Slavia Sofia sack coach Velev

SOFIA - Slavia Sofia parted company with coach Emil Velev on Thursday a day after their 1-0 loss to city rivals CSKA in the Bulgarian Cup Final.

Seven-times Bulgarian champions Slavia, the oldest Sofia club, have failed to lift a trophy since 1996 when they won a domestic double. Velev came in last May for Velislav Vutsov.

Slavia, keen to mark their 100th anniversary in 2013 with a trophy or at least a place in European competitions, are preparing a huge clearout of players in the close season.

President Ventseslav Stefanov described the season as "catastrophic" after Wednesday's defeat.