An Italian will continue to be Bulgaria’s volleyball coach.
After forming with the men’s coach Silvano Prandi last month, today the famous compatriot Lorenzo Micheli is preferred by the leadership of our federation as a teacher of the women’s team.
At the decisive meeting, two other candidates fell. The tandem between the legend Antonina Zetova and Rado Arsov, as well as another Italian – Nikola Negro, had reached the final phase after the competition.
Since 2019, the 51-year-old Micheli at the club level is the coach of the French “Volero le Canet”. There, under the leadership of the Italian, the national team player Eva Yaneva plays. Prior to his engagement in France, the specialist led the Polish Whiskey Sky Res.
Micheli’s coaching career began in his homeland with Robur Tiboni Ulbino in the B1 series. He works there for 3 seasons. In 2000 he took over with “Marche” in the A2 series.
Then for 10 years Micheli made a serious name in the Italian elite, where he coached the greats “Padova”, “Bergamo” and “Modena”.
The international career of the specialist began in 2011. Season 3 Micheli was the beginning of the Turkish “Ekeshibashi”. During this period the Italian won 2 titles, 2 cups and 2 super cups of our southern neighbor.
After a successful stay there, the Italian moved to Poland and led Atom Trefl (Sopot) from 2014 to 2016. With him, Micheli won the title and the cup. In 1 year he returned to Botuşa to take over Piacenza. In the following seasons, the coach led the aforementioned “Wisla Sky Res” and from there went to France.
Micheli has experience as a national coach. In 2019 he is the coach of the Estonians. Between 2002 and 2009 he was an assistant coach at his country’s headquarters.
Micheli is the third Italian to lead the Bulgarian national team. In the period 2003-2004 Giovanni Guidetti worked with our volleyball players.
From 2011 to 2014 the beginning of Bulgaria was Marcello Abondanza. It is also an option now, but you prefer to take on the Greeks.
Before Abondanca, the national team coach was the Slovenian Dragutin Baltic. He was fired after it became clear that he was sending obscene messages over the phone to the girls.
Russian music legend Vladimir Kuzyutkin and Serbian Dragan Nesic are other foreigners leading the women’s national team.
At the meeting of the management it was decided that Diyan Boyukliev will be a selector of the girls under 19. He will combine his work with the girls under 17.
The team under 21 is headed by Christian Mihailov.
Eva Yaneva plays under the leadership of the new national team coach and in the French “Volero le Canet”.