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Shanghai SIPG’s million-euro Brazilian ‘miracle doctor’

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Shanghai (AFP) – It was the 2015 Champions League and Paris Saint-Germain’s chances took a hit even before their daunting quarter-final against Barcelona with the news that central defender David Luiz faced several weeks out.

The Brazilian international looked sure to miss both legs against the eventual European champions with a serious hamstring tear.

Coaching Italy would be extraordinary – Mancini

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Rome (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini has revealed in an emotional interview how coaching his native Italy would be “extraordinary”.

Mancini, 53, is among the favourites to lead the four-time World Cup winners, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti also being touted as candidates.

Coaching Italy would be extraordinary – Mancini

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Rome (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini has revealed in an emotional interview how coaching his native Italy would be “extraordinary”.

Mancini, 53, is among the favourites to lead the four-time World Cup winners, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti also being touted as candidates.

Russia’s Kokorin likely to miss World Cup over knee injury

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s international forward Alexander Kokorin will likely miss the World Cup after suffering an injury to the cruciate ligaments of his right knee during Thursday’s Europa League match of his club Zenit St Petersburg.

“The examination of the injury that Kokorin has suffered in the match with RB Leipzig revealed the rupture of the cruciate ligaments of his right knee,” said a statement on Zenit’s website.

Russia’s Kokorin likely to miss World Cup over knee injury

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s international forward Alexander Kokorin will likely miss the World Cup after suffering an injury to the cruciate ligaments of his right knee during Thursday’s Europa League match of his club Zenit St Petersburg.

“The examination of the injury that Kokorin has suffered in the match with RB Leipzig revealed the rupture of the cruciate ligaments of his right knee,” said a statement on Zenit’s website.

Dembele fuels Celtic defeat of Aberdeen

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Glasgow (AFP) – Moussa Dembele helped Celtic retain their nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 2-0 win away to Aberdeen.

Frenchman Dembele headed the defending champions ahead on 37 minutes at Pittodrie before triggering a late counter-attack that resulted in Kieran Tierney sealing the victory.

Dembele fuels Celtic defeat of Aberdeen

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Glasgow (AFP) – Moussa Dembele helped Celtic retain their nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 2-0 win away to Aberdeen.

Frenchman Dembele headed the defending champions ahead on 37 minutes at Pittodrie before triggering a late counter-attack that resulted in Kieran Tierney sealing the victory.

Ivanovic stars as Zenit dump Celtic out of Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Branislav Ivanovic starred as Zenit St Petersburg knocked Celtic out of the Europa League on Thursday by overturning a first-leg deficit in the last 32 with a 3-0 victory in Russia, while RB Leipzig held off a late Napoli comeback.

Celtic have now failed to reach the last 16 of a European tournament since the 2012-13 Champions League, while Zenit are still hoping to repeat their UEFA Cup success from 10 years ago after the 3-1 aggregate win.

Ivanovic stars as Zenit dump Celtic out of Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Branislav Ivanovic starred as Zenit St Petersburg knocked Celtic out of the Europa League on Thursday by overturning a first-leg deficit in the last 32 with a 3-0 victory in Russia, while RB Leipzig held off a late Napoli comeback.

Celtic have now failed to reach the last 16 of a European tournament since the 2012-13 Champions League, while Zenit are still hoping to repeat their UEFA Cup success from 10 years ago after the 3-1 aggregate win.

Russian Premier League leaders Lokomotiv Moscow look to extend lead

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League leaders Lokomotiv Moscow host struggling Rubin Kazan on Saturday, hoping to extend their six-point advantage at the top of the table.

All eyes in Moscow will be on Friday’s World Cup draw, but three of the capital’s clubs are still in the Russian title race.

Russian champions Spartak edge Akhmat

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian champions Spartak Moscow claimed a 2-1 win at Akhmat Grozny on Friday, as substitute Lorenzo Melgarejo scored the winner.

Captain Denis Glushakov gave the visitors an early lead, and although Brazilian Rodolfo equalised from the penalty spot for Akhmat, Paraguayan Melgarejo grabbed all three points just four minutes after coming off the bench.

Russian leaders Zenit bidding to stay unbeaten

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg return from the international break looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign against Arsenal Tula on Sunday.

Roberto Mancini’s men unexpectedly dropped points in a 2-2 draw at bottom club Anzhi Makhachlala in their previous league match, but are two points clear of second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, who visit Ufa.

Iran hold World Cup hosts Russia in Kazan

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Moscow (AFP) – World Cup hosts Russia drew 1-1 with Iran on Tuesday in a friendly that did little to dispel doubts about their ability to challenge the elite next year.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Dmitry Poloz came off the bench to cancel out Sardar Azmoun’s 57th-minute opener for the visitors.

Iran hold World Cup hosts Russia in Kazan

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Moscow (AFP) – World Cup hosts Russia drew 1-1 with Iran on Tuesday in a friendly that did little to dispel doubts about their ability to challenge the elite next year.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Dmitry Poloz came off the bench to cancel out Sardar Azmoun’s 57th-minute opener for the visitors.

Mancini demands Russian Premier League title focus from Zenit

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Moscow (AFP) – Roberto Mancini’s Zenit St Petersburg will hope to make it five wins in a row against Dynamo Moscow when they meet in the Russian Premier League on Sunday.

But Mancini has warned his charges to take newly promoted Dynamo seriously after watching his side struggle to a 0-0 draw in their last league match before the international break.

Zenit tackle Rostov in Russian league buoyed by European progress

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian league leaders Zenit St Petersburg face third-placed Rostov on Sunday boosted by their midweek qualification for the Europa League group stage.

Roberto Mancini’s side overcame a one-goal deficit after the first leg with Dutch side Utrecht to record a 2-1 aggregate win, and top the domestic league, three points clear of Lokomotiv Moscow.

Zenit tackle Rostov in Russian league buoyed by European progress

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian league leaders Zenit St Petersburg face third-placed Rostov on Sunday boosted by their midweek qualification for the Europa League group stage.

Roberto Mancini’s side overcame a one-goal deficit after the first leg with Dutch side Utrecht to record a 2-1 aggregate win, and top the domestic league, three points clear of Lokomotiv Moscow.

Mancini makes winning start in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Italian manager Roberto Mancini chalked up a confident 2-0 win in his first Russian Premier League match as his new club Zenit St Petersburg beat promoted SKA Khabarovsk on Sunday.

Goals by halftime substitute midfielder Daler Kuzyaev and forward Alexander Kokorin set the four-time former Russian champions on their way to a well-deserved win in the season-opening encounter.

Mancini makes winning start in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Italian manager Roberto Mancini chalked up a confident 2-0 win in his first Russian Premier League match as his new club Zenit St Petersburg beat promoted SKA Khabarovsk on Sunday.

Goals by halftime substitute midfielder Daler Kuzyaev and forward Alexander Kokorin set the four-time former Russian champions on their way to a well-deserved win in the season-opening encounter.

Russian coach names home-based Confederations Cup squad

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov on Wednesday named an entirely home-based 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup, which the country will host from June 17.

Cherchesov chose five players from newly-crowned champions Spartak Moscow, although full back Roman Zobnin is not amongst them as he is sidelined with a knee injury sustained in Monday’s 3-0 friendly win over Hungary.

Russian coach names home-based Confederations Cup squad

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov on Wednesday named an entirely home-based 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup, which the country will host from June 17.

Cherchesov chose five players from newly-crowned champions Spartak Moscow, although full back Roman Zobnin is not amongst them as he is sidelined with a knee injury sustained in Monday’s 3-0 friendly win over Hungary.

Zenit appoint Italian coach Mancini

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday appointed Italian Roberto Mancini as manager in their quest to claw their way back after a third place league finish.

“Zenit football club welcomes Roberto Mancini to Saint Petersburg and wishes him success as manager of the white-and-blues,” the club wrote on its website.

Zenit appoint Italian coach Mancini

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday appointed Italian Roberto Mancini as manager in their quest to claw their way back after a third place league finish.

“Zenit football club welcomes Roberto Mancini to Saint Petersburg and wishes him success as manager of the white-and-blues,” the club wrote on its website.

Russia scrambles to save face with Confed Cup football looming

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Moscow (AFP) – The new World Cup stadium in Saint Petersburg was meant to boast a state-of-the-art pitch and be a showcase for Vladimir Putin’s Russia when it hosts the 2018 football bonanza.

Instead the $800 million venue, which took a decade to build, has caused more embarrassment than pride as Russian authorities scramble to salvage its pitch less than a month before it hosts the opening match of the Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up tournament.

Russia scrambles to save face with Confed Cup football looming

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Moscow (AFP) – The new World Cup stadium in Saint Petersburg was meant to boast a state-of-the-art pitch and be a showcase for Vladimir Putin’s Russia when it hosts the 2018 football bonanza.

Instead the $800 million venue, which took a decade to build, has caused more embarrassment than pride as Russian authorities scramble to salvage its pitch less than a month before it hosts the opening match of the Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up tournament.

Elkeson leads China’s Brazilian carnival in AFC Champions League

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG’s prolific marksman Elkeson scored with an outrageous 45-yard effort as China’s Brazilian imports justified their expensive price tags in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

Hulk, a 55 million euro signing from Zenit St Petersburg, was another Brazilian on the scoresheet as Andre Villas-Boas’s SIPG kept their 100 percent record in Group F with a 3-2 win against Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds.

CSKA keep in touch at top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Brazilian striker Vitinho netted after just 32 seconds as reigning champions CSKA Moscow eased to a 4-0 win over bottom-placed Tomsk on Saturday to narrow the gap on Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.

The Red Army side are now level on points with Zenit St Petersburg, who visit Amkar Perm on Sunday, and five points behind Spartak, who take on Anzhi Makhachkala also on Sunday.

Kiese Thelin heads Anderlecht into Europa League last 16

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Paris (AFP) – A last-minute header from Isaac Kiese Thelin squeezed Anderlecht into the Europa League last 16 on away goals on Thursday where the Belgian side were joined by Ajax and Roma.

Anderlecht’s hopes of progressing against Zenit St Petersburg appeared over after the Russians overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit to lead 3-2 with seconds remaining.

CSKA Moscow and Traore send Tottenham warning

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Moscow (AFP) Reigning champions CSKA Moscow thrashed Ural Yekaterinburg 4-0 on Saturday to secure third spot in Russia ahead of their trip to Wembley to play Tottenham in midweek.

Zenit St Petersburg's hopes of winning their fifth Russian Premier League title suffered a slight setback though as they were held to a goalless draw at Rostov.

Zenit face Krasnodar boosted by Europe run

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg face Krasnodar this weekend boosted by a fifth straight win in the Europa League and the return of three players from suspension.

Zenit are placed second in the Russian Premier League, three points behind Spartak Moscow who play Terek Grozny.

After Thursday's 2-0 Europa League defeat of Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv Zenit coach Mircea Lucescu said: "I'm happy with the wins in our last matches against Samara and Maccabi.

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Leeds Vow To ‘Reopen Consultation Process’ After New Crest Design Mocked Into Oblivion By Absolutely Everybody

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Surprise, surprise. Leeds United have said they now plan to "reopen the consultation process" over their new club crest after the design they unveiled was mocked into next week by all and sundry.

The crest (as seen above) was debuted first thing on Wednesday morning and it took a matter of seconds for the ridicule to begin.

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.

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Europa League: Branislav Ivanovic Scores Magnificent Overhead Kick For Zenit St Petersburg (Video)

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While former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva was scoring an impudent back-heel for Lazio, another ex-Premier League stalwart, Branislav Ivanovic, was netting a glorious overhead kick on an entertaining night of Europa League football.

Ivanovic won three Premier Leagues, three FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League in an incredibly successful 10 years with Chelsea.

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.

Defender agrees deal; Chelsea transfer for 32-yr-old star could be finalised in upcoming days

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Chelsea defender, Branislav Ivanović, has struggled for regular games under Antonio Conte this season and he is all set to leave the club in the January transfer window.

Ivanović has made only 13 appearances for the London giants this season. However, most of them have come in the form of late substitutes.

January Transfer Window 2017 complete guide: 17 players who could be on the move around Europe

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Generation Next: 8 exciting young talents to watch in the Russian Premier League in 2017/18

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Zenit St Petersburg face stern test of unbeaten start

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Premier League joint leaders Zenit St Petersburg face a tough game at Terek Grozny on Sunday as they look to maintain their unbeaten run after making progress in the Europa League.

Zenit, the Premier League's only unbeaten side, sit second, level on points with Spartak Moscow, who top the table having won more matches this term.

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Europa League: Celtic Produce Excellent Comic Book-Inspired Programme For Zenit St Petersburg Match (Photo)

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Celtic have produced an absolute belter of a programme cover for this Thursday's Europa League last-32 clash against Zenit St Petersburg.

Inspired by classic comic books of yore, the cover depicts Scott Brown and a Zenit player we assume to beAleksandr Kokorin sprinting through their respective city streets toward a common goal: Europa League glory.

Russian Farmer Builds Football Stadium Out Of Straw In Protest At Spiralling Cost Of New Zenit St Petersburg Arena (Photos)

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A farmer from Russia has built an entire stadium using straw in a gentle mockery of the spiralling costs incurred by his football team, Zenit St Petersburg, and their vastly expensive new stadium.

Indeed, Zenit has reportedly spent in the region of £550million building and opening their new eponymous 64,000-capacity arena in time for the 2018 World Cup.