Fenerbahce said on Wednesday they had agreed a provisional two-year contract with Spain coach Luis Aragones for him to replace Brazilian Zico at the Turkish club.
The announcement came as Spain prepare for their Euro 2008 semi-final against Russia on Thursday. Aragones will bring with him a four-member training team, with a final contract to be signed after Euro 2008, Fenerbahce said in a statement in Turkish on its website (www.fenerbahce.org).
Double whammy for Donadoni
Rome: Italy coach Roberto Donadoni will receive no compensation if speculation that he is about to be sacked and replaced by predecessor Marcello Lippi proves to be true.
It had been rumoured that the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) would pay six months salary, an estimated $856,822, to terminate the two-year contract extension Donadoni signed prior to Italy’s unsuccessful Euro 2008 campaign.
However, the coach said he asked for the compensation package to be taken out of the deal.
“I said ‘no’ to the proposal that the president (of the FIGC Giancarlo Abete) made me on the day of the renewal,” Donadoni was reported as saying.
“I’m not interested in the economic side of things. If I’m no longer the coach for him, I’ll go without asking for anything.”
Black market tickets seized in Vienna
Vienna: About 300 black market tickets had been confiscated from touts by Vienna police during Euro 2008, including 155 before last Sunday’s quarter-final between Spain and Italy, organisers UEFA said on Wednesday.
“I think it was the first time a large number of tickets were seized from touts,” UEFA’s director of communications William Gaillard told a news conference.
The clampdown probably explained the large blocks of empty seats in the Italian section of the 51,000-capacity Ernst Happel stadium for the game, which Spain won on penalties.