FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 BUL / Bulgaria

 
Team manager Stefan Cholakov
Coach Plamen Konstantinov
Assistant coach Alessandro Piroli
Doctor Dinko Zahariev
Physiotherapist Petar Atanasov
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Georgi Bratoev Bratoev G. 21.10.1987 203 98 340 325 Neftohimik
  2   Stanislav Petkov Petkov 31.12.1987 202 104 355 345 Tomis
  3 Andrey Zhekov Zhekov 12.03.1980 190 82 340 326 Tomis
  L 4   Martin Bozhilov Bozhilov 11.04.1988 190 82 320 305 Marek Union Ivkoni
  5 Svetoslav Gotsev Gotsev 31.08.1990 205 97 358 335 Tour Volley
  6   Danail Milushev Milushev 03.02.1984 200 102 360 340 Polisportiva Rinascita Lagoneg
  7 Miroslav Gradinarov Gradinarov 10.02.1985 203 92 350 330 Military Sports Association QA
  8   Todor Skrimov Skrimov 09.01.1990 191 87 348 330 NOVA
  9 Georgi Manchev Manchev 20.07.1990 198 88 345 335 Dobrudzha 07
  10   Valentin Bratoev Bratoev V. 21.10.1987 203 92 347 337 Neftohimik
  C 11 Vladimir Nikolov Nikolov V. 03.10.1977 200 95 345 325 ASU Lyon
  12   Viktor Yosifov Yosifov 16.10.1985 204 100 350 340 Piacenza
  L 13 Teodor Salparov Salparov 16.08.1982 187 77 320 305 Neftochimik
  14   Teodor Todorov Todorov 01.09.1989 208 108 365 345 Galatasaray
  15 Todor Aleksiev Aleksiev 21.04.1983 204 105 355 340 Personal Bolívar
  16   Vladislav Ivanov Ivanov 14.03.1987 188 80 320 310 Cannes Volley
  17 Nikolay Penchev Penchev N. 22.05.1992 197 87 341 335 SKRA Belhatov
  18   Nikolay Nikolov Nikolov N. 29.07.1986 206 97 350 332 Neftohimik
  19 Tsvetan Sokolov Sokolov 31.12.1989 206 100 370 350 Cucine Lube Civitanova
  20   Venelin Kadankov Kadankov 31.08.1987 200 100 335 315 Afyonkarahisar Genclik
  21 Krasimir Georgiev Georgiev 13.02.1995 205 95 346 333 Bunge Ravenna
  22   Georgi Seganov Seganov 10.06.1993 198 83 335 325 Sora
  23 Lubomir Agontsev Agontsev 26.07.1987 190 87 330 320 Montana Volley, Bulgaria
  24   Martin Paliyski Paliyski 02.10.1989 200 95 338 330 Pirin Razlog
  25 Borislav Apostolov Apostolov 07.12.1990 208 97 350 335 Marek Union Ivkoni
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

After finishing fourth in the 2013 World League, Bulgaria failed to progress beyond the Intercontinental Round last year after just one win from 12 matches condemned them to the bottom of Group 1 Pool B behind USA, Russia and Serbia. They followed that up with a joint-13th place finish at the World Championship where they qualified for the second round before taking just one set in their four matches.

Historically, Bulgaria have a strong track record and they have been regular participants in the World League since 1994, when they finished fourth. In 2011 they were fifth and they went one place better the next year. Bulgaria competed in the first Olympic tournament at Tokyo 1964, finishing fifth. They took the silver medal at Moscow 1980 and came joint-fifth again at Beijing 2008 and were fourth at London 2012. In their first appearance in the World Championship in 1949 they finished third. They took bronze again in 1952, 1986 and 2006 and silver in 1970. Their most recent participation in the World Cup was in 2007 when they came third. They took fourth at the 2013 European Championship in what was a solid season under coach Camillo Placi.
Coach profile

Plamen Konstantinov's appointment as coach of the Bulgaria team is his first foray into international coaching. He took over in July 2014, leading the team to an equal-13th place finish at that year's World Championships. Konstantinov played in the 1996 and 2008 Olympic Games with his native country and captained them to a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships. Before taking over Bulgaria's team, Konstantinov had been head coach of Ziraat Bankasi Ankara in Turkey and Gazprom-Yugra Surgut and Guberniya Nizhniy Novgorod in Russia. He led the latter to a silver medal at the 2014 CEV Volleyball Cup. He shares the nickname 'Gibbon' with his father, who also played for Bulgaria.