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It's Hamren time for Sweden

Sweden have appointed Erik Hamren of Norwegian champions Rosenborg Trondheim as their new national team manager after the nation failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Hamren will combine both jobs until he takes over full-time at Sweden next August.

"To become national team coach has been a big dream of mine and I'm very grateful Rosenborg have given me this chance," Hamren told the Swedish FA's website on Wednesday. "At the same time I am happy to continue working with Scandinavia's best team, Rosenborg, in 2010."

The 52-year-old replaces Lars Lagerback, who quit last month following Sweden's failure to reach the 2010 World Cup.

"We are very happy and proud to hire Erik Hamren," said Sweden FA chairman Lars-Ake Lagrell. Hamren's Sweden contract will run until the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he will look to return Sweden to the world stage after they qualified for four in five World Cups prior to missing out on South Africa.

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