ISTANBUL // The former Netherlands and Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has been appointed as coach of Galatasaray. The Dutchman replaces Bulent Korkmaz, a former Galatasaray captain who resigned after a disappointing season in which the club finished fifth in the Turkish league. Galatasaray said Rijkaard would arrive in Istanbul later today to sign a two-year contract. Rijkaard was fired by Barcelona in 2008 after five years with the club, despite leading the team to two Spanish titles and a 2006 Champions League triumph.
Following a stellar playing career, Rijkaard guided the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the Euro 2000 tournament. Galatasaray won the Uefa Cup and the Uefa Super Cup in 2000. * AP