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Fabio Capello

Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 16.56CET
Fabio Capello
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Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 16.56CET

Fabio Capello


Date of birth: 18 June 1946
Playing career: Spal 1907, AS Roma, Juventus, AC Milan
Coaching career: AC Milan (twice), Real Madrid CF (twice), AS Roma, Juventus, England, Russia

• Forged a successful playing career, winning four Serie A titles – three with Juventus, one with Milan – and scoring eight goals from midfield in 32 games for Italy, including the winner in the Azzurri's first victory over England at Wembley in November 1973.

• Despite lacking coaching experience Capello replaced Arrigo Sacchi at Milan in 1991, launching a hugely impressive five-year spell in which he led a star-studded team to four Italian championships – the first without losing a match – and the 1994 UEFA Champions League, beating Johan Cruyff's FC Barcelona 4-0 in the final.

• Left Milan for Real Madrid and lifted the Spanish title in his only season there before an unsuccessful return to Milan. Re-established himself as one of world's foremost coaches at both Roma, where he won the 2000/01 Scudetto, and Juventus, where he ended each of his two campaigns as Serie A champion – only for both titles to be revoked as a result of the sporting fraud scandal.

• Another one-year Liga title-winning effort at Madrid (a decade after the first) prompted the Football Association (FA) to appoint him England coach. Took over in January 2008 and steered the side to the 2010 FIFA World Cup with eight straight victories. Stayed on for UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying despite failing to progress beyond the last 16 in South Africa and guided his charges to the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

• Stood down from England in February 2012, less than four months before UEFA EURO 2012, but the following summer took the Russia job and led them to the 2014 World Cup, where they failed to progress beyond the group stage. Signed a contract extension in January 2014 to remain in charge until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Last updated: 02/09/14 15.30CET

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