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Capello to present report on Russia’s World Cup performance in late July

July 03, 2014, 20:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Being rumored to be the highest paid national coach in the world, Italian phenomenon Capello managed to help the Russian national team to qualify for the current World Cup
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MOSCOW, July 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian football team’s Head Coach Fabio Capello will present his detailed report on the performance of the national squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in late July, Nikolai Tolstykh, the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Wednesday.

“We (RFU) are planning to hold a session to draw conclusions on the global championship,” Tolstykh said. “The coaching staff (of the Russian team) prepares the analysis.”

Being rumored to be the highest paid national coach in the world, Italian phenomenon Capello managed to help the Russian national team to qualify for the current World Cup in Brazil. The team, however, failed to clear even the first stage of the much-anticipated global tournament putting their coach in the center of stern criticism.

Disapproval of Capello and his squad’s performance at the World Cup in Brazil reached the Russian parliament on Tuesday, when one of the lawmakers urged the Italian coach to return part of the money that Russia paid him under the contract for the “shameful defeat” at the championship.

“I am addressing Fabio Capello. You received 800 million rubles ($23 million) for a shameful defeat. Give the money back, or at least half of it,” Oleg Pakholkov, a lawmaker from A Just Russia political party, said addressing the parliament.

The Russian national squad experienced a string of setbacks over the past decade failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2010 championship in South Africa to the great dismay of the Russian football fans. Things changed, however, when Capello was named the head coach of the Russian national football team in July of 2012, replacing Dutch manager Dick Advocaat at the post.

Time will tell whether Capello would part with the Russian team or not, but one thing is for sure that in four years Russia will play in the next World Cup bypassing the qualifiers on the rights of the championship’s hosting country.

The country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over three years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.

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