Capello makes Bernabéu comeback

Fabio Capello is to become Real Madrid CF's coach, with the Spanish club announcing his arrival within 24 hours of the Italian's departure from Juventus.

Fabio Capello is to become Real Madrid CF's new coach, with the Spanish club announcing his arrival within 24 hours of the Italian's departure from the Juventus helm.

One-season wonder
The 60-year-old Capello will be unveiled at the Santiago Bernabéu on Thursday, as he returns to the post that he held during Madrid's title-winning campaign of 1996/97. He then went back to coach AC Milan before successful spells in charge of AS Roma and, for the last two seasons, Juventus. The Turin club, whose future is uncertain given their involvement in an Italian tribunal into match-fixing allegations, had said on Tuesday: "Juventus have accepted the resignation of Fabio Capello and thank him for the work he has done." Capello's team were never lower than first in Serie A during his Delle Alpi tenure.

President's man
Madrid's newly-elected president Ramón Calderón had identified the veteran trainer, who had 12 months left on his Juve contract, as his preferred choice to lead the side. Capello's career has been laden with trophies, including four Scudettos with Milan, one with Roma and two in Turin, plus a European Champion Clubs' Cup with the Rossoneri in 1994. Meanwhile, former Madrid striker Emilio Butragueño has quit as vice-president and sporting director. "I'm sure Pedja [Mijatovic] and Fabio Capello will form a great team," Butragueño said.

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