Mid-Day Ticker: Villas-Boas leaves Porto, Enrique takes reins at Roma and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Villas-Boas leaves Porto, Enrique takes reins at Roma and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Villas-Boas leaves Porto, Enrique takes reins at Roma and more

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European coaching's Next Big Thing could be on his way back to Stamford Bridge.

Andre Villas-Boas, who coached Porto to an undefeated league season and capped the campaign with Portuguese Cup and UEFA Europa League titles, has resigned as manager of the Portuguese champions. Reports out of Europe suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will match his €15 million buyout clause, which will pave the way for him to sign on as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at the London club.

Villas-Boas, 33, is the youngest manager to ever win a European competition. He was an assistant at Chelsea under former Blues coach Jose Mourinho (in addition to serving under him previously at Porto and afterward at Inter Milan). His rapid rise through the coaching ranks has been eye-catching, considering that he has just two full seasons of top-flight managing experience.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


If any Americans eventually do sign with AS Roma, they'll be playing for Luis Enrique.

After much speculation, the former Spanish player has officially signed on to become the next coach at the Italian club, whose American owner, Thomas DiBenedetto, claims to be bringing in American players.

Enrique, a former Spanish international and player for Barcelona and Real Madrid, has no first-team coaching experience but most recently guided Barcelona's "B" team for the last three years. He replaces the departed Vincenzo Montella and has a two-year contract.


Neil Lennon has been given a 12-month rolling contract by Celtic to remain manager at the Scottish power for the upcoming season.

Lennon, a former Celtic captain, took over coaching the club on an interim basis in 15 months ago. He has been the subject of a number of violent threats over the last year and guided Celtic to the Scottish Cup and a second-place finish in the Premier League last season.


Germany and Brazil made powerful statements in their tournament-opening victories at the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday.

Germany overwhelmed Ecuador, 6-1, while Brazil topped Denmark, 3-0, in their Group E and F debuts, respectively.

The Germans were led by forward Samed Yasil, who scored twice. Brazilian midfielder Ademilson scored twice to lead his team.

Panama beat Burkina Faso, 1-0, in Monday's other Group E match, while Australia defeated the Ivory Coast, 2-1, their Group F encounter.

With each team having played one match thus far, here's a look at the tournament standings. The United States plays next on Wednesday against Uzbekistan.


Do you think Villas-Boas is a good match for Chelsea? Do you think Celtic will overtake Rangers under Lennon this year? What do you think of Enrique coaching at Roma, and would you want any Americans playing for a first-time manager? Impressed by the Germany and Brazil U-17 performances?

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