The Bulgarian opposite Tsvetan Sokolov officially became a new player in Zenit Kazan, the current Russian Volleyball Championship runners-up.
The 10-time Russian champions Zenit Kazan finally announced the hiring of the current CEV Champions League winner Sokolov for the next season. The 29-year-old Bulgaria national team member brings to Zenit Kazan a lot of experience in playing with top-level European clubs. In terms of the number of medals in the CEV Champions League (7), he is second only to Osmany Juantorena and Maksim Mikhailov (8 each).
Last season, Sokolov played with the jersey of the Italian side Cucine Lube Civitanova, winning the national championship and the CEV Champions League, in whose final Sokolov was involved in beating his future team. It was Sokolov’s third CEV Champions League gold medal (2010 and 2011 with Itas Trentino, and 2019 with Cucine Lube Civitanova). He also claimed the title in the FIVB Club World Championship three times (all with Itas Trentino), Italian Championship three times (once with Itas Trentino and twice with Cucine Lube Civitanova), Turkish Championship one time (Halkbank), Italian Cup three times (twice with Itas Trentino and once with Cucine Lube Civitanova, Turkish Cup one time (Halkbank), and Turkish Super Cup two times (all with Halkbank).
In addition, Zenit Kazan engaged an outside hitter Fedor Voronkov. The 23-year-old player was the top scorer for Nova Novokuybyshevsk last season. He made his debut for Russia national team in this year’s FIVB Nations League.