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Benfica coach stuns fans by moving to rival Sporting

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus stuns fans with unprecedented move to bitter rival Sporting Lisbon

Benfica coach stuns fans by moving to rival Sporting

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is quitting the club he led to the Portuguese title in the last two seasons and moving to fierce crosstown rival Sporting Lisbon in an unprecedented switch that stunned fans.

Jesus was out of contract at Benfica but was widely expected to extend his six-year stint at the Stadium of Light where he captured his 10th trophy last month, becoming the storied club's most successful coach.

However, Sporting announced late Friday that Jesus would take charge at its Jose Alvalade Stadium from July 1 on a three-year contract.

The announcement came a day after Benfica said it was looking for a coach for next season and Sporting fired Marco Silva.

Sporting's president Bruno de Carvalho announced "a new cycle in the life of Sporting begins today."

Updated : 2021-09-23 16:49 GMT+08:00