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.