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Capello Not Yet Russia’s Next Coach

The Russian FA confirms talks are ongoing with former England manager Fabio Capello but denies any deal has yet been reached.
Fabio Capello managed England for four years before resigning in February. (Getty Images)

"The RFU is at the stage of negotiations with representatives of the Italian coach Fabio Capello," said a Wednesday statement posted to the Russian Football Union’s website.

"At the moment representatives of the RFU are discussing details of an agreement with a group of foreign lawyers, the only individuals with the exclusive authority as given by Fabio Capello to conduct talks.”

The clarification follows a report from R-Sport earlier this month that a two-year contract is forthcoming as well as comments from Capello himself suggesting it’s already a done deal.

The one-time Juventus midfielder was quoted by Spanish daily Marca lamenting the Russian Premier League’s liberal allowance of foreign footballers and the difficulty that presents for Russia’s next coach.

"Everyone saw Russia at the Euro," said the Italian, 66.

"A big problem is that in the teams of the Russian league there are seven foreigners and only four selectable [Russian players]. It is very hard to work in this way."

If hired, Capello’s first match would be an Aug. 15 friendly in Moscow against the Ivory Coast.

Hoeness Hits Out at Blatter

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says Sepp Blatter’s credibility is running out as the head of world football’s governing body. 
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness at the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. (WFI)

"The air is getting thinner and thinner for Mr. Blatter," Hoeness was quoted Wednesday in an AFP report.

"I can't imagine that he could remain in office, let alone stand for president again."

His comments follow a Tuesday press briefing in Zurich at which Blatter repeatedly adopted defensive body language and appeared particularly nervy following last week’s release of Swiss court documents confirming that former FIFA chief Joao Havelange and Brazilian FA boss Ricardo Teixeira had received millions of dollars in kickbacks as part of the infamous ISL scandal.

After last week admitting he knew of the backhanders paid to Havelange and Teixeira, which he labelled as "commission" because they were legal at the time in Swiss law, Blatter was pressed again about the ISL case, insisting: "I knew nothing about any other people getting payments."

According to AFP, Hoeness added: "At last, people are daring to attack him -- even international journalists.”

His criticism adds to the already substantial backlash from German FA leaders for Blatter’s implication last week that the vote to award the 2006 World Cup to Germany was perhaps tainted by corruption.

UEFA Praises Poland’s Euros Job

UEFA operations director Martin Kallen says Poland and the Ukraine organised “an outstanding tournament” as well as “a great party” throughout Euro 2012.

"Both countries showed all their guests that they are able to organize such a big event,” he said in Warsaw at a review of the finals.

“All national teams rated the services in Poland and Ukraine as being very high. There were no problems in terms of base camps, transport or security."

Chiming in alongside Kallen was Poland tournament director Adam Olkowicz, whose pride was readily apparent in comments posted to UEFA’s website.

"UEFA EURO 2012 is our big success," he said. 

"It is the unanimous opinion of the national teams, fans and journalists from all over the world. We have played as one team, but we have had different roles on the pitch. All tasks were carried out very well, so there is major satisfaction for all of us."

By INSIDER's Matthew Grayson

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