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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

Olympiakos fires coach Zico

ATHENS (AP) Defending champion Olympiakos has fired Brazilian coach Zico following poor results in the Greek League.

Two losses in a row and a goalless draw at Kavala has helped rival Panathinaikos extend its lead from two to seven points. After 18 of 30 rounds, Panathinaikos has 47 points against 40 for Olympiakos.

Olympiakos said on its Web site Tuesday that it named former player Bozidar Bandovic as new coach.

Zico, Japan's coach at the 2006 World Cup finals, has been at Olympiakos since September. He replaced Temuri Ketsbaia, who was fired after 85 days in charge — also for poor results.

Olympiakos reached the round of 16 in the Champions League and hosts French club Bordeaux in the first leg on Feb. 23.

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