Leonid Slutsky (football coach)
Slutsky with CSKA Moscow in 2016
|Full name||Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky|
|Date of birth||4 May 1971|
|Place of birth||Volgograd, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Rubin Kazan (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky (Russian: Леонид Викторович Слуцкий; born 4 May 1971) is a Russian professional football former player and current head coach of Rubin Kazan. Previously, he has been in charge of Olimpia Volgograd, Uralan Elista, Moscow, Krylia Sovetov, CSKA Moscow, Russia, Hull City, and Vitesse.
Slutsky was born in Volgograd. Slutsky's playing career with FC Zvezda Gorodishche ended at just 19 years of age. He had to retire due to a knee injury sustained after falling out of a tree while rescuing a neighbour's cat.
Slutsky became head coach of FC Moscow on 14 July 2005 until the end of the 2007 season. His final match as head coach of Moscow was a 3–1 win against Luch-Energiya Vladivostok on 11 November 2007. Slutsky became head coach of Krylia Sovetov on 1 January 2008.
On 26 October 2009 he replaced Juande Ramos to become the head coach of CSKA Moscow. In December 2009, under Slutsky, CSKA reached the knock-out stage of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history, before being knocked out by José Mourinho's Inter Milan, the eventual champions, in the quarter-finals.
Towards the 2012–13 season, Slutsky strengthened the team defense and re-organized the attack, which helped the team set a record of 15 games without being scored against, and to win all the games where the team scored first, resulting in a title.
On 7 August 2015, it was announced that Slutsky would take over the Russian national football team in place of the outgoing Fabio Capello. The contract was until the end of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. Slutsky won all of his qualifying games and got Russia into UEFA Euro 2016.
On 21 May 2016, CSKA beat Rubin Kazan 1-0 to secure the title ahead of surprise challengers Rostov. This gave Slutsky his third title in four years with the Moscow club.
On 20 June 2016, Slutsky decided to resign from being the coach of the Russian team after a 0–3 loss to Wales, which meant Russia finished bottom of their Euro 2016 group. He resigned on 25 June.
On 12 March 2018, it was announced that he would replace Henk Fraser as the new manager of Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem, for the start of the 2018–19 season. Under his tenure, Vitesse entered the draw for the third qualifying round of the Europa League, being drawn against seeded FC Basel. The two legs were played at home on 9 August and away on 16 August 2018. Vitesse lost 2–0 on aggregate, resulting in their elimination from the Europa League. At the domestic level, Vitesse finished fifth in the Eredivisie that season. After five lost games in a row, he decided to quit with his job as manager from Vitesse Arnhem at the end of November 2019.
TV commenting career
Slutsky has commented on football games many times on Russian TV. His commentating career was disrupted after he repeated the word "Navalny" following his co-commentator's using the term навальный футбол (navalny futbol); the term навальный (navalny) is a term best translated as "overwhelming" or "storming", but is also the surname of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The incident led to his sacking from the TV pundit role at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- As of match played 29 November 2019
|Moscow||14 July 2005||11 November 2007||89||39||26||24||120||102||+18||43.82|
|Krylia Sovetov||1 January 2008||26 October 2009||59||22||19||18||77||61||+16||37.29|
|CSKA Moscow||26 October 2009||7 December 2016||287||160||57||70||474||284||+190||55.75|
|Russia||7 August 2015||20 June 2016||13||6||2||5||23||17||+6||46.15|
|Hull City||9 June 2017||3 December 2017||21||4||7||10||34||39||−5||19.05|
|Vitesse||12 March 2018||29 November 2019||62||27||15||20||114||90||+24||43.55|
- CSKA Moscow
- Russian Premier League (3): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- Russian Cup (2): 2010–11, 2012–13
- Russian Super Cup (2): 2013, 2014
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- "Tigers Confirm Leonid Slutsky As Head Coach". Hull City A.F.C. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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- "ЛЕОНИД СЛУЦКИЙ – ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР «РУБИНА»" (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 19 December 2019.
- "Ex-Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky 'sacked' from Russia World Cup TV pundit role". 21 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.