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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