Russia's poor campaign in EURO 2020, only one win and two big losses, eventually led to the dismissal of their manager Stanislav Cherchesov. Sbornaya is now looking for a new one to guide them for World Cup Qualifiers 2022 which is scheduled to resume on September. They will be facing off one of their strong contenders in the qualifying round, Croatia, the runner up of World Cup 2018 which ended their campaign at the quarter finals.
There are several names who are reportedly shortlisted for the position. They are the world cup winner, the former manager and former international key players for Sbornaya. Here are those candidates on the table:
1. Joachim Loew: The former Die Mannschaft manager is surely the one who stands out among other candidates. He was in charge of Germany when they won their last World Cup in 2014 and managed to led them as the runner up in EURO 2008, third place winner in World Cup 2010 and semifinalists in EURO 2012 and 2016. Loew is currently out of the contract after resigning from DFB.
2. Leonid Slutsky: He was the head coach for Sbornaya in EURO 2016 as the successor of Fabio Capello. Slutsky has wide range of experience in leading the teams not only in Russia Premier League such as CSKA Moscow, Krylia Sovetov and currently Rubin Kazan but also the foreign clubs such as EFL team Hull City and Eredivisie' Vitesse Arnhem. His most notable accolades were three consecutive Russian Premier League titles with CSKA Moscow from 2014 to 2016, finishing fifth with Vitesse in 2019 and fourth with Rubin Kazan last season.
3. Sergei Semak: The former skipper in EURO 2008 is one of the brightest young Russian managers today. He is currently at the helm of Zenit St.Petersburg and has won three consecutive Russian Premeir League title, including last season. The former PSG midfielder in 2005/06 season could be well considered if RFU is looking for a fresh start with a new generation.
4. Valery Karpin: The current Rostov manager was also former key man for Russia in World Cup 1994 and 2002, EURO 1996. Karpin had quite a decorated playing career in La Liga as he was once playing for Real Sociedad, Valencia and Celta Vigo between 1994 and 2005. Unfortunately, his managerial career with Spartak Moscow, Mallorca, Torpedo Armavir and FC Rostov has not been quite a highlight.
5. Andre Villas-Boas: Another foreign candidate but more famous than the other four names, especially in major European leagues could be the answer for Sbornaya's improvement. Villas Boas seems the perfect one for the post as he also had two-year spell in Russia within 2014-2016 with three domestic titles, including Russia league title in 2015. His experience taking charge of FC Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham and Marseille with Europa League 2011 as his most notable continental title should place him as the favorite since he is unattached to any team after quitting from Marseille in the middle of their top three campaign