Former Germany legend Lothar Matthaeus has been appointed the new coach of Bulgaria.
Bulgarian football federation head Borislav Mihailov confirmed that Matthaeus will be officially presented in a few days and will lead the team in its next Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.
Mihailov said Matthaeus has agreed on a one-year contract with an option for two more years.
“Lothar Matthaus is the new coach of the national team. The contract would be signed within few days. The contract is for 2+1 years and could be extended. We elected Lothar Matthaus out of 25 candidates. Finance parameters would not be announced now. Initially Mihail Madanski will help Matthaus and later the resigned Tsanko Tsvetanov will be included in the staff”, Mihailov said.
Matthaeus coached Hungary with little success in 2004-05 and has held coaching jobs with a number of clubs, including Austria’s Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg. The former world player of the year led West Germany to the 1990 World Cup title and was a member of the side that lost in the 1986 final.