Soccer-Ludogorets sack coach Petev one game into new season (Reuters)

SOFIA, July 21 (Reuters) – Bulgarian champions Ludogorets have fired coach Ivaylo Petev after a surprise defeat in the opening round of the domestic league season, the club said on Sunday. Ludogorets, who have won back-to-back league titles, slumped to a 1-0 loss on Saturday to newcomers Lyubimets 2007, whose home town has a population of less than 8,000. “Ivaylo Petev is no longer coach of Ludogorets,” the club said in a statement. “The decision was taken after consultations immediately after the match in Lyubimets. …

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