Botafogo signed Oswaldo de Oliveira to a year contract Tuesday to become its new manager in January.

Oswaldo, 61, is currently coach of Japanese side Kashima Antlers. His contract will expire at the end of the year and the Brazilian will return to his native country.

He led Kashima to J. League Division I titles during his stint in Japan, while also claiming three J. League Manager of the Year awards.

Botafogo finished ninth in the recently completed Brasileiro season.

"We have to let the past go and prepare ourselves to achieve our goals in the future," Oswaldo said on Botafogo's website.

Oswaldo started his managerial career with Corinthians in 1999 and coached the club to a Serie A title that year, and the FIFA Club World Cup title in 2000. He has also coached Sao Paulo, Flamengo, Fluminense, Santos, and others.

"We realize that [Oswaldo] is very motivated and with a thought similar to ours, to fight for meaningful titles. This is the first action to a winning season in 2012," said Botafogo vice president of football Andre Silva.