Swiss champion Basel fires coach Heiko Vogel

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BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -Swiss champion FC Basel has fired coach Heiko Vogel and hired former player Murat Yakin to replace him.

Basel, which trails eight points behind Swiss league leader Grasshoppers, says in a statement it would explain the decision at a news conference.

Vogel's firing was unexpected after he led the team to an exceptional season in his first head coaching job.

The 36-year-old Vogel was interim coach when his team eliminated Manchester United from the Champions League last December.

Days later, Basel gave Vogel a contract through the 2013-14 season and he led the team to a Swiss league and cup double.

Yakin, a 38-year-old former Basel and Switzerland defender, was fired by Lucerne in August.

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