For almost as long as I’ve been seriously interested in volleyball, I’ve dreamt of seeing this match. The Olympic Final from 1980 between Soviet Union and Bulgaria. The Soviet team from this era was essentially unbeaten between 1977 and 1983 and in this time won 2 World Championships, 2 World Cups, 5 European Championships and 1 Olympics. The greatest unanswered question in volleyball history is who would have won an unboycotted 1984 Olympics. The team was coached by Vyacheslav Platonov and included Vyacheslav Zaytsev (#2) and Aleksander Savin (#3) who by any method of judgement are in the conversations for, respectively, best setter and best player of all time.
Read about the great new Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.