Short Soccer, January 1, 2013
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Paciencia to take over at Deportivo
Deportivo La Coruna have hired former Sporting Lisbon manager Domingos Paciencia to replace fired coach Jose Oltra. Deportivo hired the Portuguese coach hours after club president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro announced that Oltra had been fired. Deportivo are in last place in the Spanish league after just two wins in the first 17 rounds this season. Oltra guided Deportivo back from one campaign in the second division last season, but was unable to carry over their success into the top flight. His attacking style proved particularly misguided with Deportivo conceding the most goals in the league, 39. AP
Reds' Enrique out with torn hamstring
Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique is set for a spell on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring in Sunday's win over Queens Park Rangers, assistant manager Colin Pascoe said. The Spaniard limped off after 71 minutes of the 3-0 premier League win at Loftus Road. "Unfortunately, it looks like he's got a tear in his hamstring," Pascoe, who was standing in for manager Brendan Rodgers who was ill, said on the club website. "He was terrific today, absolutely superb, and the way he's been performing these last couple of months has been a joy to watch. It's a shame, and hopefully he's not out for too long." Reuters
Striker Nene targets a return to Brazil
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Nene said he is looking to move back to his homeland after falling out with the Ligue 1 leaders, adding he has received the green light to do so from sporting director Leonardo. "My intention is to play in Brazil - that is clear for me. I have already spoken to Leonardo and they will agree to let me go," Nene said. "My idea is to return to Brazil but I also have offers from European clubs, clubs in Sao Paulo and another country. My priority is to head home." He is a reported target for Santos, where he played in 2003. Turkish media reports said Besiktas were also interested. AFP
Coleman signs new deal with Everton
Everton defender Seamus Coleman signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club yesterday. Republic of Ireland international Coleman, 24, has committed to David Moyes' team until 2018 after being rewarded with an improved deal after some dynamic displays this season. "I'm glad to get it all done and to sign for so long at a club like Everton is a great achievement. I want to be here for as long as possible," Coleman said. "Signing a contract here is fantastic and I'm really looking forward to the next couple of years. I'm really happy to have signed for this length of time."
Nzonzi can face City after 'stamp' appeal
Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi is available to face Premier League champions Manchester City tonight after appealing against his sending-off against Southampton. Former France Under-21 international Nzonzi was shown the red card for a stamp on Southampton's Jack Cork during a 3-3 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. As there are not two working days before Stoke's trip to face the champions, Nzonzi will be able to play in his side's next match. If the appeal is rejected, Nzonzi will face a three-match suspension. "Steven certainly doesn't stamp on the player," Stoke boss Tony Pulis said. AFP