Vasco da Gama name Valentim as head coach

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 28 (IANS) Vasco da Gama have named Alberto Valentim as their new manager, replacing former Bayern Munich and Brazil international full-back Jorginho.

Valentim signed a 16-month contract effective immediately, Vasco president Alexandre Campello told reporters on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

“We weighed up who was available and opted for a younger manager with a modern approach because it matches what we are doing here at Vasco,” Campello said.

Valentim, a former Brazil U-20 and U-23 right-back, managed Brazilian top-flight clubs Atletico Paranaense, Palmeiras and Botafogo in the past five years.

His most recent job with Egypt’s Pyramids ended earlier this month after a row with the club’s owner.

The 43-year-old’s first match in charge will be an away clash with Atletico Paranaense on Wednesday in the Brazilian Serie A championship.

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Jorginho was sacked on August 14 — just two months after his appointment — and replaced on an interim basis by Valdir Bigode. The four-time Serie A champions are currently 13th in the 20-team league standings with 24 points from 19 games.

–IANS

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