Schuster new Besiktas coach

ISTANBUL - Istanbul's Besiktas have appointed former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster as their new technical director in place of Mustafa Denizli, the club announced on Thursday.

Denizli announced his resignation for health reasons last week.

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Besiktas agreed a two-year contract with German Schuster, who will earn 2.6 million euro a year, it said in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

Schuster coached Real Madrid in 2007-2008. The former Real player took over from Italian Fabio Capello in June 2007 and helped them to a second straight title. He was sacked in December 2008.

Besiktas finished the season fourth in the domestic league, which was won by Bursaspor.

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