The Bulgarian Volleyball Federation (BFV) is on the brink of appointing Italian Gianlorenzo Blengini as the new head coach of the national men’s volleyball team, as revealed by sportal.bg. Blengini, who currently helms Lube Volley Civitanova, is expected to conclude his duties with the Italian club and focus solely on the Bulgarian team.
The 51-year-old Blengini was the favored choice in a recent Bulgarian Volleyball Federation Executive Board meeting, triumphing over current head coach Plamen Konstantinov and former coach Martin Stoev. BFV President Lyubo Ganev detailed the selection process, noting that Blengini’s full-time commitment to the national team was a decisive factor. His contract, spanning three years with an optional two-year extension based on performance in 2025 and 2026, reflects this dedication.
Blengini’s engagement with Bulgarian volleyball began through his observations of young Bulgarian players at Lube Volley, recognizing their potential during a training exchange facilitated by Levski Sofia. His insights and willingness to nurture this potential played a significant role in the negotiations.
The contract, extending until 2026, focuses on developing young talent and achieving specific targets which could lead to Olympic qualification. Ganev emphasized the importance of these goals in raising Bulgaria’s standing in international volleyball and expressed confidence in Blengini’s ability to lead the team to success.