England appoint Capello and other football news

Fabio Capello will be introduced as manager of the English national team on Monday. He managed the great Milan team of the early-mid 90s, and is currently in his second stint at the Spanish champions. Many will think he is the sort of genuinely world class manager/coach England have been looking for, despite problems he may face with language (his backroom staff are all Italian). He will also become the world’s highest paid national coach/manager.

I happen to think he is the kind of strong character who has the balls to deflate the the egos in the current England national team when there is such a need, or to drop ‘big name’ players who are not up to the task; just read up on his clashes with star players.

I wonder, though, how he will cope with the highly intrusive English media. Talking of which, it is no to see that surprise the comparisons with 1966 have already started — and England have not even kicked a ball under Capello yet. The real concern for me, though is what if we are still an average team under Capello?

Last Wednesday night, Urawa Red Diamond’s were defeated 1-0 by AC Milan in FIFA’s Club World Cup. Boca will play AC Milan in the final on Sunday. European teams tend to do badly in these competitions, because they are often in the middle of the season for European clubs. The middle of last week also saw the end of the group stages of the Champions League. No real surprises real surprises for me as all the major clubs reached the knockout stages.

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