Fabio Capello Reportedly Set to Become Manager of Russian National Team

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2012

LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: England manger Fabio Capello looks on during the England training session on November 14, 2011 in London Colney, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Fabio Capello will reportedly become the new manager of the Russian national football team as they prepare for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Per the Guardian:

"Russia's national coach has been appointed – he is Fabio Capello. We wish him success in his new job," [Andrey] Arshavin wrote on his personal website.

The 31-year-old Arsenal player—loaned to Zenit St. Petersburg last season and widely considered Russia's most influential footballer, could have had inside information into the affairs of the Russian FA (RFU). However, he might have jumped the gun announcing Capello's appointment as, according to the official RFU line, talks with the 66-year-old Italian will continue next week.

With manager Dick Advocaat leaving to join Dutch club PSV Eindhoven for the 2012-13 season, Russia needed to find a new manager.

Capello is a fine choice for Russia because of his impressive experience as a manger at both the international and club levels.

Although he did not enjoy much success in his three-plus years in charge of England, leading the Three Lions is arguably the most difficult job in international football.

The 66-year-old Italian has a brilliant football mind and would be able to create a tactical game plan that the Russian players would thrive in.

After failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Russian football fans are hoping that Capello can make the necessary adjustments to qualify for Brazil in two years. The squad has the talent to accomplish this goal, and only needs a manager capable of pushing the right buttons.

With Capello in charge, there would be no excuses for Russia to miss another World Cup tournament.