Matthaeus becomes Bulgaria’s national coach

Lothar Matthaeus, the 1991 FIFA player of the year, has been

hired as Bulgaria’s national team coach,

Federation head Borislav Mihailov said Tuesday that Matthaeus

had agreed to a one-year contract with an option for two more

years.

The 49-year-old, who helped West Germany win the 1990 World Cup,

replaces Stanimir Stoilov, who resigned Sept. 7 after losses to

England and Montenegro in the opening qualifiers for the 2012

European Championship.

Matthaeus coached Hungary without much success in 2004-05 and

held coaching jobs with Serbia’s Partizan Belgrade, Austria’s Rapid

Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg. The midfielder played a record 150

games for West Germany and Germany. He finished his playing career

with Major League Soccer’s MetroStars in 2000.