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WORLD: Fabio Capello sailing setback, saved by young footballer

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Capello at a local sports event ceremony in Pantelleria (Sicania News)

Capello at a local sports event ceremony in Pantelleria (Sicania News)

One could see a metaphor in what happened to the Russian national team coach yesterday, however it is simply an episode that could happen to any pleasure boat-owner. 

While the 58-year-old coach was sailing in the waters of the Island of Pantelleria (in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, 80km from Tunisia) he got stuck in a tricky situation he managed to get out of with the help of a young guy sailing close by. By coincidence, the youngster happened to be the striker of a local amateur club.

Not really what happened in Brazil, if we still want to see the metaphor instead. The young Aleksandr Kokorin scored just one goal and did not manage to save Don Fabio from the country’s and nomenklatura’s criticism.

’I got close to the boat and I noticed it was no less than Fabio Capello!’’ recounts the young footballer from local club A.S.D. Grazia, Giuseppe Russotto (his last name would mean ‘little Russian’ in Italian, no kidding…) ‘’he had invited me to get closer with a series of whistles’’ exactly how he might do on the pitch when trying to grab one of his players’ attention.

Don Fabio strolling like a local in the Pantelleria town's harbour (Pantelleria.com)

Don Fabio strolling like a local in the Pantelleria town's harbour (Pantelleria.com)

What happened to the Russian national team gaffer who spends his summers in the rocky Italian island?

’The coach was not able to pull back the anchor from the depths (15 meters – edit) as it was stuck among the rocks’’ recounted the young footballer to a local media, Agora' Pnl.

’Therefore I dove into the sea and went down to get the anchor afloat again. Once the anchor was free, the coach thanked me and we both went on sailing our own ways’’

However, when Giuseppe returned with his tender to the Pantelleria’s town harbour , a surprise was waiting for him. Don Fabio thanked him again and gifted the youngster with two jerseys of the Russian national team.

One of the two strips gifted by Capello to the young Russotto (Agora' Pantelleria)

One of the two strips gifted by Capello to the young Russotto (Agora' Pantelleria)

Is he planning to call the ‘little Russian’ to Russia?

Fabio Capello has elected the island in the Mediterranean Sea as his 'buen retiro' to usually recharge the batteries after a long football season. He was also nominated 'honorary citizen' and can be often spotted in the main town's centre strolling.