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    Incoming Russia coach Fabio Capello is to bring in three of his assistants from his England days, a Russian Football Union official told R-Sport on Tuesday.

    Incoming Russia coach Fabio Capello is to bring in three of his assistants from his England days, a Russian Football Union official told R-Sport on Tuesday.

    Capello is described as the "de facto" Russia coach by the union, which says he has agreed the basic principles of a contract and will sign soon.

    Capello's longtime assistant Italo Galbiati is set to make the switch to Russia after leaving England, while fitness coach Massimo Neri and goalkeeping coach Franco Tancredi will resume the same roles with Russia that they had with England, the source said.

    Former defender Christian Panucci, who played under Capello at AS Roma and briefly held a director's role at Palermo, will be a scout for Russia, and former Lazio and Parma sporting director Oreste Cinquini is set to manage the backroom staff, the source said.

    There is also a local element to the team with Russia under-21 coach Nikolai Pisarev and former under-20 coach Andrei Talalaev both set to come on board, the source added.

    Capello attended two of last weekend's Russian Premier League matches with Talalaev and Pisarev.

    If he signs, Capello's first game in charge will be an August 15 friendly against the Ivory Coast in Moscow.

    His first competitive fixtures will be World Cup qualifiers on September 7 and September 11, first at home to Northern Ireland and then away to Israel.

     

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