Czech FA Chair MIROSLAV PELTA said that PAVEL VRBA, who currently coaches Czech side Viktoria Plzen, will "take over the Czech Republic national team on Jan. 1" (EP, 11/19). ... BJ-League team The Rizing Fukuoka named KIMITOSHI SANO head coach. Sano's promotion "is the first official coaching change in the 21-team league this season" (JAPAN TIMES, 11/19).
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