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Russian politicians hammer 'thief' Capello
July 2nd, 2014 7:51PM
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[WORLD CUP: Off the Post] Members of the nation's parliament reacted to Russia's elimination by calling the team's Italian coach Fabio Capello a "thief," mocking him for looking like a schoolteacher, and criticizing him for fielding a "small" team.

Far-right Vladimir Zhirinovsky said: “We need to look into his work and ask him to resign. But he’s greedy, so of course he won’t. It’s pretty good to get [millions] for doing nothing. The team lost and it doesn’t affect his pay in any way. Thief.”

Zhirinovsky added: “Even the way he looks makes it hard to like him. He looks like a schoolteacher.”

Fellow duma member Oleg Pakholkov said: “I think Capello knew very well he would achieve nothing with our team, but he simply decided it was a good way to make money, he wanted to hoover up bundles of cash for his retirement.”

Pakholkov was also appalled that, by his observation, the Russian players were slow and too small:

“Look at the size of the Koreans, even they are bigger than us! I’m not talking about Germans or Brazilians, who are obviously giants. Our guys are twice as small as them.”



4 comments
  1. G O
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.
    The Russians looked utterly pathetic versus Nigeria. If they'd have just played a mere 20 - 25 minutes well in that last first round match, well, they'd have gone on to face France. Not sure whose fault that is. But even if Capello did not fulfill all his duties as the guy in charge, well, the 10 field players for Russia looked about as inept as if they were wearing the shirts of the European tiny nations Andorra or Lichtenstein, but that is probably very unfair to Lichtenstein. They did not provide a good advert for Russia's World Cup in 2018. Is there time still for FIFA to rescind that and give it, rightly so, to England to host? England is truly the heart and soul of world football. They did indeed export it to the rest of us, out of Britain and around the world.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
    Using the same standard of team ineptness disqualifying you from hosting a world cup, England would be disqualified too. Their showing was hardly an advertizement for the quality of English football. Awarding World Cups is an apples and oranges comparison as regards the quality of the potential host team. England has no 'divine right' to host the cup. Sorry to report that the Empire is dead.
  1. G O
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 11:48 a.m.
    Please, Mr. Harris. I'm not using that standard. I purposely kept the above comment brief, as I tend (alas, I do) to write too much. The standard for England hosting a World Cup is sheer merit. They are the birthplace of the game. Their sea merchants and their colonial enterprises around the globe exported the game now over 100 years ago. Just look at the crests of world clubs from South America to Asia and India. The heraldry of English influence is immediately apparent - and when reading the factual history of clubs from Santiago to Montevideo to Bombay to Barcelona. England already has the very fine stadiums and infrastructure ready to go. I can personally tell you that the atmosphere at World Cup time in England is superb, even when the hosting nation is far distant like the World Cups in South Korea/Japan as in 2002 or recently South Africa in 2010. The cities and local towns, eateries and pubs all get all decked out; one thinks that England is hosting. They turn out new postage stamps. I've been to other countries at World Cup times and never seen them getting so amped about it as the Brits do. This is not about "divine right." It's about the tournament being run well, the safety of the fans, the warmth of the hosts, the ease of use of public transport, and brilliant atmosphere. All of this England/the UK can offer (Ireland too) the world in spades when they again host. The Brits only gotten to do this once in 1966. It's time now again. And, as far as I know, they didn't use bribes to try to win the FIFA vote. Russia did. Ask Chuck Blazer.
  1. Jeffrey Organ
    commented on: July 3, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.
    GO...you are right... England should get another World Cup, sooner rather than later. In a perfect world Qatar 2022 (though a good case can be made for Australia to keep it in Asia) is moved to the US and England gets 2026. This would keep the Europe every 8 years plan in place.

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