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Overview

Head-to-Head

  • France beat Bulgaria in straight sets in the 2016 European Olympic Qualification tournament group phase. Nicolas Marechal (12, France) and Nikolay Uchikov (13, Bulgaria) finished as their team's leading scorer.

  • On 9 June 2012, Bulgaria beat France 3-1 in the 2012 Intercontinental Olympic Qualification tournament in Sofia. Tsvetan Sokolov scored a match-high 18 points.

  • Last year, France claimed a straight-set victory over Bulgaria in the 2019 European Championship group phase. Julien Lyneel scored 18 points, a least two more than any other player on the court.

  • On 9 June 2019, Bulgaria came from two sets behind to beat France in five sets in the 2019 Nations League. That win ended a three-match losing streak against France in world level major competitions (World Championship, World League, Olympic Games, Grand Champions Cup, World Cup and Volleyball Nations League).

Facts & Figures

Bulgaria

  • Bulgaria will open their CEV Tokyo Volleyball Olympic Qualification 2020 campaign against France.

  • Bulgaria have appeared at eight Olympic Games, most recently in 2012 (4th). Their best result at Olympic level was a silver medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games.

  • This is Bulgaria's fifth participation in a European Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They came in second in 2000, fifth in 2004, joint-third in 2012 and sixth in 2016.

  • Silvano Prandi coached Italy's men's team (as an assistant coach) to a bronze medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

France

  • France began their CEV Tokyo Volleyball Olympic Qualification 2020 campaign with a 3-0 win over Serbia.

  • France won their first four matches in the 2016 European Olympic Qualification tournament before losing the final 3-1 against Russia. They then sealed their ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Intercontinental Olympic Qualification tournament in Japan.

  • Jean Patry was top scorer in the match between France and Serbia on 22 points. Earvin Ngapeth (14) was the other France player in double digits.

  • Yacine Louati (3) was the only player registering more than one ace in the match between France and Serbia on Sunday.

  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Erdal AKINCI
    TUR
    Second Referee
    László ADLER
    HUN
  • Venue Information
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    Volleyball fans have ‘nicknamed’ the iconic Max-Schmeling-Halle ‘Germany’s Volleyball temple’. Actually, it is much more than just that – since this venue has played host to an impressive number of major international competitions as well, such as the 2002 FIVB Women’s World Championship, 2003 EuroVolley Men, 2013 EuroVolley Women, as well as the historic CEV Champions League Volley 2019 Super Finals back in May – to name only a few highlights. The Hall also plays as hosts to the Berlin Recycling Volleys, Germany's most decorated volleyball club with 10 Bundesliga titles and a CEV cup title in 2015/2016. The arena is located at Am Falkpl. 1, 10437 Berlin, Germany and holds up to 12,000 spectators. Capacity: 8533
  • How To Attend
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    Falkplatz 1, BERLIN, 10437 Capacity: 8533

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  • Who Qualifies?

    After completion of a single round robin in each of the two pools, the top two teams will play crossed semi-finals.  This is followed by a winner-takes-it-all final, where a much-coveted ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be at stake.

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Team

Team Profile
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BULGARIA

Address

25 Nezabravka Str. Sofia

Contacts

phone +359 2 902 64 40 email international@bvf.bg
Team Schedule

Previous Games

09/01/2020 vs. 1 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
08/01/2020 vs. 3 - 2 W play circle Go to Match Centre
07/01/2020 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 5
    Competitions Played
  • 0
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 4
    Matches Played
  • 3
    Matches Won
  • 75%
    Win %
  • 10
    Sets Won
  • 376
    Points Won
  • 48%
    Attack %
  • 40%
    Reception %

Team

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12
YOSIFOV Viktor
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 10/16/1985
  • Birth Place: Omurtag
  • Height: 205 cm
3
DIMITROV Dobromir
Setter
  • Birth Date: 7/7/1991
  • Birth Place: Pazardżik
  • Height: 197 cm
4
ATANASOV Martin
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 9/27/1996
  • Birth Place: Sofia
  • Height: 196 cm
5
GOTSEV Svetoslav
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 8/31/1990
  • Birth Place: Pernik
  • Height: 206 cm
6
PENCHEV Rozalin
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 12/11/1994
  • Birth Place: Plovdiv
  • Height: 197 cm
7
CHERNOKOZHEV Velizar
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 4/23/1995
  • Birth Place: Tryavna
  • Height: 215 cm
8
SKRIMOV Todor
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/9/1990
  • Birth Place: Pernik
  • Height: 191 cm
9
SEGANOV Georgi
Setter
  • Birth Date: 6/10/1993
  • Birth Place: Razlog
  • Height: 198 cm
13
SALPAROV Teodor
Libero
  • Birth Date: 8/16/1982
  • Birth Place: Gabrovo
  • Height: 187 cm
14
TODOROV Teodor
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 9/1/1989
  • Birth Place: Montana
  • Height: 208 cm
17
PENCHEV Nikolay
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 5/22/1992
  • Birth Place: Plovdiv
  • Height: 197 cm
19
SOKOLOV Tsvetan
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 12/31/1989
  • Birth Place: Dupnitsa
  • Height: 206 cm
20
GROZDANOV Aleks
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 3/28/1998
  • Birth Place: Sofia
  • Height: 206 cm
21
KARAKASHEV Petar
Libero
  • Birth Date: 2/11/1991
  • Height: 183 cm

Staff

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Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach

Recent Results

Match Report

Bulgaria start off with spectacular five-set win over France

Article

Bulgaria opened their campaign at the men’s European Olympic qualifier in Berlin with a spectacular 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-8) victory over France in the first five-setter of the tournament. With Jean Patry serving, France scored seven in a row to recover from an early 4-1 Bulgarian lead and go 8-4 ahead. However, led by the fantastic performance of their captain Viktor Yosifov (three aces, 100% in attack), the Lions not only caught up, but took the lead, and opposite Tsvetan Sokolov finished it off at 25-23. The second set was all about France. With middle blocker Barthelemy Chinenyeze setting the example in attack, they dominated throughout the set on the way to a convincing 25-17 win. Two youngsters who subbed into the Bulgarian squad took charge in the third set. Outside Martin Atanasov was on fire both at the net and from the serving line, while middle Alex Grozdanov was impeccable in offence. He nailed the last point for 25-22 Bulgaria’s way. Earvin Ngapeth made a solid contribution to France’s attack in the fourth set, but it was Chinenyeze’s blocking that made the biggest difference. The 21-year-old middle delivered four stuffs, including the two in a row that finished the set at 25-19. There was no stopping Bulgaria in the tiebreak. Sokolov proved a true leader and hammered five points, two of them from the serving line, towards the emphatic 15-8 closing. With a total of 23 points to his name, he topped the charts of the match, followed by Jean Patry with 20.

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149
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

125
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

2188
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

206
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

40%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

11-11
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of BULGARIA compared to FRANCE.

14-13
Ace Count

BULGARIA number of service aces compared to FRANCE

44-36
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of BULGARIA, next to those from FRANCE

Laurent Tillie, France head coach: “Bulgaria played very well. Good attack, hard service and it went into a really good fight between us. Obviously it was a strange game as we don’t have the consistency at the moment. We have to work on it but we are still alive, so everything is ok and there is still the chance to reach the semis.”

Bulgarian captain Viktor Yosifov: “It was a crazy and tough match. We beat one of the best teams in Europe. We created a lot of trouble with our service which decided the match in the end. We are happy about the start and hope that we can continue that way.”