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12.15.2007

Capello named new England manager

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The English Football Association have confirmed that Fabio Capello will succeed Steve McClaren as manager of the National team.

As we know, the news was revealed 48 hours after Capello agreed in principle to lead the Three Lions, with the decision being ratified by the FA Board on Thursday.

Final conversations between the FA and Capello's advisors have now been completed and the former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid coach has signed a four-and-a-half year contract and will begin work on January 7.

"I am delighted that Fabio Capello has agreed to become England manager," expressed FA chief executive Brian Barwick.

"When we set out to recruit the new coach, we said we were committed to appointing a world-class candidate. In Fabio Capello we have that man. Fabio is just a winner. His record over the last two decades speaks for itself.

"At every club he has managed Fabio has won the league title and Sir Trevor Brooking and I were left in no doubt of his passion and commitment to bring that success to the England squad."

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International Peruvian footballers involved in hotel scandal

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Chelsea FC forward Claudio Pizarro, PSV Jefferson Farfan and UD Almeria Santiago Acasiete were among four Peru internationals suspended from the national team on Friday for holding a hotel party before losing to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier.

Andres Mendoza of Ukraine's Metallurg, also was suspended by the Peruvian Football Federation's commission in charge of the South Africa 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

"I can announce that we have decided on a definitive suspension," commission head Juvenal Silva said. "We've been firm and have decided unanimously to suspend these players."

The federation must ratify the commission's decision.

The scandal erupted after Peruvian journalist Jaime Bayly reported on his weekly television program "The Sharpshooter" that some national players were "drinking with women" in their hotel rooms after the 1-1 draw with Brazil on Nov. 18 in Lima.

And three days later, Peru lost to Ecuador 5-1 in Quito and lie ninth in the 10-team South American standings.

In fact, the footballers were supposed to abstain from partying during the qualifying rounds, which Peru officials call "a period of concentration."

Silva said Peru coach Jose "Chemo" del Solar was not to blame.

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