Haan named Albania boss

Former China coach Arie Haan on Friday signed a two-year contract to coach Albania, national federation president Armando Duka confirmed.

The 59-year-old former Dutch and Ajax player replaces Croatia's Otto Baric who resigned after Albania lost two qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2008.

The Dutchman will reportedly be paid 300,000 euro (443,000 dollars) for the two seasons, but will receive a bonus for every win by the national side.

Duka praised Haan's "iron discipline and overall footballing vision".

Haan said that his task would be to qualify his side for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

"But if you think that with me Albania will win the World Cup I'm off right now," he joked. "Albania have some strong rivals in their qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup, but the important thing is to win points and not to drop any."

Haan managed the China national team for two years during which time they reached the Asia Cup final in 2004.