Schuster unveiled as new Real Madrid coach

9th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 July 2007, MADRID - Bernd Schuster is Real Madrid's latest coach.

9 July 2007

MADRID -  Bernd Schuster is Real Madrid's latest coach.

The former Getafe coach was presented by Madrid president Ramon Calderon at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Monday.

"This is a happy day for me. I thank the president and everyone here for giving me the opportunity," Schuster said.

Schuster will take over from Fabio Capello, who was fired on June 28, less than two weeks after leading Madrid to its first Spanish league title in four years and ending the club's longest major trophy drought in 53 years.

Schuster, a former Germany defender, had coached Getafe since 2005. The Madrid-based club lost 1-0 to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final and finished ninth in the league.

"It's not a new home for me, I played here for two seasons," Schuster said. "I am sure that on this first day as a coach it's just as it was when I was a player, thinking that we will triumph with this grand club just as we did then."

Meanwhile, Getafe hired former Denmark midfielder Michael Laudrup to replace Schuster. Laudrup, a former player at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, signed a two-year deal.

Schuster will be Madrid's eighth coach in four years.

Calderon said recently Madrid was considering offering the job to Arsene Wenger, Ronald Koeman or Michael Laudrup. But news reports said Calderon had wanted Schuster even before the club signed Capello last year.

Calderon said Schuster incorporated all of the values of the Madrid club.

"Today we take a step in another direction," Calderon said. "Not just as a club that wins championships but that is enjoyed for its style of play. It will be a team that reflects excellence in its game."

Schuster, 47, is a former star for Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Besides Getafe, Schuster has also coached Spain's Levante _ which he led to promotion to the first division in 2004 _ Germany's Cologne, Spanish second-division side Xerez, and Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk.

Laudrup, 43, led Danish club Brondby to a second-place finish in 2006 before leaving the club. He also worked as an assistant to Denmark coach Morten Olsen from 2000-02.

Laudrup scored 37 goals in 104 appearances for Denmark.

Capello's season was overshadowed by problems, particularly his unpopular decision to bench David Beckham after the England midfielder signed a contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

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