76 Facts About Fabio Capello


Fabio Capello is an Italian former professional football manager and player.


Fabio Capello played as a midfielder and won several trophies during his career which lasted over 15 years.


Fabio Capello won the Coppa Italia with Roma in 1969, though he was most successful with Juventus, winning three Serie A titles in 1972,1973 and 1975.


Fabio Capello played internationally for Italy during his career, amassing 32 caps and scoring 8 goals.


Fabio Capello then spent a year at Real Madrid, where he won the La Liga title at his first attempt, and in 2001 led Roma to their first league title in 18 years.


Fabio Capello won two titles at Juventus, and in 2006 returned to Real Madrid, where he won another La Liga title.


Fabio Capello is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time.


Fabio Capello was appointed as manager of the England national team in December 2007.


Fabio Capello was signed by Paolo Mazza, the President of SPAL, for the fee of two million lire despite interest from Milan.


In 1967, Fabio Capello moved to Roma where he became a key player for the club.


Fabio Capello had a poor start to his time there, as he publicly criticised manager Armando Picchi on the same day it was revealed that Picchi had been diagnosed with cancer.


Fabio Capello escaped with a fine from the club after Picchi insisted that he not receive a suspension.


Fabio Capello became an influential figure under new manager Cestmir Vycpalek, despite being only 24, and was assigned the number 10 shirt; he largely decided the team's tactics for the 1971 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final against Leeds United.


Fabio Capello scored at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino, but Juventus lost the tie on away goals.


Fabio Capello was overlooked for the 1978 World Cup even after having good club form with Milan: the manager at that time, Enzo Bearzot, preferred other defensive-minded midfielders such as Marco Tardelli over the more attacking minded Capello.


Fabio Capello could read the play well and was strong both in the air and in the tackle, in spite of his lack of notable height and unorthodox physique; he usually played in the centre of the pitch where he operated as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield, due to his outstanding technique and vision, which enabled him to orchestrate his team's attacking moves or create chances for teammates, and was an excellent passer of the ball with both feet.


Fabio Capello worked with Craig Brown and Andy Roxburgh in the early 1980s.


Fabio Capello coached training sessions with Clyde at Shawfield in Glasgow and took charge of the Scotland youth team training in Paisley.


Fabio Capello completed the last of his coaching badges in 1986.


Fabio Capello was promoted to first team coach in 1987, and worked as Nils Liedholm's assistant.


Fabio Capello replaced Sacchi as Milan manager in June 1991, and was a controversial appointment as he was seen as a Berlusconi "yes-man" compared to the demanding but highly successful Sacchi.


Fabio Capello largely retained the players and tactical systems put in place by Sacchi, though he replaced ageing central midfielder Carlo Ancelotti with a young Demetrio Albertini and signed goalkeeper Sebastiano Rossi.


Already boasting talent such as Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Paolo Maldini and Frank Rijkaard, Fabio Capello was one of the first managers to introduce a squad rotation approach.


Fabio Capello played Rijkaard and Albertini as deep-lying central midfielders, allowing his wingers more license to attack.


Fabio Capello was unveiled as the new Real Madrid coach in 1996.


Fabio Capello had a single season in charge of Real guiding the club to the Spanish league title in 1997.


Some players suggested that Fabio Capello had instituted a more lax training regime than he had in his previous spell.


Fabio Capello took credit for Milan's title win the following season claiming, as he had rebuilt the side, that it was "my team".


Fabio Capello told a reporter that he "sat on a beach and thought about football".


Fabio Capello enjoyed a spell as a colour commentator for Italian television, participating in coverage of the 1999 Copa America.


Fabio Capello built his side around Marco Delvecchio, sometimes leaving Vincenzo Montella on the bench.


Fabio Capello resisted calls for his resignation, and the team's results dramatically improved helped by the performances of the Brazilian midfielder Emerson.


Fabio Capello was praised for fielding Montella, a player he had had a bust-up with just days before due to the fact that he often substituted him for tactical reasons in the second half, in the final match of the season; Montella, along with Totti and Batisuta went on to score in the title-deciding victory.


Ferguson had announced his decision to retire, with Fabio Capello a leading candidate to replace him allegedly going so far as to meet with the Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards.


Fabio Capello did little to dispel the rumours when he remarked, "I like the spirit of English football and I would like to work in English football", adding that it was an honour to be pursued by the club.


Roma lost the Coppa Italia final to Milan, with Fabio Capello particularly angered by supporters who waved banners calling on him to go.


Fabio Capello believed he had taken Roma as far as he could, and began to seriously considered a move.


In 2004, Fabio Capello left debt-ridden Roma to sign with Juventus.


Fabio Capello's move came as a surprise because he had kept it such a secret, and because he had been engaged in a war of words with Luciano Moggi.


In July 2006, with Juventus in the midst of the aforementioned scandal, Fabio Capello resigned as Juventus manager.


In 2006, Fabio Capello arrived in Madrid to a Real side suffering one of the longest spells without a trophy in their history.


Fabio Capello quickly drew the disdain of Real's ardent supporters because of his defensive playing style.


In interviews, Fabio Capello responded to those critics by saying that the beauty of attacking plays was old.


Fabio Capello said that results were much more important than playing beautifully.


Fabio Capello's remit was to bring the title back to Madrid, a task that had been too much for five other coaches since 2003.


Fabio Capello was criticised for not playing David Beckham because of his contract wranglings and Ronaldo, who struggled for fitness and form.


Fabio Capello feuded with his compatriot Antonio Cassano; the two had previously had disputes at Roma.


On 20 February 2007, Real Madrid were forced to deny rumours that Fabio Capello would be leaving after that day's match.


The victory was achieved after Fabio Capello substituted an injured Beckham and brought on Jose Antonio Reyes.


Fabio Capello was formally appointed as manager of the England national team on 14 December 2007.


Fabio Capello began his day-to-day role on 7 January 2008 on a four-and-a-half-year deal.


Fabio Capello announced on the day of his unveiling that it was a dream come true to manage the England national team and that he hoped to learn the English language in the following month prior to his first official meeting with the players.


Fabio Capello was welcomed by many English fans and the press who hailed his appointment as a triumph, citing in particular his impressive trophy haul and his reputation as a disciplinarian in contrast to the excessive leniency perceived to have existed under his two predecessors.


Fabio Capello had been rotating the captaincy around several senior players during his first few matches in charge.


Fabio Capello made some changes afterwards, with Ferdinand and Gerrard out of the picture.


Fabio Capello resigned on 8 February 2012 following the FA's removal of the captaincy from John Terry.


Fabio Capello led Russia into the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification finals, finishing first in Group F In January 2014, Capello committed his future to the Russia national team until the end of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Thereafter, on 14 July 2015, Fabio Capello was sacked as Russian manager.


On 11 June 2017, Fabio Capello signed a contract with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.


On 28 March 2018, Fabio Capello was sacked after only 3 games into the new season.


Fabio Capello's toughness was infectious, and I became less of an artiste and more of a bruiser who wanted to win at any price.


Fabio Capello has described his own coaching philosophy as one of copying and developing.


Fabio Capello has occasionally been criticised by pundits for his perceived arrogance and stubbornness as a manager.


Fabio Capello was criticised in the media for using striker Raul as a left winger at times.


Fabio Capello usually partnered the team's main striker David Trezeguet alongside the emerging Zlatan Ibrahimovic up-front, with the latter playing in a more creative role, while the team's captain, Alessandro Del Piero, was used mostly as a substitute.


Fabio Capello introduced several younger players into the squad, such as the Romanian striker Adrian Mutu, and left-back Giorgio Chiellini; the latter's performances later prompted Fabio Capello to bench Jonathan Zebina and shift left-back Gianluca Zambrotta to right-back, in order to accommodate the youngster into the first team.


Fabio Capello was able to get the best out of new signings Ruud van Nistelrooy, Emerson, Mahamadou Diarra, and Fabio Cannavaro, despite their poor form at the beginning of the season.


Fabio Capello was consequently was able to create an organised, determined, and unified team environment through his disciplined and pragmatic approach; he ultimately led the club to an eight match unbeaten streak to come back from behind and claim the Liga title, although he was sacked at the end of the season.


Fabio Capello is a devout Catholic who prays twice a day, and he has expressed admiration for Pope Benedict XVI.


Fabio Capello's father, a schoolteacher, played football, and his uncle Mario Tortul was a football player; for Triestina, Padova, Sampdoria and the Italy national team during the 1960s.


Fabio Capello has spent his entire adult life working in football.


Fabio Capello has been married to his wife Laura, whom he first met on a bus as a teenager, for over 40 years.


Fabio Capello is represented by his son Pier Filippo, who acts as his agent.


The FA revealed that they had known about the upcoming probe when they had appointed Fabio Capello, and expected no charges to be brought.


Fabio Capello attracted controversy when he expressed admiration for Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in 2006 and the "legacy of order" he believed him to have left in Spain.


Fabio Capello later distanced himself from these comments stating that he did not intend to praise dictatorships.