Andrei Arshavin wrote in his webpage that FabioCapello is the new coach of the Russian National Football Team. At the sametime, the Russian Football Union (in a declaration published in ESPN UK) statesthat they will announce who will be the coach next week.
While Capello received criticism and was forced out ofhis job as England’s coach, it appears that Russia may select him. The reportswritten in the online magazines RT, RIA Novosti attest to that.
Capello deserves to be coach of the Russian NationalFootball team on the basis of his experience. According to the FIFA webpage,Capello coached teams such as Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma, and AC Milan beforemoving to England.
During his period as coach of the English NationalFootball Team from 2007 until 2012, Capello had an impressive record thatovershadows the reason for his termination. The numbers are always present andserve as testimony until another coach breaks the barriers set by Capello.
According to the BBC Sports website, Capello won 66.7%of the 42 matches played while coaching England. The percentage of matches wonby Capello outnumbers the percentages by Glenn Hoddle (60%), SvenGoran-Eriksson (59.7%), Steve Mc Claren (50%), Terry Venables (47.8%), andKevin Keegan (38.9).
Capello´s English team scored 89 goals, conceded 36,and had 16 clean sheets according to the above website. The achievement thatwas rarely publicized but found in the BBC was overall pass completion byEngland which was 83%.
In addition to statistics to support the reason whyCapello would do great as Russia´s coach, he is loyal to his team. According toan article published in RIA Novosti, Capello stated that he will live in Russiaif he is selected as coach of the national team.
The decision by Capello is a far cry from Guus Hiddinkand Dick Advocaat when the latters were coach. During the era of Hiddink andAdvocaat, both coaches would go to Russia for the matches and training andleave afterwards.
The last reason is that Capello will do well in aRussia that is becoming a new frontier in the world of football. Zenit St.Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkala are among the clubs of the Russian PremierLeague that are growing.
We cannot forget that Russia is preparing for the 2018FIFA World Cup. It is hoped that when the Russian Football Union sits down andchoose their coach, that the person deserving of the job is Fabio Capello.
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