Hiddink May Coach Billionaire Kerimov’s Anzhi Soccer Team, Life News Says

Guus Hiddink, a former coach of the Russian and Turkish national soccer teams, may take over Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov’s Anzhi Makhachkala club, Life News reported, without saying where it got the information.

The 65-year old Dutchman agreed in principle with Anzhi and may start in the spring, the Russian news website said.

Under Hiddink, whose contract expired last year, Russia reached the semifinal of Euro 2008 before losing to eventual winner Spain. Hiddink left Turkey after failing to reach the Euro 2012 finals.

Hiddink led the Netherlands to the final four in the 1998 World Cup, took South Korea to the semifinals of the tournament in 2002 and guided Australia to its first appearance in three decades in 2006. His most recent club position was in 2009 at English Premier League team Chelsea, which is owned by another Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich.

Alexander Udaltsov, a spokesman for Anzhi, couldn’t be reached for comment immediately when Bloomberg called his mobile phone.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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