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Football: AVB the key to Zenit's title push - Hulk

Andre Villas-Boas has 'lit up' Zenit Saint Petersburg since his appointment as manager of the Russian title chasers, the club's Brazilian striker Hulk claims. Hulk's hat-trick in Saturday's 4-1 win over FC Krasnodar left Zenit leading the league by one point from Lokomotiv Moscow. Since Villas-Boas, sacked by Tottenham in December, was appointed last month Zenit have gone on a four-match winning spree. And Hulk, who has scored seven goals and made five assists in that period, says the credit should go to his former boss at Porto.

Hulk catches Porto napping to seize Zenit draw

(Reuters) - Hulk missed a penalty but scored the equalizer as Zenit St Petersburg secured a 1-1 home draw against Porto on Wednesday to stay favorites for the runners-up spot in Champions League Group G. The Brazilian dented his former club's hopes as Zenit moved on to five points with two matches remaining, one above the Portuguese champions, who are third. Porto captain Lucho Gonzalez opened the scoring with a fine header after 23 minutes before burly forward Hulk punished lax defending to level.

Football: Hulk happy in Russia and nearing top form

Zenit Saint Petersburg's Brazilian forward Hulk on Monday said he was happy in Russia and nearing top form after an emphatic weekend victory left his side as joint league leaders. Hulk, 27, sought to lay to rest rumours that he was unsettled at Zenit after his side clinched a confident 4-0 win over hosts Rostov at the weekend. Zenit, Spartak Moscow and reigning champions CSKA Moscow are all on 20 points from nine matches after this weekend's round of matches with Zenit taking the first spot due to their better goal difference.

Football: Hulk blasts anti-gay, racist fans in Russia

Zenit St Petersburg's big-money signing Brazilian forward Hulk has said he felt safe and secure in Russia, but sharply criticised racist and anti-gay elements among Russian fans. Hulk, signed by Zenit last year for a reported 60 million euros in Russia's biggest ever transfer deal, said he and his young family felt safer in Russia than they did in his homeland of Brazil. "That's one very important thing, which I feel here in Russia and which is seriously lacking at home in Brazil," the 26-year-old international was quoted as saying by R-Sport news agency.

Brazil's Hulk puts coach spat, Zenit troubles behind him

By Brian Homewood LONDON (Reuters) - Brazil striker Hulk's move to Zenit St Petersburg has been anything but smooth, with team mates refusing to play in protest at his wages and the player involved in a public spat with his coach. At one point, a fake home-made bomb was sent to the club with the words "Hulk out", and his sister spent a day in the hands of kidnappers back in Brazil before being released unharmed.
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