place 1955 Bucharest
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Varna
Bronze medal – third place 1983 East Berlin
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Turkey
European Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Baku Team
The Bulgaria National Team in 2014
Bulgaria Defeating Powerful Rivals Serbia in 2011
The Bulgaria National Team at the 2011 FIVB World League Against Japan.

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

Its achievements include silver medals (1970) and bronze medals (1949, 1952, 1986, 2006) from the World Championship. At the European Championships Bulgaria has one 2nd (1951) and four 3rd places (1955, 1981, 1983, 2009). Bulgaria has also won the silver medals at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. The team has one 3rd 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 winning the bronze medals at the 2006 World Championship, the 2007 World Cup and 2009 European Championship as well as getting the silver medals at the first European Games in 2015.

Competition Results[edit]

Balkan Championship[edit]

Year Rank
Bulgaria 1980 Champions

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Rank
West Germany 1972 4th
Soviet Union 1980 Runners-Up
United Kingdom 2012 4th

European Championships[edit]

Year Rank
Bulgaria 1950 4th
France 1951 Runners-Up
Romania 1955 Third Place
Czechoslovakia 1958 4th
Romania 1963 4th
Bulgaria 1981 Third Place
East Germany 1983 Third Place
Greece 1995 4th
Turkey 2009 Third Place
Denmark Poland 2013 4th
Bulgaria Italy 2015 4th

European Games[edit]

Year Rank
Azerbaijan 2015 Runners-Up

World Championship[edit]

Year Rank
Czechoslovakia 1949 Third Place
Soviet Union 1952 Third Place
Soviet Union 1962 4th
Bulgaria 1970 Runners-Up
France 1986 Third Place
Japan 2006 Third Place

World Cup[edit]

Year Rank
Germany 1969 4th
Japan 2007 Third Place

World League[edit]

Year Rank
Italy 1994 4th
Italy 2004 4th
Russia 2006 4th
Bulgaria 2012 4th
Argentina 2013 4th

Bulgaria in the World League[edit]

Bulgaria National Team at the 2006 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship in Japan.

Bulgaria first took part in the World League in 1994. In its debut season in the tournament, the team managed to go 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 tie or beat its first season performance – the team came 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 fifth 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 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 of reaching the semi finals 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 reached the semi finals once again.

Current Squad[edit]

The following is the Bulgarian roster in the 2015 Men's European Volleyball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Plamen Konstantinov

Number Name Date of Birth Height Weight Spike Block Club 2015
1 Bratoev, GeorgiGeorgi Bratoev 21 October 1987 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 318 cm (125 in) Italy Trentino Volley
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 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in) Italy Power Volley Milano
9 Dimitrov, DobromirDobromir Dimitrov 7 July 1991 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 342 cm (135 in) 322 cm (127 in) Italy Sir Safety Perugia
10 Uchikov, NikolayNikolay Uchikov 13 April 1986 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (240 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) Argentina UPCN Vóley Club
11 Nikolov, VladimirVladimir Nikolov Captain 3 October 1977 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 325 cm (128 in) France ASUL Lyon
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) Italy Top Volley Latina
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) Russia Zenit Kazan
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) Switzerland PV Lugano
15 Aleksiev, TodorTodor Aleksiev 21 April 1983 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in) Argentina UPCN Vóley Club
16 Ivanov, VladislavVladislav Ivanov 14 March 1987 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 305 cm (120 in) France ASUL Lyon
17 Penchev, NikolayNikolay Penchev 22 May 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 341 cm (134 in) 335 cm (132 in) Poland Asseco Resovia
18 Nikolov, NikolayNikolay Nikolov 29 July 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 344 cm (135 in) 330 cm (130 in) Iran Paykan Tehran
20 Lyubomir Agontsev 26 July 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 318 cm (125 in) Italy Top Volley Latin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Roster – Bulgaria". poland2014.fivb.org. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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