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Mladenov returns for third stint at CSKA Sofia

Published: Monday 5 March 2012, 16.52CET
Former Bulgaria coach Stoicho Mladenov has returned for a third spell at the PFC CSKA Sofia helm after Dimitar Penev agreed to step down from that role on Sunday.
Mladenov returns for third stint at CSKA Sofia
Former CSKA player and coach Stoycho Mladenov is back in charge of the capital club ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 5 March 2012, 16.52CET

Mladenov returns for third stint at CSKA Sofia

Former Bulgaria coach Stoicho Mladenov has returned for a third spell at the PFC CSKA Sofia helm after Dimitar Penev agreed to step down from that role on Sunday.

Former Bulgaria coach Stoicho Mladenov has returned for a third spell in charge of PFC CSKA Sofia following Dimitar Penev's removal from the post on Sunday.

The 54-year-old guided CSKA to the domestic title in each of his previous stints, in 2002/03 and 2007/08, to add to the four championships and two Bulgarian Cups won as a player for the Reds during the 1980s. Mladenov's finest hour on the pitch came when the then national-team striker scored twice to knock holders Liverpool FC out of the European Champions Clubs' Cup at the quarter-final stage in 1982. He later coached Bulgaria between 2000 and 2002.

Penev, who is Bulgaria's most successful club coach, was relieved of his duties after CSKA's 2-0 defeat at PSFC Chernomorets Burgas on Sunday which left the capital outfit third in the A League, three points behind leaders PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. Penev will nonetheless stay on at the club as honorary president.

Last updated: 05/03/12 19.25CET

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