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19:24 | 2009-02-12


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Vingada Inks Contract with Persepolis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Portugal's Nelo Vingada signed a 17-month-long contract with Tehran's popular soccer team Persepolis Thursday morning as the new head coach to steer the club for the rest of the Iran Premier League (IPL) season.

Attending a meeting with Persepolis club Deputy Managing Director Asghar Mirzaee in Tehran province soccer board, Vingada inked his contract for 17 months.

The contract comprises two phases. At the end of the current season, the performance of the Portuguese coach and his assistants will be appraised, if the club is not satisfied with Vingada and his assistants' performance, the contract will be annulled.

The 55-year-old Eduardo Manuel Martinho Vingada terminated his contract with the Jordanian national team last week. He coached the squad from 2007 to 2009.

Following consecutive defeats and draws, the reigning league champions, Persepolis, have been facing problems in recent months and have shown poor performance this season.

The last head coach of the Giant Reds, Afshin Peyravani, signed in after his former boss Afshin Qotbi, who gifted IPL cup to the club in the last season, resigned from his post and left the Iranian capital on November 18.

Qotbi left the club after the then Managing Director of Persepolis Dariush Mostafavi dismissed his Brazilian assistant Marco Antonio Alvarez and player Paulo Roberto do Carmo.

The Reds also dismissed Mostafavi following the club's poor performance in the current IPL season on January 5.