Brazilian coach Zico speaks to the media in Arbil, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. The Iraqi Football Federation says former Brazilian great Zico has arrived in the country to negotiate a deal to coach the national team. Iraqi Football Federation, Tariq Ahmed told The Associated Press that 58-year-old Zico _ who formerly coached Japan and several club sides, most recently Olympiakos _ will take over as coach as soon as the contract is agreed. (AP Photo/Ceerwan Aziz)
BAGHDAD (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Zico has agreed to coach Iraq's national team.
Iraq Football Federation President Najih Hamoud told the Associated Press by telephone Monday that a final agreement on a one-year contract was reached late Sunday. Zico replaces German coach Wolfgang Sidka, whose contract was not renewed.
Zico played in three World Cups for Brazil — 1978, 1982 and 1986. He has coached Japan and several club teams, most recently Olympiakos in Greece.
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