Maybe it's time that the British press should give England manager Roy Hodgson some credit? According to the latest data from the excellent MyFootballFacts.com website, Roy Hodgson now has the best record percentage out of all of the England managers since 1872, when the Football Association formed its first England team.
While many still regard Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole as the face of the England National team on the left defensive flank, Everton star Leighton Baines continues to work to make the place his own as the next in line to replace the aging Cole.
Baines missed out on the 2010 World Cup squad under Fabio Capello and he is determined to reach Brazil under Roy Hodgson.
England international football team have been strongly criticized in the recent days as the style of play, performance in the games, development of the team, tactics of the squad are turning very worse. England, which hold the praise of instrumenting the top league in the world have constantly failed to make a strong impact in the international stages for the past three decades.
There's always something to be said about the enigmatic figure that is Fabio Capello. Like many other coaches, he isn't a fan of external interference while doing his job, and he made it clear that coaching the England national team between 2008 and 2012 brought about its fair share of challenges.
Former England boss Fabio Capello has once again called for the Premier League to introduce a winter break into their calendar, insisting that the lack of a break is the main reason behind the national team's struggles in major tournaments. The Italian managed the Three Lions from 2008 to 2012 before facing the sack and is currently managing Russia.
Chelsea's season has been nothing but inconsistent. The team fired DiMatteo after winning last year's Champions League, then the Blues got kicked out of this year's Champions League, and then they weren't able to get the job done as much as they would've liked in domestic competitions. After DiMatteo's firing, there was uncertainty about how the team was going to respond.
Former England manager Fabio Capello turned down the chance to watch Newcastle's Steven Taylor claiming he was "all right for midfielders", the player has claimed. The centre-back has been called up to the England squad as a late replacement for the injured Gary Cahill. But an international career seemed an entirely remote prospect last season [.
England: All-time football records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England is where football began with some of the same rules used in the modern game first created by the original Football Association. And since, the Three Lions have always been a power house in international football.
Fabio Capello took over Russian's managerial post in July, leading the team to a No. 9 ranking and an unbeaten 5-0-1 record through his first six matches in charge. The 66-year-old Italian has a long track record of success as a player and coach – winning four Serie A titles as a midfielder for Juventus and AC Milan and capturing five more titles as head coach of Milan and AS Roma as well as two La Liga championships with Real Madrid.
It's just over two years since a totally uninspired England team managed by a frustrated Fabio Capello, sputtered to a shambolic draw against tournament minnows Algeria in a Group match in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup. The result left England with a do or die match against a weak Slovenia side, which ironically, England won but then eventually capitulated to a much more energetic and youthful Germany team in a humiliating 4-1 defeat.
Three World Cup qualifiers to watch over the next seven days - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Domestic duty takes a back seat throughout Europe over the next week as World Cup qualifying is back, with two fixtures for most of the nations vying for a place in Brazil 2014. At this stage of the competition there will be the perennial miss-matches that provide one-sided football scores but a number of evenly-poised fixtures stand out from the next two rounds of games; here are three games not to miss.
The England manager Roy Hodgson sat beside Arsene Wenger for most of last nights game against Olympiakos, and was obviously impressed enough with what he saw as he called up both Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England's next two World Cup Qualifiers.
Gibbs was originally capped by Fabio Capello back in 2010 but his unlucky run of injuries has disrupted his progress since then, and it is only this season that he has finally managed to get an extended run in the Arsenal side, and along with Carl Jenkinson is probably one of the most improved performers this season.
Top ten longest unbeaten league runs in European Cup winning nations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When you think about the best teams in European football history, the names of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United immediately spring to mind. However, Romanian side Steaua Bucharest hold the enviable record of having the longest unbeaten streak in domestic club history in a European Cup winning nation.
Carlo Ancelotti wants Paulinho at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Carlo Ancelotti is yet to become the new head-coach of Real Madrid and already speculations are rife about which players he might want to bring in at the Bernabeu.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho is very high up on the Madrid's wanted-list and certainly one of the players Ancelotti will be recommending to Florentino Pérez on his arrival at the club.
Italian Football was once at the top of thetotempole in Europe. It was the destination for the best talent of Europe and South America. It was choc-full of great players and as competitive a league as you could find.
Carlo Ancelotti ya es nuevo entrenador del Real Madrid, según ha confirmado el club. El técnico italiano se compromete por tres años y será presentado este miércoles a las 13.00 horas. El Real Madrid ha confirmado lo que era un secreto a voces esta mañana, pasadas las 12.00 horas del mediodía, a través de un escueto comunicado en su web oficial, coincidiendo con el anuncio de Laurent Blanc como nuevo entrenador del PSG.
Before checking the list, a best guess said either Carlo Ancelotti or Roberto Mancini would feature at the top. The former wasn't so far off, sitting handsomely in second place to do little more than put Zlatan Ibrahimovic on autopilot, but the latter? Is there anyone at City making less than him?
Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea after managing some of the top teams in the world.
To highlight what makes Mourinho 'The Special One,' here's a full-length documentary about Jose. The 30-minute documentary is produced by Sky Sports and was first aired around Christmas 2011 as part of a series that also included some of the other greatest soccer managers in the history of the game including Bill Shankly, Sir Alex Ferguson, Bob Paisley, Giovanni Trapattoni, Fabio Capello, Arrigo Sacchi, Rinus Michels, Mário Zagallo and Ottmar Hitzfeld.
On Monday March 25th, Brazil take on Russia at Stamford Bridge and it's a chance for Chelsea boys David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar to welcome their team mates to the Bridge to take on Fabio Capello's side.
Ahead of the game, I was asked by Chelsea Football Club along with ChelseaBrasil.
After three points on Saturday and the notable absence of Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, the press have moved into overdrive with all sorts of speculation as to the future of Rafa Benitez.
Most of us have been surprised with the lack of reaction to his rant at the supporters and the board last week from the club and even though a "Chelsea insider" claimed it was business as usual, I can't help but think that the club are aware of the danger of us missing out on the top four this season.
For many years, pitch invaders have been embarrassing slow and uncoordinated stewards with their self-indulgent antics. But now the stewards have developed a weapon that can destroy pitch invaders with terrifying ease and extreme prejudice. He is Super Steward.
Super Steward's talents were put to use during a friendly between Brazil and Russian at Stamford Bridge.
As part of their schedule of friendlies designed to show the everyone how surprisingly underwhelming they are, World Cup hosts Brazil played Fabio Capello's Russia at Stamford Bridge on Monday. (Because why wouldn't these two teams play at Stamford Bridge?)
Neymar showed what happens when you expect the time and space usually offered in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A during an international game, Brazil displayed some comedy defending to concede a Viktor Fayzulin strike in the 73rd minute, and the Seleção's blushes were only saved with a 90th-minute equaliser from Fred.
After failing to make it out of the easiest group at Euro 2012 under Dick Advocaat, Russia now lead their World Cup qualifying group under Fabio Capello with four wins in as many matches and no goals allowed. Now they prepare to take on Northern Ireland and they will once again be without 31-year-old Andrei Arshavin, who captained the Euro 2012 squad.
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The U.S. Men's National Team, fresh off its Group A victory in the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, will travel to Russia for an international friendly on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Krasnodar for the final match of the 2012 campaign.
The Russian FA has decided that starting in June, Russian Premier League clubs that hire a foreign coach will have to pay a tax of $158,200. And yes, this decision comes from the same Russian FA that appointed Italian Fabio Capello to replace Dutchman Dick Advocaat as the national team manager last July.
The life-cycle of a typical team is very short. Those that sustain success don't evolve implying that they get marginally better through the seasons but are dismantled and started again. Of course, this may seem like a pedantic point, as teams go through phases and periods with different coaches and players thus bringing in different styles but it may be significant in the building of teams.
I have already given my gift to all of you in the form of the greatest goal ever scored and the continuation of my violent immortality. You're welcome. Now I will give you another gift by telling you procrastinators what presents to get for the people on your list.
After Victor's Drogba-Esq header against Shaktar in the Champions League, he has been the name on many football fan's lips, everyone has had their say about what they think of our £9m man. Although arguably none know him better than his former manager Roberto Martinez, who heaped praise upon the Nigerian international.
Russia's national coach, Fabio Capello has admitted that the Atletico Madrid striker impressed him the first day he saw him play: "during my entire career there's only been one player who's impressed as much as Messi the first time I saw him play and that's Radamel Falcao. He's an amazing striker and right now, he's [.
How good/bad are Milan? Capello does not know Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, former Milan boss Fabio Capello and current head coach of Russia cannot exactly tell how good or bad this Milan side is. "I still can't evaluate the strength of Milan after the loss of their best two players, but it is [.