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 160 (as of August 2016)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances 8 (First in 1964)
Best result Silver Runners-Up: (1980)
World Championship
Appearances 17 (First in 1949)
Best result Silver Runners-Up: (1970)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1965)
Best result Bronze Third Place: (2007)
European Championship
Appearances 27 (First in 1950)
Best result Silver Runners-Up: (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 Crushing Serbia in a Match of Rivals, Coming Off There Huge Victory Over Russia

The Bulgaria men's national volleyball team is the national volleyball team from Bulgaria, controlled by the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, which represents the country in international competitions and friendly matches.

History[edit]

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 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 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 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 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.

Competition Results[edit]

     Champions       Runners-Up       Semi-Finals       Other Top Results  

Balkan Championship[edit]

Year Rank
Bulgaria 1980 Champions Gold medal with cup.svg

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Rank
West Germany 1972 Fourth Place
Soviet Union 1980 Runners-Up Silver
United Kingdom 2012 Fourth Place

European Championships[edit]

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

European Games[edit]

Year Rank
Azerbaijan 2015 Runners-Up Silver

World Championship[edit]

Year Rank
Czechoslovakia 1949 Third Place Bronze
Soviet Union 1952 Third Place Bronze
Soviet Union 1962 Fourth Place
Bulgaria 1970 Runners-Up Silver
France 1986 Third Place Bronze
Japan 2006 Third Place Bronze

World Cup[edit]

Year Rank
Germany 1969 Fourth Place
Japan 2007 Third Place Bronze

World League[edit]

Year Rank
Italy 1994 Fourth Place
Italy 2004 Fourth Place
Russia 2006 Fourth Place
Bulgaria 2012 Fourth Place
Argentina 2013 Fourth Place

Team[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following is the Bulgarian roster in the 2017 World League.[1]

Head coach: Plamen Konstantinov

Number Name Date of Birth Height Weight Spike Block Club 2017
1 Trifon Lapkov 1 February 1996 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 310 cm (120 in) Bulgaria Montana Volley
2 Ananiev, MetodiMetodi Ananiev 17 February 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 363 cm (143 in) 345 cm (136 in) Bulgaria Levski Volley
3 Manchev, GeorgiGeorgi Manchev 20 July 1990 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 335 cm (132 in) Bulgaria Dobrudja
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) Bulgaria Dobrudja
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 Lyubomir Agontsev 26 July 1987 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 320 cm (130 in) Bulgaria Montana Volley
10 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
11 Grozdanov, BranimirBranimir Grozdanov 21 May 1994 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 338 cm (133 in) 327 cm (129 in) Italy Porto Ravenna Volley
12 Yosifov, ViktorViktor Yosifov Captain 16 October 1985 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in) Italy Volley Piacenza
13 Petar Karakashev 11 February 1991 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 74 kg (163 lb) 326 cm (128 in) 308 cm (121 in) Bulgaria Pirin Razlog
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
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 PGE Skra Bełchatów
19 Sokolov, TsvetanTsvetan Sokolov 31 December 1989 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 362 cm (143 in) 330 cm (130 in) Italy Lube Banca Macerata
20 Aleks Grozdanov 28 March 1998 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 334 cm (131 in) Bulgaria Dobrudja

Head coaches[edit]

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

Kit providers[edit]

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

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit Provider Period
Bulgaria Tomy Sport 1940–2002
Japan Asics 2002–

Sponsorship[edit]

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Efbet other sponsors: Corporate Commercial Bank, Vitosha Park Hotel, Honda and Asics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Roster - Bulgaria". FIVB World League 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 

External links[edit]