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Martin Stoev
 

 

 
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Despite his young years, 33-year-old Martin Stoev has plenty of Volleyball experience which he hopes to unleash on his new charges and the 2005 World League.

This year’s competition signals a new start for Bulgaria with Stoev replacing the impressive Brunko Garrilov who stepped in and replaced Milorad Kijac after two weeks of last year’s tournament and took Bulgaria to the final round. This signals exciting times for the world number 13.

Having first played Volleyball at the age of 13 Stoev went on to play more than 200 matches for the national team as a receiver and his accolades as a player are impressive, having been apart of the 1991 world champion Junior U21 team, while collecting the title as the tournament’s “best player”.

He has also been three-time champion of Bulgaria with Levski Siconco and Minior, Buhovo while having also claimed the domestic titles in Cyprus (where he also was named championship MVP playing for Anorthosis), Africa and Arabia (again receiving a nomination as MVP).

Having also won the Bulgarian national cup with Levski Siconco, the Cyprus cup and super-cup and two second places at the European Cup with the team of Orestiada from Greece, he will be hoping to transplant that success onto the court for Bulgaria.

Bulgarian fans and Volleyball fans around the world await with baited breath.