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After much speculation, it has been confirmed by Bayern Munich that Dutchman, Louis van Gaal will take over as head coach for two years beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2011. He is expected to put ink on paper within the next few days.

The big dogs for Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Uli Hoeneß and Karl Hopfner, left on Wednesday to speak with AZ Alkmaar's President Dirk Scheringa, Toon Gerbrands and Marcel Brands to finalize the transition from their club to Munich. The agreement between the two clubs means that van Gaal will end his contract with AZ, which was scheduled to come to an end in 2010, a year earlier. They released him with no conditions. What are they getting in return? A friendly against Bayern in which they will not charge an appearance fee for.

I wonder if I can make it to the Netherlands in time to see Mark play at least one game in a Bayern shirt...