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Vanya Voynova
Personal information
Born(1934-10-22)22 October 1934
Sofia, Bulgaria
Died9 March 1993(1993-03-09) (aged 58)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Listed height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Career information
Playing career1950–1968
PositionCenter
Number8
Career history
1950–1968WBC Slavia Sofia
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Vanya Voynova (Bulgarian: Ваня Войнова); December 27, 1934 – March 9, 1993) was a Bulgarian basketball player. She has played for Slavia Sofia from 1950 to 1968, winning the European Champions' Cup in 1959 and 1963 and Bulgarian league 12 times from 1953 to 1965. With the Bulgaria women's national basketball team, she has won silver in the 1959 World Championship, bronze in the 1964 World Championship, gold in the 1958 European Championship, silver in the 1960 European Championship and 1964 European Championship and bronze in the 1954 European Championship and 1962 European Championship. She has been inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.[1]

Club career

National team

Vanya Voynova played for the Bulgarian national women's team for 15 years. Her generation remains a lasting trace in the history of this sport in the country. Many experts believe that this is the most successful generation of the 20th century.

With Voynova on its side, the national team won one gold and one silver, and two bronze medals at the European Championships between 1954 and 1964. At that time, the Soviet team was considered the best on the continent, but the Bulgarians broke their opponents' dominance in 1954. At the 1959 World Cup, Voynova played an essential role in winning the bronze medal, finishing with an average of 13.1 points per game. Five years later, she is on top again, and with her help, Bulgaria won the bronze medal.

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1952 European Championship for Women

Match M/A % PF Pts
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 7/12 58.3 3 27
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Romania Romania 1/2 50 2 7
Bulgaria Bulgaria - France France 3/4 75 0 13
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Italy Italy 3/3 100 4 11
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Poland Poland 9/10 90 2 35

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1954 European Championship for Women

Match M/A % PF Pts
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 33
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Denmark Denmark 0 0 0 22
Bulgaria Bulgaria - France France 0 0 0 14
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 0 0 0 17
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Hungary Hungary 0 0 0 18
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Soviet Union Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 22
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Soviet Union Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 4

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1956 European Championship for Women

Match M/A % PF Pts
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Poland Poland 6/9 66.7 4 24
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Finland Finland 0/0 0 0 0
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 3/4 75 5 9
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Austria Austria 3/3 100 3 10
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 1/2 50 5 9
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Soviet Union Soviet Union 10/11 90.9 3 20
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 6/6 100 5 10

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1958 European Championship for Women

Match M/A % PF Pts
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 0/1 0 5 2
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Austria Austria 4/4 100 2 14
Bulgaria Bulgaria - France France 4/5 80 2 16
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Poland Poland 1/1 100 5 1
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 6/7 85.7 3 24
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Soviet Union Soviet Union 7/9 77.8 5 19
Bulgaria Bulgaria - Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 4/6 66.7 5 22

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References

  1. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. ^ "archive.fiba.com: Players". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Vanya Voynova profile, 1952 European Championship for Women". FIBA.COM.
  4. ^ "Vanya Voynova profile, 1954 European Championship for Women". FIBA.COM.
  5. ^ "Vanya Voynova profile, 1956 European Championship for Women". FIBA.COM.
  6. ^ "Vanya Voynova profile, 1958 European Championship for Women". FIBA.COM.