Fabio Cannavaro is a legendary Italian footballer who has played for most of Parma’s career. He is now 43 years old, he finished playing five years ago and is now coaching the Chinese club Tianjin Songjiang. Fabio Cannavaro played the role of central defender, but could also come out as a right-handed stopper.

Carier start

Fabio Cannavaro was born on September 13, 1973 in the Italian city of Naples. He started playing football at the academy of a tiny local team, until in 1988 he was noticed by representatives of Napoli, the largest club in the city and one of the strongest in the country. Cannavaro ended up at Napoli, where he spent three years at the youth academy, and in 1991 he signed a professional contract with the team. He did not immediately begin to get playing practice - the athlete could only make his debut in 1993, having played three games of the season. However, even then it became clear that this is a huge talent, so in the 93/94 season, Fabio Cannavaro was already a player in the foundation of the club. In total, he played 68 matches for Napoli, but in the summer of 1995 he had to change his club registration - he moved to Parma, with which he tied up an impressive part of his career.

Game for “Parma”

Italian defender and coach Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro, whose height is only 175 centimeters, which is extremely small for the central defender, in his youth seemed to everyone quite funny. Nobody thought that one of the strongest defenders in the history of football would grow out of it. However, thanks to “Parma” Fabio was able to open up, since from the first days he became a player of the base, and soon one of the key players on the field. For this club, he played seven seasons in 289 matches, scoring six goals. Twice he was able to win the Italian Cup, and once - even the UEFA Cup, which for Parma was a huge success. However, in 2002, Fabio Cannavaro, whose photographs were already on the covers of all world publications, was far from the first year, took a step forward by moving to Inter Milan, which paid 23 million euros for it, which in those times was just a transcendent sum, especially for the defender.

Go to the "Inter"

However, at Inter, Cannavaro spent just two seasons, playing 74 matches and scoring three goals. The player calls this period the worst in his career, comparing him very negatively with how he played in other clubs. As a result, the transfer to Juventus in the summer of 2004 surprised many people, but for Fabio himself he became a breath of fresh air - exactly what he needed.

Peak career in Juventus

In Juventus, Cannavaro spent two incredible seasons, playing 94 matches and scoring seven goals. These two years, "Old Lady" won the Italian Championship, and the merit in this defender was very great. Moreover, in 2006, the Italians won the World Cup, and Cannavaro received the Golden Ball for their performances in the club and national team - he was the last (and one of the few in all of history) modern defender to receive this award. Naturally, in their ranks they immediately wanted to see the best clubs in Europe, and in the summer of 2006 he moved to Real Madrid.

Performances for "Real"

Last years

Returning to Juventus, Fabio played another 33 matches, after which he accepted an offer from the UAE club Al-Ahli, in which he played another season. He spent 16 matches, scored two goals and announced his retirement.

Coaching activity

However, this connection Cannavaro and football is not over. He was appointed representative of the Al-Ahli Board of Directors, and a year later he received a more serious position as a sports director. In the summer of 2013, he was promoted to assistant coach, and when he left, he decided to become the head coach. The position was offered to him by the Chinese club “Guangzhou Evergrand”, where he spent one season, and then moved to the Arabian club “Al-Nasr”. There, he stayed at the helm for only half a year, then took a break for the remaining half of the season, so that in the summer of 2016, another Chinese club, Tianjin Songjiang, would be taken up. Today, Cannavaro played 21 matches at his helm, of which 15 teams won, one played a draw and only five lost.

Personal life

What is the personal life of Fabio Cannavaro? Photos from the wife of a football player can be seen everywhere, since they have known each other for twenty-five years. The couple have two sons and one daughter.