Russia Fires Capello

  • Reuters, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:49 PM

The Russian soccer federation (RFU) on Tuesday fired national team coach Fabio Capello, three years before the country hosts the 2018 World Cup. The RFU did not immediately name a successor to the 69-year-old Italian tactician, although Italian media claim that CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutski is likely to replace him. Capello, who managed England at the 2010 World Cup, took over as Russia coach in July 2012 and had extended his contract until the end of the 2018 tournament. Though he took Russia to the World Cup in Brazil last summer, Capello’s men were knocked out in the group stage. Currently third in Euro 2016 qualifying Group G, Russia is in danger of missing out on the finals in France next summer with just eight points from six games. 

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