Bayer Leverkusen hires Seoane as coach starting next season

<p>LEVERKUSEN, Germany &mdash; Bayer Leverkusen hired Gerardo Seoane on Wednesday to be its coach starting next season.</p>
<p>Seoane, who won a third straight Swiss league title with Young Boys, signed a three-year contract. He replaces interim coach Hannes Wolf, who heads back to his previous role as coach of the German national under-19 team.</p>
<p>Leverkusen is in sixth place in the Bundesliga and on track to play in the Europa League next season, a disappointment for a team which had aimed to return to the Champions League.</p>
<p>Young Boys eliminated Leverkusen from the Europa League this season in the round of 32. The Swiss team coached by Seoane was then eliminated by Ajax in the next round.</p>
<p>That upset loss to Seoane’s team hastened the departure of then-Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz after two years.</p>
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