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Labbadia leaves Leverkusen to coach Hamburg

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  • Hamburg appoint Bruno Labbadia as their new coach on a three-year contract
  • Labbadia replaces Martin Jol, who left Hamburg to take over Dutch giants Ajax
  • Veteran Jupp Heynckes, 64, replaces Labbadia as coach of Bayer Leverkusen
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(CNN) -- Hamburg have appointed Bruno Labbadia as their new coach in succession to Martin Jol, who left the Bundesliga club to join Dutch giants Ajax.

Bruno Labbadia has signed a three-year deal as Hamburg coach after impressing at Bayer Leverkusen.

Bruno Labbadia has signed a three-year deal as Hamburg coach after impressing at Bayer Leverkusen.

Labbadia leaves German Cup runners-up Bayer Leverkusen to join Hamburg on a three-year deal.

The 43-year-old Labbadia, a free-scoring striker who can count Hamburg among eight clubs he played for in an illustrious career, only joined Leverkusen last season.

However, he impressed in leading the club to the German Cup final, where they lost to Werder Bremen, as well as finishing ninth in the Bundesliga after leading the table at one stage.

Meanwhile, Leverkusen have wasted no time in naming Labbadia's replacement, after appointing veteran Jupp Heynckes as their new coach on a two-year contract.

Heynckes, 64, ended last season as caretaker coach of Bayern Munich after the dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann, but he was unable to prevent Wolfsburg from taking the Bundesliga title from the Bavarian side.

The appointment is something of a surprise after Heynckes had publicly stated that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

However, Heynckes told Leverkusen's official Web site: "I was very happy to be approached by the club. My short stay at Bayern Munich made me realise that I still have a lot to offer.

"I am looking forward to this new role. I know most of the players very well and I was attracted by the challenge of taking this young and very talented team back into Europe. I believe this side is capable of achieving a lot in the future."

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