Capello confirmed as Russia coach

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Fabio Capello has signed a two-year deal to coach Russia
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Fabio Capello has signed a two-year deal to coach Russia

Fabio Capello has one simple aim after being announced as Russia's new head coach - qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Capello, who has signed a two-year deal, succeeds Dick Advocaat, who revealed his intention to step down and take charge of Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven before Euro 2012. Russia started their campaign in Poland and Ukraine with a bang by hammering the Czech Republic 4-1, but were then eliminated in the group stage.

"The current contract runs for two years," said the Italian former England boss. "And my next goal - to reach the finals of the World Cup in Brazil."

He added: "After I had finished working in England, I was angry, and I wanted to continue working. I really want to achieve your goals and fight for the Cup in Brazil.

"It does not really matter with whom we compete. I now have a new beginning in a coaching career. I'll try to get my philosophy to match that which has brought the Russian national team success, and we will go to the World Cup in Brazil."

Capello will be looking to rebuild his reputation after a less than impressive four years with England.

After taking charge in 2008, he was initially a great success as England comfortably qualified for the 2010 World Cup. However, matters soon went awry after a disappointing tournament that ended with a crushing 4-1 defeat by rivals Germany in the second round.

The former AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid boss guided England to this year's tournament in Poland and Ukraine, but quit his post after the Football Association stripped John Terry of the captaincy due to the Chelsea defender being charged with making a racist remark to Anton Ferdinand. Terry was subsequently cleared in a magistrates court trial.

President Nikita Simonyan has given Capello his assurances that the Russian Football Union will not intervene with on-field affairs.

"The Russian Football Union will not interfere with the head coach. If Fabio decides to make (Andrey) Arshavin captain, so be it," he said.

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