MNT Nov 13, 2012
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.
Russia head coach Fabio Capello
Capello also is no stranger to the U.S. Men’s National Team, serving as the man in charge for England during matches against the U.S. in 2008 and 2010.
In his third game after taking over England’s squad, Capello faced the U.S. on May 28, 2008 in front of 71,222 fans at Wembley Stadium in London. On that day, John Terry and Steven Gerrard scored on either side of halftime as England won 2-0.
The second match was much more memorable for U.S. fans as it occurred in the first group stage match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Rustenburg, South Africa. England grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute on a goal from Gerrard, but Clint Dempsey (and a little bit of luck) struck in the 40th minute to level the score.
Dempsey took possession of the ball 35 yards from goal, turned twice on Gerrard to create some space, and then unleashed a left-footed shot from 25 yards that England goalkeeper Robert Green bundled across the line despite being in perfect position to smother the threat, getting two hands firmly on the ball in front of his body.
The U.S. will look for its first win against a Fabio Capello-led team on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision Deportes.