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Zdenek Zeman set to take charge of Swiss side FC Lugano

Zdenek Zeman resigned from his role as Cagliari boss in April.

Zdenek Zeman has been announced as FC Lugano's new coach.

Zeman, who has taken charge of the likes of Lazio, Napoli and Roma in the past, resigned from his role as Cagliari boss in April.

Swiss club Lugano confirmed news of the Czech's arrival in a statement published on their official website.

"Zdenek Zeman will coach Lugano in the Super League championship, which starts in mid-July," the statement read.

"The agreement between the Czech coach and the club, represented by president Angelo Renzetti, was reached on Sunday afternoon in Rome. The details will be finalised on Wednesday, when Zeman and his staff are expected in Lugano."

The statement added: "It is Zeman's wish that all preseason training will take place in Lugano, and all preseason friendlies, except those already scheduled, will be played against non-Super League clubs, as Zeman wishes to mould the team and give it a style of play suitable to his tactical vision."

Renzetti told Gazzetta dello Sport that "Zeman was very convinced and determined in his choice to marry our project, and was clearly attracted by this experience in Swiss football, which is different and 'healthy' on all levels."

Renzetti added: "We agreed immediately, we met on Sunday at 4 p.m. and it was a matter of minutes. Zeman has signed for one year and will arrive in Switzerland on Wednesday, to get to know the facilities and start this adventure.

"I have wanted Zeman so strongly, more than anything else, and this will give fresh enthusiasm to the city and to the fans. He is a great coach and I feel this is a major coup for us. The pitch will let us know how big we can dream."

The Lugano president also confirmed that the club will be very active in the transfer market this summer.

"We will definitely get new players from Italy. We will discuss with Zeman on Wednesday, as so far I have done everything myself but from now on I will share all ideas and feelings with the coach," he said.

"We will definitely buy an important striker -- no names for now, but we will keep our feet on the ground and pay attention to what is available. I can definitely say we will need a prolific No. 9, somebody who can thrive in a very offensive style of play like Zeman's."


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