Swiss club Servette fires coach Joao Alves

Swiss club Servette has fired coach Joao Alves after his team

was eliminated from the Swiss Cup by second-tier Bienne.

Servette says Alves has been replaced by another Portuguese

coach, Joao Carlos Pereira.

Pereira previously coached in Portugal, Kuwait and Cyprus.

Alves, a former Portugal and Benfica midfielder, was hired by

Servette two years ago and led the team to promotion in his first

full season.

Servette is seventh in the 10-team Swiss League but lost its

best chance of success when beaten 3-0 away to Bienne in a

round-of-16 cup match on Sunday.