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Thu Apr 24 03:06:47 SAST 2014

Coach Zeman completes return to Roma

Reuters | 05 June, 2012 08:310 Comments
Pescara Calcio v Torino FC - Serie B
Pescara coach Zdenek Zeman during the Serie B match between Pescara and Torino at Adriatico Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Pescara, Italy
Image by: Giuseppe Bellini / Getty Images

Zdenek Zeman was confirmed as the new coach of AS Roma on Monday, 13 years after the straight-talking yet flamboyant tactician left the role following his first stint in charge. 

The deal had long been in the works but the 65-year-old former Pescara boss — famous in Italy for his often controversial musings on the game — has finally put pen to paper on a two-year deal, the club said in a short statement.  

He replaces Spaniard Luis Enrique, who quit last month at the end of the season after American-owned Roma lost 14 league matches and failed to qualify for European competition.    

Zeman, who was born in Prague but is a naturalised Italian, managed Roma between 1997 and 1999 and the exciting style of football his side played left a deep impression on their supporters and enamoured club captain Francesco Totti.   

Zeman’s Pescara were promoted to Serie A last season with a team that drew plaudits for their attacking prowess.  

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