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