SV Austria Salzburg have appointed Giovanni Trapattoni and Lothar Matthäus as the coaching duo to lead the team into the UEFA Champions League.
Salzburg made the double appointment after parting company with coach Kurt Jara, despite the club finishing second in the Austrian Bundesliga. Owner Dietrich Mateschitz believed the new management team would help take Salzburg to even greater heights next season. "I'm sure that the combination of Trapattoni and Matthäus will be great for us," Mateschitz said.
The vastly-experienced Trapattoni has been out of football since leaving VfB Stuttgart in February. The 67-year-old Italian coached Matthäus at FC Internazionale Milano, winning the Serie A title together in 1988/89. "I'm coming to Salzburg to make something great happen," said Trapattoni, who will have a management role while Matthäus will be in charge of team affairs. The former midfielder has previously worked at SK Rapid Wien and FK Partizan, as well as the Hungarian national team.
"I am particularly looking forward to the collaboration with Giovanni," said Matthäus, a FIFA World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990. "He was one of the best trainers I ever had as a player." Salzburg will attempt to reach the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League from the second qualifying round. The pair will meet their new players when training resumes on 6 June.
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