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Russia seeks top coaching names

Updated 2000 GMT (0400 HKT) July 10, 2012
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Josep Guardiola is one of the world's most wanted coaches after quitting Barcelona, having won 14 trophies in four years. He is one of 13 men on the Russian Football Union's wish list. AFP/Getty Images
Marcello Lippi, who guided Italy to the 2006 World Cup, is another sought by Russia. He joined Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in May. AFP/Getty Images
Lippi's compatriot Fabio Capello is more readily available, having resigned as England coach in February in the wake of the John Terry racism scandal.
Another on Russia's list is Harry Redknapp, who was in line to replace Capello but missed out as Roy Hodgson took England to Euro 2012 -- and he watched the tournament as a TV pundit after being sacked by Tottenham. Getty Images
Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa is also being targeted by Russia, but he has indicated he wants to stay with Spanish club Athletic Bilbao -- who he took to last season's Europa League final. Getty Images
Spaniard Rafael Benitez has not held a coaching position since being sacked by Italian club Inter Milan in December 2010,, but he is also on Russia's list to replace Dick Advocaat. AFP/Getty Images
Advocaat announced before Euro 2012 that he would stand down after the tournament to return to the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven, but his future would have been in doubt anyway as he failed to take Russia past the group stage. Getty Images
Advocaat took over from compatriot Guus Hiddink, who is now back in club football with Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala after failing to take the national side to the 2010 World Cup. AFP/Getty Images