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RUSSIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
4 Krasnodar 16 6 8 54
5 Zenit 14 11 5 53
6 FC Ufa 11 10 9 43
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 By PA Sport

Italy appoint Roberto Mancini as new national team manager

Roberto Mancini explains how much of an honour it is to be appointed the next manager of Italy.
Craig Burley responds to the reaction out of Italy following Roma's Champions League exit, saying people in Italian football need to wake up.

Roberto Mancini is the new coach of the Italy national team, the Italian Football Federation announced on Monday.

The move comes one day after Mancini agreed to terminate his contract as manager of Zenit St Petersburg, which paved the way for him to negotiate his Italy deal.

Mancini reportedly signed a two-year deal, though the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) did not give any details about his contract in announcing his appointment. He will be presented at a news conference on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old...

 By PA Sport

Roberto Mancini to leave Zenit St Petersburg as coach after missing UCL

Roberto Mancini was unable to secure Champions League football.
Zenit St Petersburg failed to reach the Champions League.

Roberto Mancini has reached an agreement to terminate his contract as manager of Zenit St Petersburg, seemingly paving the way for him to become Italy coach.

Mancini has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Azzurri boss and has held talks with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). And his appointment appeared to move a step closer on Sunday after Zenit announced he was leaving the Russian side, less than 12 months into a three-year contract.

A club statement read: "Zenit and Roberto...

What went wrong at Zenit this season? Konstantin Sarsania's death hits club hard

Roberto Mancini was unable to secure Champions League football.
Roberto Mancini was unable to secure Champions League football.

For the third season in a row the richest club in Russia, Zenit St Petersburg, won't take part in the Champions League. Once again they failed to qualify after a 1-0 defeat to champions Lokomotiv Moscow at the weekend left them trailing in fifth place -- five points off third with one game to go.

It is an enormous surprise in the country as Zenit were considered clear favourites to claim the title after hiring Roberto Mancini and making heavy investments in the summer.

This was supposed to be Zenit's...

 By Ben Gladwell

Roberto Mancini to enter talks to become next Italy coach

Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley go back and forth on how much Gian Piero Ventura is at fault for Italy missing the World Cup.
Relive ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti's passionate response after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Roberto Mancini is willing to be the next coach of Italy and will enter into contract negotiations later this month, the commissioner of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Tuesday.

The Zenit St Petersburg coach still has two years left to run on his contract with the Russian club, but he held exploratory talks with Alessandro Costacurta -- who has been tasked by CONI to find and appoint a new coach -- and Italy's team manager Gabriele Oriali at his home in Rome on Monday.

During that meeting,...

 By Ben Gladwell

Roberto Mancini in frame to become next Italy national team coach - reports

Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley go back and forth on how much Gian Piero Ventura is at fault for Italy missing the World Cup.
Relive ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti's passionate response after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Roberto Mancini has emerged as the frontrunner for the Italy job after he met with Alessandro Costacurta in Rome on Monday, according to reports.

Mancini, the Zenit St Petersburg coach, still has two years left on his contract, but he held talks with Costacurta, who has been empowered by the Italian Olympic Committee to find and appoint a new coach, and Italy's team manager Gabriele Oriali at his residence in the city.

Costacurta recently met with Carlo Ancelotti, but insisted after the meeting...