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Leonid Slutski

Published: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 17.36CET
Leonid Slutski
CSKA coach Leonid Slutski ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 17.36CET

Leonid Slutski


Date of birth: 4 May 1971
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: FC Zvezda Gorodische
Coaching career: FC Olimpia Volgograd, FC Uralan Elista, FC Moskva, PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara, PFC CSKA Moskva, Russia

• Started playing career as a goalkeeper with Volgograd regional team Zvezda Gorodishche, but suffered a severe injury after falling from a tree and was forced to hang up his gloves after just 13 matches.

• Began coaching career in youth football at Olimpia Volgograd. From 2002 to 2004 he worked at Uralan Elista where he was promoted to head coach following relegation from top flight. Took the reins at Moskva reserves in 2004 and replaced Valeri Petrakov as the club's head coach the following summer.

• Under Slutski, Moskva finished fifth in 2005 and sixth in 2006 before attaining a record-high fourth position in 2007. After a spell at Krylya Sovetov, guiding them into Europe, he took over at CSKA in October 2009, replacing Juande Ramos. That December he led CSKA to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages for the first time before quarter-final elimination by FC Internazionale Milano.

• Lifted first trophy in May 2011 with CSKA's Russian Cup triumph and went on to further success. CSKA returned to the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds in 2011/12, losing in the last 16 to Real Madrid CF, but 2012/13 brought their first league title since 2006 and a shoot-out defeat of FC Anji Makhachkala on penalties in the Russian Cup final.

• Began the next season with another trophy as CSKA lifted the Russian Super Cup and ended it with a second straight league title. In August 2015, agreed to take charge of the Russia team until the end of UEFA EURO 2016, alongside his CSKA role, following the departure of Fabio Capello.

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