FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 BUL / Bulgaria

 
Team manager HALATCHEV Borislav
Coach ABBONDANZA Marcello
Assistant coach TONEV Dimo
2nd assistant coach
Doctor CASTIGLIONI Renzo
Physiotherapist KARADZHOV Petar
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Diana Nenova Nenova 16.04.1985 178 70 294 298 CSKA
  2   Desislava Nikolova Desi 21.12.1991 184 70 290 285
  3 Kremena Kamenova Kamenova 21.05.1988 185 64 304 299 Levski Sicopnco
  4   Lora Kitipova Kitipova 19.05.1991 184 66 290 283 CSKA Sofia
  5 Dobriana Rabadzhieva Rabadzhieva 14.06.1991 194 72 305 285 Rabita BAKU (AZE)
  6   Tsvetelina Zarkova Zarkova 18.12.1986 187 69 298 289 Rote Raben Vilsbiburg
  7 Gabriela Koeva Koeva 25.07.1989 187 72 295 290 VBC Volero Zurich
  8   Simona Dimitrova Dimitrova 17.07.1994 185 82 290 280 CSKA
  9 Petya Barakova Barakova 18.06.1994 180 76 283 271 Levski Volley
  10   Gergana Dimitrova Dimitrova 28.02.1996 183 71 305 288 CSKA
  11 Hristina Ruseva Ruseva 01.10.1991 190 77 305 290 CSKA
  12   Mariya Karakasheva Karakasheva 27.10.1988 182 68 295 290 CSKA
  L 13 Mariya Filipova Filipova M. 10.09.1982 178 68 295 275 Metal Galati
  14   Slavina Koleva Koleva 22.11.1986 184 57 302 297
  15 Silvana Chausheva Chausheva 19.05.1995 188 75 305 290 Maritsa Plovdiv
  16   Elitsa Vasileva Vasileva 13.05.1990 190 73 302 290 Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo
  C 17 Strashimira Filipova Filipova S. 18.08.1985 195 78 307 300 RC Cannes Volleyball Club
  18   Emiliya Nikolova Nikolova 26.12.1991 185 59 302 287
  19 Mira Todorova Todorova 12.04.1994 187 70 312 300 Volero Zürich
  L 20   Zhana Todorova Todorova 06.01.1997 170 56 271 255 Maritsa Plovdiv
 C = Captain   L = Libero
 
Team profile

Making their first ever appearance in the World Grand Prix ranked 43rd 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 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.

 
Coach profile

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 semi-final and championship. 

As coach of MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese he twice won the national cup of Italy (2010, 2011).  As coach of Rabita Baku he won a silver medal at the 2012 FIVB Club World Championship and the national title of Azerbaijan in 2013.  He has coached the Bulgarian national team since 2011.