Posted: Wed June 12, 2013 5:13PM; Updated: Wed June 12, 2013 5:13PM

Hristo Stoichkov appointed CSKA Sofia coach

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Hristo Stoichkov
Hristo Stoichkov last played in 2003, with D.C. United in MLS.
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SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria great Hristo Stoitchkov has been appointed coach of CSKA Sofia.

The 47-year-old Stoitchkov, who led Bulgaria to the semifinals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, led the team's first training session on Wednesday.

Stoitchkov, who won three league titles and four national cups as a CSKA player in the 1980s, replaced Milen Radukanov, who quit following a string of poor performances.

Stoitchkov switched to CSKA Sofia from Litex Lovech, whom he guided into fifth place in the championship after taking over in January 2012.

CSKA Sofia, which has won 31 league titles, finished third this season, nine points behind champions Ludogorets.

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