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By ESPN Staff

Fabio Capello factfile

1946: Born in San Canzian d'Isonzo, Gorizia, Italy.

1964: Makes his professional debut for Ferrara side SPAL, beginning a playing career in which he also represented Roma, Juventus, AC Milan and earned 32 caps for Italy.

1973: Scores the only goal as Italy beat England at Wembley for the first time.

1991: Appointed head coach of AC Milan.

1992: Wins first of three successive Italian league titles.

1993: Guides Milan to Champions League final, where they are beaten 1-0 by Marseille.

1994: Milan reach the Champions League final again, this time beating Barcelona 4-0. They later add the European Super Cup.

1995: Milan reach their third successive Champions League final but lose 1-0 to Ajax.

1996: Leaves Milan after winning a fourth Scudetto in five seasons and is appointed Real Madrid coach.

1997: Wins Spanish league title with Real, before returning for a second spell with Milan.

1998: Fired after unsuccessful return to Milan.

1999: Takes over as coach of Roma.

2001: Guides Roma to their first Scudetto for 18 years and only the third in their history.

2004: Leaves Roma to take over as Juventus coach, winning the Scudetto in his first season.

2006: May - Retains Scudetto with Juventus but they are later stripped of the title after match-fixing allegations.

July - Resigns amid speculation of a return to Real Madrid after Ramon Calderon, newly-elected as president of the Spanish club, names Capello as his preferred choice for the vacant coaching position. Appointed Real Madrid head coach for a second time.

2007: January - Sanctions the departures of Ronaldo and David Beckham. Ronaldo joins AC Milan in the transfer window, while Beckham announces he will move to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season; Capello responds by insisting Beckham will never play for the club again.

February - Following defeat to Levante - a fourth reverse in six league matches - he reinstates Beckham - who scores - for match against Real Sociedad. Madrid issue statement denying suggestions that Capello had handed in his resignation.

March - Oversees the departure of another Galactico as Roberto Carlos confirms he will leave the club for Fenerbahce at the end of the season.

June - Real Madrid celebrate their first league title since 2003 but is sacked on June 28.

July - Reveals he is considering an offer to coach a Major League Soccer club in the United States.

November - Declares his interest in becoming England manager.

December 11: Emerges as the favourite to be Steve McClaren's successor as England manager after Jose Mourinho rules himself out of the running.

December 12: The Football Association confirmed they had held discussions with Capello about the England manager's job which they described as 'extremely positive and without any problems'. Further talks were expected.