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Palmeiras fires coach after 3 straight losses

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm •  Published: May 8, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Palmeiras has fired coach Gilson Kleina after the team's third straight loss.

Thursday's announcement came a day after Palmeiras' 2-1 loss at Sampaio Correia in the second round of the Brazilian Cup. The second leg is next week in Sao Paulo.

Palmeiras was coming off a 1-0 home defeat by Fluminense and a 4-2 loss at Flamengo in the Brazilian league. It beat Criciuma 2-1 in its first league match.

Kleina coached Palmeiras to a 56-29-20 record since replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari late in 2012. Kleina's replacement has yet to be announced.

Celebrating its centennial, Palmeiras is the Brazilian club with most national titles — eight in the Brazilian league and two in the Brazilian Cup.

It played in the league's second division in 2013.