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Giuliano joins Zenit St Petersburg from Gremio

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Giuliano made 67 appearances during his two-year spell at Gremio, scoring 11 goals.

Zenit St Petersburg have signed Brazilian attacking midfielder Giuliano from Gremio, the Russian club said on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old, who has played eight times for the Brazilian national team, agreed a four-year contract. Financial details were not disclosed.

Giuliano, who played in the Ukrainian league for Dnipro between 2011-14 before returning home to join Gremio, is coach Mircea Lucescu's second signing after Slovakian winger Robert Mak.

The Romanian took over from Andre Villas-Boas at the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Russia's Aleksandr Kokorin right to apologise for party incident - RFS chief

Aleksandr Kokorin was seen in footage at a party in Monaco after Russia's Euro 2016 exit.

Russian Sports Minister and President of the Russian Football Union (RFS) Vitaly Mutko says Aleksandr Kokorin was right to apologise after attending a party with Pavel Mamaev following the national team's group-stage exit from Euro 2016.

Video footage online appeared to show Kokorin and Mamaev in a Monaco nightclub, with waiters carrying dozens of bottles of champagne as the Russian anthem played.

Kokorin's side Zenit St Petersburg and Mamaev's team FC Krasnodar said the players would be fined and...

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Russian clubs fine Alexander Kokorin, Pavel Mamaev for party

Alexander Kokorin and Russia exited Euro 2016 in the group stage.

Two Russia players have been fined by their clubs over an ostentatious party following the national team's group stage exit from the European Championship.

Video posted online appeared to show forward Alexander Kokorin and midfielder Pavel Mamaev in a nightclub, with waiters carrying dozens of bottles of champagne, as the Russian anthem played.

Fans commenting online said the party was inappropriate after Russia's poor performance at Euro 2016.

Kokorin's club Zenit St. Petersburg and Mamaev's team...

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Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk signs for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG

Shanghai SIPG have completed the signing of Brazil international Hulk from Zenit St Petersburg.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) club have paid €56 million for the player, which represents a new transfer record for the league. Zenit would be due an additional €2 million should he score more than 15 goals.

Hulk is reported to have agreed an annual salary of €12.5m before bonuses, which would make him the CSL's best-paid player.

"Hulk has undergone medical examination and the...

 By John Duerden

Hulk's arrival at Shanghai SIPG could revive Sven Goran Eriksson's side

The ESPN FC team discuss Hulk's reported plans to sign with Shanghai SIPG.

Shanghai SIPG's proposed €56 million signing of Brazil striker Hulk may be the first major deal of the summer transfer window in China but it is unlikely to be the last. It is also set to be one of the most significant as coach Sven Goran Eriksson looks to his new star to revive Shanghai's fortunes in the league and, perhaps, save his job.

The club may be young, founded in the previous decade with a Chinese Super League debut coming in 2013, but is ambitious. Since Shanghai International Port...