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Soccer-No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

Soccer-No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

VALENCIA, Spain, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Valencia must quickly put their disappointment at losing Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener at home to Zenit St Petersburg behind them & switch their attention back to La Liga, according to coach Nuno.

Valencia's hopes of a winning return to Europe's elite club competition after a two-year absence were dashed when Brazil forward Hulk struck twice for the Russian champions in a 3-2 victory at the Mestalla.

Nuno's side have moreover made a less-than-convincing start to their domestic league campaign, drawing their opening two matches before securing a 1-0 win with a late goal at promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.

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No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) – Valencia must quickly put their disappointment at losing Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener at home to Zenit St Petersburg behind them & switch their attention back to La Liga, according to coach Nuno.

Valencia’s hopes of a winning return to Europe's elite club competition after a two-year absence were dashed when Brazil forward Hulk struck twice for the Russian champions in a 3-2 victory at the Mestalla.

Nuno's side have moreover made a less-than-convincing start to their domestic league campaign, drawing their opening two matches before securing a 1-0 win with a late goal at promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.

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Raul's Real scoring record in Ronaldo's sights

Raul's Real scoring record in Ronaldo's sights

By Iain Rogers

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo can overtake Raul as Real Madrid's all-time top scorer when Granada visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday & the Portugal captain will have needed fewer than half as many matches to do it.

Former Spain striker Raul, now with New York Cosmos, netted 323 goals in 741 appearances for the world's richest club, while Ronaldo's hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk took his tally to a jaw-dropping 321 in just 304 matches.

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No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) – Valencia must quickly put their disappointment at losing Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener at home to Zenit St Petersburg behind them & switch their attention back to La Liga, according to coach Nuno.

Valencia’s hopes of a winning return to Europe's elite club competition after a two-year absence were dashed when Brazil forward Hulk struck twice for the Russian champions in a 3-2 victory at the Mestalla.

Nuno's side have moreover made a less-than-convincing start to their domestic league campaign, drawing their opening two matches before securing a 1-0 win with a late goal at promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.

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Soccer-Raul's Real scoring record in Ronaldo's sights

Soccer-Raul's Real scoring record in Ronaldo's sights

By Iain Rogers

MADRID, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo can overtake Raul as Real Madrid's all-time top scorer when Granada visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday & the Portugal captain will have needed fewer than half as many matches to do it.

Former Spain striker Raul, now with New York Cosmos, netted 323 goals in 741 appearances for the world's richest club, while Ronaldo's hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk took his tally to a jaw-dropping 321 in just 304 matches.

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Villas-Boas to leave Zenit at end of season

Villas-Boas to leave Zenit at end of season

Moscow (AFP) – Andre Villas-Boas will leave his role as coach of Zenit St Petersburg at the end of the season, the Portuguese said on Thursday.

"Talking approximately a contract extension…the club had made ​​me an offer at the end of last season, I have refused & at the end of the season I will leave the club," Villas-Boas said when pressed on his future at a press conference reported by Zenit's official website.

"But in any case we will continue to work hard, we need to score points, to catch up with those ahead of us, to try to perform successfully in the Champions League."

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Villas-Boas' Zenit future uncertain after six-match ban

Villas-Boas' Zenit future uncertain after six-match ban

Moscow (AFP) – Andre Villas-Boas' future as manager of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg appeared to hang in the balance on Friday after he was handed a six-match ban.

On Thursday, the Russia Football Union (RFU) disciplinary panel banned the former Porto, Chelsea & Tottenham coach for six matches for pushing the reserve referee during Zenit's league game with newly-promoted promoted Samara, which Zenit lost 3-1.

Villas-Boas refused to comment on the decision yet the head of the disciplinary panel, Artur Grigoryants, said the Portuguese manager had presented his apologies for his behaviour.

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Advocaat stands firm at Sunderland

Advocaat stands firm at Sunderland

London (AFP) – Dick Advocaat intends to stay at Sunderland until the end of the season despite being this season's betting favourite to be the first Premier League coach to be sent packing.

The veteran Dutchman was a surprise choice to replace Gus Poyet as Sunderland boss in March on a short-term deal with the club facing relegation.

He managed to keep them up & then signed a one-year contract to lead the northeast club during the 2015-16 campaign.

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Advocaat stands firm at Sunderland

Advocaat stands firm at Sunderland

London (AFP) – Dick Advocaat intends to stay at Sunderland until the end of the season despite being this season's betting favourite to be the first Premier League coach to be sent packing.

The veteran Dutchman was a surprise choice to replace Gus Poyet as Sunderland boss in March on a short-term deal with the club facing relegation.

He managed to keep them up & then signed a one-year contract to lead the northeast club during the 2015-16 campaign.

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Soccer-Valencia sign Brazilian centre back Santos from Braga

Soccer-Valencia sign Brazilian centre back Santos from Braga

MADRID, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Valencia have agreed to sign Brazilian centre back Aderlan Santos from Portuguese side Braga on a five-year contract, the La Liga club said on Thursday.

Valencia, who qualified for the Champions League group stage on Tuesday when they won their playoff against Monaco, needed to bolster their defence after they sold Argentina centre back Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester City last week.

"I am pleased & honoured to sign for a tremendous European club," Santos said on Valencia's website (www.valenciacf.com).

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