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Sports minister, MP in running to head Russian Federation

28 July 2015, 16:11

Moscow - Sports minister Vitaly Mutko and nationalist lawmaker Igor Lebedev will square off for the post of president of Russia's beleaguered football federation, the organisation said Tuesday.

Russia's football authorities are in disarray after the sacking this month of Italian Fabio Capello as national team coach and the forced departure of former federation head Nikolai Tolstykh in May.

The election will take place on September 2 with fans hoping whoever takes the reins can bring some much needed stability to the rudderless Russian Football Union (RFU).

The new boss' first task will be to secure a successor to Capello with Russia's qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 foundering.

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Mutko, 56, who is a clear favourite after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed he could serve in two capacities, is no stranger to the RFU, having served as its head from 2005 to 2009.

Deputy parliament speaker Lebedev, 42, son of flamboyant nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has previously said he is ready to withdraw from the race if he is offered a post on the union's executive board.

Separately, Mutko has told the press that the national squad will face the bigest names in world football in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia.

"We're set to resume the practice of meeting with the world's top teams: Argentina, Brazil and the others," he said.

"These matches give our team precious experience. Probably we will open the new 2018 World Cup venues with our national team's friendly matches."

Russia have previously met five-time World Cup winners Brazil on five occasions since the collapse of the Soviet Union, losing three times and drawing twice.

Russia have also suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Argentina in their only warm-up match in Moscow in 2009.

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