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Caras returns for second spell as Moldova coach

Published: Monday 9 January 2012, 17.31CET
Ion Caras will take charge of Moldova's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign after accepting the "great honour" of returning for a second spell as national team coach.
by Evgheni Balaniuc
from Tiraspol
Caras returns for second spell as Moldova coach
FAM president Pavel Cebanu welcomes Moldova's new national team coach Ion Caras (right) ©Boris Kharchenko

Published: Monday 9 January 2012, 17.31CET

Caras returns for second spell as Moldova coach

Ion Caras will take charge of Moldova's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign after accepting the "great honour" of returning for a second spell as national team coach.

Ion Caras has been confirmed as the new coach of the Moldovan national team after agreeing to return for a second spell in charge.

Caras, who became his country's first ever national team coach in 1991 and guided Moldova through their EURO  96 and 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns, will make his second debut at the helm on February 2012 in a friendly against Belarus.

"It is a great honour for me to coach the national team again," said the former FC Politehnika Chisinau and FC Zimbru Chisinau coach." I will try to create a friendly and patriotic team and hope that the players will perform at their maximum."

The 61-year-old, who has agreed a deal running through 2014 World Cup qualifying, has not coached since leaving FC Nistru Otaci in 2010 and was most recently employed as a referee observer at Moldovan First Division games.

Moldova, who took nine points from ten UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying matches and finished fifth in Group E, will face England, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland and San Marino in their World Cup qualifying section, with Caras having already set out his goal for the forthcoming campaign. "I want to finish at least fourth," he said.

The Moldovan Football Association (FAM) Executive Committee also revealed the names of the new coaches of Moldova's Under-17 and U19 sides. The former will be led by ex-Moldovan international defender Oleg Fistican and the Romanian coach Danut Oprea will guide the U19 side. Meanwhile, Alexandr Curteian, who had been in temporary charge of the U21s, has put pen to paper on a full contract.

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