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Santos name Alexi Stival ‘Cuca’ as new coach

Rio de Janeiro, July 31: Alexi Stival, better known as Cuca, has been named coach of Santos, replacing Jair Ventura, the Brazilian football club said.
Cuca agreed to an 18-month contract that will take effect immediately, according to a Santos statement, reports Xinhua news agency.

The 55-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by Palmeiras in October, less than 12 months after he led the Sao Paulo club to their ninth Brazilian Serie A title.

“I am happy to join Santos. I’m refreshed and motivated to take on this great challenge,” Cuca said.
It will be the former Brazil international striker’s second spell as Santos coach following a brief stint in charge in 2008.

Santos are currently 16th in Brazil’s 20-team Serie A standings.
Jair, the son of Brazil World Cup winner Jairzinho, was dismissed on Monday following the club’s 0-0 draw with Chapecoense. IANS