VOLLEYBALL CLUB CSKA
5 May 1948
Creation of "September at CDV"
On May 5, 1948, was established the sports club "Septemvri at CDV", which unites seven clubs in various sports, including volleyball. Its successors successively are the volleyball teams of CDNV, CDNA, CSKA, CSKA "Red Flag", CSKA "September Flag" and again CSKA, which in the period 1948 - 2004 won a total of 26 titles for men and 15 for women and 16 cups of Bulgaria for men and 15 for women. The abbreviation of club "CSKA" means "Central Sports Club of the Army".
In the year of its creation, the team won the championship title, and the volleyball players who laid the foundation of VC CSKA are Kostadin Shopov (playing coach of the team), Dragomir Stoyanov, Mitko Dimitrov, Dimitar Elenkov, Konstantin Totev, Ivan Ivanov, Dimitar Dimitrov, Petar Shishkov, Alexander Velev, Milko Karaivanov (later coach of the men's and women's teams).
1969 - 1976
For several decades, CSKA has established itself as a trademark for professional success in the field of volleyball, known both nationally and globally.
Proof of this are the CEV Cup and the CEV Cup Winners' Cup by the men's team of CSKA, won in 1969 and 1976 respectively. The first European title of CSKA (1969) is in fact the first award of its kind won by a Bulgarian men's team in the field of team sports. In the history of Bulgarian volleyball, it contributed to the serious popularization of this sport in Bulgaria, and in addition inspired a solid dose of confidence in the opportunities for its development in the country. A fact that was confirmed the following year, when the World Volleyball Championship was held in Sofia, where the Bulgarian national team took second place and Dimitar Zlatanov was chosen as the best player of the tournament. With this success began the actual establishment of our national team worldwide, which still enjoys an extremely good name on the international field.
1979 – 1984
The European awards for women in the period 1979-1984 (CEV Cup 1979, 1984; CEV Cup Winners' Cup 1982) raised the prestige of the women's direction in the club and marked the beginning of a serious dominance of CSKA in the domestic championships in the 80s of the last century. Among other things, the successes of CSKA in the period 1978-1980 are a prelude to the European title of Bulgaria from the European Championship in Sofia in 1981.
From this point of view, it is safe to claim that the players of CSKA have always been the colossi of the national teams of Bulgaria. Over the years, the club has contributed to the realization of several talented generations of volleyball players who become living legends of Bulgarian volleyball. Among them are D. Zlatanov (won 8 championship titles), Iv. Ivanov, D. Karov, Iv. Seferinov, Iv. Nikolov (won 8 championship titles as player and 5 championship titles as CSKA Head Coach), Borislav Kyosev (won the most championship titles - 9), L. Ganev, N. Ivanov, V. Todorov, Al. Popov, K. Todorov and many others. Referring to women, the unforgettable moments of M. Mineva, M. Stoeva, R. Kaisheva, E. Shahanova, Ts. Bozhurina, V. Stoyanova, V. Nikolova, P. Natova, E. Pashova, M. Kyoseva, V. Haralampieva, Desislava and Elitsa Nikodimovi, A. Zetova, N. Marinova, V. Borisova and others with the red team should not be missed.
The merits of the coaching staffs to the development and establishment of VK CSKA are indisputable. Generations of coaches in their work with players and juniors gave reason to talk about the school of CSKA and especially about the Bulgarian volleyball school. The Shahanovi family, Dimitar Dimitrov, Milko Karaivanov, Vasil Simov, Ivan Nikolov, Dimitar Karov, Maria Mineva, Verka Nikolova, Stefan Hristov, Alexander Popov, Katya Marashlieva and many others. The Shahanovs created the generation of Stoeva, Stoyanova, Kaisheva. Vasil Simov further developed it, laying the foundation for the development of a new constellation of players such as Pashova, Haralampieva, Desi Nikodimova, Mila Kyoseva, Boneva and others. Speaking of men, he discovered and developed the volleyball greats of Ivan Nikolov, Borislav Kyosev, Stefan Sokolov, Stefan Petrov, Stoyan Gunchev, Petko Petkov and others. Tireless to his last breath, Ivan Nikolov was the teacher of the next talents of the school of CSKA - Elitsa Nikodimova, Antonina Zetova, Julia Ivanova, Nelly Marinova, Valya Borisova, Larisa Simeonova, Petya Popova and others.
From this point of view, it is safe to claim that the players of CSKA have always been the colossi of the national teams of Bulgaria. Over the years, the club has contributed to the realization of several talented generations of volleyball players who become living legends of Bulgarian volleyball. Among them are D. Zlatanov (won 8 championship titles), Iv. Ivanov, D. Karov, Iv. Seferinov, Iv. Nikolov (won 8 championship titles as player and 5 championship titles as CSKA Head Coach), Borislav Kyosev (won the most championship titles - 9), L. Ganev, N. Ivanov, V. Todorov, Al. Popov, K. Todorov and many others. Referring to women, should not be missed the unforgettable moments with the red team of M. Mineva, M. Stoeva, R. Kaisheva, E. Shahanova, Ts. Bozhurina, V. Stoyanova, V. Nikolova, P. Natova, E. Pashova, M should not be missed. Kyoseva, V. Haralampieva, Desislava and Elitsa Nikodimovi, A. Zetova, N. Marinova, V. Borisova and others.
HALL OF FAME
Stefan Hristov was born on April 3, 1942 in Sofia. Father of another legend of CSKA - Plamen Hristov.
Competition activity - he started training volleyball in Slavia Sofia at the age of 14 and his entire career as a player passed in the white club. With Slavia Stefan Hristov is the winner of the Cup of Bulgaria. Master of sports.
Coaching activity - Stefan Hristov started his activity as a coach in CSKA in 1978. Dozens of army volleyball players pass through his hands, who made their first steps in volleyball exactly under his leadership. His players have been the backbone of CSKA and the national team for years.
Successes with the teams of CSKA - Over 20 titles in U17 and U19 of CSKA junior school.
Apart from CSKA, Hristov has been working with the national U19 teams from 1984 till 1990. The boys, who trained under him for a long time, won the 1991 World Junior Championship in Cairo.
Raycho Shahanov was born on 21.01.1923 in Sofia in an aristocratic family. He has had sports inclinations since he was a child, but his great love turned out to be volleyball, to which he dedicated his whole life.
Competition activity - With the team of "Rakovski" Sofia Raycho Shahanov won the title of Bulgaria at the First State Championship in 1942. In the following year of 1943 he also became champion with RR-43 (Rakovski-Rodina 43). On the Rakovski court in the Lozenets district of Sofia, he met his future wife Fanka and later together they founded the “Shahanov” volleyball school. Raycho was a player of the national team of the country until 1948. He won a bronze medal at the first Balkan Games in Bucharest in 1946, and a bronze medal at the Balkan-Central European Championships in 1947 in Tirana.
Coaching activity - Since 1961, he was a coach at the sports club "Septemvri" Sofia, and from 1969 until the end of his career he was a coach at CSKA together with his wife Fanka Shahanova. He was the coach of the women's representative team of Bulgaria and the girls' national teams. He created many elite players for the national teams such as Pavlina Stoimenova, Snezhana Borisova, Maria Vuchkova, Anelia Zaharieva and others. As a coach of the women's team of CSKA from 1972 to 1978, Raycho Shahanov laid the foundation for the great success of this team. In 1973 the team is made up of young volleyball players of high school students such as Maya Stoeva, Rumyana Kaisheva, Elena Shahanova, Verka Stoyanova, Katyusha Nicheva. With the support of the experienced Maria Mineva, Lilyana Yosifova and Snezhana Borisova, he won the silver medals at the first tournament of the Cup Winners' Cup of Europe, which is the first international club award for the army sport in women's volleyball. In the 1975-1976 season he was again second in the same tournament, and in the next season he won bronze. In 1976 he won the Bulgarian Cup with CSKA. A multiple silver medallist from the championships of the country, the team led by Bate Rayo was on the verge of winning the title of Bulgaria in 1977. In a very emotional and a highly technical final CSKA lost 2:3 game to "Levski - Spartak". Thus, the army remained again vice-champions of the country, after which Raycho Shahanov retired from the coaching field and devoted himself to volleyball science at the Science Centre of CSKA, meanwhile, in 1980, he received the State Order of Merit for his national athletes who won bronze volleyball medals at the Olympics in Moscow.
Todor Simov - Born on March 08.03.1929 in the town of Pernik.
Education - He completed his primary education in his hometown and his secondary education in Sofia at the First Men's Commercial High School. In 1947 he completed a course for basketball and gymnastics instructor. In 1954 he graduated from a two-year coaching school at the Higher Institute of Physical Culture "Georgi Dimitrov". In 1961 he graduated from the University of National and World Economy “Karl Marx” in Sofia.
Competition activity - From an early age he practiced and participated in various championships in volleyball, basketball, athletics, high jump, swimming - breaststroke, water polo and table tennis. Since 1948 his main sport is volleyball and with the men's team of "Rudnichar" Pernik he achieved the 5th place at the Republican Championship. In 1949, Coach Kosta Shopov provided him with a job at CDNV - Sofia as an accountant and he was included in the army men's volleyball team, with which he won the first championship title. He carried his military service in the sports company of the Ministry of National Defense and with the team of CDNV he achieved in the following rankings - 1950 - 3rd place; 1951 - 4th place; 1952 - 4th place.
He returned to his hometown and with the team of “Miner” Pernik won bronze medals in 1953 and gold medals in 1954 and 1955. The following year, 1956, he returned to Sofia and competed for the “Red Flag” sports club and the team ranked 6th. In 1957 he was recruited as a labour officer (junior lieutenant) to General Directorate "Construction Troops" and with the men's volleyball team of "Slavia" Sofia they won the silver medals in the championship and the cup. In 1958 the Slavia's paramilitaries were dismissed and the men's volleyball team ranked 5th, and the next year was not even among the finalists of the championship. Todor Simov left “Slavia” and returned to CDNA, under the leadership of the playing coach D. Zahariev and in 1959 they ranked 4th.
Player - coach - From 1960 to 1962 with only two players on military payroll (V. Simov and Dr. Yotov) the results are as follows - 1960 - 4th place and 1961 - 3rd place. The triumph was in 1962 with a championship title with the following team - Todor Simov - coach, V. Simov and Dr. Yotov - instructors, D. Karov, St. Kraychev and P. Feldsherov - soldiers. This is the end of Todor Simov's player career and the beginning of his coaching career. In the club there is a change in the direction of state professionalism in volleyball and the Ministry of National Defense allocated sergeant, sergeant and officer ranks according to the sports results. The sports company accepted volleyball players selected in contests with the participation of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation. Thus, the majority of elite players passed through the volleyball team of CDNA, who, after their dismissal from military service, filled the ranks of other sports clubs. The results are as follows - 1963 4th place; 1964 2nd place; 1965 5th place; 1966 4th place; 1967 already as CSKA Red Flag 2nd place with a formed staff of officers and sergeants and main formation - V. Simov, D. Zlatanov, St. Kraychev, Zdr. Simeonov, D. Karov, Al. Trenev. After the season, the management appointed M. Karaivanov as the team's coach, and T. Simov went to work abroad. He led the Cuban Women's National Team for four years. He won gold medals at the 1971 Pan American Games in Colombia. The Bulgarian Volleyball Federation withdrew him from Cuba and entrusted him with the men's national team, with which he won 4th place at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He left the men's national team and returned to lead the men's team of CSKA Septemvriysko zname and with them won the championship title in 1973. After the championship, the club's management entrusted him with the "Sports Games" department. He managed volleyball, basketball, handball, ice hockey until the beginning of 1978. His rich organizational and coaching experience was noticed by the Spanish Volleyball Federation and he was invited as technical director and coach of the women's national team. He worked in Spain for four years and laid the foundations of modern volleyball through numerous coaching courses and practical classes with national and club teams. He attracted to Spain Bulgarian players and coaches such as Iv. Baikushev, St. Kraychev, N. Sharaliev, S. Robev, K. Metodiev, M. Dimitrov, Ts. Tsanov to the authoritative clubs Real, Atletico, Barcelona. He returned to Bulgaria and retired in 1980. He worked at the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation as a union coach and was responsible for the men's field. In collaboration with Tsvetan Pavlov they enjoyed the bronze medals from the European Championship in 1981 in Varna. He was again sought after as a volleyball specialist abroad. In Italy he was the head coach of various teams - Avelino, Asti Messina, Reggio Calabria, Bari. Since 1992 he is enjoying a well-deserved retirement.
Player of the national team - In December 1948, Coach V. Ankov included him in the extended formation of the men's national team for the political course in Plovdiv, organized by the Supreme Committee for Physical Education and Sports for all men's national teams in Bulgaria. Long training camps followed in 1949 and winning the bronze medals at the First World Championships in Prague in the autumn of 1949. The first medals in team sports for Bulgaria followed: 1950 European Championships in Sofia 4th place; 1952 World Championships in Moscow 3rd place; 1954 World Student Games in Budapest 1st place with coach G. Krastev; 1955 Bucharest 3rd place; 1956 World Championships in Paris 5th place; 1958 Prague 4th place.
Distinctions and titles - Master of Sports, Honoured Master of Sports, Order "Stara Planina" 1st degree.
Punishments - 1950 by decision of the Supreme Committee for Physical Education and Sports he was removed from the men's national team
1955 European Championship in Bucharest, by decision of the ambassador and team leader A. Barzashki, T. Simov was extradited to Sofia by train before the last day of the championship, due to a complaint with an official note from the Romanian Federation for obscene remarks by T. Simov during the semi-final match Romania - Bulgaria.
1956 By decision of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, the entire formation and coaches of the men's national team were removed due to poor performance (5th place) at the World Championships in Paris and the heavy loss to the American team.
International activity - Volleyball instructor at the International Federation.
Education - He completed his secondary education in his hometown in 1941 at His Majesty's Military School with the rank of second lieutenant. He received coaching rights in 1950 from the coaching school at the Higher Institute of Physical Culture "Georgi Dimitrov".
Competition activity - Practices and participates in competitions in volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis with the school and representative men's team of "Locomotiv" Stara Zagora. As a cadet in the city of Sofia he played for the team of "Botev" - III district (Konyovitsa).
In 1948, Kosta Shopov attracted him to the team of "Septemvri" at CDV (Sofia). They win the championship title. They repeated their success in 1949 with CDVV (Sofia). In the following years he ranked with the army team:
1950 3rd place with the People's Army
1951 5th place with CDNV
1952 5th place with CDNV
The coach of the national team Valentin Ankov included him in the squad for the Balkan Games in 1948, where the team ranked 3rd. In 1949, Mitko Dimitrov was the main hitter of the team that won the bronze medals at the first World Cup in Prague.
In 1952 he ended his active sport competition career.
Coaching activity - Youth team of CDNV - 2nd place in 1950 and 4th place in 1951.
Men's team of CDNA - 5th place 1952, 4th place 1953, 2nd place 1954 and 2nd place 1955
Men's team of "Spartak" Sofia - 2nd place 1956
Men's team of Slavia Sofia - 2nd place 1957 and 5th place 1958
He returned again to “Spartak” Sofia, and in the following years at Levski Spartak he managed the men's and women's teams and the “Sports Games” department.
In 1979 he returned to CSKA "Septemvriysko zname" and won the championship title, the Cup of the People's Republic of Bulgaria and the European Champions Cup in 1984.
He also worked as a union coach at the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation.
He coached the women's national team and won 5th place at the European Championship in 1963 and 5th place at the European Championship in 1975. He coached the girls' national team and won 4th place at the European Championship in 1966.
He coached a club team in Kuwait and Barcelona. Technical director of the Spanish Volleyball Federation.
Sports titles and awards
Honoured master of sports and international judge. Holder of the Order of Bravery as a company commander during World War II.
In 1990 he was elected Vice-President of the Alumni Union of His Majesty's School and the School for Reserve Officers.
Punishments - During the Second World War at the front he was convicted for non-compliance with an order and pardoned by Gen. Vl. Stoychev.
In 1946 he was sentenced to prison and spent "one year of labour service" in the Stara Zagora Prison. The motives are an "irreconcilable enemy" of the Patriotic Front. He also demonstrated this at the front, where he was tried by a military court for non-compliance with an order and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 1950, the "Lustration by Origin" effected by the Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sports removed him from the national team in adulthood and so he could compete only on behalf of the army team - CDNV.
Milko Karaivanov - Milko Karaivanov (1930 - 2005) graduated from the First Men's High School - Sofia, studied law at Sofia University and at the Higher Institute of Physical Culture "Georgi Dimitrov", specialty "Volleyball".
Competition activity - Started actively playing volleyball in high school and was regularly included in the representative team at numerous student championships. The First Men's High School had won the name of a volleyball centre. In 1948, Coach Kostadin Shopov included him in the men's team of “Chavdar”, and later CDNA. Together with the then masters of volleyball K. Shopov, Dr. Stoyanov, D. Elenkov, K. Totev and others won the championship title. He repeated his success in 1949, when the team was already under the name CDNV - Sofia. In the following years, as a full-time student at Sofia University, he was included in the representative team of Academic (Sofia). He played under the expert guidance of G. Komatov, but did not reach the championship title. After graduating from the university he competed for the Red Flag team (Sofia). At the same time, his coaching career started. He worked with the youth teams of "Red Flag", which regularly qualify for prize positions in the national championships. In 1966, CSKA and Red Flag merged and he, with his rich experience, contributed a lot to the army club to build a well-set structure among the adolescents.
At that time he was the coach of the youth team of Bulgaria, which won the silver medals at the European Championships in Tokyo in 1969. Later, as an assistant coach of the men's national team with D. Gigov, he again won silver at the World Championships in 1970. Milko Karaivanov achieved the most successful years as a coach with CSKA - men. Under his leadership the team won 7 championship titles - 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1981 and 1982 and in 1969 when CSKA-men was at the top winning the European Champions Cup (ECC).
He was repeatedly awarded honours for services to the club and national volleyball. He was awarded the title of "honoured coach".
In 1975 - 1979 and 1983 - 1985 he coached the club "Al Aroba" and contributed to raising the level of volleyball in the emirate of Kuwait.
As a methodologist and head coach at the General Assembly of the Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sports of Lovech district (1986 - 1988) he supported the specialists and volleyball players in their professional growth. With the team from the village of Bulgarski Izvor he won the championship title. Then in 1989 he was again in CSKA as a volleyball methodologist and contributed to the men's team reaching the finals of European Champions Cup.
Ivan Nikolov was born in 1956.
As a student at the Lukovit High School and then at the Teteven High School, Ivan was included in the youth national volleyball team. As a distinguished athlete, he was a soldier of the Army Sports School. The rendezvous with CSKA is connecting and staying forever in and with CSKA - forever in the growth of the great volleyball player, in the work of the great coach, in the mission of the great man Ivan Nikolov.
The chronology of Ivan's wonderful performance at CSKA shines with ability and fighting spirit, with mastery and dedication:
Ivan is an eight-time national champion with his favourite club;
Multiple winner of the Cup of Bulgaria with CSKA;
Winner of the European Cup of club champions with CSKA;
Winner of the European Cup of National Cups with CSKA.
After the departure of the legendary Dimitar Zlatanov from CSKA, Ivan Nikolov is a long-time captain of the CSKA team. Ivan Nikolov is the soul of the team - not only as a fighting spirit, routine and sportsmanship, not only as a basic player of the team - he conducts the whole performance - both tactically and psychologically. Ivan is not only the face, Ivan is the soul of the team.
In 1975, the nineteen-year-old Ivan entered with his shine in the men's national team.
The history of Bulgarian volleyball is rich due to his brilliant play in many European and world competitions with the national team:
Ivan is twice a bronze medallist at the European Championship under the leadership of coach Vasil Simov;
5th place at the World Cup in Argentina;
Participation in two World Cups in Japan
He did a full Olympic cycle for the Moscow Olympics and was an Olympic vice-champion from Moscow ’80, under the guidance of Coach Todor Piperkov.
He qualified for the Olympic qualifiers in Barcelona for the Los Angeles ’84 Olympics. From 1984 to 1988 Ivan Nikolov showed his professional skills in the Italian championship. He played in the second "A" group for two years, ranked his team Zip Jeans in first place in the group, which ensured its jump to "A" group. As a playing coach of Zip Jeans, Ivan ranked his team 5th in the first "A" group in the elite Italian championship for 1988.
From 1988 to 1992 Ivan Nikolov was the coach of the women's team of CSKA. During this period the team is invariably the national champion, 3 times winner of the Cup of Bulgaria, ranked second at the European Club Championship in Lockhof - Germany despite Italy and two teams from Russia (the average age of the team is 20 - 21 years); became the winner of the European Cup of club champions, defeating the duly respecting team of Russia in the final.
In 1990 - 1992 Ivan Nikolov was the head coach of the women's national team and ranked it prestigiously at various sports forums, winning with it 2nd place at the Balkan Games in Turkey in 1991.
From 1994 until his ominous resignation at the end of the volleyball season in 1996, Ivan was the coach of the men's team of CSKA, with which he was the national champion for 1994/1995.
Ivan made a unique combination - the great athlete grew into a great coach.
The capriciousness of the talent does not like repetitions and that is why the rarely gifted player is also a quality coach. Ivan harmonizes in himself two great gifts - destinies: the strength of the athlete and the strength of the coach.
Fanka Shahanova was born on 14.06.1929.
She was among the participants in the first state volleyball championship of Bulgaria in 1942. She played as a setter and is the first volleyball player in Bulgaria to save balls with a plunge.
As a coach she won a record of 22 titles with the Sofia teams of Spartak, Septemvri and CSKA.
Dimitar Zlatanov Popov was born on 09.11.1948 in Ihtiman.
Bulgarian volleyball player, team vice-champion in volleyball at the Olympics in Moscow in 1980, the only Bulgarian in the volleyball Hall of Fame in Hollyok, Massachusetts (USA), hitter №1 in the world in 1970. Married to Maria Vasileva, has a son Hristo Zlatanov who has matches for the national team of Italy.
Competition career - Since 1969 he has played for CSKA with whom he has been the champion of Bulgaria for nine years, once he is a European champion, twice he is a finalist in the tournament, once he is third. His assets include victories over CSKA Moscow and Dynamo, over Dynamo (Berlin GDR), the Czech Dukla (Czechoslovakia is the world champion in 1966), the Spanish Real, the French Racing (Paris), the Japanese champion "Yamira" (Tokyo).
Coaching career - After retiring from competition in 1983 he became assistant coach of Vasil Simov at CSKA. In 1985 he was appointed head coach of CSKA with which he won 3 titles. In 1988 he resigned and went to work in Italy.
Titles and awards - European club champion with the Bulgarian CSKA - 1969
The Cup of the winners of Euro cups, with the Bulgarian CSKA - 1976
9 times winner with the team of CSKA September flag of the championship title of Bulgaria - 1968 to 1978.
He won a silver medal at the World Championships in Sofia in 1970.
He won a silver medal at the Olympics 80 in Moscow in 1980.
Stoycho Kraychev was born on 06.01.1941 in the town of Harmanli.
Education: He completed his primary education in his hometown and then finished a high school in Sofia. He also graduated from the coaching school at the Higher Institute of Physical Culture "Georgi Dimitrov".
Competition activity - At the age of 14-15 he practiced and competed with volleyball teams in the town of Harmanli. As a high school student he also participated in student championships. His military service began in the tank brigade "Gorna Banya - Sofia", where during the army championship he was discovered by the volleyball coaches of CDNV and transferred to the sports company, where began his development as a competitor. His entire competition career was only with the army team and he won 6 / six / championship titles - 1962, 1968, 1696, 1970, 1971 and 1972. In 1969 he won the Cup of European champions together with Vasil Simov, Dimitar Zlatanov, Dimitar Karov, Alexander Trenev, Zdravko Simeonov. The same army six was the basis of the national team that won the silver medals at the World Cup in 1970. He won the Bulgarian Cup with CSKA 3 / three / times - 1967, 1969 and 1970. Participant in the final four of European Champions Cup in 1963 and 1971. He played two seasons in 1973 and 1974 in the Spanish championship, defending the colours of Atletico - Madrid.
Coaching activity - Assistant coach of the men's team and coach of juniors in VC "CSKA". Coach of the men's teams of VC "Metallic" Sopot and Dimitrovgrad.
Sports titles and awards: Honoured master of sports. Holder of the Golden People's Order of Labour. Best hitter in the Bulgarian championship in 1969 and 1970 and in the Spanish championship in 1973. Retired in 1989.
Vasil Simov was born on 12.01.1937 in the town of Pernik. Died on 15.02.1997 (age 60)
Participant in the final of the World Championship in 1970 in Sofia with the team of Bulgaria - silver medal. Head coach of the women's national team - European champion in 1981 in Sofia. European club champion, as coach of the women's team of CSKA. Player and coach in the Italian championship.
Competition activity – Player of “Miner”-Pernik and CSKA, Sofia. Long-standing national player. He achieved second, fourth, fifth and seventh place at the world championships with the national team.
Coaching - Coach of the men's national team of Bulgaria in 1982 in Argentina, where they ranked fifth. Coach of the women's national team of Bulgaria in 1978 - 1981. The players led by him won a bronze medal at the Olympics in
Moscow, and at the European Championships in Sofia and Lyon - a gold and a bronze medal.
Titles and awards - He won the Cup of the European champions in 1979 with the team of CSKA Sofia.
He won a silver medal at the World Championships in Sofia in 1970.
Kostadin Kirilov Shopov was born on 19.10.1920 in Sofia in a family of intelligent and wealthy parents. His father Kiril Shopov - a merchant and his mother Yordanka Shopova - a housewife, give their son a good home upbringing, teach him to work and live honourable life. He graduated from the “Hristo Botev” Technical High School. From an early age Kosta played in the yards of the “Lagera” neighbourhood, near the Hippodrome and the old Slavia stadium. Thereon, in 1930, are also his first steps in athletics, swimming and "the game on both sides of the net" - volleyball.
Competition activity – Player of CSKA Sofia. Long-standing national player. He competed for the Romanian club "Medicina" - Bucharest.
Coaching activity - - the men's team of CSKA
- the men's and women's national teams of Bulgaria
- the men's national team of Turkey
- the men's and women's national teams of Mongolia
- the men's team of "Exabashi" Istanbul
- the men's team of "Adana" – Turkey
Participates in writing books:
Volleyball guide - K. Shopov, D. Elenkov
Volleyball guide for children and teenagers - T. Chakarov, K Shopov and D. Gigov
Management of the volleyball educational and training process - K. Shopov