Fabio Cannavaro Biography
Fabio Cannavaro is an Italian former professional footballer born in Naples, Italy. He is the manager of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. He played as a defender for which he is considered as one of the best of all time.
His career kicked off at Napoli then for seven years, he was a part of Parma, with whom he won two Coppa Italia titles, the 1999 Supercoppa Italiana, and the 1999 UEFA Cup. He also spent his career time at Internazionale and Juventus. In 2006, he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid where he won consecutive La Liga titles in 2007 and 2008.
For the 2009-2010 season, Cannavaro returned to Juventus before joining Al-Ahli in Dubai, where he retired from football in 2011 after an injury-troubled season. He then became a member of the coaching staff of Al-Ahli after his retirement, notably as global ambassador and technical director from 2011 to 2013, and as an assistant coach from 2013 to 2014.
He was appointed as the head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande, a Chinese club, in November 2014. He also signed a contract on June 9, 2016 with second-tier Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian as its manager but after one year he returned to Guangzhou Evergrande.
He has also been a part of Italy’s football success having been part of the team that won consecutive UEFA European Under-21 Championships in 1994 and 1996. He earned his first senior cap in 1997 and helped his national team to the final of UEFA Euro 2000, was named in the team of the tournament, and became captain in 2002, following Paolo Maldini‘s retirement.
He also led his national team to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany for which he was given the nickname “Il Muro di Berlino” (“The Berlin Wall”) by the Italian supporters due to his defensive performances, which saw Italy keep five clean sheets and concede only two goals, neither of which were in open play. He also received the Silver Ball award after being named the tournament’s second-best player.
He became the most capped player in his country’s history in 2009 after overtaking Maldini’s record. After Italy failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup, Cannavaro retired from international football on 25th June 2010. He had 136 caps and 2 goals for the senior national team by the time of his retirement.
In summary, Cannavaro has represented Italy in four World Cups, two UEFA European Championships, the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Currently, he is Italy’s second all-time appearance holder, behind Gianluigi Buffon.
He has also won the 2006 Ballon d’Or award after being named the FIFA World Player of the Year. This made him the only defender to win the award in a decade and only the third of all time after Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer, both of Germany. He was in the six man shortlist for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2007.
Fabio Cannavaro Age | Eta
Cannavaro was born on 13 September 1973 in Naples, Italy. He is 45 years old as of 2018.
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Fabio Cannavaro Family
Cannavaro was born in Naples to Gelsomina Costanzo and Pasquale Cannavaro . His mother worked as a maid while his father was a bank clerk as well as played football for provincial side Giugliano.
He has two siblings: an older sister. Renata Cannavaro, wjo was married at the age of 15 and a younger brother, Paolo, a former professional footballer who currently serves as a member of Guangzhou Evergrande’s coaching staff under the direction of Fabio, his older brother. The two played alongside each other at Parma from 2000 until 2002, when Fabio left for Inter.
Fabio Cannavaro Wife | Moglie
Cannavaro is married to Daniela Arenoso. The couple wed on 17th June 1996 and have been blessed with three children: Christian, Martina and Andrea.
Fabio Cannavaro Figli | Children
Cannavaro is a father of three children; Christian who was born on 17th July 1998 in Naples and is also a footballer playing for Serie A side Benevento as a midfielder, Martina who was born on 22nd December 2001 in Naples and Andrea who was born on 20 October 2004 in Naples.
Fabio Cannavaro Parma
In the summer of 1995, Cannavaro was sold to Parma and he became a regular in the first team in his first season. He had 29 appearances in the league and scored once. He also went on to win trophies with the club as well as achieve several personal accomplishments, such as being named the team’s captain. It was also in Parma that he met Gianluigi Buffon and Lilian Thuram, who would not only form one of the tightest defensive units of Europe with Cannavaro, but would also become some of his closest friends in football.
It was at Parma that he began to obtain success. However, Parma were eliminated in the second round of the Coppa Italia during Cannavaro’s first season, but they also finished in sixth place in Serie A that season, qualifying for the UEFA Cup. The club also reached the quarter-finals of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup that season. Parma finished the 1996–97 Serie A season as runners-up to Serie A champions Juventus, allowing them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League the following season.
During his fourth season with the club, Cannavaro won his only European trophy, the UEFA Cup, as well as winning the Coppa Italia. They finished the Serie A season in fourth place, one point from Fiorentina in the third place spot.
His brother, Paolo Cannavaro, joined the team the following season and the two brothers were able to play alongside each other for the next two seasons. His first Supercoppa Italiana title he won against Serie A champions Milan and Parma finished the Serie A season in fourth place, tied with Internazionale for the final remaining Champions League spot. They failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage as they lost 3–1 to Inter in the Serie A Champions League playoff match. They began in the third and final qualifying round of the Champions League and were eliminated by Rangers. They were however knocked out in the round of 16 of both the UEFA Cup and the Coppa Italia that season.
Cannavaro aided in leading Parma to another Coppa Italia Final in the 2000–01 season, in which they were defeated by Fiorentina. In the same season, they were eliminated in the third round of the UEFA Cup. Parma also finished the season in fourth place for the third consecutive season, which allowed them to go through to the Champions League qualifying round, although Parma were ultimately unable to qualify.
He also managed to win his second Coppa Italia title, over Juventus, whilst Parma were eliminated in the round of 16 of the UEFA Cup, and finished the Serie A season in tenth place in his final season. He began to earn call-ups to the national team’s senior squad due to his performances for Parma as from 1997. He made over 250 appearances in all competitions for Parma and scored five goals.
Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid
Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid for a fee of €7 million. He was given the number 5 shirt which had previously been worn by former Madrid player and French international Zinedine Zidane. At Madrid, he spent three seasons and won the Liga title in 2006–07 and 2007–08, was named the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year and also won the 2006 Ballon d’Or. He was also elected as part of the 2006 and the 2007 FIFPro World XI squads, and the 2006 UEFA Team of the Year. In 2007, Cannavaro was named in the six man shortlist for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
His decline began to be evident during his final seasons in Madrid, especially during the 2008–09 season. He was often seen struggling when faced with pacy opponents such as Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres due to his advanced age, leading to Real Madrid conceding any number of goals. It was confirmed that he would return to Juventus for the 2009–10 season at the conclusion of his contract. Following this 19th May 2009 announcement, he received a standing ovation from the fans on his final match at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. In April 2013, Cannavaro was named by Marca as a member of the “Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid’s history”.
Fabio Cannavaro Height | Altezza
The former footballer stands at a height of 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in) and weighs 75 kg.
Fabio Cannavaro Net Worth
Cannavaro Italian soccer coach and professional soccer player has an estimated net worth of $45 million dollars.
Fabio Cannavaro Teams Coached
- Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C.
Association football manager, since 2017
- Tianjin Quanjian F.C.
Association football manager, 2016–2017
- Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C.
Association football manager, 2014–2015
Fabio Cannavaro Ballon D’or 2006
The Ballon d’Or award is usually given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries. On 27 November 2006, Cannavaro was the recipient of the coveted award.
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Guanghzou Evergrande manager Fabio Cannavaro will attempt to sign ‘new faces’ after relinquishing CSL title to Shanghai SIPG
Adopted from: firstpost.com
Published: Nov 12, 2018
Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro said he wants to sign “a few new faces” after Guangzhou Evergrande’s seven-year reign as Chinese Super League (CSL) champions came crashing to a halt.
The former world player of the year’s side thrashed Tianjin Teda 5-1 on the final day of the season on Sunday to make it 82 goals for the campaign — a CSL record. But they had already surrendered their league crown to Shanghai SIPG, who sealed their first CSL triumph last Wednesday.
Evergrande finished second, five points behind SIPG, and Cannavaro will be under pressure from the start of next season to regain the title. The 45-year-old former defender, who took over this season from the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, said: “Our boss will definitely not be happy about the loss (of the title).”
“I want to talk to him. I still hope to bring a few new faces in and let the passion return to the team,” Chinese media quoted him as saying.
Saddled with an ageing squad and poor recruitment during the close season, Evergrande made a slow start to their title defence, putting Cannavaro under the cosh from the off. But when the season took a break for the World Cup in June-July, Evergrande re-signed Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho from Barcelona, initially on loan.
They also sealed a loan move for another Brazilian, the attacking midfielder Anderson Talisca, from Benfica. The 24-year-old made a spectacular impact, hitting 16 goals in 18 league games, and his move was made permanent, even though Evergrande had previously pledged to field an all-Chinese team by 2020.
Evergrande belatedly emerged as the main threat to SIPG, who boast the expensive Brazilians Hulk and Oscar, but lost 5-4 at home to the Shanghai side earlier this month in what was effectively the title-decider.
“For the first time the team didn’t win the championship (in eight years), and it’s with me (as coach),” said a rueful Cannavaro, who captained Italy to World Cup glory in 2006. “To be honest, it is not very easy to take over a team from two top coaches,” he added, referring to Scolari and the Italian Marcello Lippi, now coach of China.
Cannavaro had an ill-fated seven-month spell in charge of Evergrande in 2014-2015 and there were suggestions prior to the World Cup break that he could get the chop again. But his position appears safe for now following Evergrande’s vast improvement in the second half of the season.
There is also some leeway because Cannavaro is working with an ageing squad. The average age of Evergrande’s starting XI in the crunch game against SIPG was nearly 31, while the Shanghai team’s was nearer 27.
Monday’s influential Guangzhou Daily said that the “dream” of an eighth CSL crown had been “shattered”. But in a sympathetic appraisal, the newspaper added that this was “a result that most people can expect”.