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World League 2011
22nd Edition

 
 BUL / Bulgaria - Team Composition

 
Team manager SABCHEV Georgi
Head coach STOYTCHEV Radostin
Assistant coach PLACI Camillo
Doctor ZAHARIEV Dinko
Therapist / trainer VARBANOV Aleksandar
Journalist IOVKOV Sacho
 
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 F  Georgi Bratoev Bratoev G. 21/10/1987 203 96 340 325 Lokomotiv Kharkiv
  2   F  Hristo Tsvetanov Tsvetanov 29/03/1978 198 85 345 330 ASUL Lyon
  3 F  Andrey Zhekov Zhekov 12/03/1980 190 82 340 326 Copra Piacenza
  L 4   F  Vladislav Ivanov Ivanov 14/03/1987 188 80 320 310 Club Volley Muncipal Tomis Con
  5 F  Svetoslav Gotsev Gotsev 31/08/1990 205 97 358 335 Verona
  6   F  Matey Kaziyski Kaziyski 23/09/1984 203 93 370 335 Al-Rayyan Sports Club
  7 Konstantin Mitev Mitev 27/10/1984 196 84 350 325 Pirin
  8   Boyan Yordanov Yordanov 12/03/1983 197 86 358 335 Pallavolo Genova
  9 F  Metodi Ananiev Ananiev 17/02/1986 203 100 363 345 Indykpol AZS UWM
  10   Valentin Bratoev Bratoev V. 21/10/1987 203 92 347 337 VC Friedrichshafen
  C 11 F  Vladimir Nikolov Nikolov V. 3/10/1977 200 95 345 325 Copra Piacenza
  12   F  Viktor Yosifov Yosifov 16/10/1985 204 100 350 340 VC Friedrichshafen
  13 F  Martin Bozhilov Bozhilov 11/04/1988 190 82 320 305 Marek Union Ivkoni
  14   F  Teodor Todorov Todorov 1/09/1989 208 94 365 345 Gazprom - Ugra Surgut
  15 F  Todor Aleksiev Aleksiev 21/04/1983 204 105 355 340 Gazprom - Ugra Surgut
  16   Kostadin Gadzhanov Gadzhanov 18/03/1986 208 97 360 345 Pirin Balkanstroy
  17 F  Nikolay Penchev Penchev N. 22/05/1992 197 87 341 335 Asseco Resovia
  18   Miroslav Gradinarov Gradinarov 10/02/1985 203 91 350 330 FC Tokio
  19 F  Tsvetan Sokolov Sokolov 31/12/1989 206 100 370 350 Trentino Volley
  20   Danail Milushev Milushev 3/02/1984 200 102 360 340 Toulouse O.A.C.
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F Players selected for the final round in Poland
 
Team profile

Bulgaria has more than 120 registered volleyball clubs and over 5,500 players. The Bulgarian men's team has enjoyed success in World and European Championships, Olympic Games and other international tournaments for almost 50 years. In their first appearance in the World Championship in 1949 the side finished third. The team took silver in 1970, bronze in 1952, 1986 and 2006, and were seventh in Italy last year. In the European Championship, Bulgaria were second in 1951 and claimed bronze medals in 1955, 1981 and 1983. They took bronze again in the last European Championship in Izmir in 2009. Bulgaria played in the first Olympic tournament in Tokyo in 1964 (finishing fifth) and won the silver in Moscow in 1980. They were fifth in Beijing in 2008. In the most recent World Cup in 2007, they came in third. Bulgaria has been a regular participant in the World League since 1994. In 2010, they finished seventh, narrowly missing out on a Final Round spot. Among the star players on the team are Hristo Tsvetanov, Andrey Zhekov, Matey Kaziyski, Vladimir Nikolov and 2009 European Championship Best Blocker Viktor Yosifov. Kaziyski was named MVP in the 2009 Club World Championships and 2009 European Champions League, and was Best Spiker in the 2011 Indesit European Champions League.


Coach profile

Radostin Stoychev was appointed coach of the Bulgarian national team in February 2011. Stoychev's coaching career began at Slavia Sofia, who won the Bulgarian Cup in 2003. From 2005 to 2007, Stoychev was assistant coach at VC Dynamo Moscow. His team won the national championship in 2006 and the national cup in 2007. In 2007, Stoychev became head coach of Trentino BetClic, and the team won the Italian Championship in his debut season. The following season – Trentino’s first in the CEV Champions League – Stoychev led the club to Europe’s biggest club prize. Under Stoychev, Trentino have won three European titles and two Club World Championships.


 

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