World Cup host Russia to consider firing coach Capello

AP , Monday 15 Jun 2015

Russia's head coach Fabio Capello gestures as Belgium's head coach Marc Wilmots, left, kicks a ball in the background, during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Russia's football bosses are considering whether to fire national coach Fabio Capello after a loss to Austria seriously dented the team's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016.

After Sunday's 1-0 home defeat to Austria left Russia third in its Euro 2016 qualifying group, Russian Football Union acting president Nikita Simonyan told the R-Sport agency the body "will discuss" whether to remove Capello.

Italian-born Capello has coached Russia since 2012 and was handed a four-year contract extension last year to lead Russia through to its home World Cup in 2018, but recent results have been poor.

Russia won just two of its last 10 competitive games, with one win coming against tiny Liechtenstein and the other awarded by default when a match against Montenegro was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

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