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Tsvetan Sokolov dreams of becoming Bulgaria's champion with Marek one day

Sokolov kept his fingers crossed for his native club to win its third consecutive title in Bulgaria

Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, April 18, 2014 - Bulgarian star Tsvetan Sokolov expressed his dream one day to return to Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa and win Bulgaria’s national title with the club that discovered him for big volleyball.  The opposite of the Bulgarian national team, who is preparing for next month's FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship with his Italian club Trentino, congratulated his former teammates for winning their third consecutive domestic title.

"I managed to watch the first final match only in parts, but did see the entire second match.  I was keeping my fingers crossed for the boys and I am happy that they managed to win.  They fully deserved the title.  Marek is the number 1 team in Bulgaria and left no doubts about it.  The club’s policy to rely on young players and to be patient with them is the way to go,” Sokolov commented.

Immediately after the awarding ceremony was finished, Tsetso personally called head coach Nayden Naydenov to congratulate him and the boys for the gold.

“I am sure that everybody in Dupnutsa is proud of the players and there is a good reason for that.  All season without a loss and not even a single lost set in away matches is a unique achievement,” the Trentino star continued.

He is now looking forward to playing along with some of Marek’s players in the Bulgarian national team and is also wishing to face some of them as opponents on the volleyball court in the next club season.

“I never became champion with my native club, but one day I will return with the Marek jersey and lift the champions’ cup.  This is a must!” concluded Sokolov.

For Trentino, the domestic season in Italy is finished, but Tsvetan Sokolov and his teammates are getting ready for the upcoming FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship to be held in Belo Horizonte (BRA) from May 5 through 10.  After that, Sokolov will join the Bulgarian national team training for the FIVB Volleyball World League.

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