Ex-Tottenham Coach Andre Villas-Boas Joins Zenit St. Petersburg

Andre Villas-Boas will take over as coach of Zenit St. Petersburg, his first job since being fired by English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur three months ago.

The 36-year-old Portuguese will sign a two-year contract on March 20, a day after Zenit’s round-of-16 Champions League game at Borussia Dortmund, the Russian team said on its website.

Villas-Boas replaces Luciano Spalletti, who was fired after Zenit lost the home leg to Dortmund 4-2. Spalletti, a 55-year-old Italian, had led Zenit to two Russian Premier League titles in a four-year stint.

Villas-Boas got coaching qualifications at age 17 and went on to work on the staff of Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

He led Porto to the Europa League title in his first season as head coach but was fired by Chelsea after less than a year in the same role at the London club.

Villas-Boas left Tottenham on Dec. 16, midway through a three-year contract, following a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool.

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