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RUSSIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
14 Spart Moscow 0 0 0 0
15 Yenisey Kras 0 0 0 0
16 Zenit 0 0 0 0
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Zenit St Petersburg punished by UEFA for another racism infraction

Zenit fans cheer in Europa League
Zenit fans

UEFA has ordered Zenit St Petersburg to play their next European game behind closed doors in another racism sanction for World Cup host nation Russia.

Zenit fans jeered injured Leipzig player Naby Keita, who is from Guinea and will join Liverpool next season, during a Europa League game in March at the same St Petersburg stadium that will host World Cup matches.

As well as ordering Zenit to play their Europa League qualifier in July without fans, UEFA fined the club €50,000 for its fans' racist...

Zenit St. Petersburg appoints Sergei Semak to replace Roberto Mancini as coach

Roberto Mancini explains how much of an honour it is to be appointed the next manager of Italy.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Zenit St. Petersburg has named Sergei Semak as its new coach after Roberto Mancini left to take charge of Italy.

Semak played in midfield for Zenit before retiring in 2013 and taking assistant coaching roles with Zenit and then the Russian national team. This season he led FC Ufa to sixth place in the Russian Premier League, the club's best-ever finish, one place behind Zenit.

The St. Petersburg club spent big last season on signing five Argentinian players including Leandro...

 By PA Sport

Italy appoint Roberto Mancini as new national team manager

Roberto Mancini explains how much of an honour it is to be appointed the next manager of Italy.
Craig Burley responds to the reaction out of Italy following Roma's Champions League exit, saying people in Italian football need to wake up.

Roberto Mancini is the new coach of the Italy national team, the Italian Football Federation announced on Monday.

The move comes one day after Mancini agreed to terminate his contract as manager of Zenit St Petersburg, which paved the way for him to negotiate his Italy deal.

Mancini reportedly signed a two-year deal, though the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) did not give any details about his contract in announcing his appointment. He will be presented at a news conference on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old...

 By PA Sport

Roberto Mancini to leave Zenit St Petersburg as coach after missing UCL

Roberto Mancini was unable to secure Champions League football.
Zenit St Petersburg failed to reach the Champions League.

Roberto Mancini has reached an agreement to terminate his contract as manager of Zenit St Petersburg, seemingly paving the way for him to become Italy coach.

Mancini has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Azzurri boss and has held talks with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). And his appointment appeared to move a step closer on Sunday after Zenit announced he was leaving the Russian side, less than 12 months into a three-year contract.

A club statement read: "Zenit and Roberto...

 By Ben Gladwell

Roberto Mancini to enter talks to become next Italy coach

Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley go back and forth on how much Gian Piero Ventura is at fault for Italy missing the World Cup.
Relive ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti's passionate response after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Roberto Mancini is willing to be the next coach of Italy and will enter into contract negotiations later this month, the commissioner of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Tuesday.

The Zenit St Petersburg coach still has two years left to run on his contract with the Russian club, but he held exploratory talks with Alessandro Costacurta -- who has been tasked by CONI to find and appoint a new coach -- and Italy's team manager Gabriele Oriali at his home in Rome on Monday.

During that meeting,...