Fabio Capello Named Russian National Team Manager

Italian succeeds Dick Advocaat.

Fabio Capello has been named as the new manager of Russia and is likely to complete the formalities of his deal within days.

The former England manager held talks with the Russian Football Union (RFU) last week about succeeding Dick Advocaat.

Russian officials have confirmed they believe he is the right man to help the national team bounce back from the disappointment of exiting Euro 2012 at the group stage.

“Today we have decided to name Fabio Capello as the manager of Russia,” the RFU vice-president, Nikita Simonyan, told the Itar-Tass news agency.


Russia had apparently drawn up a 13 man list of potential replacements, a list that is said to have included Harry Redknapp, Rafael Benitez, Pep Guardiola and Roberto Mancini.

In the end it is former England man Capello who takes over from Dick Advocaat who had long since planned to leave the post to return to PSV Eindhoven. Russia were surprisingly dumped out of the Euro 2012 group stages following defeat to Greece, a result that angered many supporters of the national team.

Capello left his England post following the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the national team captaincy following allegations he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The Italian won 28 of the 42 games he took charge of as England manager, losing six. He has also won domestic titles in both Italy and Spain.

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