Football: Advocaat set to be named Belgian coach

2nd June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Zenit St-Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat is to be named Belgian national football coach local media reported on Monday.

BRUSSELS - The 61-year-old former Dutch national coach is to sign a two year contract with the Belgian Federation (URBSFA) and according to Le Soir would take up the post in January 2010 just after his present contract with Zenit finishes.

Francois de Keersmaecker, president of the federation, told the website of Flemish television channel Sporza the only thing missing was Advocaat's signature but as far as he was concerned negotaitions had come to a successful conclusion.

Advocaat, who guided Zenit to the 2008 UEFA Cup trophy, had told Russian media earlier on Monday that he was going to sign an initial two year contract with the option of an extra two years.

Rene Vandereycken was sacked as coach of Belgium at the beginning of April after three years in the role.

Belgium are currently fourth in World Cup qualifying group five and stand little chance of qualifying for next summer's tournament in South Africa.

They also failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championship.


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