* Former Russia striker Sergei Yuran has been appointed the new coach of Estonian champions FC TVMK Tallinn after the departure of Vyacheslav Bulavin.
The 37-year-old Yuran has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract and will take charge of his first game with Sunday's Meistriliiga home match against JK Maag Tartu. Yuran began his coaching career working with the reserves and youth teams at FC Spartak Moskva before taking charge of Russian first division side Dinamo Stavropol. He then moved on to ambitious Latvian team SK Ditton before the 2006 season but left at the end of May after falling out with club management.
Yuran has spent time this week in the Estonian capital, and watched TVMK in their 3-1 defeat by leaders FC Levadia Tallinn last Sunday. "The level of Estonian football is not bad at all," he said. "I think both teams played attractive football." His predecessor Bulavin arrived at TVMK before the 2005 season and guided the club to their first title, as well as to the 2005/06 Estonian Cup. However, poor form and elimination in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round forced TVMK to make changes.
Yuran had an illustrious playing career, spending time in Ukraine, Portugal, Russia, England, Germany and Austria. The Ukrainian-born forward opted to play for Russia after the collapse of Soviet Union and represented CIS at the 1992 UEFA European Championship and Russia at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Among his club highlights were three seasons at SL Benfica, one at FC Porto, two at Spartak and one at VfL Bochum 1848, before he called time on his career while with SK Sturm Graz in 2001.