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Who is Fabio Capello?

Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello manages the England football team.

Who exactly is he?

Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello in action for Juventus
Playing record

Capello knows what it is to play football at the highest level. He played for top Italian sides AC Milan, Juventus and Roma.

He also played 32 times for Italy, once scoring the winner against England at Wembley in 1973.


As a manager, Capello has won nine league titles in two of the toughest countries to manage - Italy and Spain - and has taken charge of four of the biggest club sides in Europe.

While in charge of one of those teams - AC Milan - he also won the Champions League. Milan beat Barcelona 4-0 in the final, in what has often been called one of the best performances by any club side ever.

Capello has won a trophy at every single club he has been in charge of.

Fabio Capello
Capello managed David Beckham at Real Madrid
Playing style

Most people who know Capello, or have played for him, say he is a tough manager. He pushes his players very hard and expects them to work for him.

But the style of football Capello's teams play isn't that exciting. He likes his teams to win and doesn't seem too concerned with playing entertaining football.

In fact, he was sacked at the end of last season by Real Madrid even though the team won the Spanish league. It seems the club's big, big bosses wanted the team to score more goals.

Big-name supporters

The two most successful managers of Premier League teams in the past 10 years - Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson - have both said they think Capello is a top choice.

Wenger said: "I have known Fabio for a long time and he is an outstanding candidate. As far as the technical part of the job is concerned, you do not have to worry about him. He is a strong man, with a strong character."

Sir Alex said the new manager needs to be the right age, with lots of experience and a really good record and added "Capello has all of that".