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Man United chief scout Javier Ribalta joins Zenit St. Petersburg as sporting director

Jose Mourinho doesn't feel his Manchester United side are benefitting from their pre-season matches in the International Champions Cup.

Javier Ribalta, who joined Manchester United as their chief scout just 13 months ago, has left the club to become the sporting director at Zenit St. Petersburg.

Ribalta, 37, signed a deal until 2020-21, Zenit announced on Tuesday. Sources told ESPN FC last week that Ribalta would make the move.

In a statement, Ribalta said he was looking forward to not only strengthening the club, but also giving "special attention" to Zenit's youth academy.

"I am very happy that I have become part of such a club,"...

Manchester United scouting manager Javier Ribalta to leave club - sources

Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson delve into the players that could come in and could leave before Manchester United's first Premier League game of the season.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Manchester United scouting manager Javier Ribalta is set to leave the club after just 12 months, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Spaniard, who arrived at Old Trafford from Juventus last summer, will join Zenit St Petersburg as their sporting director.

The highly rated recruitment expert, who has also had spells at Novara, Torino and Liverpool, was credited with driving Juventus' policy of signing experienced free agents like Sami Khedira and Dani Alves.

With his help, the Italian...

Zenit St Petersburg punished by UEFA for another racism infraction

Zenit fans cheer in Europa League
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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...

Russia's four World Cup players to watch: Golovin, Zobnin, Kuzyaev, Miranchuk

As the host nation, all eyes will be on Russia. The home side at the World Cup has never lost an opening match, so can Cherchesov's men keep the tradition going?
Martin Ainstein undergoes an unforgettable experience in Moscow as he visits the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center during his tour of World Cup host cities.
Martin Ainstein's tour of World Cup host cities continues in Kaliningrad, where he boards the B413 Russian submarine in the Baltic Sea.

World Cup hosts Russia are approaching the tournament in the wake of some truly shambolic preparations.

Fans are pessimistic, and there is a fear that Stanislav Cherchesov's side will join South Africa and become the second World Cup hosts to fail to qualify from their group. Not everything is bleak though. While defence is their most problematic area, Cherchesov has numerous rising midfielders at his disposal.

Here are four youngsters who could save Russia this summer.

1. Aleksandr Golovin, CSKA...