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Advocaat named Russian national coach

Advocaat has been handed the responsibility of leading Russia to the 2010 European Championships.
Advocaat has been handed the responsibility of leading Russia to the 2010 European Championships.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dick Advocaat is named as the new coach of the Russian national side
  • The 62-year-old Dutchman takes over the post from compatriot Guss Hiddink
  • Advocaat has previously coached the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea
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(CNN) -- Dutchman Dick Advocaat has been named as the new coach of the Russian national side on a four-year contract.

Advocaat, who quit his post as Belgium national coach earlier this year, has been charged with the responsibility of ensuring Russia qualify for the finals of the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup.

His past coaching experience includes spells in charge of the Netherlands, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, as well as three years at Russian club side Zenit St Petersburg, where he won both the national league title and UEFA Cup.

The 62-year-old replaces compatriot and former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink who -- after leading Russia to the semifinals of Euro 2008 -- failed to guide the nation to the 2010 World Cup finals and has now taken up a similar position as Turkey national coach.

However, Advocaat, who will officially start his new job next month, was full of praise for Hiddink at a news conference to confirm his imminent appointment.

"I can only say that after such good work by Hiddink, we would only strive to achieve very lofty goals such as qualifying for the finals of Euro 2012. I don't think we will make a lot of changes."

Russia are due to start their European Championship campaign away to Andorra on September 3. They will also face Armenia, Republic of Ireland and Slovakia in the qualifying rounds.