Austria has chosen Marcel Koller of Switzerland as its new coach.

The 50-year-old Koller, who played 53 times for the Swiss national team in the 1980s and 90s, replaces Dietmar Constantini, who stepped down last month after Austria failed to qualify for the 2012 European Championship.

The Austrian football federation says Koller, who had been without club after leaving Bochum in 2009, has signed a two-year contract.

Interim coach Willi Ruttensteiner will remain in charge for Austria's final qualifying matches against Kazakhstan on Friday and Azerbaijan four days later.