Bulgarian Superleague 2010-2011

  • Nadejda, he is right - if they beat Levski, they are in top 3. This is just an if

  • Msrek outplayed tired CSKA, but made many more mistakes and lost. Teodor Todorov for the first time since many, many games with mediocre performance
    Edit: Levski won against Montana in very impressive way - 25:23, 26:24, 29:27

  • 17th round (postponed game due to CEV Cup participation of CSKA):


    CSKA - Arda 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-15) http://bgvolleyball.com/files/volleyball/stats/2710.htm

    20th round:


    Coco Volley Club Gabrovo - Lukoil Neftochimik 0-3 (23-25, 21-25, 14-25)


    Marek Union-Ivkoni - CSKA 1-3 (16-25, 25-19, 23-25, 23-25)
    Kaliakra - Cherno more BASK 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-11)
    UNWE - Pirin Balkanstroy 0-3 (15-25, 21-25, 19-25)
    Levski Volley - Montana 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 29-27)
    Slavia - Arda 1-3 (18-25, 22-25, 25-21, 20-25)


    1 - CSKA (-1) 56
    2 - Pirin Balkanstroy (-1) 55
    3 - Lukoil Neftochimik (-1) 42
    4 - Marek Union-Ivkoni 39
    5 - Montana 37
    6 - Levski Volley 32
    7 - Coco Volley Club Gabrovo 29
    8 - Arda 23
    9 - Kaliakra 18
    10- Slavia 11
    11- Cherno more BASK 10
    12- UNWE (+1) 5

  • The second NT setter Konstantin Mitev with 12 pts - 5 aces, 6/7 attack :white: Someone's been watching Copra's matches :lol:

  • 21th round:


    Pirin Balkanstroy - Coco Volley Club Gabrovo 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23) http://bgvolleyball.com/files/volleyball/stats/2736.html
    Cherno more BASK - Marek Union-Ivkoni 0-3 (28-30, 25-27, 12-25)
    Arda - Kaliakra 0-3 (20-25, 23-25, 19-25)
    Lukoil Neftochimik - Montana 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19)
    Slavia - Levski Volley 0-3 (18-25, 19-25, 20-25)


    1 - Pirin Balkanstroy (-1) 58
    2 - CSKA (-2) 56
    3 - Lukoil Neftochimik (-1) 45
    4 - Marek Union-Ivkoni 42
    5 - Montana 37
    6 - Levski Volley 35
    7 - Coco Volley Club Gabrovo 29
    8 - Arda 23
    9 - Kaliakra 21
    10- Slavia 11
    11- Cherno more BASK 10
    12- UNWE 5

  • The last but one round of the league still left some unanswered questions before the play-off phase. After taking an easy and important win in Gabrovo Lukoil Neftochimik played today at home its last home game of the season against Montana. In the previous round Levski Volley took a clean victory against Montana, which should help them in their attempts to overtake Montana's 5th position. Montana were expected to come in Bourgas and fight for something since they lost against Levski in Sofia and because they are facing Pirin at home in the last round. Theoretically, they had chances to reach 4th place, but now they can only hope to remain 5th. There was no derby today in Bourgas, I attended the game, Montana played really without any kind of motivation, Neftochimik totally demolished the visitors. Only Mladen Maldenov showed some desire, the rest were just waiting for the game to finish. I've watched the setter Vladislav Stoyanov (Montana) in his younger years when he played with Kaziyski, Tsankov, Svetozar Ivanov in Slavia, he was a different player back then, nothing similar to what he shows nowadays. He was even substituted by the younger Denislav Aleksandrov who performed better, but ther was nothing Montana could offer to surprise their hosts. Such a pity, their coach Severin Dimitrov is one of the best young coaches in Bulgaria, but I guess he can't find the right motivation for his team yet, they have a good selection of players and we know that he is a capable coach since he made exactly Neftochimik champions some years ago..

    With the consecutive victories against Gabrovo and Montana Neftochimik practically secured the 3rd place. They made the rarely stupid decision to decline the home advantage in the postponed game against CSKA, so they are going to visit CSKA in Sofia again, just as happened during the autumn in the first half of the season. In the last round they will try to take something from Levski even though Levski Volley could move one place up in case of a victory over Neftochimik and an extremely possible defeat of Montana against Pirin.

    Down in the table, Kaliakra took two consecutive 3-0 against Cherno more and Arda, and since I already explained the very difficult situation in Arda, Kaliakra seem to be the favourite for getting the last play-off spot. As a matter of fact, they would totally deserve it. Arda would most surely lose in Dupnitsa against the in-form Marek, which, by the way, might still have some theoretic chances of getting a position higher than Neftochimik, whereas Kaliakra await Slavia in their last home game. So, Kaliakra certainly have better chances of reaching the 8th place compared to Arda and will probably meet CSKA in the play-offs.

    Last, the postponed games Lukoil Neftochimik vs. CSKA and CSKA vs. Pirin Balkanstroy will be played on 20 and 22nd March respectively both in Sofia in the sports hall of CSKA. The official reason announced by Neftochimik for the change of venues is the approaching annual gymnastics festival taking place in the sports hall of the town, but surely there are other sports halls in the area where they could have hosted CSKA.

  • Sofia, Bulgaria, March 19, 2011. The 18-year old setter of Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA, Gjorgi Gjorgiev, was chosen as best player of round 20 in Bulgaria’s national league upon completion of a survey that was joined by the head coaches of all teams competing in the first division as well as by 3 journalists from different Bulgarian media.
    Gjorgiev, who was born in the F.Y.R. of Macedonia and last year joined the national team for the qualifiers to the 2011 CEV Volleyball European Championship staged in Skopje and Rotterdam, is the youngest player ever to get this special honor. “I am very glad for this” said Gjorgiev upon receiving this distinction by the Secretary General of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, Mr. Stanislav Nikolov. “I feel very well in Dupnitsa but my ambition is to play in Italy as I progress in my Volleyball career”.

    The New Star of NT in the future ?

  • At the moment he is applying for a Bulgarian citizenship. In case he gets it he would need to wait 2 years until 2013 before he takes the chance to play for our NT, which would be OK since he is only 18 now. He is demonstrating ups and downs this season, alternating very good and mediocre games, but I think he might be an option for our NT in the future if coaches help him develop. The weird thing is that his bother - Nikola Gjorgiev, is a part of the F.Y.R. of Macedonia's NT, so the two brothers might end up playing for two different countries at the end.

  • There are a lot of Bulgarian people with relatives in Macedonia, even cousins, so that's not that weird

  • Levski - Lukoil 3:0 :super:

    Fair play by Levski althpugh they will meet stronger opponents at the playoffs :)

  • Fair play

    bs :down: . Everyone knew how that game would end. Both teams had the chance to pick easier opponents for the playoffs and they used it.

    Don't you worry, don't you worry child. See heaven's got a plan for you

    Edited once, last by rugby ().

  • bs :down: . Everyone knew how that game would end. Both teams had the chance to pick easier opponents for the playoffs and they used it.

    The team who play to lose is the one who plays unfairly :whistle:

  • :D

    better now?

  • :drink:

  • CSKA - Lukoil 3:1 Teodor Todorov MVP of the game with 18 pts and 9 blocks - http://bgvolleyball.com/files/volleyball/stats/2685.htm
    Great grame from Simeon Alexandrov for Lukoil :drink:

  • 22nd round:


    Montana - Pirin Balkanstroy 0-3 (20-25, 26-28, 18-25)
    UNWE - Cherno more BASK 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11)
    Marek Union-Ivkoni - Arda 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 27-25)
    Kaliakra - Slavia 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-20)
    Coco Volley Club Gabrovo - CSKA 0-3 (20-25, 14-25, 22-25) http://bgvolleyball.com/files/volleyball/stats/2740.htm


    Levski Volley - Lukoil Neftochimik 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-18 )

    13th round (postponed game):


    Lukoil Neftochimik - CSKA 1-3 (18-25, 19-25, 25-20, 28-30) http://bgvolleyball.com/files/volleyball/stats/2685.htm


    1 - CSKA (-1) 62
    2 - Pirin Balkanstroy (-1) 61
    3 - Lukoil Neftochimik 45 (set ratio 50-26, 1.9231)
    4 - Marek Union-Ivkoni 45 (set ratio 51-29, 1.7586)
    5 - Levski Volley 38
    6 - Montana 37
    7 - Coco Volley Club Gabrovo 29
    8 - Kaliakra 24
    9 - Arda 23
    10- Cherno more BASK 11 (set ratio 20-59, 0.3390)
    11- Slavia 11 (set ratio 18-56, 0.3214)
    12- UNWE 7

  • The last round of the regular season was played this weekend. It offered both some interesting and disputable games. Pirin took all the three points as expected in their visit to Montana. Pirin are still chasing CSKA, so the victory was crucial for them. Montana lost three games in a row after being defeated already by Levski and Neftochimik. They lost too many points and as a result went one place down in the final standings.

    The most disputable game happened in Sofia between Levski and Neftochimik. Levski needed the win to move one place up, but then they would be facing Marek and CSKA eventually in the play-off bracket. Lukoil, on the other hand, secured the third place already in the last round, so they played in Sofia with their second roster, giving some play minutes to most of the team's youngsters. The match was extremely boring, Neftochimik just waited for the final whistle and for the postponed derby against CSKA in Sofia the next day. By losing against Levski they chose Montana as an opponent in the quarterfinal play-offs and eventually Pirin in the semis.

    It was interesting at the second half of the table as well. Kaliakra won expectedly against visiting Slavia and since Arda got defeated in Dupnitsa, Kaliakra took the last play-off spot, which is a great result for a newcomer in the league even though they will probable face CSKA.

    UNWE and Cherno more played a tough game. The tie-break helped BASK remain in the Superleague for the next season, whereas Slavia will need to go through play-down games versus the 2nd team from the second division. UNWE will relegate despite finishing the season with a home win.

  • The most discussed name in this last round is that of Lukoil Neftochimik without any doubts. First, they truly mocked with volleyball by using bench players and no moral versus the younger Levski squad, but also showed some great spirit on the next day by pushing CSKA away. I say away because the game was again played in the sports hall of CSKA, just as was the case in the autumn. Then again it ended 3-1. It's a pity that after being 0-2 down, Neftochimik came back to win the third and even missed the chance to enter a tie-break by losing several set points. It would have been great to see them push CSKA into a tie-break and be the second team after Pirin to do so this season in Bulgaria, but on the other side they didn't deserve it because of what they did on the previous day versus Levski.

    Anyway, they chose Montana as an opponent for the quarterfinals and eventually might play with Pirin in the semis. Neftochimik vs. Montana, however, will not be that easy, I guess, since Montana may try and look for revenge after what happened this weekend. Also, I am not sure whether Pirin or CSKA will be the better choice for an opponent in the semis, we already saw that Neftochimik play more successfully against CSKA than Pirin. But let's see if they can beat Montana that easily..

    Last, it was announced this week by the sports director of Lukoil Bulgaria that as of the next season the name of the club will be Neftochimik 2010. The name Lukoil will be dropped, but this doesn't mean the Russian brand will stop paying the team, they just decided to withdraw the name from the club's profile. Whether this would affect seriously the team we can only say next year.

  • CSKA 3 - 0 Pirin :thumbdown:

    What the heck was wrong with Pirin in this match I still don't know. They played a real crap and nowhere near the level they played the first match with CSKA 3-2, where the sets were close and the game quite exciting.

    Pirin played absolutlely brainless, no block, no serve, no reception, many many mistakes and cheep points to gave away to CSKA! Only the first set was somewhat of a volleyball, the rest was a total crap X(

    So anyway, they have now the second place to enter the playoffs.

    After seeing this match I can say - CSKA clearly is the better team and deserve to win bot the Cup and the Championship!