The 55-year-old, who left Turkey's Fenerbahce in June, has joined compatriots Rivaldo and Luizao in Tashkent as successor to Mirdjalal Kasimov, who has been named coach of Uzbekistan.

Zico confirmed a "verbal agreement" was reached before travelling to Tashkent prior to Wednesday's match with Saipa, which saw Bunyodkor, formerly known as Kuruvchi, advance to the semi-final of the Asian Champions League.

Terms on the contract, which ends at the end of the 2009 season, were agreed on Friday, the club announced on their official website,