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Chernomorets bring Balakov back to Bulgaria

Published: Monday 15 December 2008, 9.18CET
Club president Mitko Subev said he has "high ambitions" after persuading former international Krassimir Balakov to end his 18-year self-imposed exile and return to Bulgaria to become coach of PFC Chernomorets Burgas.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Sofia
Chernomorets bring Balakov back to Bulgaria
Former Bulgaria international Krassimir Balakov has come home to join Chernomorets ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 15 December 2008, 9.18CET

Chernomorets bring Balakov back to Bulgaria

Club president Mitko Subev said he has "high ambitions" after persuading former international Krassimir Balakov to end his 18-year self-imposed exile and return to Bulgaria to become coach of PFC Chernomorets Burgas.

Club president Mitko Subev said he has "high ambitions" after persuading former international Krassimir Balakov to end his 18-year self-imposed exile and return to Bulgaria to become coach of PFC Chernomorets Burgas.

'Everything is agreed'
With Dimitar Dimitrov leaving Chernomorets to seek a new posting abroad, the 42-year-old former attacking midfielder is taking up his first professional posting in his native country since leaving FC Etar Veliko Turnovo for Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1990. He will be officially presented on 3 January.

Playing career
Balakov scored 16 goals in 92 appearances for Bulgaria, and played a crucial role in the side that reached the semi-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In club football, he won the Portuguese Cup with Sporting and German Cup with VfB Stuttgart, who he joined in 1995. He also reached the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winner's Cup final with the latter club, losing to Chelsea FC.

Swiss start
The 1995 and 1997 Bulgarian Player of the Year started his coaching career in earnest in January 2006 when he took over at Swiss side Grasshopper-Club, staying with the Zurich side until May 2007. In October 2007 he was appointed coach of FC St. Gallen, but left the club at the end of last season. Chernomorets are ninth in the 16-team A PFG table at the winter break.

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