Picture Credit- Shakhtar Donetsk v Anderlecht - Europa League - Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine. Anderlecht's coach Besnik Hasi reacts. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich Picture Supplied by Action Images

Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus on Thursday named Besnik Hasi as the club’s new coach, the Kosovo Albanian setting an immediate target of reaching the Champions League group stages.

Hasi, 45, signed a two-year-contract with the Super League club after several days of talks, and he replaces previous boss Takis Lemonis.

Olympiakos won their 44 league title — and their 17th in the last 19 seasons — in May but experienced a turbulent campaign, making three coaching changes and losing out in the Greek Cup semi-finals to AEK Athens.

Hasi took charge of Anderlecht in 2014 after being an assistant coach at the Belgian club for six seasons.

Last season he joined Legia Warsaw and led them into the Champions League group stages via the qualifying process, but was sacked in September due to poor results in the league.

Interim coach Vasilis Vouzas took the helm for several matches but then Lemonis was quickly brought in for his third spell in charge to see out the season.

Hasi’s first task will be to negotiate two rounds of qualifying for European football’s elite competition; the third qualifying round in late July, followed by the playoffs.

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