Cannavaro: ‘It’s time to go home’

After seven years of intensively living abroad, Fabio Cannavaro returns to be a hero on the Italian football scene. From today the world champion and the Ballon d’Or is the new coach of Benevento, who was called up on the bench by president Oreste Figuereto and sporting director Pasquale Foggia, who called him up for a short time, since the proposal was immediately accepted. “For me, after seven years working abroad – explains Cannavaro, who will be joined by his brother Paolo on the bench – it was time to go home. As soon as I received the proposal from Benevento, I didn’t. I don’t think about it for a moment. And I immediately decided to accept it. Benevento is a project that I believe in. For a coach, the ability to work with peace of mind is the best and that’s why I immediately accepted this challenge: it is not easy, in the second division this year there are many teams that want to go up, like us. We will take The time we need.”
One of his teammates in the national team recently passed the Benevento bench, Pippo Inzaghi who was one of the first to congratulate the new Samnite coach.
“This morning – says Cannavaro – Bebo Inzaghi and several of his national team mates called me as well.
He trained in Benevento, he congratulated me on the job and spoke very well about the city and the club because his experience was great. I wish I could do the same, and get the same results, though I know it won’t be easy. Now we have to act: it’s the only thing I know how to do that I love. I hope one day I will be more appreciated as a coach than for what I have done as a footballer. I know it’s not easy but I’ll try.”
His experience as a Real Madrid player and as a manager in China helped a lot in increasing his knowledge of football. Cannavaro knows this and confirms it. “The experience I had abroad – he says – certainly improved me, I expanded my baggage. In Italy we had great coaches in the past, our school is important but we must also look at what is happening elsewhere. In my country. My career even outside Italy I met great coaches with different philosophies that changed football. When I was a player, for example, the experience in Spain taught me a lot. The approach to the game was strange and different. Music was used there and when we were out on the pitch we were more focused. You have to try football Footing is as joyously as it is outside. It is still a game even if it eventually turns into a job with important responsibilities.”
“People – he adds – have to see that you are giving your best, that you want to win everything. People feel what you convey on the pitch. It is up to us to drag them and make them come to the stadium, it is almost empty the stadium is not good to see and it is up to us to bring the fans back. and fill it.”
For him, who won a world title as captain, Italy’s also absence from Qatar is a huge disappointment.
“Italy has been knocked out of the World Cup twice in a row? We were punished – he notes – with the arrival of many foreigners, we were chased by strange names and lost our identity and this is a real drama from a sporting point of view. The truth is that for a long time we looked at football in other countries like Spain or England. We felt Spanish and English and instead we are Italian. We have lost our identity and everyone outside is stunned.” “It may seem unimportant not to go to the world championships – concludes Cannavaro – but it is not. We have been world champions four times, and it is very dangerous not to go there twice in a row. I don’t have a recipe for solving this problem. It is a crisis situation but something needs to be done What, we will have to change direction because what happened to Italy abroad has left everyone dumbfounded.”

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