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Friday, August 24, 2007

Fabio Capello Met With American Soccer Officials in London

According to The Sun, Fabio Capello, the former manager of Real Madrid, met with USSF officials on Thursday in London. The night before, the USA played a friendly against Sweden. Mr. Capello was providing color commentary in Budapest for RAI's coverage of the Italian friendly against Hungary.

"The out-of-work Italian was later forced to reveal he was in the capital to meet a delegation from the US Soccer Federation. Capello claims he has become an unwitting party to a week of turmoil at Tottenham.

Last night he said: 'I came to London because two weeks ago I agreed to meet the chairman and manager of the US national team who wanted my advice on a number of issues.

We had lunch for three hours at the Hilton Hotel. I was then approached by Mel Goldberg, who asked if he could talk to me and said he wanted to represent me in England.

We had a brief chat and when I went outside there were lots of paparazzi waiting and I realised there was something going on. But I never, never contacted Tottenham — nor did Tottenham contact me.'”

According to the Times of London, in a story co-authored by Matt Dickinson, their chief football writer, Capello was accompanied by his son. A lawyer.

"Capello was in London with his lawyer son, Pier Filippo, to meet representatives of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and had held brief talks afterwards with Mel Goldberg, the sports lawyer."

There has been speculation that Martin Jol, the Dutch coach of Tottenham Hotspurs, is on the hot seat at Whitehart Lane.

Last month, Mr. Capello admitted that he had been contacted by American interests; however, did not specify if it were the USSF and/or a specific MLS team. I translated a brief interview between Mr. Capello and the Gazzetta dello Sport. To read it, please click here.

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