Fabio Capello has reportedly been confirmed as the new coach of Russia.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the former England boss has agreed a deal which "could also cover the 2018 World Cup", which will be hosted by Russia. Gazzetta's report comes via the Russian Football Union.
National team captain Andre Arshavin already reported on his website last week Capello had been named the Russian team's new manager.
His appointment is in keeping with recent Russian tradition of appointing a foreigner in the role of national coach. Dutchmen Guus Hiddink (2006-2010) and Dick Advocaat (2010-12) both preceded Italian Capello.
Capello oversaw England's qualification to the 2010 World Cup and this year's Euros, but departed as coach in February 2012 after disagreeing with the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.
The 2010 World Cup campaign was fraught with disenchantment at the 66-year-old's autocratic style in South Africa, before ending in a humiliating round-of-16 4-1 defeat to Germany.
Rafael Benitez, Anatoliy Byshovets, Marcelo Bielsa, Valery Gazzaev, Pep Guardiola, Andrei Kobelev, Yuri Krasnozhan, Marcello Lippi, Valery Nepomnyashchy, Nikolai Pisarev, Harry Redknapp and Yuri Semin were the 12 other long-listed names for the role.
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