Juande Ramos to coach CSKA Moscow

MOSCOW - Spaniard Juande Ramos has been named as coach of CSKA Moscow for the rest of the year, the Russian Premier League club said on Thursday.

"I love new challenges. We are looking forward to helping the team realise their potential in Europe and working really hard over the next three months," the 54-year-old Ramos said in a statement on his personal website.

CSKA spokesman Sergei Aksyonov confirmed the appointment, telling reporters: "Juande Ramos was introduced to the team at today's practice."

Ramos, who won back-to-back UEFA Cups with Sevilla in 2006-07 and coached Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid last season, replaces Brazilian Zico, who was sacked by CSKA following a string of poor results.

CSKA, the Russian league's runners-up last term, are currently fourth in the table, 10 points behind last year's champions Rubin Kazan with 10 matches left.

CSKA said Ramos had been given the task of steering them past the group stage of the Champions League, something all his predecessors at the army club had failed to do.

The Russians face Manchester United, Besiktas and VfL Wolfsburg in Group B of Europe's premier club competition.

Ramos will make his Russian league debut against Krylya Sovietov Samara on Saturday before facing German champions Wolfsburg in the Champions League three days later.