Soccer-Leo Beenhakker appointed as Ujpest sporting director

BUDAPEST, July 29 Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:23pm BST

BUDAPEST, July 29 (Reuters) - Former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach Leo Beenhakker was appointed sporting director of Hungarian first division club Ujpest on Friday.

Beenhakker, 68, has also coached the national teams of Poland, Trinidad & Tobago and Saudi Arabia on his travels, plus European clubs including Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord and Mexican sides Guadalajara and America.

"Ujpest has to get back to the place in European football which is worthy of its traditions," Beenhakker told reporters.

Ujpest, founded in 1885, have won the Hungarian championship 20 times but the last was in 1998. They finished sixth last season. (Reporting by Zoltan Fazekas; Editing by Brian Homewood; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)