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Moenchengladbach appoint Advocaat

Advocaat returns to club management after coaching the Dutch national side

BERLIN, Germany -- Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach have appointed Dutchman Dick Advocaat as coach in place of Holger Fach, who was sacked last week.

Advocaat, in charge of the Dutch national side until their Euro 2004 semi-final exit, has signed a contract until June 2007.

He will appear at a news conference on Wednesday morning before supervising training for the first time in the afternoon.

Advocaat, 57, had two spells as the Dutch coach, from 1992 to 1994, when the Dutch were beaten in the World Cup quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil, and from 2002 to 2004. In the intervening period, he was in charge at PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers.

Moenchengladbach, who are based 20km from the Dutch border, are 14th in the 18-team Bundesliga and had been in the relegation zone until their surprise 2-0 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday under interim coach Horst Koeppel.

The five-times German champions and 1975 and 1979 UEFA Cup winners have just three league victories this season.

They also crashed out in the first round of the German Cup, suffering a humiliating defeat on penalties to Bayern Munich amateurs.

Moenchengladbach were a dominant force in German football in the 1970s, winning the Bundesliga in 1970 and 1971 and from 1975 to 1977. They also reached the European Cup Final in 1977, losing 3-1 to Liverpool.

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