Shalimov takes Russia reins

Igor Shalimov, the 39-year-old former FC Spartak Moskva and FC Internazionale Milano midfielder, has taken charge of the Russia women's national side.

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Igor Shalimov, the former FC Spartak Moskva and FC Internazionale Milano midfielder, has taken the reins of the Russia women's national team.

Israel test
Football Union of Russia president Vitaly Mutko confirmed the appointment of Shalimov as head coach on Tuesday, and the 39-year-old's first test will be a UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifier against Israel in Krasnoarmeysk on 29 May. Under Shalimov's predecessor, Yuri Bystritsky, Russia won their opening three Group 6 games before recently succumbing 3-0 to leaders Norway.

Playing CV
Shalimov won 47 international caps as a player, featuring in his country's squads at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships. Besides representing Spartak, he spent eight seasons abroad with clubs in Italy – Foggia Calcio, Inter, Udinese Calcio, Bologna FC, SSC Napoli – as well as with MSV Duisburg in Germany and AC Lugano in Switzerland. His coaching experience is less broad, however: he had a spell with Russian third-division side FC Krasnoznamensk between 2001 and 2002, then failed to prevent FC Uralan Elista's relegation from the top flight in 2003.

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