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World League 2009
20th Edition

 BUL / Bulgaria - Team Composition

Team manager GUENTCHEV Eugeni
Head coach PRANDI Silvano
Assistant coach PLACI Camillo
Doctor ZAHARIEV Dinko
Therapist / trainer MILANOV Simeon
Journalist IOVKOV Sasho
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Georgi Bratoev G. Bratoev 21/10/1987 203 98 340 325 Neftohimik
  2   Hristo Tsvetanov Tsvetanov 29/03/1978 198 85 345 330 ASUL Lyon
  3 Andrey Zhekov Zhekov 12/03/1980 190 82 340 326 Tomis
  L 4   Vladislav Ivanov V. Ivanov 14/03/1987 188 80 320 310 Levski Sofia
  5 Krasimir Gaydarski Gaydarski 23/02/1983 204 96 350 330 SCC Berlin
  6   Matey Kaziyski Kaziyski 23/09/1984 203 98 370 335 Al-Rayyan Sports Club
  7 Miroslav Gradinarov Gradinarov 10/02/1985 203 92 350 330 Military Sports Association QA
  8   Svetozar Ivanov Ivanov S. 28/10/1977 208 100 347 336 CSKA
  9 Metodi Ananiev Ananiev 17/02/1986 203 100 363 345 Levski Ball
  10   Danail Milushev Milushev 3/02/1984 200 102 360 340 Polisportiva Rinascita Lagoneg
  11 Vladimir Nikolov Nikolov V. 3/10/1977 200 95 345 325 ASU Lyon
  12   Teodor Bogdanov Bogdanov 29/01/1986 207 90 360 340 Levski Siconco
  L 13 Teodor Salparov Salparov 16/08/1982 187 77 320 305 Neftochimik
  14   Stoyko Nenchev Nenchev 25/11/1984 200 92 345 320 CSKA
  15 Todor Aleksiev Aleksiev 21/04/1983 204 105 355 340 Olympiacos Piraeus
  16   Martin Penev Penev 29/02/1984 194 95 338 315 Lokomotiv - Izumrud
  C 17 Plamen Konstantinov Konstantinov 14/06/1973 202 93 350 330 Iraklis THESSALONIKI
  18   Ivan Zarev Zarev 25/06/1986 199 87 341 328 CSKA
  19 Tsvetan Sokolov Sokolov 31/12/1989 206 110 365 350 Dinamo Moscow
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The year 2009 marks the 88th 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 Bulgaria.

The first national Volleyball championship was organized in 1942. Now, Bulgaria has more than 111 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 for 50 years.

Bulgaria finished third in their first appearance in the FIVB World Championship in Prague in 1949. The team also won the bronze medal in the World Championship in Moscow in 1952 and in Paris in 1986. They went one better in Sofia in 1970, claiming the silver medal, and they claimed another bronze medal in the tournament in Japan in 2006.

In the European Championship, Bulgaria landed second place in 1951 in Paris and claimed bronze medals in 1955 in Bucharest, 1981 in Varna, Bulgaria, and 1983 in Berlin.

The Bulgarian Volleyball players were participants in the first Olympic tournament in Tokyo in 1964, where they finished fifth, in Mexico 1968, when they claimed sixth, Munich 1972, taking fourth place, Moscow 1980, when they won the silver medal, Seoul 1988, finishing sixth, and Atlanta 1996, when they settled for seventh position.

Bulgaria's participation in the FIVB World League began in 1994, when they finished in fourth place. In 2008 they finished seventh.

Meanwhile, in the most recent FIVB World Cup in 2007, the Bulgarians finished in third place, qualifying them for the Beijing Olympics.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bulgaria finished fifth, solidifying their reputation as one of the strongest teams in the world. In the FIVB ranking, Bulgaria continues hold 4th place.

There are currently some excellent Volleyball players in the Bulgarian national team, with the ones to watch including Plamen Konstantinov and Hristo Tsvetanov, alongside good young players such as Matey Kaziyski, Danail Milushev, Andrey Zhekov and Boyan Yordanov. In the last edition of the Indesit European Champions League, Kaziyski and Konstantinov were chosen, respectively, as the most valuable player and the best receiver in the Final Four tournament.

Coach profile

Silvano Prandi was appointed coach of the Bulgarian National Team in October 2008.

His distinguished coaching career includes stints at many top Italian clubs, including Robe di Kappa Torino, Alpitour Cuneo, Lube Macerata, Itas Trento, and Bre Lannutti Cuneo.

Along the way, Prandi coached teams to four national titles in Italy, 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 National Team for four seasons, during which the team won bronze at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

He was born in November 1947.


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