Top facts about Fabio Capello

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How much do you know about one of the best Italian managers of all time? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Fabio Capello life.

Fabio Capello, widely known as Don Fabio, was a talented and energetic midfielder with excellent intuition. During his playing time, Capello kicked the ball at SPAL 1907,


, Milan, and


, winning several trophies, including four Serie A titles. Fabio Capello also won 32 caps and scored eight goals for his country. After retirement as a player, Capello tried his hand at management.

The Italian manager began his managerial career at AC Milan, and in his first five seasons, he won four Serie A titles. Capello also helped Rossoneri win the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League. Capello became Real Madrid manager in 1996, where Don Fabio won the La Liga title in his first season. Then he moved to Roma, leading them to their first league title in 18 years in 2001. Don Fabio went on to manage Juventus and again Real Madrid, winning two Serie A titles with the former. 

In December 2007, Fabio Capello was named manager of the England national team, them to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, the England national side was knocked out in the second round. Following his resignation, Capello became the Russian national team's coach in July 2012; three years later, he was sacked and replaced by Leonid Slutsky. Before retiring from coaching, the Italian manager was appointed as Jiangsu Suning, the Chinese club manager, but was sacked the following year. Here are the fascinating 

top facts about Fabio Capello

you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Fabio Capello

Let's take a look at the top facts about Fabio Capello. Facts like Fabio Capello birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

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  • Full Name:

    Fabio Capello

  • Nickname:

    Postman Pat, Don Fabio

  • Date of Birth:

    18 June 1946

  • Age:

    75 years

  • Place of Birth:

    San Canzian d'Isonzo, Italy

  • Nationality:


  • Height:

    1.77 m

  • Weight:

    80 kg

  • Parents:

    Guerrino Capello, Evelina Capello

  • Wife/Partner:

    Laura Ghisi (married 1969)

  • Children:

    Edoardo Capello, Pier Filippo Capello

  • Occupation:

    Former Football Manager and Player

  • Playing Position:


  • Club(s):

    As a player: SPAL 1907, Roma, Milan, and Juventus / As a manager: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma, Juventus, England, Russia, Jiangsu Sainty F.C

  • Jersey/Kit Number:

    10 (at Juventus)

  • Net Worth:

    $90 million

Fabio Capello Childhood

The first part of our article on top facts about Fabio Capello is about his childhood.

Fabio Capello birthday

is on 18 June 1946 in San Canzian d'Isonzo, Italy. He was born into Guerrino Capello, his father (a teacher), and Evelina Capello, his mother. Fabio Capello family was religious, and the footballer grew up devoutly catholic.

It is interesting to know that his father was born in 1915 during World War I on Hungarian soil. Guerrino Capello returned to his family's home after Guerrino was captured by the Nazis during World War II.

Go back to the topic, when Fabio was a little boy, he went to the beach at Duino on summer days, along with his father. Guerrino took young Fabio to the top of some rocks over the sea. "And then he'd throw him in. Even though he was young. I used to turn away. I couldn't bear to watch. Fabio wasn't even ten years old," said his widow.

The Italian footballer was first discovered by the President of SPAL, Paolo Mazza, who signed him for the two million lire. Capello won the Italian Youth Championship with the youth side in his second season.

Fabio Capello Career Stats

After reviewing

Fabio Capello childhood

, let's take a look at

Fabio Capello career stats

, that is, one of the significant-top facts about Fabio Capello. As we mentioned earlier, Capello first joined SPAL and made his first-team debut against Sampdoria on 29 March 1964.

When Fabio Capello age

was 21, he joined Roma, becoming one of the club's key players. In his second season, the legend scored six goals under new manager Helenio Herrera.

Three years later, he joined Juventus, where he had a poor start. Capello helped I bianconeri win three Serie A titles. In 1976, Juventus traded him to Milan for 100 million lire, winning one Serie A title and 1976-77 Coppa Italia.

At the international level, the Italian legend made his senior debut for


on 13 May 1972. Fabio Capello won 32 caps for his country from 1972 to 1978 and scored eight goals. The Italian international is remembered for a goal against England at Wembley Stadium. He just played at one World Cup (1974) and scored one goal against Poland. He said: "Look, in my life, I played one World Cup: the greatest thing. I used to wait in anticipation for the squad announcement. I didn't go to Argentina 78 having played throughout qualification. Now, that hurt."

Fabio Capello Managerial Career

Following his retirement, Don Fabio tried his hand at management. In 1982, Capello was named A.C. Milan Primavera coach until 1986 and a year later he served as a caretaker manager for the club. The Italian manager was appointed as AC Milan manager, winning the Serie A title in his first season and defending their title on his second and third season.

In the 1994-95 season, Rossoneri lost the Serie A title, but in the 1995-96 season, Capello's last season, he led them to their fourth Serie A title. In 1996, he left AC Milan and joined Real Madrid, spending only one season with the Whites and helping them win the La Liga title. 

The following season, Capello returned to Rossoneri, but could not be as successful as his first spell. Don Fabio was appointed as Roma's new manager in May 1999, guiding them to the 2000-01 Serie A title. The Italian manager remained with I Giallorossi until 2004 but did not achieve any success. 

Capello was named Juventus manager in 2005, helping them reach the Champions League's quarter-finals twice. The following season he returned to Santiago Bernabeu. Although the Italian manager helped them 2006-07 La Liga title, he was sacked on 28 June 2007.

He became the England national side manager on 14 December 2007 and said, "Every manager dreams of a job like this [the England job] and I will be sure to learn English within one month. I have a contract and I refused a lot of opportunities to be the manager of important clubs because I want to stay here. I like this job. I like to be the England manager. I am very proud and honour-red to be the England manager. I'm happy with my language progress - the only difficulty when I tour Premier League matches is that different people talk to me in different accents - and sometimes I can hardly understand a word!" During 42 matches, he helped the Three Lions win 28 matches, lost six ones, and drew eight games.

The Italian manager went on to manage the Russian national team from 2012 to 2015, guiding them to the 2014 World Cup. Capello's last coaching spell was with Jiangsu Suning, the Chinese club, and he retired from his coaching career on 9 April 2018. He said about his retirement: "I've already had experiences with the England and Russia national teams. I wanted to coach a club once more and Jiangsu was my last football job. I did everything that I wanted to. I'm pleased with what I did, and now I'll enjoy being an analyst. You always win in that role."

Fabio Capello Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Fabio Capello salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating top facts about Fabio Capello. Widely known as Don Fabio, Fabio Capello is regarded as one of the best Italian football managers in history. As of 2021,

Fabio Capello net worth

is estimated at around $90 million.

Fabio Capello salary

was $18 million.

Fabio Capello Children & Wife

Football fans know about Fabio Capello's managerial skills, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting. Stay tuned to read more about the

Fabio Capello family

. An Italian former footballer is a married man. Capello met Laura Ghisi on a bus when he was a teenager, and the couple got married in 1969.

Laura Ghisi,

Fabio Capello wife

, always supports her husband. In the case of

Fabio Capello children

, you might know that Fabio Capello wife gave birth to two boys. Pier Filippo is his father's agent.

Facts about Fabio Capello you did not know

Fabio Capello nickname

  • Fabio Capello nickname is given to him by his fans. He is known as Postman Pat and Don Fabio.

Fabio Capello tattoo

  • The amusing fact about Fabio Capello tattoo is that just like many football players of his generation, he has yet to have any tattoos on his body.

Fabio Capello Instagram account

  • Don Fabio, like many football managers, is active on Instagram. Fabio Capello Instagram account (@fabiocapello_official) has around 2171 followers.

Fabio Capello height 

  • Fabio Capello height is 177 m, and also his weight is 80 kg.

More facts about Fabio Capello

  • One of the interesting facts about Fabio Capello is that he missed his son, Pierfilippo Capello, wedding party. Capello was with England's national side at his son's wedding ceremony. "These things happen. We know he is with us with his heart. He has been very present as a father in many situations during my life. In the same way, he has been absent in other situations so we are quite used to not having him in person. It is not a problem, absolutely not. He is a football manager first - he has been that ever since I was a child and sometimes being a football manager can make strange demands on your time. We will all toast him sitting there on the bench at Wembley and look forward to him coming to join us for the celebrations after the games," said Pierfilippo Capello.

Fabio Capello Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on top facts about Fabio Capello is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On Jose Mourinho being Roma manager

"He (Mourinho) is a very prestigious and experienced coach, and most importantly, he is a coach who knows Italy very well, so, everything can be much easier. Roma is a difficult club, but he dared to put himself in trouble, I pray for the Roma fans, that he will do as well as he did at Inter, It’s not enough to just sign a great coach to win. You also need players. Roma is a difficult club, but Mourinho is exalted in difficult positions. But be careful, it is not enough to have an important coach, you also need players. He has great prestige and great experience, besides he knows Italy well. So I think everything it will be easier."

On Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi

"Cristiano is an explosive type of player, with great technique, but he's still not as gifted as Messi in my opinion. Messi is more of a genius than Cristiano. Cristiano is so strong physically, so powerful, but Messi has more creativity. Cristiano knows English, Messi knows football. Once he's on the run, Messi is unstoppable."

"If you're speaking of a fantasy player, then it has to be Leo Messi as he's so unpredictable. He's an absolute genius. The others will win the Ballon d’Or, as Cristiano Ronaldo won, but him [Messi] he is the genius because he does things with a quality and a speed unthinkable for the others. He uses his feet like others use their hands. Tonight, I saw a great Messi and a beautiful Barcelona."

On Jack Wilshere

"He will be England captain one day. Jack Wilshere is a real leader. I saw how he spoke with the referee and the other players [against Denmark]. It is difficult to find someone so young with such a big personality. I remember two defenders, Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi, and one attacker, Raul, but for personality and confidence on the pitch he is the best young midfielder I have seen for his age."

On Alessandro Del Piero

"Del Piero manages to have an immediate impact in the game when he comes on as a substitute. He doesn't need time to become an important factor in the game. There are not many players around who can do that so effectively."

Fabio Capello TransferMarket

According to

Fabio Capello transfermarket

, the former Italian footballer played 464 times for four clubs (SPAL 1907, Roma, Milan, and Juventus). He scored 71 goals and provided nine assists for his teammates during his playing time.

As a member of Italy's national side, he won 32 caps, scoring eight goals.

Fabio Capello Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on facts about Fabio Capello will end with a list of Fabio Capello's individual records and notable achievements. The former Italian footballer won Serie A titles three times with Juventus and once with AC Milan. As a manager, he achieved several trophies, including some Serie A titles and two La Liga titles with big clubs. 

His notable individual achievements are Panchina d'Oro (four times), 2005 Serie A Coach of the Year, 2011 Marca Leyenda, 2011 Gran Galà del Calcio Critics' Award, 1994 European Coach of the Year—Sepp Herberger Award, European Coach of the Season (1993-94), 2013 Italian Football Hall of Fame, 2013 World Soccer 24th Greatest Manager of All Time, and A.C. Milan Hall of Fame.

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