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Guardiola to take over as Bayern Munich coach at the end of the season

Published on Jan 17, 2013 12:34 AM
 
Men's Coach of the Year nominee Pep Guardiola of Spain addresses a news conference before the Fifa Ballon d'Or 2012 Gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on Jan 7, 2013. Bayern Munich have appointed Guardiola to replace Jupp Heynckes from the end of this season, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MUNICH (Reuters) - Bayern Munich have appointed former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to replace Jupp Heynckes from the end of this season, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.

Spaniard Guardiola, 41, will take over from Heynckes, who has decided not to extend his contract, in July and has agreed a deal until the end of June 2016, Bayern said in a statement on their website.

"We are very pleased that we have managed to convince the football expert Pep Guardiola, who was coveted and contacted by many top clubs, to come to Bayern Munich," the German club's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

"Pep Guardiola is one of the world's most successful coaches and we are sure that he can bring a great deal of sparkle not only to Bayern Munich but to German football in general," he added.

 
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