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Russia plan squad purge for World Cup


Fabio Capello to retire in 2018

Russia boss Fabio Capello has announced that he plans to retire after the 2018 World Cup.

Fabio Capello will lead Brazil at the World Cup this summer.
Fabio Capello will lead Brazil at the World Cup this summer.

Russia minister bemoans 2018 delays

Capello, who recently signed a contract extension, intends to lead the host nation into the tournament in four years' time before bringing an end to his managerial career at the age of 71.

"It's time to say stop," the Italian told Russian site R-Sport. "Yes, absolutely -- like Sir Alex [Ferguson]. He was 72, I will be 71 -- one year less."

Capello must first successfully guide Russia through their first World Cup finals in 12 years this summer, while there is also Euro 2016 to negotiate before his intended swansong in 2018.

He is optimistic of making the last eight in Brazil, which he would deem a success.

"That's what we need to aim for," he said. "First of all, you need to pass the group stage. After that, on paper we will have Portugal or Germany, but we'll see. I think we've got a good team and we're preparing everything well and we hope to reach the quarterfinal. We hope.

"Success would be to win, but this year it will be difficult. Sometimes if you arrive at the top, you can do something like a surprise. I also think that the players, after 12 years away, will be really, really focused and they want to do something after the Euros, which we didn't play well in."

Capello took charge of Russia following their Euro 2012 disappointment and this summer's World Cup will be his second major tournament as a national team manager after being knocked out as England manager by Germany in the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup.

As a club manager, he won the Champions League once with AC Milan, five Serie A titles with Milan and Roma as well as two Primera Division crowns with Real Madrid.


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