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Former England coach Fabio Capello has signed a two-year contract with the Russian Football Union to guide Russia's national team through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Capello announced the move at a news conference in Moscow on July 26.

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 to protest interference in team affairs from the country's football association.

The 66-year-old Italian has won the league title with every club he has managed, including Real Madrid, AC Milan, Roma, and Juventus.

Capello played 32 internationals for Italy as a midfielder.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Interfax

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