Iraq, Wolfgang Sidka complete deal

Updated: August 9, 2010, 4:10 PM ET
Associated Press

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi sports officials say Germany's Wolfgang Sidka has completed a deal to coach the country's national soccer team.

The Iraqi Olympic committee says Sidka signed a $500,000, one-year contract Monday. The deal was first announced in July. Committee spokesman Mouanis Abdullah says Sidka will hold his first training session next month.

Iraq is the defending Asia Cup champion, but has struggled on and off the field recently. A dispute over who should run the soccer federation led to a missed deadline to elect new leaders. FIFA gave Iraqi officials an extra year in office to prepare for elections.

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