Placci reveals Bulgarian World League roster

The Italian head coach submitted the list of 22 players who will participate in the 2013 World League.

Setters: Georgi Bratoev (Yugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovks, Russia), Dobromir Dimitrov (Pirin Balkanstroy Razlog), Ivan Stanev (Saipa Alborz, Iran), Georgi Seganov (CSKA Sofia)
Opposites: Tsvetan Sokolov (Itas Diatec Trentino, Italy), Nikolay Uchikov (Itas Diatec Trentino, Italy), Danail Milushev (Globo Banca Popolare Del Frusinate Sora, Italy), Todor Valchev (Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa)
Outside hitters: Miroslav Gradinarov (FC Tokyo, Japan), Nikolay Penchev (Effector Kielce, Poland), Todor Aleksiev (Gazprom-Ugra Surgut, Russia), Valentin Bratoev (VfB Friedrichshafen, Germany), Todor Skrimov (Paris Volley, France), Stanislav Petkov (Coco Volley Club Gabrovo), Rozalin Penchev (Victoria Volley Plovdiv)
Click Here: NRL Telstra PremiershipMiddle blockers: Viktor Yosifov (BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte, Italy), Svetoslav Gotsev (Marmi Lanza Verona, Italy), Borislav Apostolov (Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa), Krasimir Georgiev (CSKA Sofia), Stoyan Samunev (Neftochimik 2010 Burgas)
Liberos: Teodor Salparov (Galatasaray Istanbul, Turkey), Martin Bozhilov (Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa)


Missing names: Vladimir Nikolov – retired from the national team, currently national team manager; Nikolay Nikolov – will undergo a surgery, expected to be back for the European Championship; Teodor Todorov – will undergo a surgery, expected to be back for the European Championship; Metodi Ananiev – still recovers from an injury he got in his club Indykpol AZS Olsztyn (Poland), no information about expected recovery date; Andrey Zhekov – hasn’t played competitive volleyball in a year, might be available for the European Championship as long as he gets back to his usual level; Kostadin Gadzhanov – injured, might be available for the European Championship; Boyan Yordanov – rejected an invitation from Camilo Placci with the personal motive that he needs some rest (hasn’t been in the national team main group since the 2008 Beijing Olympics).


8 players make it to the full squad for the first time. These are Apostolov, Valchev, Rozalin Penchev, Seganov, Petkov, Krasimir Georgiev, Samunev and Uchikov.


Bulgaria has been drawn in Pool A along with the reigning winner Poland, Brazil, Final Six organizer Argentina, France and USA. The injured players might affect Bulgaria’s overall World League performance, but the main goal ahead of Placci continues to be the 2013 Euro in Poland & Denmark at the very end of September.

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