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Russia's Vasili Berezutskiy (right) battles for the ball with Azerbaijan's Branimir Subasic during their World Cup Group F qualifying match at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
Fabio Capello takes the hot seat at his first competitive game in charge of Russia against Northern Ireland in a World Cup Qualifier.
Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has confirmed that he is close to joining newly-promoted Reading. The 28-year-old free agent has been in demand after a successful loan spell at Fulham last year. But the Royals, owned by fellow Russian Anton Zingarevich, appear to have won the race for Pogrebnyak.
– Pavel Pogrebnyak, speaking to Sport Express
I have had a medical at Reading, the results were normal and now we only have to complete the formalities. I need a work permit for England and some other associated papers. I'm practically certain that this will go as normal.
Commentator Dmitry Fedorov on the next Russia national coach: "As I understand it, it's already 90% decided that it'll be Valery Gazzaev."