Two-time Saudi Arabian champions Al Ettifaq appoint former Iran boss Branko Ivankovic as new coach

The Dammam-based club may have finished the 2010-11 season in third to clinch an Asian Champions League spot but they have now named a new coach
Former Iran coach Branko Ivankovic has been appointed the new coach of two-time Saudi Arabian champions Al Ettifaq.

The 57-year-old Croatian has reportedly inked a one-year deal with the club who claimed a spot in the 2012 AFC Champions League (ACL) after a third-place finish in the 2010-11 Saudi Pro League.

Ivankovic, who last coached Chinese club Shandong Luneng before being dismissed after their ACL earlier this year, replaces Tunisian boss Youssef Zouaoui at Al Ettifaq.

The new Al Ettifaq boss has also had previous coaching jobs at Dinamo Zagreb, Hannover 96 and NK Rijeka, along with a stint as the assistant of the Croatian national team when the side finished third at the 1998 Fifa World Cup.

The Dammam-based club, who competed in the 2009 ACL, haven't won a major piece of silverware since claiming the 2006 Gulf Club Champions Cup.