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Stoevs head rival Romanian clubs

Martin Stoev will get a chance to measure up to his father professionally as coach

Zalau, Romania, August 1, 2014 – ACS Volei Municipal Zalau came short of winning Romania’s men’s domestic title and national cup last season losing both the championship series and the Cupa Romaniei semifinal to Tomis Constanta coached by Bulgarian Martin Stoev.

To make amends for the upcoming season, the club from Zalau found an interesting solution, hiring coach Stoyan Stoev - Martin Stoev’s father, and setting the stage for an exciting father and son clash in the race for trophies in the southern European country.

The 67-year-old Stoyan Stoev retired as a player and started his coaching career in Italy.  Later he returned to his native Bulgaria to lead Minyor Buhovo to a historic national title.  He won the Bulgarian championship twice as coach of CSKA Sofia and earned domestic honours in several other countries, including Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon and Iran. Stoev also coached the Bulgarian men’s national team in 1992 and 1993. Sixteen years later, his son Martin coached the Lions to win bronze medals in the FIVB World Championship and in the following year to another bronze in the FIVB World Cup.

Martin Stoev has also coached club teams of Levski Siconco Sofia, Halkbank Ankara and Tomis Constanta, having won the domestic titles and the national cups of Bulgaria and Romania.

“I think Stoyan Stoev is the best choice among the options we had available,” said Doru Tarle, Executive Director of ACS Volei Municipal. “He is a very experienced coach and I am sure he is the right man for the squad we have.”

Stoev senior and Stoev junior have achieved a lot together in a coach-player relationship, but this is the first time the two will be on opposite sides of the net as coaches.

The new season of the men’s national championship of Romania starts on October 11, but the first head-to-head father and son battle between Volei Municipal and Tomis is scheduled to take place in the sixth leg on November 15 in Zalau.

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