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Russia ends Capello's coaching contract

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By Euronews
Russia ends Capello's coaching contract

<p>Fabio Capello’s Russian coaching career is over.</p> <p>The Russian Football Union has ended his contract as head of the national team, three years before the country hosts the next World Cup. </p> <p>It is widely thought that <span class="caps">CSKA</span> Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky is likely to take over from the Italian but the union’s acting president, Nikita Simonyan, refused to be drawn out at a press conference. </p> <p>“With regard to the new coach, I can say it will be a Russian coach. I do not think we will dwell on it for too long – I think two weeks maybe, by the end of the month, or even sooner,” said Simonyan.</p> <p>Capello became Russia coach in July 2012 and had extended his contract until the end of the 2018 tournament.</p> <p>He took the team to the World Cup finals in Brazil last summer but his side were knocked out in the group stages.</p> <p>The team’s form has not improved since then and they suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Austria in their Euro 2016 qualifier on June 14, leaving them third in Group G with eight points from six games.</p>