• Frings takes over from interim coach Roman Berndroth.
  • Lilies bottom of the table after 16 matches.
  • Frings played for BVB, Bayern, Bremen and Germany in his career.

Former Germany international midfielder Torsten Frings has been appointed the new head coach of SV Darmstadt 98.

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The 40-year-old has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal through to June 2018 and takes up the reins from Norbert Meier's interim successor Ramon Berndroth.

"I'm delighted that the responsible parties at Darmstadt have put their faith in me," Frings said at his unveiling. "I'm itching to get going at this special club, who are a great match for my personality."

Frings, who made 402 Bundesliga appearances as a player for SV Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München, acquired his coaching license during his time as assistant coach to Viktor Skripnik at Bremen between October 2014 and September 2016.

Darmstadt are currently bottom of the Bundesliga standings, eight points adrift of outright safety. The Lilies resume their Bundesliga campaign at home to 1. FC Köln on 21 January.

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