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Zico takes Iraq helm

  • AP, Monday, August 29, 2011 2:17 PM

The Brazilian great Zico is Iraq's new national team coach, agreeing to a one-year contract. German coach Wolfgang Sidka was released this month at the end of his $500,000, one-year contract. Iraq soccer federation president Najih Hamoud declined to say how much the 58-year-old Brazilian would be paid, but he is expected to get a bonus for every game Iraq wins.

Iraq won the Asian Cup in 2007, but its trophy defense ended in the quarterfinals in January, and the team was surprisingly knocked out of the Gulf Cup by Kuwait last November.

Zico played in three World Cups for Brazil -- 1978, 1982 and 1986. He has coached Japan and several club teams, most recently Olympiakos of Greece.

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