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Capello: I got World Cup preparation wrong

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10:09 AM ET 07.04 | England coach Fabio Capello has held his hands up and admitted he should have given his squad an extended break before they began their World Cup 2010 preparations. While other sides were resting ahead of the tournament in South Africa, the Three Lions chief took his side altitude training in Austria before playing two international friendlies against Mexico and Japan.

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July 4, 2010  10:22 AM ET

wonder what dominech would say for why his team played so poorly.

July 4, 2010  10:40 AM ET

You certainly got something wrong, Fabio. Maybe you should have played some of the young guys like Hart, Johnson, and company.

July 4, 2010  11:35 AM ET

Is it that hard to just say the other teams were better because they are better? Better players, better coaching, just better.

July 4, 2010  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is it that hard to just say the other teams were better because they are better? Better players, better coaching, just better.

While you are correct, he's trying to spin things a particular way. He's representing the English FA's choice to run their entire team/program and therefore he automatically comes with a suitcase full of excuses no matter what happens.

July 4, 2010  11:48 AM ET

hey, Don Fabio, you dont have any good players!!!!! thats why you lost! you better recognize or engerland will fail at the euros (IF they qualify) and wont be good in 2014 either.

July 4, 2010  12:31 PM ET

Cristiano Ronaldo had a kid and his mother is American supposedly OH YEAH just don't screw us over!!!!!!!!!!!

July 4, 2010  12:37 PM ET
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Cristiano Ronaldo had a kid and his mother is American supposedly OH YEAH just don't screw us over!!!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately the Mother wants nothing to do with raising the kid, so with him being brought up in Spain and Portugal (at least for the next few years), I kind of doubt he'll feel any connection with the US as he grows up.

July 4, 2010  12:41 PM ET

I'm no fan of the Lions, but that scoreline against Germany really flattered the black shirts. That game is markedly different if Lamps' goal is counted and England isn't chasing the game and getting picked apart on the counter.

England didn't get dominated nearly the way that Argentina did yesterday. While the tournament wasn't a good showing by England, if Germany goes on to win the tournament as I think they very well might, history will not be as harsh on Capello or this team as opinions are currently.

July 4, 2010  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm no fan of the Lions, but that scoreline against Germany really flattered the black shirts. That game is markedly different if Lamps' goal is counted and England isn't chasing the game and getting picked apart on the counter. England didn't get dominated nearly the way that Argentina did yesterday. While the tournament wasn't a good showing by England, if Germany goes on to win the tournament as I think they very well might, history will not be as harsh on Capello or this team as opinions are currently.

I said that they day after. Apparently I was bitter or something.

July 4, 2010  01:07 PM ET
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Unfortunately the Mother wants nothing to do with raising the kid, so with him being brought up in Spain and Portugal (at least for the next few years), I kind of doubt he'll feel any connection with the US as he grows up.

Let's fast forward 10 yrs from now, when Ronaldo is here in the US. Does baby Ronnie go looking for it's mama? Does USSF start a manhunt for Ronaldo's baby as it beholds the possible future messiah of US Soccer, just in time for WC 2022? I've seen crazier things happen!

July 4, 2010  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Let's fast forward 10 yrs from now, when Ronaldo is here in the US. Does baby Ronnie go looking for it's mama? Does USSF start a manhunt for Ronaldo's baby as it beholds the possible future messiah of US Soccer, just in time for WC 2022? I've seen crazier things happen!

too bad he will only be 12............ by 2022

July 4, 2010  01:30 PM ET
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too bad he will only be 12............ by 2022

Freddy Adu was only 16 and people were really thinkin he had a serious shot at the 2006 roster. Probably more so than he was considered for this year's team. So It's not impossible.

July 4, 2010  01:33 PM ET

touche

July 4, 2010  01:33 PM ET

hahaha

July 4, 2010  01:45 PM ET
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too bad he will only be 12............ by 2022

And if he is deemed too young they will still unveil him at the WC opening ceremony like Simba in the Lion King in some type of "Circle of Life" fashion.

July 4, 2010  01:51 PM ET

Scandal continues to rock Brazil's CR Flamengo as goalkeeper/captain Bruno is the alleged chief suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, Eliza Samudio.
http://tinyurl.com/33cbsw3

July 4, 2010  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Scandal continues to rock Brazil's CR Flamengo as goalkeeper/captain Bruno is the alleged chief suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, Eliza Samudio.http://tinyurl.com/33cbsw3

how could anyone want to do anything to someone so gorgeous and big breasted? Damn shame man.

July 4, 2010  04:03 PM ET

"Capello: I got World Cup preparation wrong"

You're not the only one who got it wrong, pal. Take a number!

July 4, 2010  05:18 PM ET

He got everything wrong

His team was picked terribly
His formations were terrible
His leadership was a joke

 
July 4, 2010  08:36 PM ET
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He got everything wrongHis team was picked terriblyHis formations were terribleHis leadership was a joke

It's not his fault that

a) England has not produced a World Class goalkeeper in over a decade.

b) His two key centerbacks got too injured and too old in the year leading up to the World Cup.

c) England has not produced a World Class holding midfielder in over a decade.

Look at Xavi and Iniesta for Spain, De Jong and Van Bommel for the Netherlands, and Schweinsteiger for Germany. England doesn't have any players who can fill that role. We can even go as far back as last World Cup and look at Makelele for France and Pirlo/Gattuso for Italy.

England went exactly as far in this World Cup as they should have gone. Hard to blame the coach for that. Not Capello's fault England have the most delusional fan base in the world.

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