Bulgaria's Balakov to Take Over Hertha - ReportSports | February 14, 2012, Tuesday // 15:15| views
Bulgarian football legend Krasimir Balakov. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency
Bulgarian coach Krasimir Balakov is likely to take over German club Hertha Berlin, according to German media.
The Bulgarian is considered to be a frontrunner for the job, the German goal.com believes. The other contenders are said to be Thomas Doll, Ralf Rangnick, Holger Stanislawski, Falco Geotz, Jurgen Roeber and former Bulgarian national side coach Lothar Matthaeus.
As a player, Balakov had quite a successful career in Germany. He played for VfB Stuttgart where he won two UEFA Intertoto Cups (2000 and 2002) and a DFB-Pokal (1997), before retiring in 2003.
The prominent former Bulgarian international is currently managing Croatian team Hajduk Split.
On Sunday, Hertha Berlin fired coach Michael Skibbe after just five games — all losses — and lost midfielder Andreas Ottl to a three-games suspension after receiving a red card for a rough tackle.
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