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 Germany's legend Bertie Vogts Offers to Manage Bulgaria's National Football Team

Germany's legend Bertie Vogts Offers to Manage Bulgaria's National Football Team

6/28/2007 4:12:18 PM
Bertie versus other legend, italian Gigi Riva in Mexico, 1970
German coach Bertie Vogts has offered his services to fill the vacant job as Bulgaria's national football team manager, state news agency BTA reported on Tuesday.

"We sent a fax to the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) this morning, saying that Vogts was ready to take over as national team manager, should [BFU chief] Borislav Mihailov and the union's executives want it," the agency quoted the German's agent, Misa Stankovic, as saying.

Vogts, 61, is currently managing the Nigerian national team, however, he is reported to be unsettled by last week's incident in which star player Obafemi Martins' car was shot at, and wants to leave the African country.

As a player, Vogts was a key member of the Borussia Moenchengladbach team that dominated the West German league in the 1970s, winning five domestic titles and two UEFA cups, as well as the World Cup with West Germany in 1974.

As a manager, he served in several positions in the German national team set up, he was promoted to head coach in 1990, after the Germany won the World Cup with him as assistant manager.

He took them to two European Championship finals, losing to Denmark in 1992, but winning the title in 1996, but was less fortunate in World Cups, resigning in 1998 after a second consecutive quarterfinal exit from the competition.

He later coached Bayer Leverkusen, Kuwait and Scotland, before taking over Nigeria in January.

Vogts' most memorable encounter with Bulgaria was in 1994 at the World Cup in the US, when Bulgaria beat his German side 2-1 in the quarterfinals in one of the competition's biggest upsets.

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