Furious Matthaeus to Purge Bulgaria ahead of Wales Clash

Sports | September 13, 2011, Tuesday // 13:01|  views

The tension between Lothar Matthaeus and the players has been fueled by a recent alcohol-related scandal and his decision to leave out of the squad experienced footballers in crucial matches. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria coach Lothar Matthaeus is expected to leave key players out of the squad for next month's euro qualifier against Wales in yet another proof of the escalating tensions inside the team.

PSV Eindhoven defender Stanislav Manolev, who turned on the German after being dropped for the Euro 2012 Group G qualifier against England, will most probably not feature in his line-up this time as well.

Nikolay Bodurov and Petar Zanev are likely to remain out too.

Former Parma striker Valeri Bojinov has never made a secret of his negative feelings for the coach and has vowed never to wear the Bulgarian shirt while the German is in charge.

German coach Lothar Matthaeus has repeatedly criticized Bulgarian players, saying that many of them fail to live up to his standards and expectations.

The tension between him and the players however was fueled by a recent alcohol-related scandal and the coach decision to leave out of the squad experienced footballers in crucial matches.

Bulgaria have now lost even theoretical chances to qualify to Euro 2012 after getting defeated by Switzerland in Basel Tuesday night.

Bulgaria remains fourth out of 5 in qualifying group G with 5 points, losing any hopes to make it even to the second place.

Switzerland next plays away to Wales on Oct. 7, and Bulgaria welcomes the Welsh four days later.

Montenegro hosts England on Oct. 7 before coming to Switzerland for the final match.

England leads by six points with one game left after beating Wales 1-0 on Tuesday.

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Tags: Stanislav Manolev, Matthaeus, Lothar, red cards, Zhivko Milanov, Ivan Ivanov, national football team, Wales, England, Montenegro, Basel, Switzerland, Bulgaria, German, coach, Valeri Bojinov, Nikolay Bodurov, Petar Zanev


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