Fabio Capello Reveals His Thinking – And It’s Good


England manager Fabio Capello has given a fascinating interview in FIFA’s December issue of their magazine.

Fabio Capello – get some idea of the Italian’s thinking – and it’s good

Capello is now 62, and has had a fantastic career in football both as a player and a top class manager.

He celebrates a year in charge as England manager next month, a year in which he has put England into a very strong position to qualify for the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa, with 4 wins in our first 4 qualifying games, and some excellent performances to go along with that.

Capello has made many changes in the way the players eat and conduct themselves generally, while on England duty, and certainly the lads look very smart in their England suits, as does Fabio, who seems very proud to be managing the country where football all began.

Fabio told the FIFA magazine:

“For example, I impressed upon them the advantages of a Mediterranean diet over ketchup and chips.” “I have also put some rules of conduct in place for when the national team meets up, from eating breakfast together to the use of mobile phones, which must be switched off from time to time.”

“The players have been very co-operative and that is a clear indication of the high level of professionalism at their clubs.”  “Arsenal’s academy, for instance, is the perfect example of how young players should be brought along at all European clubs.”

“Football always has to be a reflection of a country’s culture. I don’t want to change the characteristics and the traits of English footballers.” “I just want to instil more discipline and teach them to work better as a team. Having said that, I do allow each player room to develop his own style within the role that I assign to him.”

“To be able to train a team, you have to know the football jargon of that particular country. My English is good now and I’ll soon be fluent. Apart from Italian, I also speak Spanish well and I have a working knowledge of both French and German.”

“I do not believe that being England coach is quite the ‘mission impossible’ that it is always made out to be.”

One of the few things the Newcastle club have done right in the last year or so, is put in place an Academy that is built on the successful system used at Arsenal, and we have already brought in a number of top young players and are now top of the Academy League. That gives us some confidence for the future, in these difficult times for the club, as long as we continue in that direction.

Capello wishes there were more home-grown stars available, and he believes such a shortage of English talent is disappointing, and even more so when some top players have retired from International football.

Fabio continued:

“Unfortunately, only 40 per cent of the players in the Premier League are English.” “It is a shame Carragher and Scholes have retired”

“By way of comparison, 64 per cent of the players in Serie A are Italian, 63 per cent of the players in the Primera Division are Spanish, 53 per cent of the players in the Bundesliga are German and in France, 57 per cent of the players in Ligue 1 are French.”

“That means I have a smaller pool of players at my disposal, but fortunately they are of excellent quality. It is just a shame players such as Jamie Carragher and Paul Scholes have retired from international duty — I could certainly have used their experience.”

Jamie Carragher retired when Steve McClaren never seemd to play him, and with all the traveling he just thought it wasn’t worth it.  It’s still surprising, in Jamie’s case, that Fabio cannot persuade him to come back into the England fold, where we must have a decent chance of doing well in South Africa in two years time.

Jamie is a great player, and he’s needed in the squad to remind the rest of the players what England guts and character are all about, and he an excellent player too, who could fill the right back spot right now, and be available to play central defense if required.

It’s a pity McClaren put him off playing for England, but Steve’s gone now, and we’d love to see Jamie return to the international fold.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Given that he’s also needs to see Owen demonstrate his on-going fitness over a number of games and Aston Villa are reported to be keen to use ‘whatever it takes’ to get him one can only wonder at the delay in making him an offer he can’t refuse.

    C’mon you directors, just think about how much to replace him with a proven striker that can do the business in the Premiership!!!

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Really p*ssed with Capello for not including Owen before his last injury.

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  • Beattie

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    those percentages don’t show the extent of the problem, while there are 53% of french players in ligue 1, there will be a good percentage in the top flight in england/germany etc. whats the percentage of english players playing abroad?

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  • ELFER

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry to disturb you, but I think it would be a shame if England woulnd’t be on top of their qualification group!!!

    Nevertheless I really truly hope that you will make it, becouse world cup’s need England!

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    just think 64 percent in serie a is italian but they also have players playing abroad

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  • clinta

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    people across the UK tend to laugh at newcastle… the club who always has a quality lineup of players on show, always has so much potential, but in the end always disappoints…..

    ….. we’ll if thats not also england?!!!!

    I’ve alway thought that a little short sighted and funny that one. maybe capello or another top italian manager is the answer to our prayers too, it’s certainly working out well (so far) for the international version of ourselves.

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  • clinta

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    beattie and beye- good points there lads, never thought of it that way, seems those non mediterranean ketchup and chips is doing more harm than we first thought!

    isn’t ketchup and american term, thought we called it tomato sauce!?

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  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Here is a message for the whining, whingeing, self-pitying, self-indulgent and deluded fans on Tyneside, otherwise known as the Toon Army: Kevin Keegan is not the Messiah; Alan Shearer is not an aspect of the trinity; Mike Ashley is not the Devil; Tony Jimenez is not on the secret payroll of Sunderland; and Dennis Wise is not an evil dwarf.

    Newcastle United are not a “massive” club and do not have a divine right to remain in the Premier League; St James’ Park is not the world’s greatest stadium; and, in case you were wondering, your team will not break into the top four any time soon, with or without Ashley, Keegan, Wise or any of the other men who are heroes, villains and sometimes both in the febrile imaginations of the world’s most whimsical supporters.

    Oh, and you are not the most loyal, valiant and wonderfully dependable fans on the planet. Check out the attendances when Newcastle were languishing in the second division at the start of the 1990s and you will get the measure of the myth that has clung to the black-and-white-shirted men and women for far too long. That’s right, they were often much fewer than 20,000 and with the Gallowgate end partially deserted. Is that what you call loyalty?

    The banners castigating Ashley for being a southerner during Saturday’s comically self-important protest were the final straw for many of us who have long endured the tedious soap opera on Tyneside. That and the ill-informed, conspiracy-laden and melodramatic messages posted on the dozens of message boards that these fans seem to spend their lives reading.

    Where is the gallows humour, the sense of irony, the satirical edge? Where is the old-fashioned self-mockery that characterises most other groups of English football fans when their team are having a bad time of it?

    The only way that Newcastle fans are ever going to be truly happy is when they have formed a collective to buy the club and have made a pig’s ear, as they inevitably would, of a kind that would make Freddy Shepherd’s last remaining strands stand on end. When they have rehired Keegan to manage the team, Shearer to be his assistant and the ghost of Jackie Milburn to do the scouting. When they have got control of the club and discovered that their own volatility makes it practically ungovernable.

    Sure, passion and commitment are great things and we all know that in a big city with only one football club, there is bound to be a siege mentality and more than a little self-absorption. But many Newcastle fans have turned navel-gazing into an art form. They need to get out more and discover that their beloved club, who have not won a trophy for decades, are virtually unknown beyond these shores. They need a little perspective, not least in terms that passion does not equate to knowledge, nor does enthusiasm equate to expertise on how to run a football club.

    This is a group of fans who agitated for the sacking of Sam Allardyce after only six months because the football was not pretty enough, even though he had put in place a much-needed science support structure and cleared out the dead wood from the Shepherd era. These are fans who want nothing to do with Ashley because he is from “down South” and because he insisted on a continental scouting system to support a manger who, by his own admission, had not attended a live match for three years and so was the last person who could have done the scouting job.

    Sure, mistakes were made by Ashley, not least in the appointment of Keegan – something that was bound to end in tears – and in spheres of responsibility not being properly spelt out to the main protagonists. But let’s get real. The fundamental problem with Newcastle is no longer the corporate management, but those who used to be described as the club’s greatest assets: the fans – or at least those who are making all the noise at present.

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  • valle

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    This is a newcastle site???… Couldnt care less about the Eng national team

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  • irish_al

    Nov 13, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    french have more homebased and many more abroad also

    yet we are currently doing a lot better, i think to read is being read into the figures, they dont take into consideration the championship and lower leagues

    what will have a greater effect is having english players in the squads that have their development hindered due to better players infront of them so whilst the pool may be smaller the level of quality in those that do play should be equal or greater

    one main reason not many english players play abroad is that they could earn more in the championship than they would in ligue 1, eredivisie, superliga or the bundesliga

    or if they are good enough they’ll earn more in the premiership that serie a or la liga

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  • irish_al

    Nov 13, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    AO- i have to say that you have made some valid points in post no. 8 on tyhis thread

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  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Nov 13, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Carraghers got about as much balls as as Christina Aguilera!Mardy f*ucker.

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