Former Udinese midfielder Valentim named Botafogo coach

2018-02-14 02:10:05 GMT2018-02-14 10:10:05(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Botafogo have named former Udinese midfielder Alberto Valentim as their coach for the remainder of 2018.

The 42-year-old replaces Felipe Conceicao, who was sacked on Saturday after just seven matches in charge.

"To coach Botafogo is an honor and I'm really happy to accept the challenge," Valentim told the Rio de Janeiro's club's website on Tuesday.

"I'm aware of the size of the club and the passion of the fans. I'm ready to work together to repay the faith shown in me."

Valentim has just one year of experience as a first-team coach. He was appointed manager of Serie D club Red Bull Brasil in early 2017 before taking over as interim coach of Serie A side Palmeiras in October.

As a player Valentim is best remembered for his six-year spell with Italy's Udinese at the turn of the century. He also represented Brazil's under-20 and under-23 teams.

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