BUL / Bulgaria - Team Composition

Team manager KONSTANTINOV Ivaylo
Head coach JELIAZKOV Nikolay
Assistant coach ARSOV Radoslav
Doctor KANELOV Ivan
Therapist / trainer MILANOV Simeon
Journalist SIMOV Tsenko
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Ventsislav Ragin Ragin 08.04.1992 201 86 350 332 VC Montana
  2   Plamen Dragiev Dragiev 02.09.1992 202 94 340 325 Victoria Volley
  4 Zlatan Yordanov Yordanov 02.03.1991 200 94 350 325 St. Nazaire
  5   Pavel Dushkov Dushkov 04.06.1992 203 74 340 320 VC Marek Union-Ivkoni
  C 6 Borislav Hristov Georgiev Georgiev 12.05.1992 193 81 329 308 Slavia
  7   Petar Karakashev Karakashev 11.02.1991 184 74 326 308 VC Pirin
  8 Dobromir Dimitrov Dimitrov 07.07.1991 198 84 345 335 Sir Safety Conad Perugia
  9   Nikolay Penchev Penchev 22.05.1992 196 82 340 327 Razlog
  10 Ilyan Bozhkov Bozhkov 15.02.1992 198 85 345 327 VC Pirin
  11   Ventsislav Trifonov Trifonov 19.01.1992 205 91 345 322 Marek Union Ivkoni
  12 Jani Jeliazkov Jeliazkov 15.09.1992 205 90 356 328 CMC Ravenna
  L 14   Anton Vasiliev Vasiliev 06.11.1991 186 74 308 290 VC CSKA
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The Bulgarian Junior Men’s National Team has significant successes in its history.

The side has participated in the World and European Championships multiple times with numerous podiums.

In 2010 the team won silver at the European Championship in Belarus.

The leaders of the team are Nikolay Penchev, who also plays for the senior team and setter and captain of the team Borislav Georgiev.
Coach profile

Nikolai Zhelyazkov began his volleyball career with CSKA Sofia before passing through Bologna (ITA) Olimpikus TeleSP (BRA), Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, Nickea and Orestiada (GRE).

He is a four-time champion and winner of the Greece Cup (three league titles and cups with Olympiakos, Panathinaikos and gold bowl of Nickea). In 1996 he was part of Bulgaria's Olympic team in Atlanta, finishing seventh. Zhelyazkov was elected best blocker for the tournament.

He then went on to help his side take fourth at the 1994 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships in Greece and then the same result at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup in 1995. He was coach of the Bulgarian men's national "B" team, executive director of the National Volleyball League, scout for "Olympiakos" and is now coach of Bulgaria's "Levski Volley.”

He was also the first European to play in Brazil after he signed a contract with Tele Olimpikus (Sao Paulo) in 1994.