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RUSSIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Zenit 6 1 0 19
2 Loko Moscow 5 1 1 16
3 Rostov 4 2 1 14
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Violent clashes between fans, police mar start of season in Russia

Mark Ogden discusses the uncertainties surrounding stadiums such as Fisht Stadium in Sochi ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

A series of fan incidents, including clashes with police, have tarnished the start of the season in the Russian Premier League.

After the well-organised FIFA Confederations Cup went on without much trouble earlier this summer, the league season has seen fights between fans inside and outside football grounds, racial abuse and violent police action since the day it kicked off on July 15.

Even players have been the target over the past month. First, injured Spartak Moscow midfielder Roman Zobnin was...

 By PA Sport

Javi Garcia completes switch to Real Betis from Zenit St Petersburg

Javi Garcia spent two seasons at Manchester City.

Javi Garcia has joined Real Betis from Zenit St Petersburg, with the former Real Madrid and Manchester City midfielder signing a three-year contract.

Garcia, 30, spent two seasons with City before departing for Russia in August 2014.

A statement on the official Betis website on Monday confirmed the deal.

Garcia said: "I am very excited. Betis were my first choice because the club is making a great effort to put a competitive team together."

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Roma's Leandro Paredes completes €23m Zenit St Petersburg move

Leandro Paredes had also been linked with Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes has joined Zenit St Petersburg on a four-year contract, the Russian club have announced.

Paredes, who began his career at Boca Juniors, had also been linked with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Serie A winners Juventus.

The Argentina international started 15 games for Roma last season, scoring three times, and Roma's official website said Zenit would pay an initial €23 million, which could rise by another €4m through clauses.

Paredes played for...

 By Ben Gladwell

Roberto Mancini appointed as new Zenit St Petersburg coach

Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini has been out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan.

Roberto Mancini has been appointed as the new coach of Zenit St Petersburg, days after the club parted company with Mircea Lucescu.

Former Manchester City manager Mancini -- out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan just before the start of the season -- becomes Zenit's second Italian coach after Luciano Spalletti, who won two Russian titles.

In a statement on their official website, Zenit said Mancini had agreed a three-year contract with the option to extend by a further two years

Zenit sack Mircea Lucescu after second straight UCL failure

Mircea Lucescu couldn't get Zenit into the Champions League over his two seasons.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Zenit St. Petersburg have sacked coach Mircea Lucescu after the Russian team failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second straight year.

A brief club statement thanked the Romanian for his year in charge and said the board decided on "early termination" of his contract, without specifying why.