Juande Ramos has been appointed coach of PFC CSKA Moskva in place of Zico, who was dismissed just nine months into his tenure following the club's disappointing run in the Russian Premier-Liga.
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Juande Ramos has been appointed coach of PFC CSKA Moskva in place of Zico, who was dismissed just nine months into his tenure with the club off the pace in the Russian Premier-Liga.
CSKA are fourth, ten points behind leaders FC Rubin Kazan, and have moved to install the new man before the start of their UEFA Champions League Group B campaign at VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Ramos has signed a contract until the end of the year with the option of an extension should CSKA enjoy a successful run in Europe. The 54-year-old will take charge of the side for the first time at home to PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara in the Premier-Liga on Saturday.
"CSKA have had some great results in Europe and I take this job with great enthusiasm," Ramos said. "I come to help the club, especially in the Champions League. Our goal is to reach the knockout phase for the first time." CSKA won the UEFA Cup in 2005, the year before Ramos took Sevilla FC to the first of their back-to-back titles in the competition. He subsequently moved to Tottenham Hotspur FC, who he led to the English League Cup in 2008, before joining Real Madrid CF in December of that year. His stint at the Santiago Bernabéu, however, was shortlived, with his departure at the end of the season hastened by a 6-2 home defeat by rivals FC Barcelona.