39 Facts About Fabio Cannavaro

1. Fabio Cannavaro was created on Sept 13, 1973 in Naples, Campania, Italy.

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2. Fabio Cannavaro is a famous defender who represent Italy national team for over 100 times, joining three times of FIFA World Cup.

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3. Fabio Cannavaro is an Italian retired football player.

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4. Fabio Cannavaro went on to become the first defender in the 16-year history of the award to be named World Player of the Year by the Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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5. Fabio Cannavaro manages the club side, and former Barcelona midfielder Paulinho makes up their team now.

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6. Fabio Cannavaro initially joined at the height of his powers in 2004 when Inter, quite strangely, swapped him for goalkeeper Fabian Carini with both players costing €10m.

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7. Fabio Cannavaro worked as a pundit on ITV during the 2014 World Cup.

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8. Fabio Cannavaro was sponsored by sportswear company Nike and appeared in Nike commercials.

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9. Fabio Cannavaro won the Chinese Football Association Coach of the Year award in November 2017.

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10. On 11 February 2016, Fabio Cannavaro rescinded his contract with Al-Nassr.

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11. On 24 October 2015, Fabio Cannavaro was named new head coach of Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr replacing Jorge da Silva.

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12. Fabio Cannavaro was formally unveiled by the club on the same day.

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13. On 5 November 2014, Fabio Cannavaro was named as new head coach of Chinese Super League title-holder and four-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande, replacing his former national team manager Marcello Lippi.

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14. In June 2014, Fabio Cannavaro was linked to coaching staff post in his former side, Real Madrid, to be replacing with Zinedine Zidane as assistant coach of Carlo Ancelotti.

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15. Fabio Cannavaro has made the second-most appearances for Italy as captain, behind only Buffon, wearing the armband on 79 occasions.

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16. Fabio Cannavaro won his 127th cap for his country, beating Maldini's former record of 126.

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17. Fabio Cannavaro put his plans to retire from the national team after Euro 2008 on hold and added that the injury had made him more determined than ever to captain Italy through the 2010 World Cup.

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18. Fabio Cannavaro added that he would stay with the squad to offer support.

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19. On 2 June 2008, Fabio Cannavaro was injured during Italy's first training session for Euro 2008.

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20. Fabio Cannavaro was runner-up in the race for the Golden Ball, finishing behind French counterpart Zinedine Zidane; it was a close contest with Zidane polling 2012 points to Cannavaro's 1977.

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21. Fabio Cannavaro captained Italy throughout their successful 2006 World Cup campaign with composure and aplomb under manager Marcello Lippi.

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22. Fabio Cannavaro was elected as part of the Team of the Tournament for his performances.

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23. Fabio Cannavaro made his debut with the Italy national team on 22 January 1997, in a friendly match against Northern Ireland.

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24. Fabio Cannavaro made 16 appearances for the Dubai club, scoring two goals.

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25. On 2 June 2010, it was announced Fabio Cannavaro would move to UAE League side Al-Ahli on a free transfer after the 2010 World Cup.

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26. Fabio Cannavaro enraged supporters with the sending-off and its consequent role in the team's elimination.

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27. Early in the first half, Fabio Cannavaro accumulated two bookings for reckless challenges and was sent off.

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28. Fabio Cannavaro started the new season very well, forming good defensive partnerships with Nicola Legrottaglie, Martin Caceres, Zdenek Grygera, Fabio Grosso and most notably Giorgio Chiellini, in front of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

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29. Fabio Cannavaro was named in the six man shortlist for the 2007 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.

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30. Fabio Cannavaro began to obtain success during his time at Parma.

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31. Fabio Cannavaro scored his first career goal at the San Siro, against Milan, on 8 January 1995.

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32. Fabio Cannavaro gained a reputation when, in a training session at Napoli, the young Fabio produced a strong sliding challenge on Maradona, who was then the undisputed star of the club, to dispossess him.

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33. Fabio Cannavaro initially served as the club's ball boy and would often watch his idols Diego Maradona and Ciro Ferrara play.

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34. Fabio Cannavaro has an elder sister named Renata, who was married at the age of 15.

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35. Fabio Cannavaro was named the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the Ballon d'Or award in 2006 which made him the only defender to win the award in a decade and only the third of all time after Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer.

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36. Fabio Cannavaro is currently Italy's second all-time appearance holder, behind Gianluigi Buffon.

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37. Fabio Cannavaro was awarded the Silver Ball after being named the tournament's second-best player.

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38. Fabio Cannavaro was part of the Italy team which won consecutive UEFA European Under-21 Championships in 1994 and 1996.

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39. Fabio Cannavaro spent the majority of his career in Italy.

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