Happy Bojinov Back in Bulgaria Squad after Matthaeus ExitSports | September 23, 2011, Friday // 17:45| views
Valeri Bojinov, who was recently transferred to Sporting Lisbon, has never made a secret of his negative feelings for the former coach and vowed never to wear the Bulgarian shirt while Lothar Matthaeus is in charge. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria new coach Mihail Madanski has recalled back into the team former Parma striker Valeri Bojinov for the upcoming euro qualifier against Wales.
Lothar Matthaeus, who was recently sacked as coach of Bulgaria's squad, has been dropping Bojinov from his very first to his very last match in charge of the team, saying he was not happy with the striker's performance after watching him play against Fiorentina in Serie A.
The move was surprising as Bojinov was expected to be the key player Lothar Matthaeus will rely on after failing to convince Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov to return to the squad.
Valeri Bojinov, who was recently transferred to Sporting Lisbon, has never made a secret of his negative feelings for the former coach and vowed never to wear the Bulgarian shirt while Matthaeus is in charge.
"I am very happy that once again I will have the opportunity to play for Bulgaria. I already talked to Mr. Madanski and he was really kind, which impressed me. I will give everything for the national team," Valeri Bojinov commented.
Bulgaria will go to the euro qualifier against Wales next month without one of its top players – Martin Petrov.
The move will be an echo of the recently dismissed former coach Lothar Matthaeus' tactics, who left out of the match against Belarus the most experienced pair – Martin Petrov and Stiliyan Petrov - only to be put to shame after a humiliating but well-deserved defeat.
Mihail Madanski, who took over the team as an interim coach, has repeated the arguments of his predecessor, saying he wanted to test new players and see new faces in action.
The Petrovs, who play for Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers, have recently denied media reports that they plan to quit the national team after the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
PSV Eindhoven defender Stanislav Manolev, who turned on the former coach German Lothar Lothar Matthaeus, after being dropped for the Euro 2012 Group G qualifier against England on September 2, feature in the line-up of his successor.
Nikolay Bodurov and Zhivko Milanov however are out due to an injury and a red card respectively.
Bulgaria have now lost even theoretical chances to qualify to Euro 2012 after getting defeated by Switzerland in Basel earlier this month.
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 October 7, and Bulgaria welcomes the Welsh four days later.
Montenegro hosts England on October 7 before coming to Switzerland for the final match.
England leads the group.
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