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Scolari's Bunyodkor draw Pohang
Asian Champions League draw pits Scolari's Uzbek club against Pohang Steelers.
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2009 04:34 GMT

Managing Bunyodkor is Scolari's first role since his ousting at Chelsea [GALLO/GETTY]
Luiz Felipe Scolari's new club Bunyodkor will host South Korea's Pohang Steelers in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals.

Scolari, who guided Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002, will get his first taste of Asian club football in September when he takes his first game in charge as coach of the Uzbekistan team.

The former Chelsea coach arrived in Uzbekistan to take up his new contract on Monday, about the same time the draw for the ACL quarter-finals was taking place in Kuala Lumpur.

Brazilian clash

Pohang manager Sergio Farias was excited by the prospect of locking horns with his famous compatriot in the Asian club championship quarter-finals.

"It will be an interesting match between two teams coached by Brazilians.

"I know that Scolari (has) reached Tashkent and I am looking forward to the two-legged quarter-final,'' Farias said.

"I would have actually preferred to play against the Japanese teams but it's good that we play the away match first against the Uzbeks.''

Pohang advanced on a 6-0 thrashing of Australia's Newcastle Jets in the second round and won back-to-back Asian club championships in the 1990s.

Japan, South Korea and Uzbekistan all got two clubs into the last eight, but only one J-League representative can advance any further after Japanese clubs Kawasaki Frontale and Nagoya were drawn to meet in the quarters on September 23 and September 30.

Kawasaki ousted defending champion and J-League rival Gamba Osaka from contention in the second round.

FC Seoul will face Qatar club Umm Salal and Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor faces two-time champion Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia.

Experience counts

Bunyodkor team manager Bakhtiyor Babaev expected Scolari's arrival to increase the club's chances of winning the ACL title.

"We hope that Scolari's experience will come in handy at the international level and it will benefit Bunyodkor,'' he was quoted saying.

ACL quarters


 Umm Salal (QAT) v 
  FC Seoul (KOR)

 K Frontal (JPN) v 
  Nagoya Grampus (JPN)

 Pakhtakor (UZB) v
  Al Ittihad (KSA)

 Bunyodkor (UZB) v
  Pohang Steelers (KOR)

The 60-year-old Scolari has signed an 18-month deal with the Uzbek league leaders and Asian Champions League quarter-finalists.

Bunyodkor's hiring of Scolari was in keeping with a big-spending and ambitious transfer policy.

Veteran Brazil playmaker Rivaldo plays at the club, which also made an audacious bid to sign Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o.

Scolari, who takes over from another Brazilian great Zico, was fired by English Premier League club Chelsea in February.

Apart from his stint as national coach at Kuwait, Brazil and Portugal, he has helped Brazilian clubs Gremio and Palmeiras to Copa Libertadores titles.

The Asian Champions League semi-finals will be played in a home-and-away format October 21 and 28.

The final will be held at Tokyo's National Stadium on November 7 with the winners clinching a spot at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in December.

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