Overview

Team profile

Bulgaria

After winning Group 3 in 2014, coach Dragan Nesic's side can look forward to action in Group 2 as they strive to build on the success of the last few years. In their only previous World Grand Prix in 2013 they ended ninth. Last year they finished second in the Intercontinental Round of Group 3, before victories against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic on home soil in Samokov saw them win promotion for this year’s edition. 


Last September, coach Kuzyutkin, who led Russia’s women to gold at the 2010 World Championship and silver at the 2009 World Grand Prix, took Bulgaria to their first World Championship since 2002 and helped them to a final standing of equal-11th. Despite losing their first two pool matches, three straight wins got them through to the second round before elimination. In 2013, Bulgaria claimed their third bronze medal in the European League and a fifth consecutive appearance on the podium. They won the silver medal in 2010 and 2012.

They have competed in the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, already this season. But their greatest successes came more than three decades ago when they took the bronze medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games and gold at the 1981 European Championship.

Coach

Dragan Nesic

Dragan Nesic

Dragan Nesic, who took over in late 2014, returns for a second time as coach of Bulgaria’s women’s team having previously been at the helm between 2007 and 2010. During that time he guided them to a bronze medal in the 2009 European League and silver in the 2010 edition of the tournament. This will be his first time coaching them at the World Grand Prix however, as their first two appearances came in 2013 and 2014. At club level, he won the 2008/09 CEV Challenge Cup with Italy’s Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi. Nesic, who has coached several men’s and women’s club teams in Europe, left Romanian team CSM Targoviste in 2015 to sign with Turkey’s Bursa Metropolitan. 

Staff

  • Team Manager Valentin Pomakov
  • Assistant coach Atanas Lazarov
  • Second Assistant Coach Radoslav Arsov
  • Physiotherapist Georgi Bivolarski

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
Netherlands
7 7 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 20 21 3 7.000 585 429 1.363
2
Czech Republic
7 5 2 1 3 1 1 1 0 15 18 11 1.636 650 602 1.079
3
Poland
7 4 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 12 13 11 1.181 534 547 0.976
4
Puerto Rico
7 4 3 0 3 1 1 1 1 12 15 14 1.071 643 609 1.055
5
Bulgaria
6 3 3 1 0 2 2 0 1 9 13 13 1.000 544 550 0.989
6
Canada
6 2 4 0 1 1 0 3 1 5 9 15 0.600 506 550 0.920
7
Argentina
6 1 5 0 1 0 1 2 2 4 7 16 0.437 476 548 0.868
8
Croatia
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 5 18 0.277 442 545 0.811

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