Otto Rehhagel was officially presented as the new Hertha Berlin coach on Sunday.

The 73-year-old veteran took over one week after Michael Skibbe was fired after only five games, all defeats.

''As long as I live, I want to have excitement. I feel healthy and fit. That's why I am doing it,'' Rehhagel said. ''I used to play here, that's why it's a special place. I want Berlin to remain in the Bundesliga.''

Hertha is winless in 11 games and is two points above the relegation zone. It lost 1-0 to Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with interim coaches Rene Tretschok and Ante Covic in charge.

Rehhagel led Greece to the European Championship title in 2004, and also coached Bayern Munich, Kaiserslautern and Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, twice winning the championship with Werder.

He hasn't worked since resigning as Greece coach in 2010. His last stint in the Bundesliga ended in 2000 with Kaiserslautern, which he sensationally coached to the title in 1998, having led the side to promotion the year before.