Overview

Team profile

Bulgaria

Bulgaria competed in the first Olympic Games in Tokyo In 1964, where they finished fifth. They claimed the silver medal at the Moscow 1980 Games and came joint fifth again at Beijing 2008, before securing a fourth place finish at London 2012.
In their first World Championship appearance in 1949, Bulgaria won the bronze medal. This feat was repeated in 1952, before topping this achievement with a silver medal in 1970. They have won two more bronze medals in 1986 and 2006. In addition to this success, they have their sole bronze at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, as well as four bronze and one silver at the European Championship.
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 have since held four more times.
After dropping to World League Group 2 for the 2015 season, Bulgaria took advantage of the expansion of Group 1 to return to the top tier in 2016, finishing eleventh overall that year and ninth with a 4-5 record in 2017.

Coach

Plamen Konstantinov

Plamen Konstantinov

 Born in 1973, Plamen Konstantinov has been coaching the men's National Team of Bulgaria since 2014. Previously, he had a stint in Turkey and then several seasons at the helm of clubs in Russia - where he continues with Lokomotiv Novosibirsk during the club season. As a player he excelled in the outside hitter position with numerous clubs in Greece, before moving on to play in France, Italy, Poland and Russia. Playing for the National Team of Bulgaria, he was a two-time Olympian in Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008. He also won bronze medals at the 2006 FIVB World Championships and 2007 FIVB World Cup; both of which were in Japan.

Staff

  • Team Manager Stefan Cholakov
  • Assistant coach Daniel Peev
  • Second Assistant Coach Petar Shopov
  • Doctor Dinko Zahariev
  • Physiotherapist Hristo Todorov

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
France
15 12 3 7 3 2 1 0 2 35 38 16 2.375 1295 1140 1.135
2
Russia
15 11 4 9 2 0 1 1 2 34 36 14 2.571 1191 1096 1.086
3
USA
15 11 4 6 3 2 2 0 2 33 37 19 1.947 1294 1183 1.093
4
Serbia
15 11 4 3 4 4 0 0 4 29 33 24 1.375 1289 1255 1.027
5
Brazil
15 10 5 6 2 2 2 0 3 30 34 21 1.619 1280 1213 1.055
6
Poland
15 10 5 7 2 1 0 2 3 29 32 19 1.684 1221 1124 1.086
7
Canada
15 8 7 5 3 0 1 3 3 25 29 24 1.208 1219 1227 0.993
8
Italy
15 8 7 3 3 2 2 2 3 24 30 28 1.071 1315 1296 1.014
9
Germany
15 7 8 2 4 1 3 2 3 23 29 30 0.966 1299 1307 0.993
10
Iran
15 7 8 3 2 2 2 4 2 21 29 30 0.966 1355 1344 1.008
11
Bulgaria
15 6 9 2 1 3 2 4 3 17 26 34 0.764 1288 1351 0.953
12
Japan
15 6 9 0 2 4 1 3 5 15 23 37 0.621 1301 1374 0.946
13
Australia
15 5 10 1 3 1 1 4 5 15 21 35 0.600 1236 1340 0.922
14
Argentina
15 4 11 3 1 0 3 5 3 15 23 34 0.676 1270 1326 0.957
15
China
15 3 12 1 1 1 1 4 7 9 15 39 0.384 1173 1291 0.908
16
Korea
15 1 14 1 0 0 3 2 9 6 11 42 0.261 1108 1267 0.874

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