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Marseille hires Andre Villas-Boas as coach

Zenit St Petersburg v Dinamo Moscow - Russian Premier League

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 19: FC Zenit St. Petersburg head coach Andre Villas-Boas looks on during the Russian Football League match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Dinamo Moscow at the Petrovsky stadium on July 19, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

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MARSEILLE, France (AP) French club Marseille has hired Andre Villas-Boas as coach, hoping he can turn the former European champion into a contender again.

The 1993 European Cup-winning club, which is owned by former Los Angeles Dodger owner Frank McCourt, says Villas-Boas has signed a two-year contract.

The 41-year-old Portuguese previously coached Chelsea, Tottenham, Zenit St. Petersburg and Shanghai SIPG.

Villas-Boas takes over a team which last won the French league in 2010. A fifth-place finish this season meant Marseille failed to qualify for European competitions.

Marseille was the Europa League runner-up a year ago but failed to advance from the group stage this season under coach Rudi Garcia.