(You know - that Italian manager who represents England).
Capello calls on Platini to act after swipe at Germans for ‘stealing talent’
By Matt Barlow (dailymail.co.uk)
"Odd ones out?" Let's play "spot the non-Aryan".
Fabio Capello has taken a swipe at Germany for adopting players of Turkish origin and called upon football’s rulers to end the drain of talent from poorer countries.
Capello is still haunted by England’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Germans in last summer’s World Cup and raised the issue of citizenship when he addressed the Dubai International Sport conference.
‘A line needs to be drawn,’ said the Italian. ‘Richer clubs are talent-scouting and stealing players by bidding higher and not thinking about the consequences for those countries.
‘These players are acquiring new passports. Germany had five of Turkish origin who opted to represent them and we all know what happened.’
Germany’s squad for the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa contained 11 players who could have qualified for other countries. Capello claims Turkey would have been far stronger with the ‘five’ who opted to represent Germany but his facts are muddled. Two players of Turkish descent were in Joachim Low’s squad — Mesut Ozil and Serdar Tasci — and both were born in Germany.
Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who both scored against England in Bloemfontein, were born in Poland. Podolski moved to Germany aged two and Klose aged seven.
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I would like to thank dld_ftw for alerting me to this story, and for posting it on her beyond beautiful blog.