Scolari unveiled as Bunyodkor boss

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Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been appointed as the new coach of Bunyodkor, according to the Uzbek outfit.

The 60-year-old, who was dismissed by the Blues in February after barely six months in charge, has penned an 18-month contract, Bunyodkor announced on their official website.

Scolari takes over from fellow Brazilian Zico - who left the club in December to take up the hotseat at CSKA Moscow.

"Uzbek football now creates its own success story, especially Bunyodkor with its remarkable dynamism and prospects for the past four years," said Scolari on

"Completion of a new football stadium in the town of Tashkent, which is scheduled for March 2010, will open a new era for the club.

"I know that I am in the right place at the right time and in the right team."

Bunyodkor won the Uzbek league and cup double last year and also reached the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League.

They claimed last year they had signed Samuel Eto'o from Barcelona, but this proved incorrect as the Cameroonian remained with the Catalans.

Scolari guided Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002 and took Portugal to the final of Euro 2004 and quarter-finals of Euro 2008 before leaving for Stamford Bridge.

At Bunyodkor he will link up with a member of Brazil's World Cup-winning squad, Rivaldo, who joined the club last year.

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