FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 BUL / Bulgaria

 
Team manager POMAKOV Valentin
Coach KUZYUTKIN Vladimir
Assistant coach SHOPOV Petar
Doctor
Physiotherapist BIVOLARSKI Georgi
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Diana Nenova Nenova 16.04.1985 178 70 294 298 VC Dinamo Romprest
  2   Desislava Nikolova Nikolova D. 21.12.1991 184 70 290 285 VC Halkbank
  3 Silvana Chausheva Chausheva 19.05.1995 188 75 305 290 VC Maritza
  4   Lora Kitipova Kitipova 19.05.1991 184 66 290 283 VC Baki
  5 Dobriana Rabadzhieva Rabadzhieva 14.06.1991 194 72 305 285 VC Volero
  6   Tsvetelina Zarkova Zarkova 18.12.1986 187 69 298 289 VC Dinamo Romprest
  7 Tsvetelina Nikolova Nikolova Ts. 23.09.1990 178 62 290 285 VC Vandoeuvre
  8   Eva Yaneva Yaneva 31.07.1985 186 75 298 290 RC Cannes Volleyball Club
  9 Petya Barakova Barakova 18.06.1994 180 76 283 271 VC Levski
  10   Kremena Kamenova Kamenova 21.05.1988 185 64 304 299 VC Dorozhnik
  11 Hristina Ruseva Ruseva 01.10.1991 190 77 305 290 L J Volley
  12   Viktoriya Grigorova Grigorova 25.07.1990 189 68 296 290 VC Salihli BLD.
  L 13 Ivelina Monova Monova 17.01.1986 173 58 285 280 VC Maritza
  14   Slavina Koleva Koleva 22.11.1986 184 57 302 297 VC Karsiyaka
  15 Nasya Dimitrova Dimitrova 06.11.1992 190 70 305 290 VC Levski
  16   Elitsa Vasileva Vasileva 13.05.1990 190 73 302 290 VC VakifBank
  C 17 Strashimira Filipova Filipova 18.08.1985 195 78 307 300 VC Fakel
  18   Emiliya Nikolova Nikolova E. 26.12.1991 185 59 302 287 VC Imoco Volley
  19 Gabriela Tsvetanova Tsvetanova 11.04.1991 185 72 295 290 CSU Targu Mures
  20   Gergana Petrova Petrova 01.03.1990 183 65 290 285 VC Levski
  21 Mira Todorova Todorova 12.04.1994 187 70 312 300 VC Volero
  22   Milena Dimova Dimova 07.05.1994 189 61 306 295 VC Maritza
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Last year was the second good one in succession for the Bulgaria team. They claimed the bronze medal in the European League and finished ninth in their debut appearance at the World Grand Prix. 

They will attempt to continue their encouraging recent progress when they line up in the latter tournament this year under the guidance of new coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin, who led Russia’s women to gold at the 2010 World Championship and silver at the 2009 World Grand Prix. He can count on veterans Elitsa Vasileva and Strashimira Filipova to be leaders in his improving side.

The Bulgarians’ greatest successes came more than three decades ago when they took the bronze medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games and gold at the 1981 European Championship. Last year’s European league medal was preceded by the silver they took in the competition in 2012, when they lost out to Czech Republic at the last hurdle after beating Serbia in the semifinals.

Coach profile

Vladimir Kuzyutkin was appointed Bulgaria coach in February, replacing Marcello Abbondanza who led the team to ninth place in their debut World Grand Prix campaign last year. Kuzyutkin’s last job was at the helm of the Russian national side, whom he steered to the gold medal at the 2010 World Championship. The season before that his charges took silver at the World Grand Prix. 

Earlier in his distinguished career, he mentored women’s side Eczacibasi in Turkey where he won four national championships and was voted the country’s coach of the year twice. He also had spells coaching women’s club teams Dinamo Moscow and Omichka, and men’s side Belogorie in his native Russia.