THE HAGUE, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Former Dutch soccer star Marco van Basten will become coach of AZ Alkmaar on a two-year deal from this summer, the Dutch first division side announced on Friday.
"AZ and Marco van Basten verbally agreed on Thursday a contract through to the summer of 2016. The formalities will be sorted out in the coming days," said the club.
The 49-year-old Van Basten will be the succeeder of Dick Advocaat, who returned to the club for a second spell last October. Alkmaar currently ranked seventh in the Dutch top flight with only two games remaining.