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Rijkaard takes over as Galatasaray coach

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  • Frank Rijkaard is confirmed as the new coach of Turkish giants Galatasaray
  • The Istanbul-based side finished a disappointing fifth in the top flight Super Lig
  • Dutchman Rijkaard replaces Bulent Korkmaz, who resigned earlier this week
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(CNN) -- Dutchman Frank Rijkaard has been appointed as the new coach of Turkish giants Galatasaray on a two-year contract.

Dutchman Rijkaard will be hoping to improve the form of Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Dutchman Rijkaard will be hoping to improve the form of Turkish giants Galatasaray.

The 46-year-old, who has previously coached the Dutch national side, Sparta Rotterdam and Barcelona, replaces Bulent Korkmaz -- who resigned earlier this week.

The Istanbul-based side finished a disappointing fifth in the top flight Super Lig, a clear 10 points behind champions Besiktas.

As a player Rijkaard has a glittering career with Ajax, AC Milan, Real Zaragoza and Sporting Lisbon -- winning 73 caps for the Netherlands, scoring 10 goals.

He coached the Dutch national side from 1998-2000 and Sparta Rotterdam before joining Barca, where he enjoyed his greatest spell.

Rijkaard won two Spanish Primera Liga titles (2005, 2006) and the 2006 Champions League with Barcelona, but has been without a club since leaving the Catalan side at the end of the 2007-2008 season after five years at the helm.

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