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Spartak Moskva turn to Yakin

Published: Monday 16 June 2014, 11.45CET
"I believe that we should be at least among the top three in Russia," said Murat Yakin after taking the reins at FC Spartak Moskva on a long-term contract.
Spartak Moskva turn to Yakin
Murat Yakin helped Basel to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals last season ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 16 June 2014, 11.45CET

Spartak Moskva turn to Yakin

"I believe that we should be at least among the top three in Russia," said Murat Yakin after taking the reins at FC Spartak Moskva on a long-term contract.

Murat Yakin has been appointed as FC Spartak Moskva coach after leaving FC Basel 1893.

Yakin has signed a long-term deal at Spartak, who fired Valeri Karpin in March and have been under the caretaker control of Dmitri Gunko. The 39-year-old Yakin departed Basel last month after winning the second Swiss title of his two seasons in charge, which also included runs to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals in 2012/13 and quarters this time around.

Formerly coach of FC Concordia Basel, FC Thun and FC Luzern, Yakin represented Grasshopper Club, Basel – beating Spartak twice in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League – and Switzerland as a player. "I am very happy to take the reins of a team with big traditions," he said. "I saw Spartak's very professional approach during our negotiations. It's a big challenge for me. My objectives have not been set yet, but I believe that we should be at least among the top three in Russia."

Last updated: 19/06/14 11.08CET

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