SARAJEVO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Bosnia named former national team captain Meho Kodro as their new coach on Saturday following the team's failure in the Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Kodro, who replaces the sacked Fuad Muzurovic, was preferred to two other candidates on the Bosnian Football Association's (NFSBIH) shortlist, German Lothar Matthaeus and Croatian Zlatko Kranjcar.
'Meho Kodro won unanimous support by all present members of the NSFSBIH Executive Board,' the body's vice-president Sulejman Colakovic told state radio.
'Our national team will get a new quality with Kodro.'
Kodro is new to coaching but has a rich club career, which he began in the mid 1980s with his hometown club Velez Mostar.
He went on to play in Spain with Real Sociedad, Barcelona, Tenerife and Deportivo Alaves. He joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2000, where he stayed until his retirement in 2002.
Kodro has since worked as assistant coach at Real Sociedad.
Local media reported that former German World Cup-winning captain Matthaeus had set financial terms the NSFSBIH could not meet.