Ventseslav Simeonov: I am happy to be part of Friedrichshafen
The Bulgarian opposite confesses that he still needs to work hard to find the right chemistry with his new teammates
Ventseslav Simeonov, the 35-year old Bulgarian-born opposite player with dual Bulgarian and Italian citizenship, has joined Germany’s Friedrichshafen for the current season. With this interview he provides the volleyball arena with some insights about his experience with the club from the banks of Lake Constance.
How do you feel here in Friedrichshafen? What are your first impressions of the club and the city?
Everything is great! I was pleasantly surprised when I got here. Even though it is my first time playing outside Italy I have everything I need. I already knew that the club was very professional and they had a good reputation. I am satisfied and happy to be part of this team!
You arrived in Friedrichshafen a few weeks ago, have you had the time to get to know your teammates?
Yes, we are working really hard. I still have to keep improving and make up for the time that I lost since I was not here in the pre-season. The rest of the team had been practicing for two months before I got here so I am still working to find the right chemistry.
You know Friedrichshafen′s Champions League opponent Zenit Kazan pretty well. Can you recall some memories from the Champions League final you lost to this Russian team back in 2008 as you were playing for Copra Piacenza?
Three days before the final I had an ankle injury so I could not play in the final. I had to watch my team from the bench and it was tough. We worked so hard to get to the final that it was very disappointing to lose there. But now it is different, this is still the first leg of pool play and there is still a long way to go. It is always exciting to play against one of the best teams in the world.
To your understanding, what are the chances of Friedrichshafen to advance to the next round of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League?
We need to try to win every game, win the away game against Belgium’s Knack Roeselare and the ones we have in December to finish second in our Pool. It is possible and I know we can do it.