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Pauw in for Shalimov in Russia

Igor Shalimov has stepped down as Russia coach to be replaced by Vera Pauw, who led her native Netherlands to the UEFA Women's EURO 2009 semi-finals and also managed Scotland.

New Russia coach Vera Pauw
New Russia coach Vera Pauw ©

Former Netherlands and Scotland women's coach Vera Pauw has taken charge of Russia after a change of role for Igor Shalimov.

Shalimov has been in charge of the side for three years but the 42-year-old ex-international has now been appointed deputy sporting director for national teams and selection at the Russian Football Union (RFS). Pauw, 48, had been working as the RFS technical director for women's teams but will now coach Russia in UEFA Women's EURO 2013 qualifying.

In his first female coaching role, Shalimov led Russia to UEFA Women's EURO 2009 in Finland but they were knocked out in the group stage. They then missed out on the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying play-offs after finishing below Switzerland in their group.

"I spoke with [RFS president] Sergei Fursenko on the phone on Wednesday and he invited me to switch to a new role," Shalimov told "I believe it is a very interesting one. I would call my experience with the women's national team a positive one, though the results were unsatisfactory."

A member of the UEFA Women's Football Committee, Pauw had a distinguished playing career, winning 89 caps for the Netherlands before coaching Scotland from1998 to 2004. That year she took charge of her home nation and took them to their first major tournament, UEFA Women's EURO 2009, reaching the semi-finals. She stepped down last year and moved to Russia, who begin 2013 qualifying on 21 September in Poland with Italy among their Group 1 opponents.