Lothar Matthäus has resigned as coach of Serbo-Montenegrin side FK Partizan to take charge of the Hungarian national team in the new year.
'Personal and final'
The former German international had a contract until June 2005 with Partizan but announced his decision after his side had recorded a 1-0 victory at FK Železnik on Saturday. He said in a brief statement: "This is my personal and final decision."
'Teachers of Europe'
Matthäus has signed an 18-month deal with the Hungarian Football Federation, whose president Imre Bozóky said: "Hungary were the teachers of Europe before the 1950s - now it is time to ask them to teach us."
Partizan director Nenad Bjekovic revealed Matthäus's decision had caught the club unawares, saying: "I'm suprised. We thought he was happy with us, and we had a plan for the future. Now we must try to find a good solution."
The Serbo-Montenegrin champions were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, finishing bottom of Group F, and were knocked out of European competition entirely as Olympique de Marseille secured a 1-1 draw in Belgrade to claim the section's UEFA Cup place. Domestically, Partizan lie second in the Prva Savezna Liga at the halfway stage, three points behind leaders FK Crvena Zvezda.
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