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Scolari moves to Uzbek champions

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari had a difficult time at Chelsea before leaving the club in February

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has been named coach of Uzbekistan champions Bunyodkor.

The 60-year-old, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, has agreed an 18-month deal to return to football after being sacked by the Blues in February.

He succeeds Zico, who led the club to a league and cup double and the Asian Champions League semi-finals last year before taking over at CSKA Moscow.

Rivaldo, who was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team, plays for Bunyodkor.

Since the club's formation in 2005, it has progressed rapidly, winning the Uzbekistan League Two championship in 2006 and League One in 2007, before doing the double last season.

The team are sponsored by Zeromax, one of the region's leading gas and oil companies, and they are currently building a new 35,000-seater stadium as part of the Sport Park Tashkent sport complex.

As well as the stadium, the complex will include seven training pitches, two of them with artificial surfaces, which will act as the national football academy.

"I know that I am in the right place at the right time and in the right team," Scolari told the club website.

"Uzbek football now creates its own success story, especially Bunyodkor with its remarkable dynamism and prospects for the past four years."

BBC World Service's Johannes Dell said the appointment of Scolari was "an astonishing coup" for the Uzbek champions.

"Earlier this year they signed an agreement with Spanish giants Barcelona which saw the team travel to Spain to use the Catalan club's facilities and play a friendly at the Nou Camp," he said.

"The deal cost five million euros and will see Barcelona travel to Tashkent this year for a return match."

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