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Fabio Cannavaro (L), former Italian football captain, kicks the ball towards the water during a promotional event for the Tiger Street Football in Singapore on October 17, 2013. World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro on October 17 welcomed the sale of Inter Milan to an Indonesian businessman and said Italy needs foreign backers in troubled economic times.

1 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is stepping down after the World Cup Finals next year. Would you be keen to take over?

I know it's not an easy job because I am coaching now... I got my coaching licence last summer and I am now an assistant coach in Dubai (with Al-Ahli).

I want to be a first-team coach in the future, of course, with Italy or a nice club, and I hope someone will give me a chance. I don't know if the federation will think of me (to replace Prandelli), but I am ready.

2 - What impact do you think the impending departure of Prandelli will have on Italy at the Finals next year?

When your team have a good tradition and good players, you can still do well with a change of coach because the quality and the history are there.

Results are not solely based on the manager, but also the (footballing) history and infrastructure of the country.

3 - There have been protests in Brazil over the costs of hosting the World Cup Finals. What are your thoughts?

Protests happen before the World Cup Finals - it's a good time because everyone is focused on (the hosts). It's the World Cup, one of the best competitions in the world.

We're talking about 32 teams in a country for one month and it's not easy (on the costs), but it is something special that makes people want to become football players or go to Brazil to watch football.

4 - The Serie A has lost its lustre in recent years. What do you think are the problems and what can be done to fix them?

In the last 20 years, we have stopped putting money in facilities and academies. Perhaps we were selfish, or we thought we were the best league in the world.

Even if it was the latter, you will still need to invest in new ideas and projects because there are good countries around you who also want to be the best.

We need to invest a lot more in academies and give young Italian players more opportunities instead of buying players who may have the (brand) name, but not the quality.

5 - Fan abuse is also a problem in Italy, with Milan ordered to play Udinese this weekend behind closed doors because of this. Is this a problem that can be solved?

This was not a case of racism, but stupid supporters. But the mentality in Italy is starting to change, and we do need to change if we want to be among the best leagues and have the best clubs in the world.

sayheng@sph.com.sg


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