There were reports of Mexico coach Miguel Herrera banning his players from sex and alcohol for the entire duration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But it appears one serious manager has something a little more stringent in-mind… Manager for Team Russia Fabio Capello has reportedly restricted his players from using the popular micro-blogging site Twitter, for the rest of the tournament.
According to the BBC, the 67-year-old’s ban is not meant to cut-off contact with the media and fans, but rather something that Capello deems ‘a nuisance’ if not used intelligently. It is possible that the manager wants his team to focus on training, the matches and just playing some serious football. Russia aren’t exactly ‘favorites’ to lift the coveted trophy and after a disastrous spell with England, both Capello’s reputation and possible future-in-football are on the line.
A balanced approach could have been adopted but Capello is known for his ‘no-nonsense’ attitude. He has had quite an extensive career in football coaching teams like Spanish giants Real Madrid twice, including in their ‘galacticos’ era and later managing England. During his second spell with Los Blancos he won the La Liga only in his last season, despite having one of the strongest line-ups in football featuring the likes of Luis Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and David Beckham.
At England he was criticized for his authoritarian style that allowed minimal tactical input from the players. His team selection and playing style took a hit during England’s mediocre performance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Three Lions qualified for Euro 2012 under his management, but he resigned a few months before the tournament.
Hopefully the experienced Italian will be able to guide Russia into the latter stages of the tournament, making this whole ‘social media ban’ worth it!