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AACHEN, Germany -- Former Germany international Guido Buchwald is the new coach of Alemannia Aachen.
The 46-year-old Buchwald will sign a two-year contract in the next few days, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.
Aachen just escaped relegation last season and Michael Frontzek stepped down as coach after the last game less than a month ago.
Buchwald is best known in Germany for shutting down Argentina star Diego Maradona in the 1990 World Cup final, which Germany won 1-0.
Buchwald played mostly for Stuttgart, winning two Bundesliga titles. After a stint in Japan's J-League, he returned to end his career in Karlsruhe.
Buchwald won the league championship and the domestic cup with the Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan last season.
He was voted the J-League's coach of the year in 2006 after leading Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds to the national title that year in a two-year stint at the club where he made more than 100 appearances in the 90s.
But after his time in the land of the rising sun, he is glad to be back on home turf.
"It was always my plan to coach back in Germany and I am glad it worked out that way," said the 76-times capped former defender.
"It will be difficult getting back into the Bundesliga, the competition is strong, but we have a two-part plan for the first year and we will see what comes of that."
World Cup winner Buchwald picked up two Bundesliga titles with Stuttgart.