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Name Fabio Capello
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Football Coach
Desc Capello, or ‘Postman Pat’ as the team sometimes referred to him behind his back, was England’s second foray into the foreign manager market. The Italian’s first game brought the Euro 2008 co-hosts to the newly rebuilt Wembley in a friendly won with goals from Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips. The team would go on to win nine of their 10 qualifying games for the 2010 Fifa World Cup


Club as Coach Jiangsu Suning
  Russia National Team
  England National Team
  Real Mardid
  AS Roma
  AC Milan
  Real Mardid
  AC Milan
  AC Milan [interim]
  Milan Primavera

2005 07 15 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello comments on new signing Patrick Vieira] Vieira is a very important player. At the heart of midfield, his presence is felt not only for his technical value but for his physical quality. Vieira brings something extra that new signings have to bring

He was young and his path was blocked by Marcel Desailly and Demetrio Albertini back then. But you could already see that he had quality, otherwise I wouldn’t have considered him as Frank Rijkaard’s heir

2009 05 27 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello says May The Best Team Win Between Manchester United & Barcelona] There are so many champions who can turn around a game. They are certainly the most entertaining teams in the world and I hope the final will be as much. Manchester United are a very solid side and are confident of their strength as English and European champions. All the players seem in fine form and I hope that Rio Ferdinand will recover in time [to play], as he is a key man. Barca have some problems at the back with [Dani] Alves and [Eric] Abidal suspended, Silvinho should step in, but he is stronger going forward than in defence

[Capello’s Milan thrashed the Catalans 4-0 in 1994, but the ex-Roma and Juventus tactician feels it will be a tight encounter at the Olimpico tonight] Barca were arrogant and took to the pitch thinking they were already the winners. There is not a hint of arrogance in both sides this time around and I don’t think there will be a big score. It is a balanced match with [Lionel] Messi’s creativity and [Samuel] Eto’o and [Thierry] Henry’s pace. But the Red Devils also have lots of potential up front and perhaps one of the best back lines in the world. Who will I be rooting for? Some of my Lions play for Manchester, but [Barcelona coach Josep] Guardiola played under me at Roma. May the best team win

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[on Michael Laudrup] (After the 4–0 win of Milan over Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final) Laudrup was the guy I feared but Cruyff left him out, and that was his mistake.

2013 08 03 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello on why England underperform at major tournaments] Because they’re tired. They’re the least fresh of any of the competing national sides, because their league doesn’t have a break. It’s like when you’re driving a car: if you stop halfway to put fuel in then you’ll definitely get where you want to go, but if you don’t then there’s always the chance you’ll be running on empty before you reach your goal. In my opinion, the football played in the first half of the English season is much better than in the second half. And because of that, if you want to be a competitive team in the Premier League, you need a really big squad, which is a luxury you don’t get with the national team.

2013 10 20 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello, who coached the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Raul, Ronaldo, Francesco Totti and Marco van Basten, on who was the best forward he worked with] Technically the best? Absolutely Ronaldo - and not Cristiano. Van Basten was very good, but I think when Ronaldo was, at his fittest, the best

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[England Manager Fabio Capello on Paul Scholes] It’s a shame he’s not available for England. If he was, he’d be the first name in my squad

2015 01 17 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello on Ronaldo vs Messi] Can Ronaldo win more Ballons d’Or than Messi? It’s a very interesting battle. Messi is a bigger genius than Ronaldo, but he is having some problems at his club and that could cause some problems. Cristiano is very solid and mentally very strong. He wants to become the best ever

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello on Thierry Henry] When he’s on fire, he is impossible to stop. He dribbles like a winger, but is still able to score 20 goals a year in the Premiership

2016 12 23 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello reveals how Real Madrid signed Roberto Carlos] I couldn’t believe it [stated Capello referring to the fact that the player was to be sold]. I had received some reports saying that he [Carlos] was annoyed with his manager at Inter, Roy Hodgson. Shortly after I arrived at Real, an agent called me to say that Inter were selling Roberto Carlos. I sent a fax, spoke with the president and the next day the deal was done. It could have been the quickest signing in history. My adventure at Madrid ended with a phone call from Berlusconi, who asked me to go back to Milan. I owed everything to him and couldn’t say ‘no’

2018 04 09 Retrieve

[As Italy seek a permanent successor to Gian Piero Ventura - who paid the price for failing to guide the Azzurri through a World Cup qualifying play-off against Sweden in November - Capello rejected any notion of returning to the game as a manager] I have already said no [to talk of the Italy job]. I’ve already had some experience with the English and Russian national teams. I wanted to try to train a club once again and Jiangsu Suning was my last football experience. I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did, and now I am delighted to be a TV commentator. You always win in this role!

2018 07 12 Retrieve

[Highly decorated football manager Fabio Capello is the latest to have weighed in on the debate that has seen people compare Ronaldo with Cristiano Ronaldo] He [Ronaldo] was more talented and if he took care of himself like the Portuguese does, his performances would have been even more incredible

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello points out the league has undeniably been presented with an unexpected opportunity to relaunch itself] TV rights and merchandising allowed England, Germany and Spain to overtake us, but with Cristiano Ronaldo we can try to lift our heads again

Certainly, Ronaldo alone is not enough. We need to have the strength and intelligence to exploit this Ronaldo stimulus to give a boost back to our football. But Ronaldo’s arrival means that people are speaking about the Italian league again

2018 10 24 Retrieve

[Ex-Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello urges club to stick with Julen Lopetegui] I hope he has the same luck as me. They gave me four days in the job and then we drew 3-3 in the Clasico and we started to improve from there and ended up winning the league

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello tells why he believes Lionel Messi is ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo] Ronaldo’s an extraordinary footballer, but Messi is a genius. There are three geniuses in football: Pele, Maradona and Messi. Period. Ronaldo is very strong as he lets you win everything, but Messi is a genius and something else

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[How has De Ligt gone from ‘invincible’ at Ajax to benched at Juventus?] Juve have some problems in defence. They’re conceding too many goals in every game. Indeed, Sarri has put Demiral in there in place of De Ligt. He’s not fit? That’s what they’re saying […] But Bonucci needs a player like Demiral more than one like De Ligt

[And maybe a slightly longer one than most people expected] Michel Platini struggled for six months [at Juve] before becoming Platini

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello believes Christian Eriksen can succeed if deployed the right way by Conte] Italian football is not very fast but Eriksen has never been very fast in his career. I think he can do well as a director, like Andrea Pirlo at Juventus and not as a winger. He does not have the speed to be a box-to-box player. I think he can be a player like Brozovic and not a player like Vidal. He is not a man who does a lot dribbling