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Russian football authorities set to extend contract with Coach Cherchesov on ‘2+2’ basis

Cherchesov took the reins of the national football squad in the summer of 2016

MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union (RFU) has finalized the details of a contract extension with the current head coach of the national football squad, Stanislav Cherchesov, a member of the RFU Executive board, Igor Lebedev, told TASS.

The term of Cherchesov’s contract expires next month and will be now prolonged for two more years stipulating also a possible extension of the deal for another two-year term depending on the national team’s future performance. The new contract with the coaching staff of the national team is evaluate at about 2.5 million Euros (over $2.9 million).

"Members of the Executive Board have voiced a unanimous support on the extension of the current contract with Cherchesov as well as with the rest of the coaching staff for a new term under a 2+2 scheme," Lebedev said in an interview with TASS. "The contract will be signed in the days to come."

Led by 54-year-old Head Coach Cherchesov, the Russian national football team managed to reach the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup advancing with a win over the Spanish team in the round of Last 16 and then losing on a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals to Croatia, which eventually reached the final match of the world championship.

Cherchesov took the reins of the national football squad in the summer of 2016 signing a contract with the RFU to work as the head coach of the team until August 2018.

Lebedev also said that the RFU Executive Board deemed the performance of the national football team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as successful.

"A decision was made to recognize the results of the Russian national team’s performance at the world championship as successful," Lebedev said.

RFU Acting President Alexander Alayev said after the session of the Executive Board in Moscow today that "the Russian national football team successfully performed at the world championship and there can be no other opinion."

"I would like to thank the coaching staff and Stanislav [Cherchesov] as there were no problems at all [regarding contract’s extension]," Alayev said. "We are now waiting for the start of the Nations League and are very optimistic about the future."

This summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14 and ended with a spectacular final match, played also at the Luzhniki Stadium, where France confidently defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the much-coveted World Cup Trophy.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The national football team of hosts Russia managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-3 penalty shootout win on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.

According to a statement from the world’s governing football body, FIFA, Russia’s Head Coach Cherchesov has been included in the short-list of nominees for the FIFA Best Coach of the Year award.

FIFA will host the annual Best Football Awards gala in London on September 24, where the winner will be announced.

The FIFA Best Coach of the Year award was established in 2010, the first winner was Jose Mourinho. It is the first time that a Russian coach has been included in the short-list.

Other nominees in the category for FIFA’s Best Coach award are: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Zlatko Dalic (Croatia), Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Roberto Martinez (Belgium), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Gareth Southgate (England), Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).