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Monday, January 15, 2007

Fabio Capello Loses His Self-Respect

It was a sad sight. Signor Fabio Capello, a veteran coach who has won everything at the club level (La Liga, Serie A, and the Champions League) with AC Milan, Real Madrid, AS Roma, and Juventus, was photographed yesterday giving the middle finger to two "fans." In the Internet age, the image was sent around the world at the speed of light.

Apparently, two fans have targeted Don Fabio since his first stint at Madrid ten years ago. "I recognized their voices." He must have very good hearing. El Estadio Bernabeu can hold about 90,000 passionate and raucous fans. But Mister Capello, despite all of his experience, had to lower himself to words uttered by imbeciles.

It has been a tough week for Capello. A few days ago, David Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy. Then Capello told him that he would never wear the Real Madrid shirt again. Yesterday, for the home game against Saragoza, Beckham was seen cheering on his teammates from the stands with his mother, Sandra. Capello also gave marching orders to Ronaldo and Antonio Cassano.

Capello was a great player in the 60s and 70s who starred for Juventus and AS Roma. Along with the Italian National Team. I saw him play once in person against Pele'. He was a hard-nosed player, but very precise and organized. His coaching style has reflected his playing persona.

But as I look again at the image, it is still distressing. Only we alone can give value to words. Whether they are good or bad. In the sporting world, where coaches and players are under intense scrutiny at all times, one can argue that he was human. He responded the way most of us would if we had reached a boiling point. But a coach as experienced as Capello had to recognize the consequences of his actions. In an arena as large as the Bernabeu, there was no way that the Madrid faithful could have known that the insult was not directed at all of them. For that reason, we must hold Mister Capello to a higher standard. Coaches and players at his level don't earn millions to behave this way.

Today, he apologized, but one can't erase the image so easily. "Respond intelligently, even to unintelligent treatment." Lao Tzu

1 comment:

Merengue said...

Capello has always been a stubborn, hard headed guy. Yes, his reaction was unprofessional and was a reaction to the pressure upon him. He knows now, more than ever before, that he has to produce at Real Madrid. The president have given him the authority to discard players like Beckham, Ronaldo, Cassano and Salgado and has given him the financial means to buy others. Madrid are going younger now with players like Gago, Higuain and even some from their own youth system coming in. Hopefully that will pay dividends but it is a gamble by Capello. One which will detemrine his future in Madrid.

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