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Student Stoychev meets master Alekno as Bulgaria travel to Russia

Vladimir Alekno wants the Russian team to be in control as they prepare to take on Bulgaria
Surgut, Russia, June 8, 2011 – Russia are all set to take on Bulgaria in their third home tie of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League this weekend as last year’s silver medallists look to maintain their winning start to the 22nd edition of the world’s premier annual men’s contest.

It will be a significant weekend for Bulgaria coach Radostin Stoychev who was only appointed coach in February. But this doesn’t mean he is unaware of his opponents. From 2005 to 2007 Stoychev was assistant coach at VC Dynamo Moscow to Vladimir Alekno, the current coach of Russia, giving this weekend an extra subplot. In 2007, Stoychev became coach of Italian club Trentino BetClic and later won three European titles and two FIVB Men’s Club World Championships.

Bulgaria have started the World League with only one loss against Germany and three wins over Japan and Germany. The side are currently second in Pool B but will be eager to grapple top spot of Russia, with the visitors only three points adrift.

Russia, who have four wins from as many matches and have only dropped one set, want to secure top spot in Pool B and Alekno has asked his team for stability alongside confident play.

“We are good at blocking, serving, but we need another weapon as well,” Alekno said.

“We need to work on our attack,” Stoychev said on Bulgaria’s chances. “We don’t want to be euphoric with the victory over Japan. The matches against Russia are going to be tough.”

Both matches will take place in Surgut this Friday and Saturday.


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