Former Valencian player Karpin, new Russia coach

Estonian Valeri Karpin, current Rostov coach, will take over the reins of the Russian team replacing Stanislav Cherchesov, dismissed for the bad result of the team in the Eurocup. He is an old acquaintance of the Spanish fans after his successful stint at Real Sociedad, Valencia CF or Celta de Vigo as a player, failing in his time as coach of Mallorca.

“The contract with Karpin will be valid until December 31, 2021, with the possibility of being extended. During the next six months, the coach will combine work at the national team and at the club “, announced this Friday the Russian Football Union (UFR) in a statement published on its website. The note adds that hiring Karpin, former coach of Mallorca and Spartak, It will be formalized on July 26.

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“He was one of the best ‘Russian’ players of his generation, he stood out for his game in the clubs and in the national team. After finishing his playing career, Valeri Gueorguievich gained a wealth of coaching experience, including the last years of his successful work at Rostov, “the statement added.

For his part, Karpin thanked the UFR for the trust, which, he said, is a “great honor” and a “great appreciation of his work” as a coach. “For me, this is a new, very important and very interesting stage in my career as a coach”, He said.

Mission of Karpin, 52, will be the one to qualify his country for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, whose qualifying phase will resume in September and where Russia is framed with Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta. “We will make every effort to achieve that goal,” he promised.

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