Russian Football Union Fires Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello has been sacked from his position as the head coach of Russia.


The Russian Football Union (RFU) made their decision known on Tuesday, and will now hire another coach that will lead the team to the 2018 World Cup.

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Capello’s successor has not been named, though speculation is rife that CSKA Moscow coachLeonid Slutski will be his replacement.

“The Russian Football Union and the head coach of Russia’s national team, Fabio Capello, have reached an agreement to terminate the employment contract by mutual agreement,” the RFU said on its website.

Capello joined the team in July 2012, with his extended contract supposed to run out after the 2018 World Cup.

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Capello’s team performed poorly at the World Cup in Brazil, and more performances in the Euro 2016 qualifiers have forced the RFU’s hand.

Because Capello still had 3 years to run on his contract, the RFU has been forced to pay heavy compensation, estimated by Russian sport news agency R-Sport at $16.34 million.

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