Niko Kovac takes charge at Eintracht Frankfurt


Former Croatia international Niko Kovac has been appointed new coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, the club have confirmed.

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Kovac, whose brother Robert has also taken on the role of assistant coach, has signed a contract valid only for the Bundesliga until June 2017.

The Eagles have acted quickly to replace Armin Veh, who left his post after Matchday 25's 1-1 draw with FC Ingolstadt 04 at the Commerzbank Arena.

"It has to be Niko Kovac's aim to get the best out of the side to secure safety," said club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen. "We're convinced that he will be able to achieve this."

Impressive CV

Born in Berlin, Kovac represented Hertha Berlin, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Hamburger SV and won the double with FC Bayern München during the course of a distinguished 19-year career, while brother Robert enjoyed stints with 1. FC Nürnberg, Leverkusen, FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Both also participated in two UEFA European Championships and two FIFA World Cups.

The 44-year-old former defensive midfielder has previously coached Croatia's U-21 side from 2012 until 2013, before taking charge of the full international team. He led the Vatreni to the FIFA World Cup 2014, when they finished third in Group A, behind hosts Brazil and Mexico. He left the post in September 2015.

His new side Frankfurt, who finished ninth last season, dropped into the relegation zone after Saturday's draw with Ingolstadt.

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