Italian Fabio Capello, appointed Russia's national football coach
this week, on Saturday attended his first domestic game as coach,
a Premier League clash between CSKA Moscow and Rostov.
The 66-year-old -- who has not yet signed a contract with the
Russian Football Union (RFU) -- will also attend reigning
champions Zenit St Petersburg's domestic league home match with
Amkar Perm on Sunday.
Capello took his seat in the VIP stands at the CSKA-Rostov match
outside Moscow, one of the first games of the new Russian
domestic season which kicked off on Friday.
He will be able to make an early check on the form of Russia's
top stars, with the CSKA line-up including midfielder Alan
Dzagoev and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
RFU deputy president Nikita Simonyan said that all details of
Capello's contract had now been ironed out and the Italian
football guru is expected to sign a two-year deal on Wednesday.
Capello takes over from Dutchman Dick Advocaat, who guided Russia
to the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine, but saw his side
knocked out at the group stages.
Capello previously coached AC Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real
Madrid, winning domestic titles with each, before becoming
England manager in 2007.
Under Capello, England qualified for Euro 2012 before the Italian
resigned after falling out with Football Association chiefs after
he stood by John Terry as skipper despite the Chelsea player
being embroiled in a racism trial which ultimately saw the