Mon, 30 Nov, -0001
Rio de Janeiro: Japan's 2004 AFC Cup-winning coach Zico has agreed to take charge of FC Goa for the inaugural season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
The legendary Brazil midfielder put pen to paper on the four-month contract on Tuesday as India became the fourth Asian destination of Zico's coaching career, with the 61-year-old having also managed the Iraq national team, Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) and Al Gharafa (Qatar).
"FC Goa is proud to announce that the legendary Brazilian football player Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) has agreed to be the manager (head coach) of the team that will play in the Indian Super League. Zico signed the contract today in Ro de Janeiro," a club press release issues on Tuesday stated.
Zico led Japan to a famous 3-1 victory over hosts China in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup played out in front of over 60,000 Chinese fans at the intimidating arena of the Beijing Workers Stadium and went on to lead Bunyodkor to the 2008 Uzbekistan league and cup double.