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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

Hiddink named Russian team coach


MOSCOW — Russian club Anzhi Makhackala signed renowned Dutch coach Guus Hiddink to an 18-month contract on Friday.

After signing the contract, Hiddink, 65, 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.

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