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"We have to be ambitious. This would be a good step for us to win this game and make a good impression. Being here with my brother is a new experience for both of us, it's exciting. Hopefully it will help us win our first match."

Bruno Cunha
Portugal's opposite
B. Cunha at VNL

Overview

In this year’s Volleyball Nation League Portugal managed to beat Bulgaria 3-1. At the European Championships, Bulgaria only has a positive record (W1-L0) against Portugal out of Pool A.

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    First Referee
    David FERNANDEZ FUENTES
    ESP
    Second Referee
    Stephan GRIEDER
    SUI
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Team

Squad Listing

Team

C 12

YOSIFOV Viktor

Middle blocker

3

DIMITROV Dobromir

Setter

4

ATANASOV Martin

Outside spiker

5

GOTSEV Svetoslav

Middle blocker

8

SKRIMOV Todor

Outside spiker

9

SEGANOV Georgi

Setter

13

SALPAROV Teodor

Libero

14

TODOROV Teodor

Middle blocker

15

KADANKOV Venelin

Opposite

17

PENCHEV Nikolay

Outside spiker

19

SOKOLOV Tsvetan

Opposite

20

GROZDANOV Aleks

Middle blocker

21

KARAKASHEV Petar

Libero

30

PETROV Georgi

Outside spiker

Coaches

8928

PRANDI Silvano

Head Coach

Player profile

PRANDI Silvano

Head Coach

65941

ANDRIANI Antonello

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

ANDRIANI Antonello

Assistant Coach 2

70125

PEZZOLI Luigi

Assistant Coach

Player profile

PEZZOLI Luigi

Assistant Coach

Recent Results

Team Statistics

BULGARIA

Overview

PORTUGAL

Player Statistics

Match Report

Bulgaria painfully get passed Portugal in four sets

Article

After trailing behind most of the first set, Bulgaria eventually prevailed with a spike of Sokolov (26). A similar scenario occurred in set 2 but reversed, Portugal managing to end it with a winning pipe by A. Ferreira head shooting Atanasov. Following that, Bulgaria struggled but won the match in four sets.

 

Before Day 4, Prandi’s men top the charts with three wins and are now more than ready to face direct opponents Italy and France. As for the Portuguese, they will do their best to tackle the French hosts tomorrow at 5:30pm

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The match in numbers

128
Points

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

129
Duration

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

503
Spectators

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

225
Match Spikes

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

50%
Reception Level

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

7-8
Net Domination

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

4-7
Ace Count

BULGARIA number of service aces compared to PORTUGAL

41-36
Error Difference

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

"I feel tired! All the games we've against Bulgaria in the past few years were good games. Our first victory at the VNL was gaainst them. We are getting better match after match, and that is our first goal."

Alexandre Ferreira
Portugal's captain
A. Ferreira attacking

"This is really a big win against a difficult opponent to plays really good in defence and block. We are looking forward and I am really happy. I know Alexandre Ferreira well from our time at Trentino Volley, he is a really good player so it was interesting to play against him - but I am happy that I win!"

Tsvetan Sokolov
Bulgaria's opposite
Sokolov hugged after big rally

"It was a bad game on our side, but I think we need to be courageous to win a match when playing badly, and we did."

Silvano Prandi
Bulgaria's head coach
Coach Prandi

"It was a very difficult match. We often led the game but they always came back because we lost our focus. We shouldn't do that against Italy and France otherwise we might lose."

Todor Skrimov
Bulgaria's outside hitter
Skrimov hitting line

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