Brazil's Viera agrees to coach Iraq

Updated: September 1, 2008, 3:57 PM ET
Associated Press

BAGHDAD -- Jorvan Viera is returning to coach Iraq a year after leading the country to an improbable Asian title.

The Brazilian will sign a one-year contract in Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraq federation head Ahmed Abbas said Monday.

Viera stepped down after Iraq unexpectedly won the Asian Cup by defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 -- a feat that gave the Brazilian instant hero status here.

Iraqi Adnan Hamad was fired in June after Iraq lost to Qatar in a World Cup qualifier, ending the soccer-mad country's dream of attending the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Iraq has not played a home game in nearly two decades because of wars and internal strife. Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the national squad has been training mostly in neighboring Jordan, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

Iraq last reached the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.

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