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Luxemburgo returns to coach Santos

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Luxemburgo has negotiated a two-year deal with his former club

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) -- Sacked Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has agreed to return to Santos, the Brazilian club he left 11 months ago to join the Spaniards.

Luxemburgo's spokesman Luiz Lombardi said on Tuesday that the former Real coach had negotiated a two-year deal with the team he led to the Brazilian championship last year.

Real fired Luxemburgo on December 4 following a 1-0 win over Getafe the day before.

Santos have employed three different coaches since Luxemburgo's departure, Oswaldo Oliveira, Alexandre Gallo and Nelsinho, plus Serginho Chulapa as a caretaker.

Caparros deal

Deportivo Coruna coach Joaquin Caparros has extended his contract with the Primera Liga side until July 2008, the club said on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old former Sevilla boss originally signed a one-year-deal in the close season after the club had parted company with long-serving coach Javier Irureta.

Deportivo are fifth in the league, two points adrift of Real Madrid and have lost just three of their 15 games this season.

"My working method and the way I see soccer requires time, so the confidence shown in me and my assistants is a real boost," Caparros said.

His skill in bringing through youngsters and his success in revitalising more experienced players like winger Pedro Munitis and centre-back Juanma persuaded club president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro to make Caparros the center of a long-term project.

Geiger returns

Swiss top division club Aarau have reappointed former coach Alain Geiger following the weekend dismissal of Andy Egli.

Geiger, who made a record 112 appearances for Switzerland as a player, began his coaching career at Aarau before moving to Grasshoppers Zurich in 2003 for an unsuccessful nine-month spell.

The 45-year-old former defender began this season in charge of Neuchatel Xamax but was replaced by former Croatia coach Miroslav Blazevic after a run of seven consecutive defeats.

Geiger faces another tough challenge with Aarau who went bottom of the division after Sunday's 3-0 defeat away to FC Zurich.

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