Monthly Archives: May 2012


The Russian national team manager Dick Advocaat has said that Russia can certainly be the dark horses of the Euro 2012. The team was definitely one of the outstanding performers and the surprise package of the Euro 2008. They made it into the finals of the competition only to beaten by eventual winners Spain. Due to the fact that a number of favourite teams like Germany, Netherlands, and Portugal have all been drawn in one single group, it provides Russia with a great opportunity to win the tournament according to the manager, who will be stepping down from his post at the end of this European Championship.

Dick Advocaat will be taking charge of PSV Eindhoven after the end of the tournament. He has said that he has set the team a target of making it into the final of the tournament, which is certainly a tall order considering the favourites like Spain, Italy, and France. Dick Advocaat recalled the Euro 2004 in order to show that it is necessarily not the case that a favourite team will win the competition. Greece managed to stun the world by winning the European 2004 against all the odds. Dick Advocaat reckons that Russia can do the same this time around.

“Our aim is to be in the final. I had recently signed a contract with PSV but right now I’m only thinking of my job with Russia. When people think of Euro favourites they usually name Germany, Netherlands and Spain. But don’t count out Russia. If we play to our full potential, we could surprise a few people. I would call us a dark horse of the tournament. If you recall Euro 2004, nobody expected Greece (to win) it,” Dick Advocaat said in a press conference given on Monday.


Russia and CSKA Moscow defender Vasily Berezutsky has said that the Russian national football team does not need foreign at the incharge of team, but rather needs a Russian to lead them. Russia national team manager Dick Advocaat announced recently that he will be stepping down from his post after the Euro 2012. This has led to intense debate regarding the successor for Dick Advocaat. Russia has had a number of foreign coaches in the past including Guus Hiddink, who did a spectacular job with Russia. However, in order to make the national team even better, Berezutsky reckons that a Russian should be the next manager of the national team.

Dick Advocaat has been the manager of the Russian national football team for just over two years now. He said on Monday that he will step down from his post following the Euro 2012. Yuri Syomin was the last Russian to lead the national team. He did so prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Russia failed to qualify for the World Cup, and since then, the country has been adopting the policy of recruiting foreign managers. Berezutsky also expressed his surprise at the decision by Dick Advocaat to step down from his post after the Euro 2012 because he expected him to carry on for much longer.

“Regarding our future, I’m sure that a Russian coach should work with the Russian national team. The news that Advocaat will leave the national team after the Euros is obviously very unexpected. It’s pointless to talk about the reasons why at the moment because that’s the prerogative of only Advocaat and Sergei Fursenko,” Berezutsky said following the news that Advocaat will step down from his post. Russian striker Pavlyuchenko also expressed his surprise at the decision by the national team manager.