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Sep, 21, 2010

Lothar Matthaus confirmed as new Bulgaria boss

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has been named as Bulgaria's new national coach, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) have announced.

Matthaus has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further two years, and the 49-year-old's first match in charge will be Bulgaria's Euro 2012 qualifier away to Wales next month.

"We need a foreign coach with a strong background whom the players will respect," BFU president Borislav Mihailov said. "It was not easy to find a coach in such a short time and I'm glad we did, I hope all of you also support it."

The former Germany captain has experience managing at international level, having taken charge of Hungary for a largely unsuccessful spell in 2004-05. He has since had spells in charge of several clubs including Partizan Belgrade, Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg.

Matthaus' appointment follows the resignation of Stanimir Stoilov after Bulgaria lost their opening two Euro 2012 qualifiers to England and Montenegro. The German becomes the first foreign manager to take charge of Bulgaria since Czechoslovakian Rudolf Vytlacil coached them at the 1966 World Cup finals in England.

As a player, Matthaus had a glittering career and won 150 caps. He captained Germany to World Cup success in 1990 and was named World Player of the Year in 1991.

He began his playing days at Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1979, before moving to Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, with whom he enjoyed two successful spells. Matthaus ended his career with MLS Soccer's Metrostars (now the New York Red Bulls) in 2000.

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