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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Claudio Ranieri is new Greece boss

Claudio Ranieri has been named as the new coach of Greece, the Greek Football Federation has confirmed.

The former Monaco and Chelsea boss, 62, has signed a two-year deal to take over from Fernando Santos, whose contract expired following the World Cup.

Greece reached the round of 16 in Brazil, where they were beaten on penalties by Costa Rica.

"Claudio Ranieri signed a two-year contract with the Greek Football Federation and is the new coach of the national team," a statement on the federation's website said.

"The Italian coach, with service at many major European clubs, is expected to lead our group to new successes with Euro 2016 on the horizon."

Ranieri's first match in charge will be a European Championship qualifier against Romania on Sept. 7, with Northern Ireland, Hungary, Finland and the Faroe Islands also facing his side in Group F.

In May, big-spending Monaco announced the departure of Ranieri and soon appointed Leonardo Jardim as his successor.

He led the club back to the French top flight as Ligue 2 champions in 2013, and then finished second in the top flight to Paris Saint-Germain with a club-record 80 points.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said: "We have taken the decision to go our separate ways, but I want to pay tribute to Claudio. It was a difficult decision.

"We're looking for a modern coach who can bring in new methods, who has a vision of attacking play."

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