Zico's takes the helm at CSKA Moscow

Brazilian legend Zico will take up the coaching reins at one of Russia's top football teams, CSKA Moscow, the club said on Saturday via its website. The Brazilian, 55, has signed a three-year contract with the club, CSKA said.

Zico replaces Valery Gazzaev, who stepped down at the end of last year after leading CSKA to three national titles, four Russia Cups and a UEFA Cup victory. Zico joins the Moscow side from Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor, terminating his contract early with the team he took over only in September.

From July 2006 to June 2008 Zico coached Fenerbahce, leading them to the Turkish title in 2007. Earlier Zico coached Japan's national team, leading them to the Asian Champions title in 2004.