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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Making their first ever appearance in the World Grand
Prix ranked 43
rd
in the world, Bulgaria come in to the
tournament having claimed the bronze medal in the
2013
European League splitting four matches with fellow
World Grand Prix side Turkey before losing to Germany in
the semifinals.
Led by the likes of Dobriana Rabadzhieva, Elitsa Vasileva
and captain Strashimira Filipova, who at 1.95m is the
tallest member in the squad, Bulgaria will be doing their
utmost to improve their international record at FIVB
level. They play their club volleyball in Azerbaijan, Italy
and France respectively and it is this sort of experience
Bulgaria will be dependent on to improve a record which
whilst impressive at European League level with two
silver medals in 2010 and 2012 (a result which saw them
qualify for the 2013 World Grand Prix), and three bronze
in 2009, 2011 and 2013 – has seen Bulgaria only beat
(
amongst 2013 World Grand Prix opponents) the Czech
Republic at FIVB level which was back in 2009 in the
2010
World Championships qualifiers.
Bulgaria is more synonymous with the World
Championships having made the last of their 10
appearances in 2002, finishing eighth and while the glory
days – in 1980 when Bulgaria won an Olympic bronze
medal preceded by a European Championship bronze and
followed by a European Championship gold – are well
COACH
Marcello Abbondanza was part of
the coaching staff of the national
team of Italy from 2000-2005,
which won the gold medal at the
2002
World Championship, two
silver medals at the European
Championships (2001, 2005)
and two silver medals at the World Grand Prix (2004,
2005).
In 2006 as coach of Scavolini Pesaro he won the
CEV Cup and reached the final four in the Coppa Italia
semifinal and championship. As coach of MC-Carnaghi
Villa Cortese he twice won the Italian Cup (2010, 2011).
As coach of Rabita Baku he won a silver medal at the
2012
FIVB Women’s Club World Championship and the
national title of Azerbaijan in 2013. He has coached the
Bulgarian national team since 2011.
BULGARIA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
43
First appearance at the World Grand Prix
Week 1
D
Week 2
G
Week 3
M
POOLS
behind them, with Italian coach Marcello Abbondanza in
charge since 2011 there is a new found optimism in a
country which was one of eight who participated in the
first ever FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship
in 1952.