Overview

Team profile

Bulgaria

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, before a fourth place at London 2012. In their first appearance in the World Championship in 1949 they won the bronze medal, a feat they repeated in 1952, before climbing to silver in 1970. They won two more bronze medals in 1986 and 2006. In addition, they have one bronze at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, as well as four bronze and a silver at the European Championships.
Historically, Bulgaria have a strong track record and they have been regular participants in the World League since 1994, when they finished fourth - a position they held four more times since.
Their 2018 record included an 11th place in the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League on a 6-9 record, followed by 11th place in the FIVB World Championship which they co-hosted together with Italy.

Coach

Prandi Silvano

Prandi Silvano

Silvano Prandi returned to the helm of Bulgaria's National Team late last year, replacing Plamen Konstantinov. It is the 72-year-old Italian's second stint with the Balkan side after the 2008-10 period, when he led the 'Lions' to a bronze medal at the 2009 European Championship. He has also coached the Italian men's National Team from 1982 to 1988, leading them to bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. Following a playing career at Cuneo and CUS Turin, Prandi has coached numerous teams in Italy and has been leading Chaumont Volley-Ball 52 in France's Ligue A since 2015. 

Staff

  • Team Manager Cholakov Stefan
  • Assistant coach Pezzoli Luigi
  • Doctor Zahariev Dinko
  • Physiotherapist Varbanov Aleksandar

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
Brazil
15 14 1 6 4 4 1 0 0 39 44 15 2.933 1408 1218 1.155
2
Iran
15 12 3 7 4 1 1 0 2 36 38 15 2.533 1276 1173 1.087
3
Russia
15 12 3 6 4 2 0 1 2 34 37 17 2.176 1284 1164 1.103
4
France
15 11 4 5 6 0 1 3 0 34 38 18 2.111 1341 1251 1.071
5
Poland
15 11 4 2 5 4 1 3 0 30 38 25 1.520 1465 1397 1.048
6
USA
15 9 6 3 6 0 1 3 2 28 32 24 1.333 1317 1258 1.046
7
Argentina
15 8 7 4 3 1 3 3 1 26 33 26 1.269 1363 1304 1.045
8
Italy
15 8 7 4 4 0 1 5 1 25 31 25 1.240 1316 1263 1.041
9
Canada
15 8 7 2 4 2 1 3 3 23 29 29 1.000 1313 1321 0.993
10
Japan
15 7 8 2 2 3 1 4 3 19 27 32 0.843 1318 1326 0.993
11
Serbia
15 6 9 1 1 4 3 4 2 17 28 36 0.777 1393 1417 0.983
12
Bulgaria
15 5 10 0 2 3 1 4 5 13 21 38 0.552 1268 1372 0.924
13
Australia
15 3 12 2 1 0 4 3 5 13 20 37 0.540 1217 1334 0.912
14
Germany
15 3 12 0 1 2 5 4 3 12 23 41 0.560 1349 1470 0.917
15
Portugal
15 2 13 1 1 0 1 4 8 7 12 40 0.300 1095 1268 0.863
16
China
15 1 14 1 0 0 1 4 9 4 9 42 0.214 1047 1234 0.848

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