May 13, 2009

MUNICH (AP) -- Louis van Gaal has been hired by Bayern Munich as the permanent replacement for fired coach Juergen Klinsmann.

The 57-year-old led AZ Alkmaar to the Dutch league championship this season and was given a two-year contract by Bayern to start July 1.

Klinsmann, the former coach of Germany's national team, left his home in Southern California to take over Bayern last summer but was fired April 27. Jupp Heynckes was appointed interim coach by Bayern, which is 19-7-6 and trails Wolfsburg for the Bundesliga lead on goal difference with two games remaining.

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