Hiddink named coach of Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala


MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian club Anzhi Makhackala signed renowned Dutch coach Guus Hiddink to an 18-month contract on Friday.

After signing the contract, Hiddink headed immediately to Turkey where the team was training.

Anzhi is owned by Suleiman Kerimov, a Kremlin-connected billionaire from Dagestan, the Caspian province in southern Russia where the club is based. It signed striker Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan last summer.

The club did not release financial terms of Hiddink's contract, but the Dutchman said he still had good memories of his time as Russia's national coach from 2006-09 and was not moving to Anzhi for the money.

The 65-year-old said that if he was only concerned about money at his age, "then there is something wrong in my mind."

Hiddink has coached numerous clubs and national sides, including guiding three different national teams to the semifinals of major tournaments.

A stadium was named in his honor after he took co-host South Korea to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup, four years after guiding the Netherlands to the last four in France.

In 2008, he took an unheralded Russia team to the European Championship semifinals, beating the Netherlands in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual winner Spain.

"I had a wonderful time in Russia in those four years," Hiddink said.

The Dutchman's fifth and most recent national side was Turkey, which released him last November when it failed to qualify for Euro 2012.