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Turkey appoint Hiddink as head coach

Well-traveled coach Guus Hiddink will continue his international career with a new challenge in Turkey.
Well-traveled coach Guus Hiddink will continue his international career with a new challenge in Turkey.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Russia coach Guus Hiddink has been named as Turkey's new national football boss
  • Hiddink will begin a two-year contract when his stint with Russia ends on June 30
  • The 63-year-old Dutchman has previously led Chelsea, Real Madrid and the Netherlands
  • Turkey have been without a coach since Fatih Terim's departure in October
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(CNN) -- Russia coach Guus Hiddink has been named as Turkey's new national team manager after agreeing a two-year contract starting in August.

The 63-year-old, who announced last week he was leaving his post with Russia after failing to win a place at the 2010 World Cup, will aim to guide Turkey through the upcoming qualifiers for Euro 2012.

The Dutchman had a short tenure at English Premier League club Chelsea in 2009 when he led the side to the Champions League semifinals and lost only one match during his 22 games in charge.

The Turkish Football Federation announced on Wednesday that Hiddink will take over in August, having decided not to renew his contract with Russia which expires on June 30.

"Turkish Football Federation president Mahmut Ozgener and TFF vice-president Lutfi Aribogan flew to Amsterdam to finalize the negotiations with Hiddink," it said on its Web site.

"The experienced coach agreed to a two-year contract with an option for a further two years."

The TFF said former Turkey captain Oguz Cetin and ex-goalkeeper Engin Ipekoglu would be among Hiddink's coaching staff, which will also include one of his fellow Dutchmen.

Hiddink steered Russia to the semifinals of Euro 2008, but last November his team were beaten in a World Cup qualifying playoff by Slovenia.

He has previously managed club sides Real Madrid and Valencia as well as taking South Korea and the Netherlands to fourth place at World Cups in 2002 and 1998, and Australia to the second round in 2006.

One of his most successful periods was at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, where he won six domestic league titles and four cups.

The Turkish national team has been without a coach since Fatih Terim's departure in October, following a failed 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Turkey are in Group A for the Euro 2012 qualifiers with Germany, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.