Louis van Gaal has been appointed as the new coach of German football club Bayern Munich, with the Dutchman taking over next season from the fired Juergen Klinsmann.
|Bayern will be hoping for a reversal of fortunes under van Gaal [GALLO/GETTY]
Bayern said the 57-year-old van Gaal, who won the Dutch championship with AZ Alkmaar this season, will join the German club on July 1 on a two-year contract.
Van Gaal will replace Klinsmann, who was fired on April 27.
Veteran Jupp Heynckes was appointed interim coach to guide Bayern through this season's final games.
The German club said Alkmaar agreed to release van Gaal without conditions at a meeting with their Bayern counterparts.
"We are happy to have gained an experienced and successful trainer for Bayern in Louis van Gaal,'' Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
Van Gaal won the 1992 Uefa Cup and the 1995 Champions League with Ajax.
He also won two Spanish championships with Barcelona.
Bayern fired Klinsmann following a string of disappointing results for Germany's most successful club, including an embarrassing 4-0 defeat by Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Bayern, who won the German league and cup double last year, have not led the Bundesliga at any point this season.
However, they are now level on points with leader Wolfsburg and with two rounds of matches to go are one of several teams with a chance of taking the title.