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Capello should go after dire show


Russia worried by Belgium curse

 By Sasa Ibrulj

Fabio Capello's Russia are slowly improving but same problems remain

An early goal from Aleksandr Kokorin was not enough as Sweden equalised in the second half in a 1-1 draw.

STOCKHOLM -- "When they play good, I am happy. When they make mistakes I am not happy," said Fabio Capello after Russia captured an important point in their 1-1 draw with Sweden on Thursday night.

However, his facial expression and body language, as usual, did not reveal much -- he didn't look either angry or overjoyed, but hesitant and indecisive. Which, if you think about it, actually describes his team's performance pretty well.

Their trip to Friends Arena was a first proper test for Fabio...

Artyom Dzyuba set to earn his first full Russian cap against idol Zlatan

Meet Artyom Dzyuba -- Russia's own Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Zlatan wants to get my shirt, and I want to get his," said Artyom Dzyuba through a smile a month ago after Russia thrashed Lichtenstein 4-0.

The Spartak Moscow striker entered the field at halftime, set up Alan Dzagoev for a move that ended in an own goal by Franz Burgmeier, got fouled in the box to win a penalty and finally scored his very first goal for the national team from Aleksandr Kokorin's assist. This was definitely his night, and he was making plans for the visit to Stockholm to meet...

 By Kevin Palmer

Previewing this week's best Euro 2016 qualifying matches

Cynics of UEFA's decision to bolster their European Championship finals entry list to 24 teams will be offered more than a little ammunition to back up their theory that the expanded competition has diluted the pre-event qualifying campaign this week.

England's Wembley meeting with San Marino (FIFA ranking 208) at Wembley on Thursday, Holland's clash with Kazakhstan (127) a day later and the Republic of Ireland's meeting with Gibraltar (unranked by FIFA) are some of the fixtures on the horizon that...

Russia national team plan for 2018 World Cup potentially disastrous

If a Russian Football Union proposal comes about, Russia manager Fabio Capelli will have his squad playing a full season in the Russian Premier League ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

With the current leadership at FIFA and UEFA, there is no shortage of poor ideas, but it looks like the Russian Football Union is about to win the prize for the most bizarre and stupid proposition.

Speaking to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS this week, RFU general secretary Anatoly Vorobyov suggested that Russia's national team should play in the Russian Premier League for the entire 2017-18 season, in order to prepare for the World Cup on home soil. According to him, players would be loaned from...

Time up for Capello but Italian will cling on

Russia fans are less than impressed with Fabio Capello, who presided over a poor tournament in Brazil

If you were regular readers of my posts about Russia during the past couple of months, you will not be surprised to see them exit meekly at the group stage.

Firstly, it was clear that injured Roman Shirokov's absence would prove disastrous for the team. Without the only player capable of sending a quality through ball, Fabio Capello's side were desperately short of improvisation and it showed in each of their three games. Against Algeria and needing a winning goal with 30 minutes to go, Russia...

Assessment: Russia's epic fail

Russia have bowed out of the World Cup in the group stages and ESPN FC blogger Michael Yokhin gives his verdict on the brighter points of the campaign as well as what went wrong.

One sentence, World Cup recap

A disastrously lifeless performance, finishing winless in what looked like a very manageable group and missing out on a superb chance of reaching the round of 16 for the first time since 1986.

All team assessments

Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Finalists: Argentina
Winners: Germany

Star Man

Vasily Berezutskiy emerged with immense credit from the tournament. The CSKA Moscow central...