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Wednesday, August 2nd 2017, 2:39pm

Bulgarian Superliga 2017-2018

Far from knowing anything for certain apart from a few new signings, I will write down the teams that, unless surprising changes occur till October, should play in the Superliga this season.

Neftochimik 2010 (Burgas) REIGNING CHAMPION - 2018 CEV Champions League
Marek Union-Ivkoni (Dupnitsa)
Dobrudzha 07 (Dobrich)
CSKA (Sofia) - 2018 CEV Cup
Levski (Sofia) - 2018 CEV Challenge Cup
Arda (Kardzhali)
Minyor (Pernik)
Montana (Montana) - 2018 CEV Challenge Cup
Pirin (Razlog)
Investbank Teteven Volley (Teteven)
Cherno more (Varna)
Hebar (Pazardzhik)

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Wednesday, August 2nd 2017, 2:51pm

BULGARIAN SUPERLEAGUE
2017-2018

TEAM ROSTERS

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Neftochimik 2010 Burgas

Head coach: Nayden Naydenov
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Setters: Georgi Bratoev, Dimo Dimov
Opposites: Petar Hristov, Oleksandr Statsenko (Ukraine)
Attackers: Denis Karyagin, Andrey Nikolov, Georgi Petrov, Valentin Bratoev, Viacheslau Charapovich (Belarus) (released in December 2017)
Middle blockers: Nikolay Kartev, Vasil Atanasov, Iliya Petkov
Liberos: Teodor Salparov, Svetoslav Tomov

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Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa

Head coach: Ivan Tasev
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Setters: Svetoslav Stankov, Konstantin Nechev
Opposites: Dimitar Dulchev
Attackers: Christophe Mukunzi (Rwanda), Stanislav Velichkov, Angel Velkov, Svetoslav Ivanov, Sergey Sergiev
Middle blockers: Borislav Apostolov, Alberto Slavchov, Preslav Yordanov
Liberos: Hristo Kolev, Georgi Mihaylov

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CSKA Sofia

Head coach: Alexander Popov
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Setters: Vladimir Stankov, Stefan Stoyanov
Opposites: Ventsislav Georgiev, Dobrin Vasilev, Ivan Krachev (as of November 2017)
Attackers: Stanislav Petkov, Ivaylo Stefanov, Yani Georgiev, Plamen Shekerdzhiev
Middle-blockers: Hristo Tsvetanov, Krasimir Gaydarski, Andrey Nikolov, Todor Kostov
Liberos: Martin Bozhilov, Mario Stoyanov

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Pirin Razlog

Head coach: Severin Dimitrov
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Setters: Stilyan Asenov, Vladimir Panev, Francisco Soteldo (Venezuela)
Opposites: Yordan Zhelyazkov, Iliyan Prespov, Deivid Krastev
Attackers: Blagovest Katrandzhiev, Georgi Elchinov (universal), Radoslav Popov, Boyan Ivanov, Ivan Velev
Middle blockers: Georgi Chalakov, Kostadin Gadzhanov, Martin Krastev
Liberos: Petar Karakashev, Martin Bergov

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Levski Sofia

Head coach: Vladimir Nikolov
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Setters: Nikolay Manchev, Lyudmil Benov
Opposites: Smilen Mlyakov, Zhelyazko Apostolov, Ivan Pankov
Attackers: Simeon Aleksandrov, Samuil Valchinov, Martin Pavlov, Gordan Lyutskanov (universal), Evgeniy Bannov (universal) (as of December 2017)
Middle blockers: Valentin Blaginov, Alexander Kordev, Miloslav Dimov, Teodor Bogdanov (as of November 2017)
Liberos: Martin Ivanov, Tsvetan Bonev

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Montana

Head coach: Daniel Peev
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Setters: Konstantin Abaev (Russia), Delcho Raev
Opposites: Kirill Kletc (Russia)
Attackers: Zlatko Kyossev, Asparuh Asparuhov, Martin Penev, Georgi Mihalev, Leon Tonchev
Middle blockers: Ivan Latunov, Borislav Nakov, Adrian Anachkov
Liberos: Dobromir Ivanov, Kristiyan Petrov, Ivan Dimov

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Arda Kardzhali

Head coach: Ivan Halachev
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Setters: Soner Yashar, Raycho Raev, Georgi Dimitrov, Vladimir Lobutov
Opposites: Ivan Zamfirov
Attackers: Kiril Hadzhiev (universal), Kristiyan Penchev, Simeon Topuzliev, Nikolay Kolev, Georgi Tatarov, Stefan Bashev
Middle-blockers: Mladen Kavaldzhiev, Nikolay Mironov
Libero: Vladislav Lukarevski

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Dobrudzha 07 Dobrich

Head coach: Petar Penev
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Setters: Hristo Enkov, Denimir Dimitrov
Opposites: Zhulien Georgiev, Petar Hristoskov
Attackers: Dimitar Marinkov, Martin Mechkarov, Dimitar Mateev (universal), Kiril Meretev, Neven Neshev (universal) (as of December 2017)
Middle blockers: Svetoslav Arnaudov, Denis Chavdarov, Teodor Yordanov, Georgi Gospodinov
Liberos: Hristo Hristov, Nikolay Todorov, Damyan Kolev

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Minyor Pernik

Head coach: Petar Dragiev
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Setters: Viktor Kostadinov, Pavel Ivanov, Alexander Petrov
Opposites: Ivan Damyanov (universal), Bozhidar Slavchev (universal)
Attackers: Plamen Dragiev, Georgi Stoyanov, Ivaylo Ivanov, Yulian Petrov, Martin Tsvetkov
Middle blockers: Zahari Nikolaev, Stefan Chavdarov, Kristoffer Petrov
Liberos: Metodi Metodiev, Velizar Emilov

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Investbank Teteven Volley

Head coach: Petar Mechkarov
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Setters: Lyubomir Agontsev, Hristo Petkov
Opposites: Emiliyan Mirchev, Iliyan Ivanov
Attackers: Kamen Kamenov, Danail Buchkov, Ivan Kostov, Tsvetelin Tsvetanov
Middle blockers: Georgi Levenov, Angel Neev, Kristiyan Maslarov
Libero: Anton Vasiliev

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Hebar Pazardzhik

Head coach: Atanas Petrov
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Setters: Nemanja Stefanovic (Serbia), Plamen Hristov
Opposites: Mincho Minchev, Lyuboslav Simeonov
Attackers: Aleksandar Ljaftov (FYR of Macedonia), Iliyan Bozhkov, Martin Simeonov, Kostadin Bishurov
Middle blockers: Ventsislav Trifonov, Martin Paliyski, Ivan Tasev, Petar Bachvarov
Liberos: Ivaylo Lalov, Dafin Kotsakov

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Cherno more Varna

Head coach: Viktor Karagyozov
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Setters: Stefan Georgiev, Yoan Kairyakov
Opposites: Stefan Ivanov (universal)
Attackers: Yavor Genov, Kaloyan Balabanov, Alexander Iliev, Emiliyan Georgiev (universal)
Middle blockers: Nikolay Kolev, Yordan Atanasov, Milen Petkov (universal), Trayan Ivanov
Liberos: Martin Ivanov, Simeon Dimitrov

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Wednesday, September 6th 2017, 9:37am

The Bulgarian Supercup, featuring the champions Neftochimik 2010 and the Cup holders Dobrudzha 07, will take place on 30. September in Plovdiv. The championship starts on 6. October and this is the first round draw (also confirming the participants because as usual there had been no information given beforehand).

1st round:

Pirin vs. Cherno more
Minyor vs. Hebar
CSKA vs. Investbank Teteven Volley
Levski vs. Montana
Marek Union-Ivkoni vs. Arda
Neftochimik 2010 vs. Dobrudzha 07

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Saturday, September 30th 2017, 9:24pm

Bulgarian Superleague website is quite weird, but I found the result of the Supercup match (first edition, right?): Neftochimik 2010-Dobrudzha 07 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23).
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Sunday, October 1st 2017, 1:06pm

Bulgarian Superleague website is quite weird, but I found the result of the Supercup match (first edition, right?): Neftochimik 2010-Dobrudzha 07 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23).
Thanks for the update ;) I am still waiting for the stats sheet, I will post it once it becomes available. The best scorers are Valentin Bratoev with 25 points for the winners, whereas Dobrudzha's opposite Zhulien Georgiev finished with 21. No, it isn't the first edition, by the way. We've had it for a few years now. Last year we had the same teams fighting for it, then Dobrudzha had won the league, whereas Neftochimik participated as the Cup holder. The winner was the same back then, 3-2 for the Burgas side.

I am curious about Neftochimik's current rotation. They play without a real opposite, as far as I know. Petar Hristov is the only full-time opposite, but he doesn't get much court time. I read Charapovich played as an opposite during the pre-season preparation, I wonder if it was the case for the Supercup, too. Originally, Neftochimik had made an agreement with Levan Kalandadze but the Russian is said to have failed at his medicals. Michael Chemos from Kenya, last year under contract in Finland, was an option this week but problems with his visa cancelled the whole operation. Neftochimik are still searching for an opposite. Honestly, I would play with Petar Hristov anyway, he can and should be used in the long run.

Meanwhile, Marek sent Daudi Okello on loan at Galatasaray. Which means that the team will probably be weakened this season and will be forced to play with youngsters. We will see about that.

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Sunday, October 1st 2017, 1:57pm

Thanks. There's no track about Bulgarian Supercup on Wikipedia, that's why I asked.

Is there the women's Supercup too?
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Monday, October 2nd 2017, 11:08am

Charapovich used to play as OPP before, I think in last 2 years he is covering both OH and OPP position. Like Audochanka, his teammate from Belarus NT.
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Friday, November 24th 2017, 3:06pm

I finally found some free time to write a few lines about the situation in the league. I just can't post scores, stats, and rankings, I am sorry :(

Currently placed 4th, Neftochimik are obviously one of the league's disappointments. The team is in a series of 4 consecutive defeats, including the two against Friedrichshafen in the Champions League. In the CL thread I mentioned part of the problems, there are more of those, however. And whereas the first two defeats in the league can easily be explained (1-3 away against Minyor - obvious underestimation, albeit quite unprofessional, just look at their starting line-up; 2-3 away against Levski - played on the next day after the arrival from the return leg in Germany - moronic schedule), the third one that happened over the last weekend is troublesome and flags deeper problems. Neftochimik lost at home against Marek's youngsters. Funny thing, these are the same youngsters and the same Marek that the now president of the volleyball club Neftochimik Vezenkov (former president of Lukoil's basketball club) mocked after the finals in spring. He claimed that it was no use having Marek in the CL, referring to their games in the groups a few years back, and even less sense to play with juniors. Well, those juniors took a sweet revenge over Vezenkov's star-studded Neftochimik. The Burgas side is still strong enough to win the league, regardless of the regular season position. But it is obvious they are not the team they though they could be. The presence of the Bratoev twins is also a known issue but let's not dive there now.

Pirin have been a factor more or less for years, so their first position which they gained by beating Montana this past weekend is no surprise.

Montana are enjoying the presence of the two promising Russians Kletc and Abaev, the latter allegedly a NT prospect, who arrived in Bulgaria thanks to their Bulgarian head coach in Novosibirsk Konstantinov. Both have been playing very well in the league. Actually, the rest of the Montana squad should step up, I expect Montana to play stronger towards the end of the regular season and the beginning of the play-offs.

Hebar had claimed their ambitions to do damage in the league in their first season there and didn't disappoint.

Dobrudzha 07, Levski, and CSKA are teams with problems this year. Dobrudzha lost some quality players over the past few seasons and are struggling for consistency. Levski should be a changed team with the return of the MB Teodor Bogdanov from France. He had a major role in the victory over Neftochimik. They still have some experience in the face of Mlyakov, Aleksandrov, and the libero Martin Ivanov, but the rest are inexperienced, including the head coach Vlado Nikolov. CSKA surely have one of the best rosters and youth academies in the league, so they should also finish in top 4 without problems. Their problems are actually short-term, they don't currently have healthy OHs. Ivaylo Stefanov, Yani Georgiev, and Plamen Shekerdzhiev are all unavailable mainly due to injuries, there is a chance for the veteran and ex-NT MB Hristo Tsvetanov to play as OH in the away game vs Marek today. CSKA's defeats happened in away games in Razlog, Dobrich (both 2-3) and Burgas, so nothing too dramatic, they should collect a lot of points in the long run.

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