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A well rendered and superbly researched life of England's manager,
This review is from: Capello: Portrait Of A Winner (Hardcover)In this impeccably researched and detailed life of Fabio Capello, Gabriel Marcotti succeeds in unraveling England's brilliant but frequently enigmatic manager. Perhaps because as English fans we are spoiled by foreign imports, Capello's true pedigree is sometimes underestimated. But Marcotti outlines in precise detail the extent of his successes: nine league titles in sixteen seasons at four different clubs. It is an achievement unparalleled in modern football.
Anyone who listens to Marcotti on FiveLive on a Friday night will be aware of his passion and knowledge of world football. He is a charming if not slightly anoraky broadcaster and comes across similarly in his biography of Capello . I particularly enjoyed the recounting of Capello's playing career in the 1960s and 1970s, also the account of his time with Milan in the early-1990s.
However, sometimes I felt bombarded by detail and that this book would have benefited from stricter editing. The prose is occasionally flabby and prone to cliché. Sometimes Marcotti is too keen to insert himself into the narrative and to validate his work by showing how close he is to a source.
But otherwise this is a fine, well researched and often compelling book that draws its elusive subject from his shell. Indeed after reading it, I feel more assured of England's prospects at the next World Cup than I have for a long time.