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TEAM COMPOSITION


 BUL / Bulgaria

 
Team manager Vladimir Nikolov
Coach Nayden Naydenov
Assistant coach Dario Simoni
Doctor Dinko Zahariev
Physiotherapist Georgi Bivolarski
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Georgi Bratoev Bratoev G. 21.10.1987 203 96 340 325 Lokomotiv Kharkiv
  2   Ventsislav Trifonov Trifonov 19.01.1992 205 91 345 322 Marek Union Ivkoni
  3 Zlatan Yordanov Yordanov 02.03.1991 200 94 350 325 St. Nazaire
  L 4   Martin Bozhilov Bozhilov 11.04.1988 190 82 320 305 Marek Union Ivkoni
  5 Ivan Latunov Latunov 29.06.1990 201 90 340 330 Levski Ball
  6   Danail Milushev Milushev 03.02.1984 200 102 360 340 Toulouse O.A.C.
  7 Branimir Grozdanov Grozdanov 21.05.1994 198 88 338 327 VC CSKA
  8   Todor Skrimov Skrimov 09.01.1990 191 87 348 330 Andreoli Latina
  9 Dobromir Dimitrov Dimitrov 07.07.1991 198 84 345 335 CVC Gabrovo
  10   Valentin Bratoev Bratoev V. 21.10.1987 203 92 347 337 VC Friedrichshafen
  11 Georgi Seganov Seganov 10.06.1993 198 83 335 325 VC CSKA
  12   Viktor Yosifov Yosifov 16.10.1985 204 100 350 340 VC Friedrichshafen
  13 Teodor Salparov Salparov 16.08.1982 187 77 320 305 ASUL Lyon
  14   Ventsislav Ragin Ragin 08.04.1992 201 86 350 332 VC Montana
  15 Todor Aleksiev Aleksiev 21.04.1983 204 105 355 340 Gazprom - Ugra Surgut
  16   Simeon Aleksandrov Aleksandrov 18.02.1988 194 90 320 300 Levski Ball
  17 Nikolay Penchev Penchev N. 22.05.1992 197 87 341 335 Asseco Resovia
  18   Nikolay Nikolov Nikolov N. 29.07.1986 206 97 350 332 Matin Varna
  C 19 Tsvetan Sokolov Sokolov 31.12.1989 206 100 370 350 Trentino Volley
  20   Venelin Kadankov Kadankov 31.08.1987 205 90 335 315 Marek Union Ivkoni
  21 Krasimir Georgiev Georgiev 13.02.1995 203 83 346 333 VC CSKA
  22   Chono Penchev C.Penchev 11.12.1994 197 78 318 307 Pirin
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Bulgaria, though drawn into a hugely competitive Pool B alongside Russia, United States and Serbia, will head into the World League buoyed by their showing in last year’s competition, where they finished fourth. They ended in the same position at the European Championship in what was a solid season under coach Camillo Placi, who became renowned for his work in Italy, and who now is in his sixth year at the helm.

Historically, Bulgaria have a strong track record and they have been regular participants in the World League since 1994. In the 2011 edition they finished fifth and went one place better the next year with some impressive displays in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. They also came fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They have also enjoyed success at international level for some 50 years. Bulgaria competed in the first Olympic tournament at the Tokyo 1964 Games, finishing fifth. They took the silver medal at Moscow 1980 and came fifth again at Beijing 2008. In their first appearance in the World Championship in 1949 they finished third. They took silver in 1970 and bronze in 1952, 1986 and 2006. Their most recent participation in the World Cup was in 2007 when they came third.
Coach profile

Camillo Placi has gathered vast experience and no little success with the Bulgarian national team. He was an assistant coach for five years, during which Bulgaria claimed the bronze medal at the 2009 European Championship. Appointed head coach in 2012, he guided the squad to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 European Championship and emulated that performance in the World League the same year. Placi also served as an assistant coach with the Russia men’s team, helping them take bronze medals in 2008 in both the World League and Beijing Olympic Games. Before that he coached teams in his native Italy, winning the Italian Cup in 2006 as an assistant coach of Bre Banca Cueno Lannutti.