January 31, 2011 / 2:09 PM / 8 years ago

Czech Beranek named coach of Kazakhstan

Czech Republic World Cup soccer team assistant coach Miroslav Beranek poses for an official photograph before a training session in Seefeld, Austria May 25, 2006. REUTERS/STR New/Files

ALMATY (Reuters) - Miroslav Beranek, who guided his native Czech Republic to a surprise European Under-21 title triumph in 2002, was named Kazakhstan coach on Monday.

Beranek, 53, takes charge of a Kazakh team who are rooted to the bottom of Euro 2012 qualifying Group A.

The Kazakhstan job had been vacant since October following the resignation of German Bernd Storck. Kazakhstan have lost all four of their qualifiers, conceding 10 goals and failing to find the net so far.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us and you have to be patient. It (revival) won’t happen overnight,” Beranek was quoted as saying by local media.

Germany top the six-team group with a maximum 12 points, five ahead of Austria.

(Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; editing by Justin Palmer)

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