FK Crvena zvezda have named Ricardo Sá Pinto as their new coach following the dismissal of Aleksandar Janković in the wake of Sunday's 2-1 Serbian Super League defeat at FK Radnicki Niš.
Capped 45 times by Portugal as a forward, the 40-year-old Sá Pinto said: "Thanks to the Crvena zvezda officials for showing a lot of faith in me. I know very well what kind of club I have come to and it will be a great challenge. We will start from today. We will work hard and expect good results very soon."
'Red Star' are second in Serbia's top flight, 11 points adrift of leaders FK Partizan, and sporting director Zoran Stojadinović said of the appointment: "We have faith in his vision and understanding of football. Sá Pinto was our first choice. Also, his experience as a player will be helpful. We expect Sá Pinto to bring a new spirit and many positive things to our club."
Sá Pinto is Crvena zvezda's sixth foreign boss. He started his career with SC Salgueiros, later representing Sporting Clube de Portugal as well as Real Sociedad de Fútbol and R. Standard de Liège. He moved into coaching as assistant at UD Leiria, then was in sole charge at Sporting from February to October 2012.
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