Iconic former Brazil international Zico has signed a four-month contract to manage FC Goa in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).
The 61-year-old, who has won the Asian Cup with Japan and led Fenerbahce, CSKA Moscow and Bunyodkor to the domestic league titles in Turkey, Russia and Uzbekistan, is expected to arrive later this month to take charge of the new team.
"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," read a press release issued by the club on Tuesday.
"The franchise owners Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, Mr. Dattaraj Salgaocar and Mr. Venugopal Dhoot expressed great happiness and welcomed Zico to FC Goa. They said that this was a proud moment for the franchise and they were honoured that a football legend of the stature of Zico had agreed to coach FC Goa," the media statement later added.
Zico spent the majority of his playing career with Flamengo in Brazil, while he also earned 71 senior caps for the Selecao.
He was most recently the head coach of Al-Gharafa in Qatar.