Matthäus confident of steering Bulgaria to Euro2012 finals

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Matthäus confident of steering Bulgaria to Euro2012 finals

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Germany’s former World Cup winning captain Lothar Matthäus has been officially presented as the new coach of Bulgaria.

Matthäus replaces Stanimir Stoilov who resigned following Bulgaria’s opening two Group G defeats by England and Montenegro in the Euro2012 qualifiers earlier this month.

Despite the country’s poor start to their qualification campaign their new coach is confident of turning the sides’ fortunes around.

“I know well the style of football in Bulgaria and I am convinced we have the quality, even in this difficult situation, to finish at least runners up in the qualification group so we can reach the Euro2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.”

The 1991 FIFA World Player of the year also said that he would try to persuade Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov to come out of international retirement.

Berbatov, who is the Balkan country’s all-time leading scorer, quit the national team in May.

Mattaus, who captained West Germany to the World Cup title in 1990 and won a record 150 caps, makes his debut at the helm when Bulgaria take on Wales in Cardiff on 8 October for their third European qualifier.

The 49-year old is Bulgaria’s fourth coach since Hristo Stoichkov quit in 2007 and first foreigner to take over since Czech Rudolf Vytlacil vacated the post in 1966.