Silvano Prandi to lead Bulgarian ‘Lions’ on the #RoadToTokyo

Sofia, Bulgaria, December 28, 2018. Silvano Prandi is the new head coach of the Bulgarian men’s national Volleyball team. He has signed a contract with the Bulgarian Federation, and his engagement will last until late January 2020, i.e. until the end of the Olympic qualification process. If Bulgaria manage to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the extension of his agreement will follow automatically.

The 71-year-old Italian coach was at the helm of Team Bulgaria earlier in his coaching career, leading the ‘Lions’ to a bronze medal at the European Championship held in Turkey in 2009.

“It is a great pleasure and honour for me to return to lead the Bulgarian national team, especially since I have many positive memories from the time I spent with them. I accept with great enthusiasm the task of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. There is also a European Championship next year, which is a great incentive for me as well. I realise that the road to Tokyo will be very tough, but I believe that with the combined efforts of the coaching staff, the players and the Bulgarian Federation, all together we can achieve this goal,” Prandi said.

Prandi will return to lead Bulgaria when the Balkan country hosts two rounds of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Varna and Plovdiv, playing against Argentina, Brazil and China.

“I am glad we made a deal with such a renowned specialist as Silvano Prandi. He was the first to whom we turned after the completion of Plamen Konstantinov’s commitment. The conversation with Prandi was extremely constructive and we were able to get to know each other very quickly. I hope the men’s national team will achieve success and return to the place where fans are used to seeing it,” said the President of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, Dancho Lazarov.