24 Aug 2011

Zico agrees to coach Iraq

6:37 am on 24 August 2011

The Brazilian football great Zico has agreed to coach Iraq in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup.

The former Brazil midfielder will steer the 2007 Asian champions through the third round of the continent's qualifiers.

Iraq are in Group A with Jordan, China and Singapore for the stage that starts next month.

Zico, who's 58, says he's was highly motivated by the opportunity and isn't afraid of the violence in Iraq.

Zico, who has coached Turkish side Fenerbahce, CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos in Greece, has been out of work since resigning as football director at his former club Flamengo in October over internal feuding.