Rogerio Ceni Goalkeeping great becomes Sao Paulo football coach

Ceni played more than 1,200 games for Sao Paulo remarkably scoring 131 goals.

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Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni during a friendly match between "Club World Cup football 1992-1993" and "Club World Cup 2005" at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11, 2015 play

Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni during a friendly match between "Club World Cup football 1992-1993" and "Club World Cup 2005" at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11, 2015

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Legendary former goal-scoring goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni was on Thursday named coach of the Brazilian club Sao Paulo where he starred as a player.

He replaces Ricardo Gomes, who was fired on Wednesday with the team languishing in the bottom half of the Brazilian top flight.

Ceni, 43, played more than 1,200 games for Sao Paulo -- a record -- after joining in 1990 and, remarkably, scored 131 goals.

He scored 69 of his goals from penalties and 61 from free-kicks, as well as one from open play.

His tally is a record for a goalkeeper and also puts him 10th on Sao Paulo's all-time list of leading scorers.

He retired last December and has since been working towards becoming a coach.

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