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Bulgaria look torwards new hope Stoychev

Bulgaria are confident of a victory over Germany in their first 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League Pool B match on Saturday
Varna, Bulgaria, May 27, 2011 - Bulgaria begin their 13th FIVB Volleyball World league on Saturday as they prepare to take on Germany with a new enthusiasm and energy.

The hosts feel they now have their best squad and are joined by new coach Radostin Stoychev. The coach of Italian club and FIVB Volleyball Club world champions Trentino answered Bulgaria's call after Silvano Prandi departed last year. And he has the potential of star players Matey Kaziyski (three-time Europe's Best Player), Vladimir Nikolov, Andrey Zhekov and more. No goals have been made yet but Bulgaria is hungry for international success.

"We have no obligation on realisation of any targets in the League from the Federation, but we have ambitions," Stoychev said. "Unfortunately, we will have to get in shape step by step, because we did not have enough time to prepare."

Germany has had a torrid time in the lead-up to this year's tournament, suffering an injury plague which has claimed captain Bjorn Andrae as well as Georg Grozer and Lukas Bauer.

"They had more time to prepare and that is an advantage too," Stoychev noted. "We need to focus on our play and if we increase our side-out efficiency we may just be smooth enough to beat everybody."

"It is important for us to start at our best no matter we are still not prepared," captain Kaziyski added.

Meanwhile, German coach Rul Lozano is satisfied with the conditions in Varna and has some ambitions of his own.

"We are here to play our best," he said. "We know that Bulgaria is a better known team and have strong support here at home, but we will try to be competetive enough."

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