Lothar Matthaeus agrees to become Bulgaria's national team 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.