Trapattoni, Matthaeus take over at Salzburg

May 23, 2006

VIENNA, May 23 (Reuters) - Former Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni and ex-German international Lothar Matthaeus have formally agreed to take charge of Austrian top division side Red Bull Salzburg.

"Red Bull Salzburg has everything it takes to achieve some big international goals in the mid-term future," Trapattoni told the club's website.

"In Lothar Matthaeus I have a partner who is used to taking responsibility and judging himself only by the highest standards."

The appointment of Trapattoni and Matthaeus, as sporting director and coach respectively, was announced by the club last week, only for the two men to say they had not signed contracts.

The pair finally put pen to paper on Tuesday in a deal where they share responsibility for sporting decisions at the club.

Trapattoni, who was fired by VfB Stuttgart in February, coached Matthaeus at Inter Milan and at Bayern Munich in 1997.

After playing a record 150 times for Germany and leading his country to victory in the 1990 World Cup, Matthaeus has so far proven less successful as a coach.

He took charge of Rapid Vienna and Partizan Belgrade before a spell as Hungary's coach and a brief stint in Brazil.

"Giovanni's level of experience is unique and it's a fantastic opportunity for me personally to work alongside him," Matthaeus said on Tuesday.

Backed by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, Salzburg finished runners-up this season, four points behind champions Austria Vienna.