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.