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FIVB 2010 Men's Volleyball World Championship
25 September - 10 October 2010
 

 
 BUL / Bulgaria - Team Composition

 
Team manager Guentchev Eugeni
Head coach Prandi Silvano
Assistant coach Placi Camillo
Doctor Zahariev Dinko
Therapist / trainer Atanasov Petar
Journalist Iovkov Sasho
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  2 Hristo Tsvetanov Tsvetanov 29/03/1978 198 85 345 330 ASUL Lyon
  3   Andrey Zhekov Zhekov 12/03/1980 190 82 340 326 Copra Piacenza
  L 4 Vladislav Ivanov Ivanov 14/03/1987 188 80 320 310 Club Volley Muncipal Tomis Con
  5   Svetoslav Gotsev Gotsev 31/08/1990 205 97 358 335 Verona
  6 Matey Kaziyski Kaziyski 23/09/1984 203 93 370 335 Al-Rayyan Sports Club
  10   Valentin Bratoev Bratoev V. 21/10/1987 203 92 347 337 VC Friedrichshafen
  C 11 Vladimir Nikolov Nikolov V. 3/10/1977 200 95 345 325 Copra Piacenza
  12   Viktor Yosifov Yosifov 16/10/1985 204 100 350 340 VC Friedrichshafen
  L 13 Teodor Salparov Salparov 16/08/1982 187 77 320 305 ASUL Lyon
  15   Todor Aleksiev Aleksiev 21/04/1983 204 105 355 340 Gazprom - Ugra Surgut
  17 Nikolay Penchev Penchev N. 22/05/1992 197 87 341 335 Asseco Resovia
  18   Nikolay Nikolov Nikolov N. 29/07/1986 206 97 350 332 Matin Varna
  19 Tsvetan Sokolov Sokolov 31/12/1989 206 100 370 350 Trentino Volley
  20   Konstantin Mitev Mitev 27/10/1984 196 84 350 325 Pirin
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

2010 marks the 89th year since Volleyball first arrived in Bulgaria. It all began in 1922 when, for a short time, Volleyball was hugely popular and became one of most practiced sports in the country.

Bulgaria now has more than 120 registered Volleyball clubs and over 5,500 Volleyball players from all age groups.

The Bulgarian Men's team has been participating successfully in World and European Championships, Olympic Games and other international tournaments for almost 50 years.

In their first appearance in the FIVB World Championship in Prague in 1949 the side claimed third. The team also won the bronze medal at the World Championship in Moscow in 1952 and in Paris in 1986. They then claimed silver in Sofia in 1970, and then bronze in the tournament in Japan in 2006.

In the European Championship, Bulgaria landed second place in 1951 and claimed bronze medals in 1955, 1981, and 1983. In the last European Championship in Izmir 2009 the Bulgarian team won Bronze.

The Bulgarian Volleyball players played in the first Olympic tournament in Tokyo in 1964, finishing fifth, in Mexico 1968, finishing sixth, Munich 1972, finishing fourth, Moscow 1980, winning silver, Seoul 1988, finishing sixth, Atlanta 1996, finishing seventh, and Beijing 2008 finishing fifth.

Meanwhile, in the most recent FIVB World Cup in 2007, the Bulgarians finished in third place.

Bulgaria has been one of the most regular participants in the FIVB World League since 1994, when they finished in fourth place and in the most recent tournament in 2010 they finished seventh, narrowly missing out on a Final Round spot.

Coach profile

Silvano Prandi was appointed coach of Bulgaria in October 2008 and immediately had success with bronze at the 2009 European Championship and qualification for the 2010 Men’s World Championship.

His distinguished coaching career includes stints at top Italian clubs Trentino and Bre Banca Lannutti where we won four national titles, one Champions League title, five CEV Cups and four national cups. He was also named Lega Italiana Coach of the Year four times.

Prandi coached the Italian team for four seasons, winning bronze at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.



 
 

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