Serie A - Zeman completes return to Roma

Mon, 04 Jun 18:20:00 2012

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

Zdenek Zeman Pescara 2012 AP/LaPresse - 0

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.

Reuters

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