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Porto hires Nantes coach Sergio Conceicao as next manager

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FC Porto has hired Portuguese boss Sergio Conceicao to take over after a disappointing season.

Conceicao comes from French club FC Nantes, where he spent half a season. At Nantes, he performed wonders, taking over with the team second-bottom in early December and working them up to a seventh-place finish. Of the 51 points Nantes collected last season, 38 of them came under Conceicao.

Conceicao was a rumored candidate for the open Leicester City position much of the second half of the year, but Nantes president Waldemar Kita insisted he would see out his two-year contract.

The 42-year-old, who owns 52 caps for Portugal from his playing days, has experience in the Portuguese top flight, having managed SC Braga where the team had a magical cup run, losing in the final to Sporting CP on penalties. After the semi-final win in the tournament, Conceicao walked 24 miles home from the game as a promise to his players for the win.

He takes over for Nuno, who was fired after failing to gather silverware of any kind this past year. They finished second in the Primeira Liga table, six points back of champions Benfica. They did finish six points above rivals Sporting. In tournament play, they were knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 by Juventus 3-0 on aggregate, and they were upset by GD Chaves in the 4th round of the Taca de Portugal on penalties. Nuno is now the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Conceicao returns to Porto where he played for two seasons between 1996 and 1998.

VIDEO: A sneak peek of Everton’s Europa League journey – Part 2

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In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.

Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.

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[ WATCH: Part 1 of Everton Unseen ]

FIFA to send in emergency team to run Cameroon football

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.

The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.

FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.

CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.

FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham complete signing of Sanchez, Clucas joins Swansea

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Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.

The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.

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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.

It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.

Here’s some more transfer news from across England:


Liverpool bombard Hoffenheim with three-goal first half

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Liverpool got off to a flying start in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Hoffenheim.

With the loyal Anfield crowd behind the team, the Reds scored three goals in the first 21 minutes, two of them from Emre Can to put Liverpool well in control of the tie.

Can’s opener was followed by a goal from Mo Salah before the German international scored a wide-open goal at the back post to make it 3-0 and 5-1 on aggregate. Sadio Mane played a big role in both of Can’s goals.

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Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann went to the bench right after the third goal and brought on Mark Uth, who promptly scored to bright a little hope back to the German club.

Here’s a look at the flying first half of goals for Liverpool.

Emre Can 10′

Mohamed Salah 18′

Emre Can 21′

Mark Uth 28′