Capello Can Prove He Is the Greatest: World Cup Preview

Fabio Capello, World Cup Preview

Many young soccer fans may not be familiar with the name Fabio Capello. If they are, then it is one synonymous with an ill-fated spell as England manager. In a word, failure. Yet for those who remember him managing in Italy and Spain, they would be hard pressed to name a better club manager in the history of world football. Capello now takes  unfancied Russia to the World Cup finals in Brazil with one last chance to prove he is the greatest.

Having started his managerial career at AC Milan, he led the club to one of the greatest periods of the Rossoneri’s history. Managing the likes of Dutch trio Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard supported by an Italian backbone of Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi, he led Milan to a 58 league games unbeaten from May 1991 and March 1993. The record finally tumbled to a Faustino Asprilla goal in a 1-0 victory for Parma. He also masterminded a 4-0 Champions League final over the great Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona “Dream Team”.

Capello joined Real Madrid in 1996 and faced scrutiny from the Real fans due to his penchant for defensive play. He won La Liga in his one season there. Despite moving back to Milan and enduring a less successful time due to a completely different looking side, Capello was instrumental in the rebuilding of it. He was fired before Milan went from a mid-table side the year before to winning Serie A in 1999. He argued his successor won the league with “my team”.

That summer, Capello arrived at then unfashionable Roma, a team he subsequently guided to the Serie A title in two years. Roma had been in Serie B not long before Capello’s arrival. He then moved to Juventus, where he won back-to-back titles, only for them to be stripped of the titles following the 2006 Serie A scandal.

Nevertheless, Capello was re-employed by Real, who were suffering a serious trophy drought. He was tasked with winning La Liga, an achievement that had eluded five managers since 2003. In his one controversial season back at the club – in which he fell out with Ronaldo and David Beckham – Capello brought the title back to Madrid.

So why is he rarely held in the same esteem as other high-profile managers and not seen as the greatest? A major blot on his managerial copy book is time as England manager. Despite a near 100 percent qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup in , England was unceremoniously dumped out of the tournament by Germany 4-1. The result did not reflect the game – England’s Frank Lampard scored a clear goal, only for it to be wrongly ruled out for not crossing the line. That happened despite England completing a Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a record of five wins, three draws and no defeats. In fact, England went through 2011 unbeaten and even beat Spain in a friendly.However, a much-publicized fall-out with the Football Association over captain John Terry’s racism case followed and Capello was out of the door.

Capello had never failed in any previous job and he was awarded a new contract by the Russian Football Union after he guided Russia to the World Cup in Brazil. The problem had to lie with the English FA and the England players. Capello’s plan was to “make England play like Spain”, but introducing a slow and patient build-up to a group of players with egos who like to get the ball forward early was never going to work. He knows he has what is probably his final chance to prove he has what it takes at international level and prove he is the greatest. Nobody expects him to do it with Russia, so that should work in his favor.

World Cup Preview is a daily series providing commentary and analysis of the teams and players participating in this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Commentary by Robert Shepherd

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2 Responses to "Capello Can Prove He Is the Greatest: World Cup Preview"

  1. Robert Shepherd   May 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Adnan, here is my reply:

    1993 Champions Cup LOSS against Marseille – irregularities saw Marseille go down.
    1993 Super Cup LOSS against Parma – and? Super Cup became a big title, when?
    1993 Intercontinental LOSS against Sao Paulo – see above
    1994 Intercontinental LOSS against Velez Sarsfield – and again! Too much emphasis on money-spinning one-off games.

    “Capello was instrumental in the rebuilding of it” what on earth are you talking about? When this guy came back in 1997 he got rid of Roberto Baggio and Marco Simone, he brought 10 new players and flopped miserably….and when Milan won title in 1999 it was after they vacuumed his disastrous season of 97-98 behind them with a new coach Zaccheroni (who by the way was as bad as him). – He came back to a much weakened squad.

    When he was at Milan his only regular and preferred 2 players were Albertini and Desailly because he is a boring dull coach that’s why Real Madrid sacked him in 2006 despite winning La Liga. – Your last sentence says it all.

    When he came to Milan he got rid of all emerging young talent,,,Stroppa (sold to Lazio in 1991) Fuser (to Lazio 1992) Carbone (Loaned in 1991-1992 and then rarely used in 1993 till he was sold later)
    He broke records but turned Milan from the most entertaining side on the planet under Sacchi to this boring team with eyes on points only. – They won things…at no point did I say he is or was entertaining…what’s your point?

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  2. Adnan   April 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    “he led the club to one of the greatest periods of the Rossoneri’s history”
    are you serious? Here is a recap of his achievements:
    1994 Champions Cup against Barcelona
    1994 Super Cup against Arsenal
    That’s ok now how about the rest:
    1993 Champions Cup LOSS against Marseille
    1993 Super Cup LOSS against Parma
    1993 Intercontinental LOSS against Sao Paulo
    1994 Intercontinental LOSS against Velez Sarsfield
    1995 Champions Cup Final LOSS against Ajax (it was the third loss in one season against Ajax after twice being defeated 2-0 in the group stage!!!)
    So here you go 2 out of 7 continental trophies.

    “Capello was instrumental in the rebuilding of it” what on earth are you talking about? When this guy came back in 1997 he got rid of Roberto Baggio and Marco Simone, he brought 10 new players and flopped miserably….and when Milan won title in 1999 it was after they vacuumed his disastrous season of 97-98 behind them with a new coach Zaccheroni (who by the way was as bad as him).

    When he was at Milan his only regular and preferred 2 players were Albertini and Desailly because he is a boring dull coach that’s why Real Madrid sacked him in 2006 despite winning La Liga.

    When he came to Milan he got rid of all emerging young talent,,,Stroppa (sold to Lazio in 1991) Fuser (to Lazio 1992) Carbone (Loaned in 1991-1992 and then rarely used in 1993 till he was sold later)
    He broke records but turned Milan from the most entertaining side on the planet under Sacchi to this boring team with eyes on points only.

    I felt sorry for the English when they hired him and now I feel the same for the Russians,

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