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Bayern appoint Van Gaal as coach

Louis van Gaal
Van Gaal has won six league titles in Holland and Spain

Bayern Munich have appointed ex-Ajax and Barcelona boss Louis van Gaal as their new coach.

The former Dutch national coach succeeds Jurgen Klismann, who was sacked last month.

Bayern say van Gaal, 57, who has just guided AZ Alkmaar to the Dutch league title, will sign a two-year contract and formally take over on 1 July.

"We are happy to have gained an experienced and successful coach," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Dutch side Alkmaar have reportedly released their coach without any conditions, with Bayern set to play a friendly match at their home, probably in the summer of 2010.

Van Gaal won the 1992 Uefa Cup and the 1995 Champions League with Ajax and two Spanish championships with Barcelona.

Bayern fired Klinsmann following a string of disappointing results, including an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Germany's most successful club, who won the domestic league and cup double last year, have struggled in their quest to retain the Bundesliga title this season.

But they are now level on points with leader Wolfsburg with two rounds of matches to go.

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Coach Klinsmann sacked by Bayern
27 Apr 09 |  Europe
The Klinsmann way
07 Apr 09 |  Europe
Klinsmann handed reins at Bayern
11 Jan 08 |  Europe
Ballack wants Klinsmann to stay
19 Jun 06 |  Germany
Klinsmann quits as Germany coach
12 Jul 06 |  Germany
After Klinsmann
12 Jul 06 |  Germany
Germany hoping to keep Klinsmann
10 Jul 06 |  Germany
End of 'Klinsmann project'?
07 Jul 06 |  Germany
Klinsmann is unmoved by criticism
07 Mar 06 |  World Cup 2006
Klinsmann under pressure
20 Mar 06 |  Internationals
Pressure mounts on boss Klinsmann
12 Mar 06 |  World Cup 2006
Klinsmann back for Spurs
16 Oct 02 |  Tottenham Hotspur
Klinsmann down and Spurs out
05 Feb 98 |  Football

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