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Capdevila no longer fit? When did this happen? October 16, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Portuguese soccer, Spanish soccer.
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I was alarmed to discover that Joan Capdevila’s nosedive in fortunes has evidently been brought on not just by a loss of form but also by a “lack of fitness” in Sid Lowe’s Sports Illustrated column from Wednesday.

Evidently “Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is not a fan of Capdevila.” Why did he buy him then?

Before Euro 2008, I thought Capdevila was a pretty poor player, but he’s kind of won me over. I like watching him. I hope he can make a move that will get him going again. Juventus and Napoli, the teams seemingly linked most closely with him, don’t seem promising. If he wants a chance to go to Euro 2012, he needs to get back to Spain.

Lowe also appears to think Valencia midfielder Jordi Alba’s performance at left-back for Spain against Scotland has pretty much ensured he’ll be at Euro 2012 if fit.

Seems like a risky move, considering it will mean Spain has no natural left-back in its squad (Alba’s cover is likely to be Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Arbeloa). Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque would be crazy not to give Liverpool’s Jose Enrique at least a look.

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