Overview

Team profile

Bulgaria

 

Bulgaria are making their Volleyball Nations League
debut this year, after topping the inaugural Volleyball Challenger Cup in 2019.
The Balkan side is replacing Argentina who were relegated from the VNL last
year.


The Balkan team made their FIVB World Championship
debut in the inaugural edition of 1952, finishing fourth (amongst eight
participants), which remains their best placing to date. In their 12th
appearance in the competition last year, Bulgaria ranked 12th at the World
Championship.


Bulgaria's biggest success on the world stage was at
the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, when they won the bronze medal after beating
Hungary 3-2 in the third-place playoff. A year later, Bulgaria claimed gold at
the 1981 European Championship as hosts of the event, when they topped the
round-robin competition with a critical 3-0 win over the Soviet Union in the
deciding match. As well as this success, Bulgaria also have two European
Championship bronze medals, from 1979 and 2001.


Bulgaria first joined the FIVB World Grand Prix in
2013, finishing ninth in their debut season which remains their best ranking in
the competition.


 

Coach

Ivan Petkov

Ivan Petkov

Ivan Petkov took charge of Bulgaria's Women's National Team last year, making his international breakthrough as assistant coach of the successful Bulgarian squad, which made the Final Four of the 2009 FIVB Women's Junior Volleyball World Championship in Mexico. In 2015, the former player of Lokomotiv Plovdiv head coached the young 'Lionesses' to eighth place at the FIVB U20 World Championship in Puerto Rico. At a club level, Petkov has been head coach of the women's team of Maritza Plovdiv since 2004, gradually bringing the side to the most successful period in their history and making Maritza an absolute dominant force on the domestic scene. Since taking over the Women's National Team, the 42-year-old has led the side to gold medal in the 2018 Golden European League and first place in the 2018 FIVB Challenger Cup in Lima, which eraned Bulgaria a spot in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Staff

  • Team Manager Lyubomir Gerasimov
  • Assistant coach Lazarov Lazar
  • Doctor Kasabov Georgi
  • Physiotherapist Nikolay Kasabov

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
China
15 12 3 10 1 1 0 1 2 35 37 12 3.083 1153 973 1.184
2
USA
15 12 3 6 4 2 1 1 1 35 39 17 2.294 1283 1137 1.128
3
Brazil
15 11 4 8 2 1 3 1 0 35 40 16 2.500 1318 1150 1.146
4
Italy
15 11 4 4 5 2 3 0 1 34 39 21 1.857 1375 1233 1.115
5
Turkey
15 11 4 7 2 2 1 1 2 32 36 18 2.000 1259 1109 1.135
6
Poland
15 9 6 1 5 3 2 2 2 26 33 29 1.137 1360 1354 1.004
7
Belgium
15 8 7 3 2 3 1 2 4 22 28 29 0.965 1208 1260 0.958
8
Dominican Republic
15 8 7 0 4 4 1 5 1 21 31 33 0.939 1422 1437 0.989
9
Japan
15 7 8 4 3 0 1 4 3 22 27 27 1.000 1225 1213 1.009
10
Germany
15 7 8 3 3 1 1 1 6 21 24 29 0.827 1169 1180 0.990
11
Netherlands
15 6 9 4 1 1 3 3 3 20 27 30 0.900 1206 1259 0.957
12
Thailand
15 5 10 2 3 0 1 0 9 16 17 33 0.515 1046 1170 0.894
13
Serbia
15 5 10 2 3 0 0 5 5 15 20 33 0.606 1132 1210 0.935
14
Russia
15 3 12 1 2 0 1 5 6 10 16 38 0.421 1112 1283 0.866
15
Korea
15 3 12 2 1 0 0 7 5 9 16 37 0.432 1092 1222 0.893
16
Bulgaria
15 2 13 0 2 0 1 5 7 7 13 41 0.317 1126 1296 0.868

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