Borussia Dortmund appoints Lucien Favre as coach

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo then Nice's head coach Lucien Favre looks on during the Europa League group I soccer match between Salzburg and Nice in Salzburg, Austria. Borussia Dortmund has signed Lucien Favre as coach from French side Nice. The Bundesliga club says Tuesday, May 22, 2018 the 60-year-old Favre, who previously coached league rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin, has signed a deal through June 2020. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson,file)

Borussia Dortmund has signed Lucien Favre as coach from French club Nice

DORTMUND, Germany — Borussia Dortmund brought Swiss coach Lucien Favre back to Germany on Tuesday in the hopes that he can revitalize the club's aspirations as a Bundesliga challenger.

The former Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin coach, who spent two seasons at French team Nice, signed a deal through June 2020, Dortmund said.

"He's highly regarded by us for the technical qualities that he demonstrated in impressive style many times," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said of the 60-year-old Favre.

Described by Dortmund as a "fastidious coach," Favre is highly regarded in Germany for his team-building skills, tactical moves and his ability to get the best out of individual players. Arguably none of Dortmund's players played to full potential last season.

Favre enjoyed success with Nice, finishing third with the team in 2017 and coming close to clinching a Europa League spot last season. He saved 'Gladbach from relegation in 2011 before establishing the side among the contenders for European qualification in the seasons that followed. Favre previously led Hertha to fourth place.

Favre will take over from Peter Stoeger, the former Cologne coach who stepped in for half a season after Peter Bosz was fired. Stoeger led the team to Champions League qualification despite inconsistent results.

Dortmund was close to signing Favre a year ago as a replacement for Thomas Tuchel before it ultimately signed Bosz from Ajax. The club reportedly made use of a release clause to sign the Swiss coach this time.

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