|In 2007, it will be 86 years since volleyball came to Bulgaria. It all began in 1922. For a short time volleyball reached a big popularity and became one of most practiced sport in Bulgaria. In 1942 was organized the first National Volleyball Championship. We have more 111 registered volleyball clubs and over 5500 volleyball players from all age groups.
The Bulgarian Senior Men’s national team has been participating successfully in World and European Championships, Olympic Games and international tournaments for almost for 50 years. The Bulgarian national team finished third for its first participation in the World Championship in Prague (1949). The team also won the bronze in Moscow (1952) at the World Championships and in Paris (1986). At the World Championships in Sofia (1970) the team finished at the second place and at the World Championships in Japan, Tokyo (2006) – 3rd place.
At the European Championships, the Bulgarian team finished nine times among the first six teams and four times among the medallists: 1951 - in Paris (second place) and bronze medals: in 1955 (Bucharest), in 1981 - (Varna) and in 1983 (Berlin).
In 1957 in National Stadium "Vassil Levski" (in Sofia) was provided a demonstrative tournament after which volleyball became an official member of the Olympic family. The Bulgarian volleyball players were participants in the first Olympic tournament in Tokyo (1964), where they finished at 5th place, in Mexico (1968) - 6th place, in Munich (1972) - 4th place, in Moscow (1980) - 2nd place, in Seoul (1988) - 6th place and in Atlanta (1996) - 7th place.
In some demonstrative "Matches of the World volleyball Stars" were included Bulgarian volleyball players such as: P. Petkov, B. Kiosev, L. Ganev, D. Tonev.
In 1994 the Bulgarian national team was included for the first time in the World League and finished at the 4th place.
At this moment there are some very good volleyball players in the Bulgarian national team such as: Plamen Konstantinov, Evgeni Ivanov i Hristo Tsvetanov and young good players as: Matey Kaziyski, Danail Milushev, Andrey Zhekov, Boyan Yordanov etc.
Best Ranking of Bulgarian Senior Men’s National team:
Munich’72 – 4th place
Moscow’80 – 2nd place
Atlanta’92 – 6th place
Prague’49 – 3rd place
Moscow’52 – 3rd place
Moscow’62 – 4th place
Sofia’70 – 2nd place
Paris’86 – 3rd place
Tokyo’06 – 3rd place
Rome’48 – 4th place
Paris’51 – 2nd place
Bucarest’55 – 3rd place
Prague’58 – 4th place
Bucarest’63 – 4th place
Varna’81 – 3rd place
Berlin’83 – 3rd place
Athens’95 – 4th place
Martin Stoyanov Stoev was born on 03.10.1971 in Sofia (BUL)
He played volleyball from 1984 until 2005. Enrolled in the National team from 1991 to 1999, he played over 200 matches with the Bulgarian team and was 3 times National champion of Bulgaria (twice with the team of Levski Siconco, 1 – Minior Buhovo).
Won the World Junior Championship in 1981 in Cairo, where he was nominated as MVP of the competition.
Since 2005 he is the Head coach of the Bulgarian Senior Men’s National team.
- 2005 – the team qualifies to the World Championship and finishes 5th at the World League
- 2006 – the team qualifies to the European Championship, finishes 4th at the World League and 3rd at the World Championships in Japan