Bulgaria Volleyball Team Coach Radostin Stoychev Kicked Out

Sports | May 13, 2012, Sunday // 20:44
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Volleyball Team Coach Radostin Stoychev Kicked Out Back in the happy old times - Radostin Stoychev and Bulgaria's volleyball team. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Radostin Stoychev, Bulgaria's volleyball team coach, was dismissed on Sunday, a day after the heavy favorites for the 2012 Olympic Games-European Qualification Tournament were defeated by Germany in the second semifinal.

Former coach, Italian Silvano Prandi, will take over the helm of the team, the volleyball federation announced, confirming earlier media speculations.

Germany pulled off a huge win on Saturday when they defeated hosts Bulgaria 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16).

"Our opponents deserved the victory," Bulgaria coach Radostin Stoychev conceded. "They showed high-class volleyball tonight. But in my opinion, until the end of the third set, both teams had equal chances to win the game. The lack of experience in our team was the key to our loss. We failed in one rotation in the third set. In the next part of the game, there was only one team on court and it was Germany."

Stoychev replaced former coach Silvano Prandi at the beginning of February last year after the unconvincing performance of the national team at the 2010 World Volleyball Championship.

He signed a contract to coach the Bulgarian team until the end of the Summer Olympics in London in 2012.

Stoychev received less money than his predecessor because he agreed to give his assistant Kamilo Plachi a bigger salary, according to media reports.

Stoychev, a former Bulgarian volleyball player, was coaching incredibly successfully Italy's Trentino and led them to their first ever Italian Volleyball League, CEV Champions League and Club World Volleyball Championship titles.

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