The Russian Federation appoints Karpin as coach of the national team


The Russian Football Federation appointed Valery Karpin as the new coach of the national team on Friday, hoping to qualify for the World Cup next year after a disappointing exit from the European Championship.
Russia dispensed with coach Stanislav Cherchesov earlier this month after the team fell to the bottom of its group in the last European Championship, and Russia suffered two heavy defeats and won one despite playing most of the matches at home, which sparked widespread criticism from fans and critics.
Cherchesov, who took office in August 2016, led Russia to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals at home in Russia’s best-ever performance at the tournament.
The Russian Federation said in a statement that Karpin will sign his contract with the national team on July 26, and the contract will last until December 31, 2021, but may be renewed.
The former midfielder spent most of his playing career in Spain and made more than 70 appearances for Russia and led Rostov to ninth place in the Russian league last season.
Alexander Dyukov, president of the Russian Football Association, said Valery Karpin is well known.
He added, “After the end of his playing career, he gained tremendous training experience, including his successful career in recent years with Rostov FC.”


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