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Cannavaro backs brother Paolo

20 May 2012 11:24

Former Napoli and Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro is supporting his brother Paolo in Sunday's Coppa Italia final.

The 38-year-old, who played for both teams during his career, said his sibling is fully capable of leading his team to victory, but the former Italy international also took time to congratulate Juve for their Serie A title.

"I have beautiful memories of my time with Juventus: I won two league titles, and I defend those Scudetti. That being said, as a Neapolitan, I am especially rooting for my brother, Paolo," Cannavaro told Tuttosport.

"In recent days we have hardly spoken, and that is a good sign.

"Paolo did not need advice; he is the captain of Napoli and has proven time and again that he can transmit calmness to his team-mates."

Cannavaro then went on to discuss the key battles on Sunday, and he gave credit to Juve for the successful season they have had so far.

"Napoli will have to be able to harass the three midfield players of Juventus, (Andrea) Pirlo in particular. I expect a major contribution from Hamsik as he is skilled in both defence and offence," the elder Cannavaro brother said.

"Juventus deserved the championship. I have been at the club in two different periods, before and after 2006; I know the meaning of this victory. (Coach Antonio) Conte and the guys were great; their season is already extraordinary. A second title will make it memorable."

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Competition
Coppa Italia
Date
20 May 2012
Kick-off
21:00
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Venue
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
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70000

Goals

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63' E. Cavani (PG)
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