July 30, 2018 / 12:03 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer-Levski to unveil Slovenian Stojanovic as new coach on Tuesday

SOFIA, July 30 (Reuters) - Former Slovenia manager Slavisa Stojanovic will be the new coach of the 26-times Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia, the 48-year-old confirmed on Monday.

Stojanovic, who led Domzale to the Slovenian league title in 2007 and 2008 and Red Star Belgrade to the Serbian league title in 2014, will be presented at Levski’s Georgi Asparuhov Stadium on Tuesday.

Sources close to the Sofia-based side told Reuters last week that much-travelled Stojanovic, who also worked in Belgium, China and Latvia and worked as the United Arab Emirates’ assistant coach, agreed to join Levski on a one-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.

Levski had forgettable campaigns in recent years but Stojanovic said he was looking for change in fortunes.

“Yes, I know that Levski haven’t won a trophy since 2009,” Stojanovic told local media. “Step by step, we will try to build a team to break this bad series. I’m optimistic.

“I can’t speak anymore because there’s a press conference on Tuesday.”

The Slovenian will replace Italian Delio Rossi, who was released following an early European exit this month.

The Blues, as Levski are known in the Black Sea state, were knocked out by Liechtenstein’s FC Vaduz in the Europa League’s first qualifying round on away goals after the sides drew 3-3 on aggregate on Tuesday. (Reporting by Angel Krasimirov Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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