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Fernandez agrees new Zaragoza deal

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Fernandez has agreed a four-year deal to coach former club Zaragoza

MADRID, Spain -- Real Zaragoza have appointed former coach Victor Fernandez to lead the Primera Liga club for the next four seasons.

"I am an eternal optimist and very ambitious and want to take Zaragoza back into Europe," Fernandez told a news conference on Monday.

"It was an easy decision to return because of my past links but also because of the support of the new owners who offered an impressive new project."

The 45-year-old made his name with Zaragoza in the early 1990s, leading them to a surprise win over Arsenal in the 1995 European Cup Winners' Cup final.

After a spell with Tenerife, Fernandez had four successful seasons with Celta Vigo between 1998 and 2002, taking them into the UEFA Cup every year.

He coached Real Betis for two years and took over at Porto in August 2004 after Jose Mourinho had left for Chelsea and led the Portuguese side to victory in the World Club Cup in December of that year.

But a string of poor league results led to his sacking in February 2005 and he has not coached a club since then.

He replaces Victor Munoz who left when the club exercised a get-out clause in his contract at the end of last season.

Although Zaragoza reached the King's Cup final, losing to Espanyol, they only finished 11th in the league.

Agapito Iglesias bought the majority shareholding in the club from departing president Alfonso Solans last month.

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