First RefereeKsenija JURKOVICCROSecond RefereeMarie-Catherine BOULANGERBEL
Kolodruma is the biggest multifunctional complex in Plovdiv, famous with modern architecture and impressive atmosphere. The hall is unique not only being the only covered Olympic-sized cycling track in the Balkans, but also for being able to host 22 sports at the highest level. Kolodruma has also a hall for warm up trainings, press center, locker rooms, coach rooms, LED screens, underground and grand parking for 438 cars. The Arena is connected to four boulevards so getting there is easy. Capacity: 6100
How To Attend
Naycho Tsanov Blvd., PLOVDIV, 4000 Capacity: 6100
City bus lines that have stops near the arena: 4, 10, 17, 99 PLOVDIV AIRPORT – distance to the hall is 12.2 km, cca. 15 min by car. There’s no public transportation from the airport. SOFIA AIRPORT – distance to the hall by car using highway A1 is 151 km and takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. Get directions
Gergana Dimitrova was born on 28th February 1996 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She started to practice tennis, but decided that individual sports are not for her, and she chose volleyball. She has won the championships in Romania, Bulgaria and Switzerland. She is part of the national team more than 10 years and in her free time likes to relax on the beach.
· Bulgaria and Sweden meet for the second time at the European Championships. In 1967, Bulgaria recorded a 3-0 win over Sweden in the group stage.
· These teams have yet to meet at a major world level tournament (Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, Grand Champions Cup, World Grand Prix, Nations League).
· Bulgaria could finish in the top eight at back-to-back European Championships for the first time since recording a top-eight finish at five successive editions from 1995 to 2003.
· Bulgaria progressed to the knockout stage by finishing top of Pool B, winning four of their five matches. The only exception was a 3-2 defeat versus Germany.
· At the 2019 European Championships, Bulgaria defeated Azerbaijan in straight sets to secure their second top-eight finish in the competition since 2005 (also eighth in 2009).
· Bulgaria's four wins in this edition are most for them at a single European Championships since 2001 (5).
· Bulgaria have won seven of their last nine matches at the European Championships, as many as in their previous 30 matches in the competition.
· Sweden could record their best finish at the European Championships. Their three previous appearances were in 1967 (15th out of 15 teams), 1971 (15th out of 18 teams) and 1983 (12th out of 12 teams).
· Sweden progressed to the knockout stage by finishing fourth in Pool D. The Swedes started their campaign with two wins (3-2 against Finland, 3-0 versus Romania), before losing their next three in straight sets (against Turkey, Ukraine and Netherlands).
· Coming into these European Championships, Sweden had won only three of their 22 matches in the competition. All three victories were in 1971: against England, Denmark and Austria.
Address25 Nezabravka Str. Sofia
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Isabele Haak of SWE warming up
1994 Ballon D'Or winner, Bulgaria's Hristo Stoichkov with CEV President, Mr. Aleksandar Boričić
Bulgaria team huddle
Nasya Dimitrova (2) and Emiliya Dimitrova (14) celebrating a point
A full house in Plovdiv
#EuroVolleyW light show
SWE staff happiness
The happy winners
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A historic Quarter Final for Sweden after a five-set drama in Plovdiv
Sweden reached a historic first ever EuroVolley Women Quarter Final after surviving a five-set drama in Plovdiv. Led by the unstoppable Isabelle Haak the Swedes beat hosts Bulgaria 3-2 in a match that lasted 137 minutes.
● The home team made a blistering start winning seven of the first eight points in the match including kill blocks by Hristina Vuchkova and Elitsa Vasileva. The Swedes never got into the set registering modest 38% kill rate in attack while committing four errors.
● After losing their tenth EuroVolley 2021 Women set in a row Swedes finally got on the board in the second after breaking Bulgaria’s reception. Two errors by Gergana Dimitrova and one by Emiliya Dimitrova aided the visitors who also recorded a couple of fluky aces.
● Bulgaria was leading 22-21 in the third set and had a free ball when a block by Dalila-Lilly Topic turned the things around. Two spikes by Aleksandra Lazic put Sweden ahead and on a brink of a shock surprise.
● The Lionesses went on a 7-2 run midway through the fourth set to go up by six points and were never threatened from there. Three kill blocks by Hristina Vuchkova sealed the deal and sent the match into a tiebreak.
● Bulgaria led almost the entire decider and got a couple of match points. However a serve error by Emiliya Dimitrova proved costly. A net error by Elitsa Vasileva gave Sweden a match point and on the third time of asking a spike by Aleksandra Lazic stunned more than 3000 fans in the Kolodruma Hall. Among them – football legend, Ballon d`Or and Golden Boot winner Hristo Stoichkov.
● Isabelle Haak was the top scorer for Sweden with 26 points including 7 in the tiebreak. Elitsa Vasileva registered 17 for Bulgaria while middle blocker Hristina Vuchkova finished with the incredible 8 kill blocks.
"We played a good game. It was a marathon. Yes, they smashed us in the first set but then we became more patient, started focusing on every ball, and making less mistakes. Thus, we also improved our block and attack. We already had our medal when qualifying for the Eighth Finals, now we have our silver medal. Hopefully, we will have another great match. Today we are just happy!"
Head coach, Sweden
"We came here without pressure and that was the key, I think. I still have no idea what happened. We struggled for sure but at the end, I am so proud of my team. We are living our dream now. We are qualified for the Quarter Finals. It can't be better than this. I hope that we will manage to play another good game."
“We can’t belittle Sweden’s achievement but we were short of people because of illness. We didn’t want to communicate about it because we believed we can get through this. That limited our rotation, not only the starters but backups were ill too. The girls beat Poland but couldn’t pull out today’s match. Somebody must’ve cursed us. The tournament ends on a bitter note but life goes on. I hope the momentum will carry on because Bulgarian people showed that they love the team and believe in it.”
Head coach, Bulgaria
“I would like to apologize to all our supporters both in the arena and on TV. We let them down. We didn’t fulfil the expectations. We didn’t underestimate the Swedes. Simply, it was too hard physically for us. It was not the only reason for the defeat but it was a significant one. For me personally the physical struggle today was unbearable.”
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of BULGARIA compared to SWEDEN.
BULGARIA number of service aces compared to SWEDEN
Errors leading to points of BULGARIA, next to those from SWEDEN