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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Advocaat Takes Over at Zenit After World Cup

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Dutchman Dick Advocaat has signed a 2 1/2-year contract to coach Zenit St. Petersburg, the Russian Premier League club said Monday.

Advocaat stepped down as South Korea manager after his team was eliminated from the World Cup in Germany on Friday.

Zenit said on its web site that the 58-year-old coach would arrive in St. Petersburg next Monday.

Advocaat will make his Russian debut next Thursday when Zenit entertains Dynamo Moscow in a league game following a break for the World Cup.

He replaces Czech coach Vlastimil Petrzela, who was sacked last month after a string of poor results.

Zenit was a serious title contender this year after it was bought by energy giant Gazprom in December.

But it has struggled since the start of the league season in March and now languishes in eighth place, seven points behind leader CSKA Moscow after nine games.

Earlier this month, Zenit signed Dutchman Cor Pot as its assistant coach.

Advocaat was one of the main candidates to coach Russia's national team after the World Cup but the Russians preferred his fellow countryman Guus Hiddink.

Advocaat took the Netherlands to the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup and the semifinals of Euro 2004. He has also won club titles with PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers.

But he failed to guide South Korea, which reached the World Cup semifinals on home soil four years ago under Hiddink, out of its first-round group in Germany.