Iraq in talks to hire Brazilian coach Zico
Iraqi sports officials say they are in talks with former Brazilian star Zico to coach the national team.
The head of the Iraqi Football Association, Najeh Hamoud, said Friday that negotiations on contract terms will start as soon as Zico comes to Baghdad.
Zico, who has coached Japan's national team, would replace German coach Wolfgang Sidka. Hamoud told The Associated Press that Sidka's contract expired at the end of last month.
Iraq advanced to the third round of Asia's World Cup qualifiers after a victory over Yemen last month.
Zico played in three World Cups for Brazil — 1978, 1982 and 1986.