Zaugg named as new Liechtenstein coach

December 18, 2006

ZURICH, Switzerland, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Liechtenstein have named former Switzerland coach Hans-Peter 'Bidu' Zaugg as the new manager of the tiny principality's national team.

The Liechtenstein FA announced on Monday that it had agreed a three-year deal with Zaugg, running to the end of the qualifying period for the 2010 World Cup.

Zaugg coached Switzerland on an interim basis in 2000 after serving as assistant to Roy Hodgson, Artur Jorge, Rolf Fringer and Gilbert Gress.

He subsequently took charge of Swiss top division sides Grasshoppers Zurich, Young Boys Bern and Lucerne.

Under former coach Martin Andermatt, Liechtenstein enjoyed their first ever World Cup qualifying victories with two wins over Luxembourg and also managed a shock 2-2 draw at home to Euro 2004 finalists Portugal.

Following Andermatt's move to Young Boys, Liechtenstein are again struggling and currently prop up Euro 2008 qualifying Group F after losing to Spain, Sweden and Denmark.

Zaugg's first competitive match in charge will be at home to Northern Ireland on March 24.