Enzo Scifo was hired as coach of Belgian club Excelsior Mouscron on Thursday.
Scifo, 41, had been out of soccer for two years. As a player, the midfield playmaker helped Belgium reach the semifinals at the 1986 World Cup _ its best result ever.
After a playing career spent at Anderlecht, Italian clubs Inter Milan and Torino, and French teams Bordeaux and Auxerre, Scifo briefly coached Sporting Charleroi.
"I had not expected a return like this," Scifo said.
Mouscron fired its coach 10 days ago after disappointing results.
Halfway through the season, Mouscron is currently ninth in the league and trails leaders FC Brugge and Standard Liege by 15 points.