Fabio Capello appointed as new national manager of Russia in bid to revive flagging fortunes of team
Capello has previously coached AC Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid during his managerial career, winning domestic titles with each one, before becoming England manager in 2007. Under Capello, England qualified for Euro 2012 before the Italian resigned after falling out with Football Association chiefs after he stood by John Terry as skipper despite the Chelsea man being embroiled in a racism trial which ultimately saw the defender acquitted. In a sometimes farcical selelction process which earned ridicule at home and abroad, the RFU last week announced a star-studded 13-man list of candidates. The hugely-ambitious list included ex- Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp, former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, Italian veteran Marcello Lippi and Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa. The list also contained the names of seven Russian coaches but also Capello, who in the end appeared to be the only serious candidate. Last Thursday, Capello came to Moscow to hold talks with the RFU and his arrival caused a sensation in the Russian media. However, the Italian came to Moscow in a hurry and was reportedly forced to stay in the airport on arrival waiting for several hours while RFU officials finalised formalities to grant Capello a Russian entry visa.