FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 BUL / Bulgaria - Team Composition

 
Team manager APOSTOLOV Hristo
Head coach NAYDENOV Nayden
Assistant coach PLACI Camilo
Doctor ZAHARIEV Dinko
Therapist / trainer VARBANOV Aleksandar
Journalist IOVKOV Sacho
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 F  Georgi Bratoev Bratoev G. 21.10.1987 203 96 340 325
  2   Hristo Tsvetanov Tsvetanov 29.03.1978 198 85 345 330
  3 Andrey Zhekov Zhekov 12.03.1980 190 82 340 326
  L 4   F  Vladislav Ivanov Ivanov 14.03.1987 188 80 320 310
  5 F  Svetoslav Gotsev Gotsev 31.08.1990 205 97 358 335
  6   Matey Kaziyski Kaziyski 23.09.1984 203 93 370 335
  7 Martin Bozhilov Bozhilov 11.04.1988 190 82 320 305
  8   Boyan Yordanov Yordanov 12.03.1983 197 86 358 335
  9 F  Dobromir Dimitrov Dimitrov 07.07.1991 196 81 342 322
  10   F  Valentin Bratoev Bratoev V. 21.10.1987 203 92 347 337
  C 11 F  Vladimir Nikolov Nikolov V. 03.10.1977 200 95 345 325
  12   F  Viktor Yosifov Yosifov 16.10.1985 204 100 350 340
  L 13 F  Teodor Salparov Salparov 16.08.1982 187 77 320 305
  14   F  Teodor Todorov Todorov 01.09.1989 208 94 365 345
  15 F  Todor Aleksiev Aleksiev 21.04.1983 204 105 355 340
  16   Kostadin Gadzhanov Gadzhanov 18.03.1986 208 97 360 345
  17 F  Nikolay Penchev Penchev N. 22.05.1992 197 87 341 335
  18   F  Nikolay Nikolov Nikolov N. 29.07.1986 206 97 350 332
  19 F  Tsvetan Sokolov Sokolov 31.12.1989 206 100 370 350
  20   Danail Milushev Milushev 03.02.1984 200 102 360 340
  21 F  Todor Skrimov Skrimov 09.01.1990 191 87 348 330
  22   Teodor Bogdanov Bogdanov 29.01.1986 207 90 360 340
  23 Borislav Georgiev Georgiev 12.05.1992 189 80 330 320
  24   Metodi Ananiev Ananiev 17.02.1986 203 100 363 345
  25 Simeon Aleksandrov Aleksandrov 18.02.1988 194 90 320 300
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F=Players selected for the Finals in Sofia, Bulgaria
 
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 and the team took silver in 1970, bronze in 1952, 1986 and 2006. In the European Championship, Bulgaria were second in 1951 and claimed bronze medals in 1955, 1981 and 1983. They took bronze again in the 2009 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 the 2011 edition they finished fifth and in the 2011 European Championship in sixth.

Among the star players in the team are Hristo Tsvetanov, Andrey Zhekov, Matey Kaziyki, 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

Nayden Naydenov was born on May 5, 1967 in Pazardzhik.

One of the most popular players for the Bulgarian national team, Naydenov participated at the Atlanta1996 Olympic Games before becoming captain between 1997 and 1999.

He begin his career as a coach in 2003, acting as an assistant to Lukoil Neftohimik before moving into the same role alongside Brunko Iliev with the men’s national team.  He added to his experience by helping Bulgaria’s junior men win bronze at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship in Iran in 2003.

In 2008 he was once again named assistant coach of the men’s team before stepping into the head coach role earlier this year.