MOSCOW: Former international midfielder Valeri Karpin has been appointed new national coach of Russia

The 52-year-old will combine the new position with that of Rostov coach and has been entrusted with the task of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Karpin , current Rostov coach , will be replacing Stanislav CherchesovĀ  who was sacked after the team’s poor performance in the European Championship , where they lost in the group stage.

A Russian Football Union statement said: “The contract with Karpin will be in force until December 31, 2021, with the possibility of being extended. During the next six months, the coach will combine his work in the national team with his club.”

KarpinĀ  is a former coach of Mallorca and Moscow Spartak.

The RFU added: “Valeri Karpin was one of the best Russian players of his generation, distinguished by his play in clubs and in the national team. After finishing his playing career, Valeri Karpin gained a lot of experience as a coach, including the last years of his successful work. in Rostov.”

Karpin said: “For me, this is a new stage, very important and very interesting, in my career as a coach.”