Capello in charge for Russia's home World Cup
Friday, January 24, 2014
"I have big plans and will do all I can to make Russian fans happy," said Fabio Capello after agreeing to stay on as coach until the end of Russia's 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
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Fabio Capello will be in charge of Russia's 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on home soil after signing a four-year contract extension.
The 67-year-old, who has guided Russia to this summer's finals in Brazil as winners of qualifying Group F, will now oversee their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying bid and 2018 final tournament challenge as hosts. Capello took over as Russia coach in July 2012, less than six months after stepping down as England manager.
"We are happy that such a talented coach will continue his work in Russia," said Russian Football Union (RFS) president Nikolai Tolstykh. "This contract also means that Fabio will supervise all our national teams and that Russian coaches will assist him with the senior side."
Capello added: "I am grateful to RFS president Nikolai Tolstykh and Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko as they have shown great faith in me. I am delighted that I will stay in Russia. I have big plans and will do all I can to make Russian fans happy."
Capello, a UEFA Champions League winner with AC Milan in 1994, also counts Real Madrid CF, AS Roma and Juventus among his former employers. Russia were drawn in World Cup Group H, where they will meet South Korea, Belgium and Algeria.