Former Monaco boss Ranieri takes over as coach of Greece
JUL 25, 2014 7:55a ET
Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as the new coach of Greece.
The 62-year-old Italian takes over from Fernando Santos whose contract expired following the World Cup where he guided Greece to the last 16.
Ranieri has been handed a two-year deal and his main focus will now be steering Greece to Euro 2016.
"Claudio Ranieri signed a two-year contract with the Greek Football Federation and is the new coach of the national team," read a statement on the Greek football federation's website.
"The Italian coach, with service at many major European clubs, is expected to lead our group to new successes with Euro 2016 on the horizon."
Ranieri's first match in charge will be a European Championship qualifier against Romania on September 7 with Northern Ireland, Hungary, Finland and the Faroe Islands also providing the competition in Group F.
The experienced tactician has been out of work since his sacking by Monaco in May after two seasons in the principality.