Stanislav Cherchesov becomes Head coach of Russian national football team

The RFU Executive Committee approved Cherchesov unanimously, with one member abstaining
11 August 2016
The Executive Board of the Russian Football Union (RFU) voted to approve Stanislav Cherchesov for the post of the Russian national football team, according to the RFU press service. The contract with Cherchesov is valid until August 2018, Igor Lebedev, a member of the RFU Executive Board and a vice speaker of the Russian parliament’s lower house said. Besides Cherchesov, the other candidates to take the helm of the national football squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia were Kurban Berdyev, Alexander Borodyuk and Sergei Semak.
Spartak Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov at the match CSKA – Spartak. Moscow, 2008. © Vitaly Belousov/TASS
The Russian national team will hold the next friendly match on August 31 with the Turkish team in Antalya. On September 6 in Moscow, the Russian team will meet with the team of Ghana.

Mutko: "Cherchesov immersed in Russian football"

Russia’s Sports Minister, RFU President Vitaly Mutko commented on the appointment, saying “Cherchesov is immersed in the Russian football, he is well-informed, knows all the players. Cherchesov has the will and the spirit. We hope that under his leadership the team will bring us joy". He added that the new coach will also become Chairman of the Coaching Board of the RFU Technical Committee. "The Head coach should be the person who follows development of all football institutions," the Minister said.

The Technical Committee functions as an expert body, its competences include discussing national teams and its outcome at the Executive Committee. The Committee has the functions of the Coaching Board. First Vice-President of the RFU Nikita Simonyan is the current Chairman of the Committee, his deputy - Chairman of the Board of the Association of Russian Football Coaches Mikhail Gershkovich.

"With dignity and smile"

Stanislav Cherchesov himself at a press conference after his appointment, said: "There is a lot of work. I am doing my work with dignity and smile. To avoid the pressure of responsibility, balance is needed, we need to make the team competitive and successful."

Cherchesov said he has no plans for revolutionary changes in the team. "Drastic measures mean revolution, and history tells us that revolutions do not bring positive results. It is necessary to talk to anyone who can help me in this matter, and then take the appropriate steps,” he said. “As for the team’s line-up, in football one thing is often planned, but another happens. The first thing we need to do is to stop whining and underestimate ourselves. We need to bring back respect and to evaluate ourselves correctly. We will start with this,” Cherchesov said, adding that Miroslav Romaschenko, Gintaras Staučė and Vladimir Panikov will join the national team’s coaching staff.


Stanislav Cherchesov

Legia Warsaw football club was the most recent place of work of a 52-year-old coach. Under his guidance, the team won the Polish Cup in the 2015/16 season. Cherchesov also mentored Austrian Kufstein (2004) and Wacker Tirol (2004-2006), Moscow Spartak (2007-2008), Zhemchuzhina-Sochi (2010-2011), Terek (2011-2013), Amkar (2013-2014), Moscow Dynamo (2014-2015). Under Cherchesov Spartak finished second in the 2007 Russian Premier League.


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