Porto appoint Fonseca

Portuguese champions Porto have announced that Paulo Fonseca will be their new coach following the departure of Vitor Pereira.

The 40-year-old Fonseca, who last season steered unfancied Pacos de Ferreira to third spot in the league, has signed a two-year deal, Porto said in a statement to the Portuguese stock exchange.

Fonseca became a coach in 2005 after a playing career with Maritimo de Funchal, Belenenses and Vitoria de Guimaraes.

A statement published on fcporto.pt read: "Paulo Fonseca will be the new coach of FC Porto and will sign a contract covering the next two seasons. The signing will take place on Monday and will be followed by a short interview with the coach and president (Jorge Nuno) Pinto da Costa."

A former centre-half who retired from playing while at Estrela Amadora in 2005, Fonseca arrived in the Pacos hotseat following spells with Odivelas, Pinhalnovense and Aves.

Pereira, who won two Primeira Liga titles with Porto, announced on Sunday that he was joining Saudi club Al-Ahli.