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Football: Sampdoria confirm Mihajlovic appointment

Former Yugoslav international Sinisa Mihajlovic has been confirmed as the new coach of Sampdoria following his resignation as coach of Serbia, the Serie A club announced Wednesday. He takes over the Serie A strugglers, where he played in the 1990s, in the wake of Delio Rossi's sacking earlier this month. In a brief statement, Sampdoria said: "Sampdoria would like to announce the appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic, who will be presented as the new coach on Thursday before taking his first training session."

Football: Struggling Sampdoria sack Rossi

Former Lazio and Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi has been sacked by Sampdoria, the Italian Serie A team said Monday. Sampdoria dropped into the relegation zone following their third defeat in a row on Sunday at Fiorentina. The 52-year-old lasted less than a year having only been hired last December. Youth team coach Francesco Pedone will take over training until a replacement is found. Italian press speculation has linked Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who previously coached Bologna, Catania and Fiorentina, with the post.

Football: Rossi extends stay with Sampdoria

Delio Rossi on Wednesday extended his contract as coach of Sampdoria, tying him to the Serie A club until 2015. Rossi, who took over from Ciro Ferrara just before Christmas, has steered the 'Blucerchiati' to safety in a difficult first season back in the top flight and penned his new deal live on Samp's television channel. "We will have to put up with each other for another two years," club president Edoardo Garrone joked on SampTV.

Football: Forget Celtic, says Caceres as Juve look to Roma

Juventus defender Martin Caceres says the Italian champions must forget their Champions League success over Celtic and concentrate on dealing with a potentially "ruthless" Roma on Saturday. Juve's comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Scottish champions in Glasgow midweek gave them a huge boost ahead of the second leg in Turin in three weeks' time. But Caceres insists the Scudetto remains their priority, and resumes by defending their five-point lead over Napoli against a Roma side which, he believes, could turn recent off-field events to their advantage.

Football: Samp coach sorry over rude hand gesture

Sampdoria coach Delio Rossi has issued an apology to Argentine Nicolas Burdisso after making a rude hand gesture to the Roma defender during Sunday's 3-1 Serie A win in Genoa. Rossi courted controversy when he stuck his middle finger up at Burdisso at the end of the game. Sampdoria immediately issued Rossi with a fine, which the coach has accepted and will donate to charity.
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