Club Brugge KV have appointed Christoph Daum as their new coach, with the 58-year-old signing a contract until the summer of 2013.
The experienced German trainer replaces Dutchman Adrie Koster who was dismissed on 30 October. Daum takes over with Club Brugge fourth in the Belgian standings and top of UEFA Europa League Group H with seven points going into their matchday five fixture at NK Maribor.
A player for Eintracht Duisburg and 1. FC Köln, Daum started his coaching career with the latter side in 1986 and would return there 20 years later. He won the 1991/92 Bundesliga as VfB Stuttgart boss and the 1994/95 Turkish championship in the first of two mandates at Beşiktaş JK. He later coached Bayer 04 Leverkusen and claimed national titles at FK Austria Wien and Fenerbahçe SK.
Daum has been a free agent since leaving Eintracht in May. He had only taken charge in Frankfurt in March, but could not save the club from relegation.
Daum is not the only newcomer at Club Brugge. They have also brought in 29-year-old goalkeeper Bojan Jorgačević from KAA Gent for an undisclosed fee. Capped seven times by Serbia, Jorgačević has been signed outside the transfer window to cover for the long-term injured third-choice custodian Sven Dhoest.
"Obviously it is not normal to move from Gent to Club Brugge in the middle of the season," said Jorgačević, who has agreed a deal until 2016. "Gent and their fans will always be in my heart, but from today I am a Club Brugge player and will give my heart and soul to my new club. That is how I am."
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