Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello is one of the world's most famous and successful football coaches.

Personal history:

Fabio Capello was born in 1946 at San Canzian d'Isonzo in the province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. His parents are Guerrino and Evelina Capello. Fabio Capello is a devout Catholic. Fabio Capello´s agent is his son Pierfilippo Capello. Fabio Capello and his wife, Laura Capello, have been married for over forty years. Fabio Capello is a very cultured man, whose hobbies include reading, painting, music, theatre, etc.


Career as a player:

Fabio Capello played as a midfielder. During his club career he represented SPAL (a football club at Ferrano, in the province of Emilia-Romagna), AS Roma, Juventus, and A.C.Milan.

Fabio Capello won three Serie A championships with Juventus and one with A.C.Milan. Fabio Capello ended his career at A.C.Milan in 1980. Fabio Capello played in the Italian's national team 32 times.

Achievements as a coach:

As A.C.Milan´s coach Fabio Capello won the Scudetto, that is the Serie A championship, four times in 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, and 1995-96. As A.S.Roma´s coach Fabio Capello won the Scudetto in 2000-2001. As Real Madrid´s coach Fabio Capello won the La Liga in 1996-97 and 2006-07.

In my view, as a club manager/coach, Fabio Capello´s most brilliant achievement is the victory in the UEFA Champions League in 1994-1995. A.C.Milan defeated their opponent Barcelona with a score of 4-0. Daniele Massaro, Marcel Desailly, and Dejan Savicevic scored. The starting point was challenging for AC.Milan and Fabio Capello: the defencemen Baresi and Costacurta couldn´t participate in the match. In addition, the Barcelona coach Johan Cruyff commentated several times in the media before the game disparagingly about A.C.Milan, type: "We will certainly win. The Italian teams play too defensively." The result, however, became one of the most brilliant in A.C.Milan´s club history. Video of the match can be found here..

At the moment, Fabio Capello is the coach of Russian national team.

Coaching philosophy:

Fabio Capello´s coaching philosophy can be summed up in three words: discipline, discipline, and discipline. This discipline does not mean tyranny, but professionalism. The coach is ultimately responsible for the team's success, so he decides who will play, and what is the strategy for the game. Fabio Capello has himself stated: "The coach isn´t players´ friend, and he should not try to be." However, Fabio Capello emphasizes respect for the players and their equal treatment.

As a coach Fabio Capello is very analytical, examines the opponent in depth, sets precise roles for players and emphasizes the importance of team play. He emphasizes the knowledge of the players and their abilities. The style of the team must be constituted in a way that the players can play on their strengths and the game result will be the best possible. The players must also be required the maximum performance on the field. Fabio Cappello playing philosophy is based on a tight defensive, on top of which one can build a successful attack.

In Fabio Capello's speech the words "humility", "professionalism", "concentration", "intensity", "atmosphere" and the "club culture" are repeated. Fabio Capello has himself said: "In the job of a football coach the crucial thing is results. This isn´t philosophy but a fact."

Said about Fabio Capello:

Arrigo Sacchi:

"Fabio Capello knows how to be hard, if needed. His career speaks for itself so you can’t argue with his decisions. All players are treated in the same way. Capello has guts and is not affected by moods of public opinion, fans, executives, the media and so on. He is very brave."

Steve Gerrard:

"Fabio Capello wants us to play without fear. He has repeatedly told us, from the beginning, that we have got to park all that stuff that comes with being an England player. He's his own man and that's it, not influenced by anything from the outside and he believes in what he is doing."

Roberto Carlos:

"Fabio Capello´s matches are not spectacles. The match result will be 1-0, 1-0, 1-0... But the team is always in order and organized on the field. And always wins."

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