Iraq in talks to hire Zico as national coach



BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq says it is in talks with former Brazilian star Zico to coach the national soccer team.

Iraqi soccer federation head Najeh Hamoud said Friday that contract negotiations will start as soon as Zico comes to Baghdad.

Zico has coached Japan’s national team and would replace German coach Wolfgang Sidka. Hamoud tells The Associated Press that Sidka’s contract expired at the end of last month.

Iraq advanced to the third round of Asia’s World Cup qualifiers after a victory over Yemen last month.

Zico played in three World Cups for Brazil — 1978, 1982 and 1986.