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Russian national football coach announces he will not renew his contract after Euro 2012

April 30, 2012

Russian coach Dick Advocaat recently announced he does not plan on resigning with the Russian national football team once the 2012 European Championship is over. The Associated Press indicates Dutch-born Advocaat is the first foreign coach to win a title for Russia, and in fact he won two - the Russian league title in 2007 and the UEFA Cup championship the following year.

"I haven't told the players yet," Advocaat said in a statement, according to the AP. "I'm sure that this news won't influence our preparation for the Euros."

Upon hearing the news, Russian defender Vasily Berezutsky told RIA Novosti he feels a Russian coach should be hired in Advocaat's stead. He did not comment on the reasons for Advocaat's departure, and instead focused on the team's next move.

Beginning in early June, Russia will go up against the Czech Republic, Greece and Poland in the first stage of Euro 2012.

Those who want to find out more about Advocaat's resignation or get the latest updates on the Russian team's standings in the championship can make calls to Russia with international phone cards.

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