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Capello: The Man Behind England's World Cup Dream [Paperback]

Gabriele Marcotti
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"Marcotti, an Italian football writer living in London, was born to write this book. He researched it in terrifying detail, like an American biography. One conclusion about Capello: "No grudges are ever held and you are only ever judged on performance."" (Financial Times)

"The Don Uncovered... Intriguing insight into England's enigmatic coach... A thought-provoking, impeccably researched book on an enigmatic subject" (FourFourTwo)

"This is a formidable piece of journalism mixing library research, expansive football knowledge, dozens of interviews with Capello eyewitnesses and even a few titbits from the man himself. Marcotti goes beyond the superficial public assumptions about his subject... this is a serious book about a serious chap... a detailed and lucid analysis" (Pete May Football 365)

"Meticulously researched" (Brian Viner Independent)

"Marcotti has an unrivalled network of contacts, and writes with authority and style... an intriguing portrait" (Liam Doyle The Bookseller)

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The story behind the new England football manager, by the man best qualified to write it.

From the Inside Flap

Ruthless perfectionist. Stubborn disciplinarian. In Fabio Capello, England have a football manager like no one that has gone before him. Nine league championships in sixteen years, a record of unbroken success at every club he has coached, from the great Milan team of the early 1990s, to Real Madrid with David Beckham in 2007. Wherever he goes, Capello commands respect – and gains results. Now Capello faces his greatest challenge yet, a task that he says is his long-cherished dream. To take England back to the top of the football world, to take the team to the World Cup in South Africa in 2012, and to win it. For Capello, nothing but the best will do. For England, it is win or bust. And you don’t want to lose under Capello. In Capello: Portrait of a Winner, Gabriele Marcotti untangles the complex character in whom England have invested their hopes and dreams. He talks to Capello’s associates, and to the many enemies he has made in his determined drive to the top as a player and then a manager. He examines Capello’s football philosophy, unveils the secrets behind his success, and gets behind the public persona to a man as comfortable visiting ancient ruins as standing on the touchline at Wembley. No one has ever got as close to Capello as Marcotti before, and this is not just the story of a remarkable career, but also the life of an extraordinary man. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

In Fabio Capello, England have a football manager like no one that has gone before him. With a record of unbroken success at every club he has coached, he commands respect - and gains results. Now Capello faces his greatest challenge yet, a task that he says is his long-cherished dream. To win the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. For Capello, nothing but the best will do. For England, it is win or bust.

In Capello: Portrait of a Winner, Gabriele Marcotti untangles the complex character in whom England have invested their hopes and dreams. He examines Capello's football philosophy, unveils the secrets behind his success, and gets behind the public persona to a man who, while re-writing the record books, remains a mystery. This is not just the story of a remarkable career, but also the life of an extraordinary man.

About the Author

Gabriele Marcotti is the World Football Correspondent for The Times and UK correspondent for the Corriere dello Sport. He is also a columnist for Sports Illustrated, presents a weekly show on BBC Radio Five Live and is a regular analyst on Bravo, Sky Sports News and ITV's Champions League coverage. His books include The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing Cultures, co-written with Gianluca Vialli and also published by Bantam Press, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in 2006.
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