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Zenit Present Departing Nicolas Lombaerts With Special ‘Hybrid’ Shirt Made From All 10 Jerseys He’s Worn For The Club (Photos)

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Having first joined the club way back in 2007, Nicolas Lombaerts is all set to up sticks and leaveZenit St Petersburg this summer to return to his native Belgium.

Indeed, the 32-year-old defender has agreed a three-year deal with KV Oostende, which will begin when his current Zenit contract dwindles to nowt in a few weeks' time.

Official: Chelsea Stalwart Branislav Ivanovic Moves On To Zenit After Nine Years At The Bridge (Photo)

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As George Harrison once famouslypostulated, all things must pass and, alas, it would appearthat his fatalistic dictum even extends to Branislav Ivanovic.

After nine years and nine trophies at Chelsea, the 32-year-old Serbian stalwart is moving on specifically to Zenit St. Petersburg.

Indeed, after posting a photo of him wearingZenit togsyesterday, the Russian side have nowconfirmed Ivanovic has signed for them on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Last-gasp Jonas goal gives Benfica edge over Zenit

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In-form striker Jonas headed a dramatic injury-time winner for Benfica as the Portuguese champions beat 10-man Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel twice went close for the visitors in the second half, while Benfica's Nico Gaitan was denied by a fine stop from Yuri Lodygin before Jonas nodded in late on after Domenico Criscito was sent off for the visitors.

Last-gasp Jonas goal gives Benfica edge over Zenit

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In-form striker Jonas headed a dramatic injury-time winner for Benfica as the Portuguese champions beat 10-man Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel twice went close for the visitors in the second half, while Benfica's Nico Gaitan was denied by a fine stop from Yuri Lodygin before Jonas nodded in late on after Domenico Criscito was sent off for the visitors.

Bart Simpson wechselt zu Zenti St. Petersburg

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Bart Simpson wechselt zu Zenti St. Petersburg

D'oh! Was anderes wird Homer Simpson nicht mehr eingefallen sein, als er die Präsentation des russischen Klubs Zenit St. Petersburg gesehen hat. Niemand geringeres als Bartholomew JoJo Simpson, kurz unter dem Namen Bart Simpson bekannt, hat beim russischen Verein einen Vertrag unterschrieben und soll dem ganzen Verein zu einem neuen.

Bart Simpson wechselt zu Zenit St. Petersburg

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Bart Simpson wechselt zu Zenit St. Petersburg

D'oh! Was anderes wird Homer Simpson nicht mehr eingefallen sein, als er die Präsentation des russischen Klubs Zenit St. Petersburg gesehen hat. Niemand geringeres als Bartholomew JoJo Simpson, kurz unter dem Namen Bart Simpson bekannt, hat beim russischen Verein einen Vertrag unterschrieben und soll dem ganzen Verein zu einem neuen.

Bart Simpson wechselt zu Zenit St. Petersburg

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Bart Simpson wechselt zu Zenit St. Petersburg

D'oh! Was anderes wird Homer Simpson nicht mehr eingefallen sein, als er die Präsentation des russischen Klubs Zenit St. Petersburg gesehen hat. Niemand geringeres als Bartholomew JoJo Simpson, kurz unter dem Namen Bart Simpson bekannt, hat beim russischen Verein einen Vertrag unterschrieben und soll dem ganzen Verein zu einem neuen.

Zenit set to bid for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen

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Arsenal are bracing themselves for a bid for captain Thomas Vermaelen from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. The Gunners skipper has found himself sidelined by the impressive centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Although he has hardly featured this season, the Belgium international remains Arsene Wenger's first backup option.

Here’s Andrei Arshavin experiencing the joy of scoring his first goal in 10 months

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Yes, that's Andrei Arshavin — finally set free from his decomposition on Arsenal's bench and back with Zenit St. Petersburg — actually playing football and actually running and actually scoring a goal. It was just his second Russian Premier League match since returning for a third stint with Zenit and his first goal in a competitive match since the one and only he scored for Arsenal in a 6-1 Capital One Cup win against Coventry.

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Zenit win to boost Champions League hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg gave their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League a major boost with a 2-0 win at bottom club Tomsk on Monday.

Midfielder Oleg Shatov and skipper Danny both scored to give Zenit a well-deserved win which lifted them into second, eight points behind the league leaders Spartak Moscow with four games left.

Zenit win to boost Champions League hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg gave their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League a major boost with a 2-0 win at bottom club Tomsk on Monday.

Midfielder Oleg Shatov and skipper Danny both scored to give Zenit a well-deserved win which lifted them into second, eight points behind the league leaders Spartak Moscow with four games left.

Zenit beat Ural to join Spartak on top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg beat Ural Yekaterinburg 2-0 on Sunday to go level on points with Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.

Spartak kept top spot having won more games, with Zenit joining them on 22 points after maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

Reigning champions CSKA, who beat Ufa 1-0 on Friday, are one point behind in third.

Zenit beat Ural to join Spartak on top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg beat Ural Yekaterinburg 2-0 on Sunday to go level on points with Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.

Spartak kept top spot having won more games, with Zenit joining them on 22 points after maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

Reigning champions CSKA, who beat Ufa 1-0 on Friday, are one point behind in third.

Veteran Lucescu appointed Zenit football coach

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) Zenit Saint Petersburg have entrusted veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu with the task of getting them back into Champions League football after a disappointing campaign, the Russian club confirmed on Tuesday.

The 70-year-old, who won 22 trophies including eight Ukrainian league titles and the 2009 UEFA Cup with Shakhtar Donetsk, signed a two-year deal with the option of a third on Tuesday to take over from Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Veteran Lucescu appointed Zenit football coach

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) Zenit Saint Petersburg have entrusted veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu with the task of getting them back into Champions League football after a disappointing campaign, the Russian club confirmed on Tuesday.

The 70-year-old, who won 22 trophies including eight Ukrainian league titles and the 2009 UEFA Cup with Shakhtar Donetsk, signed a two-year deal with the option of a third on Tuesday to take over from Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas.

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Zenit beat Ufa to keep tabs on leaders Spartak

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburgbounced back from a disappointing defeat in their previous Premier League match at Krasnodar beating Ufa 2-0 on Wednesday to narrow the gap on leaders Spartak Moscow.

The late goals by Brazilian Giuliano and Russian international forward Alexander Kokorin set Saint Petersburg side on their way to a hard-fought win to stay in second, three points adrift of Spartak.

Outstanding Belgian playmaker wants transfer, already had talks with Chelsea

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Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel wants to join a bigger league this summer.

The Belgian international has confirmed that he does not want to continue in Russia next season.

Witsel has been linked with a move to Chelsea since last summer. There were reports that Chelsea held talks with the player, but a move never materialised.

Report: Chelsea submit €34m bid for midfielder

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Report: Chelsea submit €34m bid for midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea apparently have offered€34m for Witsel, making it impossible for AC Milan to counter bid and sign the Belgian midfielder.

Italian clubs have spent big this summer. Not only Juventus, but both the Milan clubs have tried their best to sign top quality players.

Chelsea set to bid for £30m Belgian midfielder, Juventus in talks with player

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Chelsea set to bid for £30m Belgian midfielder, Juventus in talks with player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are interested in signing Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.

Reports in the English media state that Chelsea are keen to bring in an alternative to Cesc Fabregas and Witself is the perfect candidate.

Arsenal transfer news on Sagna, Vermaelen and Lewandowski

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I know that the transfer window is closed and does not open again, officially, until the beginning of July. But there are still little bits of information going around, whether about what happened in January or what might happen in the future, so I thought that these three snippets are worth knowing about.

Should Arsenal pounce after Witsel reveals Premier dream?

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The need for Arsenal to sign a proper combative midfielder, which Gooners and fooyball experta alike have been banging on about for ages, does not seem so desperate anymore. Not only has Aaron Ramsey rediscovered his confidence and hit a rich vein of form in the box-to-box role, but Mathieu Flamini has added real steel [.

AS Monaco set to complete the signing of Hulk

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AS Monaco set to complete the signing of Hulk - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newly promoted Ligue One side AS Monaco are reportedly on the brink of signing Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Hulk for a fee said to be around €60M.

The 26-year old has endured an indifferent debut season upon his move to the Russian Premier League side, and admitted this summer he would consider offers.

Chelsea renewing interest in Hulk

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Despite numerous failed attempts from Chelsea to procure Hulk's signature, it does appear the Blues have renewed their interest in the Brazilian forward.

The 26-year old currently plays for Zenit Saint-Petersburg in the Russian Premier League.

UEFA Champions League

UCL Rewind: PSG bests Chelsea; Benfica tops Zenit

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For the second straight season, Chelsea has seen their Champions League run ended by Paris-Saint Germain.

After claiming the opening leg, 2-1, at the Parc des Princes, PSG won by the same scoreline on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge to advance to the next round of the Champions League.

Early on, PSG gave Chelsea a mountain to climb on a goal from an unlikely source, as Adrien Rabiot furthered PSG's lead with an away goal in the 16th minute.

UCL Preview: Chelsea battles PSG; Zenit hosts Benfica

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Two more teams will punch their tickets into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Chelsea and Zenit Saint Petersburg, who currently trail against Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica, respectively, will look to overcome deficits at home.

The Blues captured an important away goal by way of John Obi Mikel, despite falling to PSG in the first leg, 2-1, while Benfica holds a 1-0 advantage over Zenit.

UCL Rewind: PSG downs Chelsea; Benfica defeats Zenit late

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Edinson Cavani proved to be the thorn in Chelsea's side once again.

Thanks to his late goal, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Chelsea, 2-1, in the first leg of the pair's UEFA Champions League round of 16 matchup at Parc des Princes in Paris, France.

The Uruguayan has a history of scoring UCL goals against the Blues, and he netted the game-winner on Tuesday after coming off the bench.

ATLETICO DE MADRID 3 ZENIT 1 | FC BARCELONA 4 AJAX 0 | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP RESULTS

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Champions League

Eurogol di Florenzi, Roma alla pari col Barcellona. Arsenal ko, colpo Zenit al Mestalla

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Serata di Champions magica per la Roma che parte bene, con un 1 a 1 di carattere contro i Campioni d'Europa del Barcellona. Un punto d'oro arrivato grazie al capolavoro balistico di Alessandro Florenzi che, da 50 metri, s'inventa un pallonetto incredibile (palla sul palo e poi in fondo al sacco), beffando Ter Stegen, e [.

Football GIF: Hulk Absolutely Leathers One In From 25 Yards As Zenit Almost Oust Dortmund

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By Chris Wright

Chasing down a 2-4 defecit from the first leg, Zenit managed to beat Dortmund 2-1 at home to come within a smidgen of squirrelling their way through to the quarters Hulk getting the ball rolling with a 25-yard behemoth in the 15th minute...

'Hulk smash' and all that.

Some Tricky Away Trips For Champions League Group Winners This Week

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We get the second set of four Round of 16 ties in the Champions League this week and they pose some tricky away tests for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.

Match of the week
Zenit St Petersburg-Borussia Dortmund, Tuesday, Petrovski Stadium

Dortmund have yet to find the form that took them to last season's final, and Jurgen Klopp has major injury problems, with Sven Bender, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski all set to miss the trip to Zenit.

Atletico Scores The World’s Greatest Own Goal

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Having sold Radamel Falcao to Monaco for the sum of a homeless man's Bill Gates, you'd think the spectacular goal-scoring from the other side of Madrid would largely dry up. Well you'd be wrong. Toby Alderweireld is still going strong with this extraordinary header into the back of the net. Look at that looping trajectory and placement.

There Is Now A Strange, Grey, Half-Naked Statue Of Hulk In Porto’s Club Museum (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

With Hulk returning to Porto last night with Zenit for the first time since the big move St. Petersburg-wards in the summer of 2012, it afforded the Brazilian forward the chance to see his new statue in the Portuguese club's museum at theEstadio do Dragao.

Spanish Soccer

ZENIT 2 SEVILLA FC 2 (SEVILLA FC WINS 4 - 3 AGG) | EUROPA LEAGUE

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SEVILLA FC 2 ZENIT 1 | FINAL RESULT EUROPA LEAGUE 1º LEG Q/FINAL GAME

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Arsenal transfer news

Hulk to Arsenal transfer rumour rubbished….again!

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Maybe Michael Stafford, if that is his real name, was just bored of reading the same old Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds day after day. Loic Remy, Carlos Vela, Antoine Griezmann, Cesc Fabregas and back to Remy again. So maybe he thought he would inject a bit of excitement into the lives of Arsenal [.

Arshavin complaints indicate why he flopped at Arsenal

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The Russian international and club record signing Andrey Arshavin has come to the end of his Arsenal contract and is set to go back to Russia and play for his former club Zenit St. Petersburg again. At 32-years old, Arshavin may still have a few good years to offer Zenit, although if he plays like he did at Arsenal for the last few years, he may have trouble getting a game there as well.

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Liverpool To Block Martin Skrtel Departure

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Liverpool are prepared to block any move for Martin Skrtel from his former club Zenit, according to ESPN.
Speculation has grown recently over the future of Liverpool's Slovakian defender, who was linked with a move away in the summer.
The 28-year-old lost his place to Jamie Carragher last season and has only recently managed to nail down a starting place under manager Brendan Rodgers.

Napoli Revive Skrtel Interest

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Reports continue to suggest that Napoli will swoop for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel in January.
The centre-back has been repeatedly linked with the Partenopei and a reunion with Rafa Benitez, who first signed him from Zenit in 2008.
They were already in negotiations over the summer, but they could be revived during the January transfer window.

The Rest

Reports: Kostas Manolas No-Shows Zenit Medical After Inserting Unusual Pay Demand Into Negotiations

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Roma defender Kostas Manolas has been on the brink of completing a £30million move to Zenit St. Petersburg for a couple of days now but, alas, the move has hit a stumbling block.

The Greek international centre-half has a five-year contract offer on the table and was due to undergo a medical in Rome on Wednesday, only to pull a no-show at the Villa Stuart clinic.

RoM Reads

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Synergy Sponsorship goes inside Nike ‘Casa Fenomenal' in Rio.

Scott writes for Bleacher Report about Danny Welbeck's most memorable moments for England.

The Guardian reports on Luke Shaw's medical at United.

ESPN reckons Herrera is the right man for United.

Sky Sports reports that Garay has signed for Zenit.