Number of the week: How much will Fabio Capello get if Russia fires him?

The world’s highest-paid national soccer coach’s job is under threat

The world’s highest-paid national soccer coach’s job is under threat

Anna Sorokina, Ilya Krol
The world’s highest-paid national soccer coach’s job is under threat

Photo: Valery Sharifulin / TASS

Russia’s national soccer coach Fabio Capello is in danger of being fired following a string of 10 matches in which the team has won only twice – against lowly Liechtenstein and Montenegro (the latter was declared a win for Russia after the match was abandoned). The recent 0:1 home defeat to Austria was labeled “a horror” by Kremlin official Sergei Ivanov.

Soon after the game, the president of the Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko said that Capello’s dismissal was “under discussion.”

$24,300,000 is the amount of compensation that Capello stands to receive if his contract with the Football Union of Russia is severed.

This is equivalent to:

  • 4.5 years of work for England’s national team coach Roy Hodgson (he gets $5,400,000 a year)
  • Almost 7 years of employment for his colleague Joachim Low, coach of world champions Germany (his annual salary is estimated at $3,500,000)
  • Almost 10 years coaching the U.S. men's national soccer team for Jurgen Klinsmann (with his annual salary of $2,500,000)  

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