June 5, 2018 / 8:53 PM / 16 days ago

Soccer: Ludogorets set to appoint Brazilian Autuori as manager - source

SOFIA (Reuters) - Much-travelled Brazilian Paulo Autuori is set to be named manager of Bulgarian champions Ludogorets this week, a source close to the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Coach Paulo Autuori of Brazil's Atletico Mineiro reacts during their Copa Libertadores soccer match against Paraguay's Nacional in Ciudad del Este March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

The source said Autuori, who guided Cruzeiro and Sao Paulo to Copa Libertadores titles and has also managed other top Brazilian clubs including Santos, Flamengo, Botafogo and Atletico Mineiro, had already agreed to join Ludogorets.

Ludogorets clinched their seventh successive league title with four games to spare in April.

Autuori, 61, is expected to be officially named as Ludogorets manager, a new position at the club, in the coming days. It is unclear whether current head coach Dimitar Dimitrov will remain in his role.

One of the highlights of Autuori’s club career came in 2005 when he led Sao Paulo to a Club World Cup triumph in Japan after a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the final.

The former Peru and Qatar coach has also been in charge of several Portuguese clubs, including Benfica as well as Qatari side Al-Rayyan, helping them to two Emir’s Cup victories.

Romania defender Dragos Grigore and Lokomotiv Plovdiv winger Dimo Bakalov have already signed for Ludogorets as the Razgrad-based side bid to strengthen their squad ahead of the Champions League’s qualifying rounds.

Fitness coach Ivan Diaz also joined The Eagles from Atletico Madrid.

Ludogorets have won 11 domestic trophies, including two Bulgarian Cups and two Supercups, since 2012 when they won their maiden top-flight promotion.

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Toby Davis

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