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Olympiacos turn to Valverde

Greek champions Olympiacos CFP have named Ernesto Valverde as their new coach with the Spaniard signing a two-year deal a day after resigning at RCD Espanyol.

Greek champions Olympiacos CFP have unveiled Ernesto Valverde as their new coach with the Spaniard signing a two-year contract a day after resigning from his post at RCD Espanyol.

Segura succession
The 44-year-old succeeds his fellow Spanish coach José Segura, who led the Piraeus club to the league and cup double having taken over from Panagiotis Lemonis in March following the club's defeat by eventual runners-up Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League. Valverde's first job at Olympiacos will be to try to lead the club back into the competition proper via the third qualifying round.

European impact
Valverde enjoyed a successful playing career which brought one international cap for Spain and spells at Espanyol, FC Barcelona, Athletic Club Bilbao and RCD Mallorca. He reached the UEFA Cup final with Espanyol in 1988 and won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Barça the following season. Having retired in 1997, he started his coaching career the same year with Athletic's youth team and held that post until stepping up to the senior side in 2003. He took over at Espanyol in 2006, leading the club to the UEFA Cup final in his first season in charge, although his second campaign proved less successful with Espanyol finishing 12th in the Primera División.