Gianfranco Zola takes charge at Al Arabi

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Former Italy forward said he has taken a gamble in turning down management offers from England and at home to take charge of Qatari side .

The former Chelsea, Napoli and Parma playmaker signed a two-year deal with the seven-times Qatari champions on Tuesday, bringing with him another former Italian forward Pierluigi Casiraghi to assist.

“I know I’m taking a big gamble by leaving behind offers from Italy and England and taking up a coaching position in ,” Zola, who was most recently working as a television pundit in , said yesterday.

“It’s a calculated risk. I believe in myself, my staff and the Arabi management. I’m not a total stranger to Qatar either. I’ve good knowledge of the and its teams. I’ve a feeling we’ll do well.”

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