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Capello signs extension to lead Russia through 2018 World Cup as host nation

Russia National Team World Cup Presentation

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 21: The Head coach of the Russian National team Fabio Capello (L) and Alexey Sorokin, Russia 2018 LOC CEO attend Russia National Team World Cup presentation at Barvikha Concert Hall on November 21, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kristina Nikishina/Getty Images for adidas)

Kristina Nikishina

When Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup, it wants its coach to be Fabio Capello. The nation has re-upped with the Italian manager through the 2018 cycle.

Capello led Russia to its first World Cup since 2002 as the side went 7W-1D-2L to slip by Portugal in Group F. The team did not concede more than once in any of the matches and registered a goal differential of plus-15.

Capello will be 72-years-old when the 2018 World Cup is completed, and his last World Cup saw him lead England into the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup. He’s myriad trophies as a club manager with Milan, Real Madrid and Roma, including the 1993-94 UEFA Champions League title.

He was whispered for open jobs at Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham amongst others in recent history, but opted to stay in the international game.

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