May 29, 2008 / 9:22 AM / 10 years ago

Briefs-Jankulovski voted top Czech soccer player for 2007

May 29 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world:

Soccer - AC Milan defender Marek Jankulovski was named Czech Footballer of the Year late for the first time on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old won Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup with his Italian side last year and was a pillar of the Czech national team in their successful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

Jankulovski, who is the first defender to win the award in 17 years, beat Chelsea’s goalkeeper Petr Cech, who won the award in 2005. Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky was third.

Soccer - Greece’s number two goalkeeper Costas Chalkias has joined PAOK Salonika on a two-year contract, an announcement on the Greek Super League club’s Web site said.

“PAOK announces that it has agreed a two-year contract with the international goalkeeper Costas Chalkias,” the club said in a statement on its Greek-language portal.

Soccer - Under-20 Argentine international Lautaro Acosta has joined Sevilla on a five-year deal from Lanus, the Primera Liga side said on their Web site (www.sevillafc.es) on Thursday.

Spanish media reported that Sevilla had paid around 6.5 million euros for the midfielder.

Soccer - Former Racing Santander coach Marcelino has agreed a two-year deal to take charge of Real Zaragoza, who were relegated from the Primera Liga this season.

Marcelino quit Racing last week after leading the side to a sixth-place finish in the table and a first ever qualification for the UEFA Cup. (Editing by John O’Brien)

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