FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Bulgaria has participated regularly in the FIVB World
League since 1994. In the 2011 edition they finished
fifth and moved up to fourth place in 2012, after
playing some impressive volleyball at the 2012 FIVB
World League Final Round in Sofia. They matched that
finish at the London Olympics.
The Bulgarian men’s team has enjoyed success in the
World and European Championships, Olympic Games
and other international tournaments for almost 50
years. Bulgaria played in the first Olympic tournament
in Tokyo in 1964, finishing fifth, and won silver in
Moscow in 1980. They were fifth in Beijing in 2008.
In their first appearance in the FIVBWorld Championship
in 1949 the side finished third.
They took silver in 1970 and bronze in 1952, 1986 and
In the European Championship, Bulgaria were
second in 1951 and claimed bronze medals in 1955,
and 1983. They took bronze again in the 2009
European Championship in Izmir in 2009. Their most
recent participation in the FIVB World Cup was in 2007
when they placed third.
Camillo Placi, coach of the
Bulgarian men’s national team,
was born on November 11, 1956.
He is well known in the volleyball
world for his success coaching
clubs in Italy. Over the last five years, he has been
assistant coach of the Bulgarian men’s national team,
which has strengthened his profile on the world stage
and achieved some significant results, both in Europe
and prestigious international competitions such as the
World League and the Olympic Games.