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APOEL appoint Thorsten Fink as new coach

Thorsten Fink

By Iacovos Constantinou

German Thorsten Fink is the new APOEL coach after getting the nod over Dutchman Mario Been and Portuguese Jose Morais.

The decision was taken late last night after APOEL officials had concluded the third and final interview with Been. APOEL have agreed to an eighteen month contract with the German with an option to extend for a further period.

Ex-Bayern Munich player Thorsten Fink was chosen ahead of Jose Morais who served as Mourinio’s assistant at a number of clubs (Inter, Real, Chelsea), and Dutchman Mario Been who managed a host of Dutch sides including Genk and Feyenord.

Fink began his footballing career with the Borussia Dortmund reserve team and caught the eye of German giants Bayern in 1997 after an impressive three year spell with Karlsruher FC.

Fink spent seven successful years with Bayern, winning a Champions League winners medal in 2001 as well as four Bundesliga titles and three German Cup finals,

He started his coaching career in 2006 with Red Bulls Salzburg reserve team but in January 2008 he joined FC Ingolstadt 04. He stayed there for just over a year before taking over as head coach of Basel FC where he led them to a league and cup double in his first year.

In 2011 Fink left the Swiss side and joined Hamburger SV on a three year deal but his contract was terminated early in the 2013-2014 season after picking up only four points in the first five games.

In 229 games so far as head coach of Ingolstadt 04 (43 games), Basel FC (119) and Hamburger SV (67) he has won 115 games and lost 64, His best spell was with Basel FC where he won a total of 76 games.

Thorsten Fink will watch APOEL’s game against AEL tomorrow from the stands before he officially taking over the reins of the Cyprus champions next week.

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