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Porto appoints Fonseca as manager

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LISBON, Portugal (AP)

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Porto says Paulo Fonseca is to take over as the northern Portuguese club's coach for the next two seasons.

In a brief statement Monday it says ''Fonseca will be the new coach of FC Porto.''

The club says Fonseca will sign a contract taking over from Vitor Pereira, who coached Porto since 2011 but left Sunday to join Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli after clinching the last two Portuguese league championships. Pereira had been criticized by fans for failing in the Champions League and the Portuguese Cup.

The 40-year-old Mozambique-born Fonseca led Pacos Ferreira to third in the Portuguese league this season, earning them a spot in the Champions League qualifying playoffs.

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