UPDATE 1-Soccer-Getafe appoint Laudrup as Schuster's replacement

MADRID, July 9 Mon Jul 9, 2007 12:32pm BST

MADRID, July 9 (Reuters) - Primera Liga side Getafe have appointed former Denmark international Michael Laudrup as their coach in place of Bernd Schuster who was named as the new boss of Real Madrid on Monday.

Getafe said the 43-year-old Laudrup had agreed a two-year contract with the club who will be playing in the UEFA Cup next season.

Laudrup, a talented midfielder who played for Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid, worked as assistant to Denmark coach Morten Olsen between 2000 and 2002 before taking up his first managerial post at former club Brondby.

He won two Cups and one league title with Brondby, including the double in 2005, before resigning in 2006.

As a player he won four consecutive league titles and the European Cup in the early 1990s as a member of Johan Cruyff's Dream Team at Barcelona, going on to join Real Madrid where he won a fifth Spanish title in 1995.

Getafe have finished in ninth place in the Primera Liga in the last two seasons and made the UEFA Cup for the first time after reaching the King's Cup final where they lost 1-0 to Sevilla who had already qualified for the Champions League.

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