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Briefs 4-Stoilov set to return as Bulgaria's soccer coach

Jan 30 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world on Friday:

Soccer - Stanimir Stoilov is set to be reappointed coach of Bulgaria next week, Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) president Borislav Mihaylov said.

“I’ll propose Stanimir Stoilov as coach and the (BFU) executive committee should confirm his appointment next week,” Mihaylov, who was re-elected on Friday for a second term as the BFU president, told a news conference.

Litex Lovech coach Stoilov, who had a brief spell in charge of the national side during the Euro 2008 qualifiers, had been widely touted to replace Plamen Markov, who was sacked in December.

Soccer - Hamburg SV have signed Venezuela international Tomas Rincon until the end of 2009 with an option of extending the midfielder’s contract until June 2013, the Bundesliga club said on their website (

Rincon, 21, won the championship in Venezuela last season with Deportivo Tachira and has won 13 caps for his country, Hamburg said.

Soccer - The United States has formally entered the race to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup after expressing its interest to world soccer’s governing body FIFA ahead of Monday’s deadline.

FIFA has also received applications from England, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Qatar along with joint bids from Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal.

Soccer - Brazilian defender Fabricio Silva Dornellas has joined Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim on loan for six months from Flamengo, the club said on their website (

The 18-year-old is expected to play on the left, in place of Hungarian Zsolt Loew who has left Hoffenheim for Mainz, the club said.

Cricket - The BBC’s cricket scorer and renowned statistician Bill Frindall has died aged 69 after contracting Legionnaire’s disease, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.

Frindall, nicknamed the “Bearded Wonder” for his ability to research the most obscure cricketing fact in minutes, had been part of BBC radio’s Test Match Special since 1966 and was awarded an MBE for his services to the game in 2004.

Editing by Clare Fallon