Arsenal FC shareholder Alisher Usmanov has given the Russian Football Union (RFS) around A?3.5m to pay salary arrears owed to national coach Fabio Capello. Former England and Juventus manager Capello took over as Russia boss in July 2012 before his contract was extended through until after the 2018 World Cup, which Russia will hosting. . Fabio Capello is thought to be one of the highest paid coaches in world football and the this is not the first time RFS has been struggling to pay salary to its staff. Usmanov has bailed out the RFU earlier as he has done again. It came to light in January that he had donated 300m roubles (A?2.9m) to the organisation just before the World Cup. Fifa also gave $350,000 to Russia in January as an extra bonus for its appearance in Brazil. “As a member of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee Supervisory Board, Usmanov decided to give financial help to the RFS to […]

The Russians were beaten in Moscow after Marc Janko’s first-half strike, which leaves Russia third, eight points adrift of Austria at the top of the group. With just 8 points from their 6 qualifying matches so far, Russia face a battle to qualify as they trail second-placed Sweden by four points with only the top two going to the finals automatically. “It’s a dead end for the national squad,” Sport Express’ front page headline declared after Russia suffered their second defeat in as many meetings with Austria in their qualifying campaign. “Our national team’s performance is a disgrace, nothing else,” the newspaper quoted Sergei Ivanov, the head of the Russian president’s administration, as saying following Sunday’s encounter. “It’s high time to start looking for those millions,” said the headline of Sport Express’ match report, a reference to the huge sum needed to buy Capello out of his contract. “I’m very upset like the millions of Russia’s football lovers, who for […]