Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello

Famous Italian football player and coach, head coach of the Russian national football team
Date of Birth: 18.06.1946
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Fabio Capello
  2. Early Life
  3. Coaching Career
  4. Personal Life

Biography of Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello is a renowned Italian football player and coach, best known for his tenure as the head coach of the Russian national football team. He has also coached clubs such as Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Roma, as well as the England national team, becoming the second foreign coach in the history of the English national team. Throughout his career as a club coach, Capello won the league championship title seven times in 16 years.

Fabio Capello

Early Life

Fabio Capello was born into the family of Gerino and Evelina Capello. His father, a school teacher, played football in his youth, and his uncle, Mario Tortul, was a famous football player who played one match for the Italian national team. Influenced by their passion for the sport, Capello's childhood was closely tied to football.

Fabio Capello

Capello began his career at the club "Pieris," where he was discovered by the coach of SPAL, Paolo Mazza. Capello signed his first professional contract with the club for 2 million lire. In his second season with the team, Capello won the Italian Youth Championship and made his debut in the first team on March 29, 1964.

Fabio Capello

In 1967, Capello joined Roma and two years later, he won his first trophy, the Italian Cup. Under the guidance of renowned coach Helenio Herrera, Capello played a key role in Roma and became the team's penalty taker. He was also called up to the Italian U23 national team, along with his teammate Edoardo Reja.

Fabio Capello

In 1970, Capello moved to Juventus, where he won three Italian championships and became a key player in the national team. He scored a historic goal against England on November 14, 1973, giving Italy their first victory over the English at Wembley.

Fabio Capello

Capello ended his playing career in 1980 after a corruption scandal led to Milan's relegation to Serie B. He then transitioned into coaching.

Coaching Career

Capello began his coaching career in 1987 at Milan, where he initially took charge of the team for the last six games of the season. He successfully secured a place for Milan in the UEFA Cup, winning the deciding match against Sampdoria.

After his initial stint as a coach, Capello worked in the administrative department of Milan before being appointed as the head coach. He led Milan to four Italian championships and the UEFA Champions League title, establishing a record of 58 unbeaten matches in Serie A. In the 1991/1992 season, Milan became champions of Italy without losing a single game in 34 matches.

In 1996, Capello took over Real Madrid and won the Spanish championship. Despite the success, he was dismissed by the club's president, Ramon Calderon, at the end of the season. Capello then returned to Milan for a short period before coaching Roma. With Roma, he won the Italian championship and became a silver medalist twice.

In 2004, Capello became the coach of Juventus, winning two Italian championships with the club. However, both titles were later revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal. During his time at Juventus, Capello had conflicts with players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alessandro Del Piero.

After leaving Juventus, Capello became a commentator for Rai. In 2008, he was appointed as the head coach of the England national team. He led England to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but faced criticism for the team's performance in the tournament. Capello left his position in 2012 after a fallout with the Football Association.

Following his departure from England, Capello took a break from coaching for two years before joining Jiangsu Suning in China in 2017. However, his time in China was marred by poor results and disagreements with the club's owners.

Capello announced his retirement from coaching in April 2018 and expressed his interest in television and commentary work. He declined an offer to coach the Italian national team and focused on his post-coaching career.

Personal Life

Capello is married to his childhood sweetheart, Laura, whom he met as a teenager at a bus stop. They have a son named Pierfilippo, who works as Capello's agent. Capello is known for his love of art and opera and has a collection of art worth approximately $27.5 million. He is particularly fond of the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.