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Hiddink named coach of Russia's Anzhi

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM

MOSCOW (AP):Russian club Anzhi Makhackala signed renowned Dutch coach Guus Hiddink to an 18-month contract yesterday.

After signing the contract, Hiddink headed immediately to Turkey where the team was training.

Anzhi is owned by Suleiman Kerimov, a Kremlin-connected billionaire from Dagestan, the Caspian province in southern Russia where the club is based. It signed striker Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan last summer.

The club did not release financial terms of Hiddink's contract, but the Dutchman said he still had good memories of his time as Russia's national coach from 2006-09 and was not moving to Anzhi for the money.

The 65-year-old said that if he was only concerned about money at his age, "then there is something wrong in my mind".

track record

Hiddink has coached numerous clubs and national sides, including guiding three different national teams to the semi-finals of major tournaments.

A stadium was named in his honour after he took co-host South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup, four years after guiding The Netherlands to the last four in France.

In 2008, he took an unheralded Russia team to the European Championship semi-finals, beating The Netherlands in the quarter-finals before losing to eventual winners Spain.

"I had a wonderful time in Russia in those four years," Hiddink said.

The Dutchman's fifth and most recent national side was Turkey, which released him last November when they failed to qualify for Euro 2012.