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Zoff fills Fiorentina post

Published: Monday 24 January 2005, 20.17CET
ACF Fiorentina have appointed Italian football legend Dino Zoff as their third head coach this season.

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Published: Monday 24 January 2005, 20.17CET

Zoff fills Fiorentina post

ACF Fiorentina have appointed Italian football legend Dino Zoff as their third head coach this season.
ACF Fiorentina have appointed Italian football legend Dino Zoff as their new coach after parting company with Sergio Buso in the wake of yesterday's 2-1 defeat by AS Roma.

Eighteen-month deal
Zoff's appointment marks his return to coaching after a hiatus of two and a half years. After signing a contract until June 2006, the 62-year-old said: "I'm full of enthusiasm but I also know I have a big responsibility because Fiorentina have a great tradition."

Third coach this season
Zoff becomes the third coach at Fiorentina this season as Buso had replaced Emiliano Mondonico in October. Fiorentina took 16 points from a possible 39 under Buso and are ranked 15th in Serie A, four points above the relegation places.

Ujfaluši injury
"We thank Buso for his contribution and he will stay on our coaching staff," said a statement from Fiorentina. The club also confirmed that Zoff would not be able to call on defender Tomáš Ujfaluši for his first month in Florence because of the Czech international's knee injury.

World Cup winner
One of the greatest goalkeepers the world has known, Zoff made 112 appearances for Italy and during the course of his international career won the 1968 UEFA European Championship and, 14 years later, captained the Azzurri to victory in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. With Juventus FC he claimed the Scudetto six times and the UEFA Cup in 1977.

Coaching career
He started his coaching career in 1986 with the Italian Olympic team before returning to his old club Juventus and leading them to the UEFA Cup in 1990. He then moved to S.S. Lazio before being appointed Italy coach in 1998 and guiding the Azzurri to the final of UEFA EURO 2000™, where they lost 2-1 against France. He subsequently returned to Lazio at the beginning of 2001 as a replacement for Sven-Göran Eriksson, staying there until the end of the 2001/02 season.

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