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SBD Global/June 10, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Published June 10, 2013
FOOTBALL NAMES: Portugal FC Porto coach VITOR PEREIRA "has signed a two-year deal" to take charge of Saudi club Al-Ahli. Pereira, who helped Porto retain their Portuguese league crown after beating his arch-rivals Benfica in a riveting title race, "will take over from" Serbian ALEKSANDER ILIC (REUTERS, 6/9). ... La Liga club Celta Vigo has hired LUIS ENRIQUE to replace ABEL RESINO as coach for the next two seasons (AP, 6/8). ... La Liga club Levante has confirmed that JOAQUIN CAPARROS has been appointed head coach for next season. The 57-year-old will replace JUAN IGNACIO MARTINEZ, who "was not handed a new contract at the Ciutat de Valencia, and has joined on a one-year deal" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/9). ... League Championship Blackburn Rovers have announced that Operations Dir PAUL AGNEW "has left the club after 17 years." Much of last season "was dominated by reports of a boardroom struggle" between Agnew, Managing Dir DEREK SHAW and Global Advisor SHEBBY SINGH (BBC, 6/7).