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By ESPN Staff

Nuremberg appoint Von Heesen as new coach

BERLIN, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg appointed Thomas von Heesen as their coach on Tuesday, on a contract running until 2009.

Nuremberg, German Cup winners last season, fired Hans Meyer on Monday after the club slipped to third from bottom in the Bundesliga table.

'I'm going to give everything I've got from the first moment,' Von Heesen said at a news conference after his appointment was made official. 'It's a big challenge but I'm taking it on with relish.'

Von Heesen quit as coach of Arminia Bielefeld this time last year. His first game in charge of Nuremberg will be against Benfica in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.