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Sporting Lisbon hires Vercauteren as new coach

Associated Press Published: October 24, 2012

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Belgium and Anderlecht coach Frank Vercauteren is taking charge at Sporting Lisbon.

The Portuguese club says the 55-year-old Belgian will start work on Oct. 30 with a contract through the end of the season.

Vercauteren won two Belgian league titles with Anderlecht and had a spell as caretaker coach of Belgium's national team in 2009.

Sporting has had a caretaker coach since Ricardo Sa Pinto left at the beginning of the month after a string of poor results.

The club is 12th in the 16-club Portuguese league, with only one win from six games. It hasn't won the Portuguese league title since the 2001-02 season.

Sporting is also playing in the Europa League.