MOSCOW (AP) — Former England coach Fabio Capello signed a two-year contract on Thursday to guide Russia’s national soccer team through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Capello announced the move at a news conference in which he acknowledged his inability to speak Russian but said he would work to overcome it.
He replaces Dick Advocaat, who resigned after Russia failed to make it past the group stage at the European Championship last month.
Capello had been unemployed since stepping down as England coach in February after four years in charge to protest against the country’s soccer association stripping John Terry of the captaincy.
The 66-year-old Italian has won the league title with every club he has managed, including Real Madrid, AC Milan, Roma and Juventus.