Coach Joaquin Caparros will coach Levante in the next season, 2013-2014, following the agreement reached between the Valencian club and the Andalusian coach, as reported by Levante on Sunday.
Caparros (Utrera, 1955) will coach Levante accompanied by a coaching body composed of Luciano Martin Toscano, last with the club as a player in the 1999-2000 season, Lluis Llopis, goalkeeping, and Bernardo Requena, responsible for the physical training.
Levante’s new coach was last season with Real Mallorca, but last February 4 was dismissed after having joined the club Mallorca in 2011. The Andalusian coach replaces Alicante Juan Ignacio Martinez, who after two seasons Levante decided not to renew his contract.
Joaquin Caparros has extensive coaching career in Spanish football which highlights his work in Seville (2000-2005), Deportivo La Coruna (2005-2007) and Athletic (2007-2011). He also had a stint Villarreal in 1999 and the Swiss Neuchatel in 2011.
Caparros will be officially presented as new coach of Levante on Tuesday.
Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz and Levante have reached an agreement, in the absence of the medical examination, so that the player is linked with the club for the next three seasons, as reported by the Valencian entity.
Ivanschitz, 29, which comes free from Mainz 05, began his football career at Rapid Vienna, with which he was voted best player in the league in 2003.
Three years later he joined Red Bull Salzburg, who went to the club before joining Panathinaikos 2009 in Mainz 05. In the past year, has scored seven goals in 31 matches.
Ivanschitz is international with Austria and in 2003, when he scored his first goal for the combined Austrian, became the youngest player to score for the national team, with whom he played in the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland.
Cristiano Ronaldo was left covered in blood after he suffered a nasty cut to his face. Here is a video showing the gruesome injury which forced Ronaldo off at half-time, but not before he scored for the champions.
The Real Madrid man may have been wishing that the game had been called off when he required treatment in just the third minute for a nasty cut to his left eye from a wandering David Navarro elbow, but he carried on and managed to score an impressive volley, before being substituted at half-time as a precautionary measure.
Sunday saw plenty of drama in La Liga, with some spectacular individual performances and late goals that could be pivotal in the Spanish league this season.
Aritz Aduriz’s first-half double fired Athletic Bilbao to their first away win of the season, ending their recent poor run against fellow La Liga side Granada who are also caught up in the season’s early relegation battle. Continue reading Sunday’s La Liga review→