Football: Football in brief Pandiani set for birmingham Debut

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Birmingham City are likely to hand their new striker Walter Pandiani his debut against Southampton tonight. The Uruguayan arrived on loan from Deportivo la Coruna in the dying seconds of the transfer window on Monday night.

West Ham have signed the 19-year-old goalkeeper Dusan Kuciak on loan from MSK Zilina of Slovakia.

Celtic's Bobo Balde has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract to stay at Parkhead.

The Bolton Wanderers midfielder Khalilou Fadiga has been named in Senegal's squad for a friendly against Cameroon next week, marking his rehabilitation after heart surgery last year. Fadiga played in the Senegal side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

Uefa has announced that there are eight candidates representing 10 associations interested in staging Euro 2012. Azerbaijan, Greece, Italy, Romania, Russia and Turkey have informed Europe's governing body that they wish to submit a single bid, while joint bids will be presented by Croatia-Hungary and Poland-Ukraine.

Fifa has announced the first official Beach World Cup which will take place this summer in Brazil. Twelve teams will compete.

Organisers of World Cup 2006 received orders for half a million tickets from over 70,000 fans in the first 16 hours of availability. A total of 812,000 tickets is available during the first sales window, open until 31 March. Orders will go into a draw on 15 April.

Porto have named Pedro Couceiro as coach to replace Victor Fernandez. The 42-year-old has left Vitoria Setubal to take the job.