Bundesliga side Hamburg have confirmed the appointment of Dutchman Bert van Marwijk as their new coach on a two year deal.

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van marwijk bBert van Marwijk takes over from Thorsten Fink, who was sacked last week, after Hamburg’s 6-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

The 61 year old takes over the club, with them sitting in the bottom three, and on only four points, after one win in their opening six games.

Hamburg’s sporting director Oliver Kreuzer stated, “We’re glad to have appointed a very experienced coach in Bert van Marwijk, he’s often demonstrated his ability in the past.”

Van Marwijk is now back in management after leaving the Netherlands national team last summer, after the dismal performance by his side in the Euro 2012 championships.

At Hamburg, Van Marwijk will be re-united with Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who has spoken about the appointment.

Van der Vaart told Sky Sports, “I know Bert van Marwijk from his time as the national team head coach, he’s a good head coach and I think very positively of him.”

After winning the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord, Van Marwijk went on to manage Borussia Dortmund, and the Dutch national side, who he guided to the World Cup final in 2010, before losing to Spain.

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