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Leonid Slutsky steps down as Russia head coach

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky appeared to announce his resignation "I think after a type of tournament like this you need someone else to take charge of the national side for significant major competitions".

Leonid Slutsky has stepped down from his position as the head coach of Russia, the Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday.

Slutsky, who is also the CSKA Moscow manager, announced he would not extend his Russia contract after were knocked out of the Euro 2016 last week, finishing bottom of Group B with one point from three games. 

"The RFU would like to thank Leonid Slutsky, who helped Russia to qualify for Euro 2016, for his professionalism and we wish him all the success in his...

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Pavel Vrba departs Czech Republic to take Anzhi Makhachkala job

Pavel Vrba took charge of Czech Republic in 2014.

Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba has left his role to take charge of Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala.

Vrba has stepped down from the post following Czech Republic's early exit at Euro 2016, where they finished bottom of Group D after losing to Spain and Turkey, while drawing with Croatia.

The Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR) confirmed the news on Thursday, announcing that Vrba will join Anzhi with immediate effect.

FACR chairman Miroslav Pelta says a new Czech Republic...

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Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk signs for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG

Brazil forward Hulk arrives in China ahead of move to CSL outfit Shanghai SIPG

Shanghai SIPG have completed the signing of Brazil international Hulk from Zenit St Petersburg.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) club have paid €56 million for the player, which represents a new transfer record for the league. Zenit would be due an additional €2 million should he score more than 15 goals.

Hulk is reported to have agreed an annual salary of €12.5m before bonuses, which would make him the CSL's best-paid player.

"Hulk has undergone medical examination and the...

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Hulk in China ahead of Shanghai SIPG move from Zenit St Petersburg

The ESPN FC team discuss Hulk's reported plans to sign with Shanghai SIPG.

Hulk was welcomed by more than 1,000 fans at Shanghai's international airport on Wednesday ahead of his expected move from Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) club are set to pay around €56 million to sign the Brazil international, which would represent the league's most expensive ever deal.

SIPG have confirmed Hulk will undergo a medical before signing a contract with the club, with Zenit disclosing details of the deal.

"Zenit have reached a preliminary agreement...