Koller named new Austria coach until 2014

Reuters, Tuesday 4 Oct 2011

Swiss Marcel Koller replaces sacked Didi Constantini; given mandate of qualifying for 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Marcel Koller

Austria's disappointing Euro 2012 qualifying campaign resulted in Constantini's departure in September.     

His replacement, 50-year-old Marcel Koller, a former Swiss international, coached St Gallen to the Swiss championship in 2000 and had a four-year spell until 2009 at German club VfL Bochum.         

He takes over with the aim of taking Austria to the 2014 World Cup, the Austrian Football Federation has said.     

Koller will not be in charge for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan this week and next week and will officially take over on 1 November.      

"Austria actually plays good football. There are many young players who have great potential," Koller told reporters during his official presentation. "I am convinced we can go down a good path.   

"I am a coach who wants to win games, who wants to be successful. Bringing in two or three young players, that is not success."      

Austria are fourth in their Euro 2012 Group A on eight points, six behind second-placed Turkey with Germany already through. They travel to Azerbaijan on Friday before going to Kazakhstan on Tuesday.       

Their goalless draw against Turkey in September ended their chances of playing at Euro 2012 and maintained their record of never having reached the tournament finals through the qualifying competition. 

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