Overview

Team profile

Bulgaria

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

Plamen Konstantinov

Plamen Konstantinov

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.

Staff

  • Team Manager Stefan Cholakov
  • Assistant coach Alessandro Piroli
  • Second Assistant Coach Fabrizio Vitali
  • Doctor Dinko Zahariev
  • Physiotherapist Petar Atanasov

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Bulgaria
12 8 4 2 3 3 0 3 1 21 27 21 1.285 1067 1074 0.993
2
Argentina
12 7 5 3 2 2 2 1 2 21 26 21 1.238 1068 980 1.089
3
Canada
12 6 6 3 3 0 5 1 0 23 29 21 1.380 1097 1074 1.021
4
Cuba
12 3 9 0 1 2 0 4 5 7 13 32 0.406 944 1048 0.900

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