July 11th, 2011

Farewell, Fabs! Cannavaro Announces His Retirement

Image via REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet.

Five years to the day that he led his calcio boys to victory in the 2006 World Cup, Fabio Cannavaro has announced his retirement from the game. Persistent knee and other injuries led to the decision to hang up his boots.

Awful news, isn’t it?

Canna’s is a legacy of incredible footballing talent: most capped Italian player in history, 2006 European Footballer of the Year, expert chest hair shaver, love of the game and eyes that can peel off a good pair of knickers with one glance (we and Alena Seredova speak in facts and truths, Kickettes).

He’s a long-standing member of our Hot Hall of Fame, and the victor of several Thursday Thigh-Offs plus one awesome World Cup abs contest.

Search your souls, Kickettes, while you consider this: we may all revel in the shelf booty talents of Higgy, but where would his champagne glass-supporting bottom be without the trailblazing glutes of Fabio Cannavaro? We can all flip through the many laminated pages of our David Beckham for Armani underwear scrapbooks whenever the spirit takes us, but how often do we pay our respects to one of the original “posing half-nekkid for fun + profit” footballers that partook in the infamous Italian NT Dolce & Gabbana adverts?

Indeed, without Fabio’s unselfish, commitment to stripping off in public arenas, would one of John Terry’s finest moments have ever occurred? We shudder to think of what our daily lives would be without that image.

But also, there’s more:

- They had to shrink some size. Just click the link, ‘kay?
- Canna’s thick, full brows ushered in a new era of male grooming. We call it machoscaping, machosexual, etc. Also, we think his commitment to bush has indirectly influenced the return to fuller, more natural brows that supermodels all over worldwide catwalks now sport.
- He came with a bonus prize: a younger, hot brother. Two for the price of one. We dig.
-There’s no better smile in the business. See here for further evidence. Better yet, check out his superb smile with random long-necked animals.

Talk to us, readers – tell us your favourite memories and moments of the inimitable Fabio Cannavaro.

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50 Responses to “Farewell, Fabs! Cannavaro Announces His Retirement”

  1. Liz says:

    C'e' solo un capitano. Ti amo da morire Canna. Non scordero' mai 2006!

    The sexiest captain. Played on for Gli Azzurri a bit too long, but his amazing efforts in 2006 makes it all worth it. My country Australia still hates him for "that" match, get over it bogans.

    LOVE YOU CANNA one of the best and sexiest players of all time!

    And besides Calciatopoli, I don't think there were too many off field incidents neither.


  2. Catie2838 says:

    Awwwwww! Please say that you won't let him out of your sights, Kickette, just because he retired. He's too sexy to leave behind.

  3. Christine says:

    Canna was my first soccer love…then I saw Gerard Pique. But my affection for Canna has never wavered. IWASTHISCLOSE to stealing a big lifesize advert of him in his Italy NT kit from school during my study abroad stint in Siena, Italy! Sadly, he wouldn't fit in my bag =/ so I will continue to love and respect him from afar, retirement and all.

  4. chavete says:

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! worst news of my day! :(

  5. earidurt says:

    sweet baby jesus !!!! that picture of him bending over should be outlawed. o-m-g…DAT ASS!
    my fave canna moment has to be him lifting the world cup!! oh and when he signed for real madrid :-)

  6. Tee says:

    Ah, I remember my first Fabio experience – we were in Italian class and each group was assigned a member of the Italian NT (smart teacher, eh?) – I got Canna over there,and wow well, that was it – one quick google and i was sold.
    ahhh, reminiscing the days of my innocence :/

  7. Maria says:

    Homophobe. Bye!

  8. Coco says:

    In case it's not clear for everyone, he's H.O.M.O.P.H.O.B.I.C. (censor is not cool, guys!)

  9. jdeste says:

    Though I have loved and idolized Cannavaro since the age of 12 (World Cup 98 to be exact), tirelessly played as a defender in soccer because of him, the best moment OF MY LIFE was when I had met him in a club in Dubai this past January. I literally started crying and told him he's the reason why I live. True story. Meeting him was on my bucketlist and was the first thing I got to cross off of it! Captain Cannavaro per sempre!!!

  10. mochara says:

    I'm sad to see him go… who else has a package that needs to be shrinked?! Only Canna's…

  11. [...] WHAT MATTERS IS HIS LEGACY OF SHIRTLESSNESS Fabio Cannavaro announced his retirement, and what you need is a review of his greatest – ahem – moments involving parts of his body. I’m uncomfortable. // Kickette [...]

  12. Rossanera says:

    I could not pick one moment. He has been my captain for as long as I can remember and while I knew this was coming, I am devastated.

  13. Just a question…Are players replaced on the Hot HOF when they retire? I think he's irreplacable!

  14. Zahara says:

    Heres to looking forward to seeing canna in his undies more often!

  15. Sarah, Madrid says:

    His bro-romance with Iker!

    I am actually indifferente when it comes to Fabio, but I love his abs and the fact he played for my club too. So, Good luck whereever you are Fabio.

  16. Mariella says:

    Thank God, he finally retires. Can't stand him, such an unfair player, part of the actors' ensemble who won the world cup in 2006, undeservedly as I may add. I love Italian football, but that squad was just a bunch of liars and actors. Oscar worthy performances at the WC 2006.
    So, thanks, but no thanks, Cannavaro will not be missed by me or anyone who actually has a heart for fair play!

    • Rossanera says:

      How was he an "unfair" player, exactly?

    • Kimmie says:

      How was he an "unfair" player? He was one of the best defenders of his era. Plus, he was gracious and dedicated. Don't hate. If you have nothing nice to say don't say it at all. Seriously. It's so annoying. And the 2006 Italian WC squad was not a bunch of liar and actors. I think you mean the French.

      • Mariella says:

        While I don't think the French were particularly fair either no squad was worse than the Italians. At least the French played some football AND were the better team in the final. Anyway, why should anyone not mention how your beloved Cannavaro cheated on and off the pitch in order to advance his career? Hypocracy is what kills the beautiful game, he is/was doubtless a talented defender but don't pretend he was the saint that some of you like to turn him into now. Just do me a favor and look beyond his physique. So many of the Cannavaro worshippers can't even do that. And the very, very, very, very, very, VERY last thing Cannavaro was in his playing days was gracious. Seriously. Get a grip!
        I bet you were a love struck 12 year old in 2006 with NO clou about football then or now. So keep celebrating this man who doesn't deserve half the accolade he gets as a human being!

        • Kimmie says:

          There's no need for you to be so hateful! How did he cheat to advance his career?! You have no evidence to back up that ridiculous claim! You sound really bitter. Stop being a sore loser and get over yourself. This was not the place to be rude and hateful. I don't just look at his physique! I love him as a player. He was a great Captian. He was my Captian. And I was 20 years old when Italy won the WC. Not a love struck 12 year old. You're the one who needs to get a grip! You're ignorant and rude. I've been watching football for almost my whole life. Fabio was a great player. His career didn't peak at the WC. He had been around a lot longer than that. France didn't deserve to win anything. I guess, when Zidane head butted Marco Materazzi in the chest that was fair play? NO IT WASN'T! THE BEST TEAM WON! STOP BEING BITTER AND GET OVER IT! FABIO'S A LEGEND! HE DESERVES RESPECT! Take your hate somewhere else.

          • Rossanera says:

            What she said. Let us, the people who grew up with Fabio as our Captain, celebrate and honour him in peace, without having to defend him, our team and ourselves from your baseless recriminations.

            YOU obviously have "no clou" (it's CLUE, btw) about football if you don't understand why Fabio has received the accolades he has. Why don't you just Google his name. What will come up are tributes by UNBIASED SPORTS WRITERS hailing him as "the greatest international defender of his generation", not whiny little rants from someone who can't get over something that happened 5 years ago.

            • Kimmie says:

              Exactly! We should be able to honor him, without having to defend him. It's ridiculous. Hate was not needed. If you don't like him, don't comment! It's as simple as that!

              • Diavolina says:

                Yeah! This should have been a happy (ok well bittersweet) post celebrating IL GRANDE CAPITANO and his GLORIOUS ABS & A*S! And now it's degenerated into a b*tchfight. For shame. Somewhere Alessandro Del Piero is shaking his head.

              • Mariella says:

                I comment as much as I like. Doesn't matter whether you like it or not.

          • Mariella says:

            ok, now that I know you are Italian, your post makes absolutely sense to me.
            I think I made it clear that I didn't find France particularly fair either.
            All I wanted to state is that he was involved in cheating on and off the pitch. And the nice little scandal you had in 2004/05 was all over the papers an dit is PROVEN he was involved in it.
            Let's not forget that in the praise of this "fabulous" player. Last thing, what Zidane did was awful, he should never have lost his cool in this incident, but one thing is for sure: Materazzi provoked it. This is not an excuse for the act but it speaks volumes to the fairness of your team. Volumes. And why should the disgrace of 2006 be forgotten, exactly? It is part o fhis career. As soon as facts don't sit well with y'all, you say let's forget it. It is so long ago. You take pride in 2006, don't you? Ok, and I help you remember it what exactly you take pride. Think about that and ask yourself if you can really really call you a supporter of the beautiful game, not the way the Italians have played for a while now. It seems to be part of your playing "culture" now. I want the old Italian teams back, the ones who could actually play. And I LOVED LOVED LOVED seeing you go down in 2010. Because teams like yours have NOTHING to do at the WC if you build your game on fouls and acting.
            So, let one thing be understood: as much as his "success" is part of his career, let's not forget the other side, which is just as much part of him as a player. Try honesty, it might suit you well.

            • Rossanera says:

              I do take pride. My country won its fourth World Cup in 2006. Calciopoli is anothert matter altogether; why do you keep bringing it up? Materazzi's actions were shameful, but he is one man and that is one incident that does not detract from the fact that Italy advanced to the final and WON, in the same way that Zidane's horrific actions during the final do not negate the fact that he is also one of the greatest talents the game has ever seen, or Sergio Busquet's blatant act of racism earlier this year does not nullify how much the Spanish NT deserved to be crowned champions in South Africa. There is good and bad in football as there is with anything in life. I am proud of my country, my national team and my Captain, in good times and in bad, always and forever, and your petty little comments will not change that.

            • Kimmie says:

              Now you have moved on to insulting the whole Italian culture!? Wow, you have class. We do take pride in winning the world cup, for the fourth time! It was a great day for us. Why can't we have that?! We are not cheaters, liars, or actors! We won in 2006 just like we did in 1982, 1938, and 1934! ! I'm not even engaging in your arrogance anymore. Get a life. Seriously, don't insult Fabio, Gli Azzurri or our culture! It's rude!

        • xoWinnie says:

          i don't get it. i'm not going to attack you, but i'm curious because i've always considered him a talented, world-class player. what has he done? could you give some examples?

          • Annoyed says:

            If she could she would have given them to the angry Italians an hour ago when they went on the warpath and demanded them. She's obviously just a troll looking to rile people up and she's clearly succeeded. WHY'D YOU TAKE THE BAIT, GIRLS?

            • Mariella says:

              red my posts, I gave you facts. Go ahead, go and google Cannavaro's name with the scandals of 2005. GO AHEAD! Face it!

              • Annie says:

                It's pretty hard to take your "facts" seriously when you can't even bother to correct typos before you post. Read, not red. And why don't you do us all a favour and just give us these facts you keep urging us to Google if they're so readily available? Because so far, you haven't been able to. Come on, now. Indulge us.

    • Rossanera says:

      You know, this comment really did not sit well with me. You are of course entitled to your own opinion. But there is a time and a place for everything in good taste. This post is about bidding an icon of the game adieu and celebrating Canna and his illustrious career. I'm not even going to address your comments re: the WC 2006. Like Kimmie said, if you don't have anything positive to say, save your vitriol for another time.

      • Mariella says:

        his "illustrious career" as you like to put it found its "peak" in the shameful performance of the Italian squad in Germany in 2006 as we all very well know. This was a disgrace to the beautiful game. Never was there a less deserving winner than the Italians. During the entire tournament they were cheating their way to the finals, fouling and pretending to be fouled. Can't believe this has been forgotten so fast. And unattractive football at that, too. Italian football lost a lot of credit because of this and rightfully so. Pure eye cancer. And another wonderful highlight of his career was his involvement in the betting scandal of 2004/05. That man was, is, and probably always will be a rat. I think this needs to be said, this wonderful defender has a foul character and it shows on the pitch.
        I find it more than sad that these facts are being not discussed in his "wonderful" career. A little bit of honesty would be good here. And I don't care if my comments don't sit well with you. In one thing you are right: I am entitled to my opinion and I think to give the full picture let's talk about this side as well.

        • mel says:

          At first, I have to ask, because your accusations sound like you know Fabio Cannavaro personally, which I doubt you do. Why was it neccesary for you to write that mean comment, putting down a man you don't know, and accusing him of horrible things, which you have no evidence to whether he was part of or not. Why not just shut up, when you have nothing good to say.

          Cannavaro was a great football player, and you are a pathetic hater putting him down.

          Now, on to a new question. Do you feel France and Zidane with his headbump into an Italian's chest in the 2006 WC final, resulting in a direct red card, was a very deserving team or what???
          Of the two teams in the final Italy deserved it more than France. If France hadn't had Zidane, they wouldn't have made it to the final at all.

          It sucks to lose, but noone likes a sore loser. And come on, it's such a long time ago, why still be mad about it. A new world champion has been found since…….

          Plus the beauty of football – in my opinion – is that the winning team is not always the obvious. If a football game should end with the best team on paper winning, Barcelona or Manchester United would never lose. I would stop watching pretty fast. Where's the excitement in that? The unpredictability is gone. And the sport is left with no charm, and little followers.

        • Rossanera says:

          You obviously completely missed the point of my post. It's a waste of time even bothering to engage with you, seeing as you are so determined to march on in your hate parade. You want a bit of "honesty"? You're arrogant and rude. You haven't even bothered to acknowledge the objective comments people have raised in response to your own, and just keep spewing the same line, which you probably picked up from some commentator somewhere, seeing as you still haven't given us anything to substantiate your allegations that Canna is "a rat". Go lick your wounds/carry out your vendetta elsewhere. In case the thumbs-up your comments are receiving aren't an indication, no one cares what YOU think, either.

          • xoWinnie says:

            while agree with what you're saying about this post not exactly being the best time to make these kinds of comments, as someone who has experienced having completely harmless posts thumbed down for no good reason, we both know that last statement isn't exactly true, Rossa. sometimes the thumbing system here is a joke. probably not the case in this post though lol

          • Mariella says:

            are you blind? Can't you read? Do me a favor and

            a) google the betting scandal of 2005 and SURELY you will find Cannavaro's name on the top list of people involved in it


            b) watch a few games of the WC 2006, take a good look at Cannavaro and see for yourself if you can find his cheating. First 10 minutes of the final should give you a hint.

            Open your eyes, is all I'm saying. Truth hurts. Ohhh, did I insult your secret love? Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know you didn't have a life! Arrogant an drude? Let me think… I said the truth. That's it. Now, in your eyes this might qualify for arrogance and rudeness, but that's your character flaw, not mine.

            • Rossanera says:

              I find it mildly amusing that you're accusing me of having no life when you are picking arguments (a) with complete strangers (b) for no apparent reason (c) without any actual knowledge (because if you were at least somewhat well-informed you'd know that the name given to the "betting scandal" is Calciopoli and that is how everyone refers to it). And let's not conflate "truth" with opinion. You have yours, I have mine. At least I can express mine in a courteous, objective manner, which is more than I can say for you. That's the last I have to say on this subject. I'll let you back to your oh-so-exciting life, as I need to get back to mine.

              • Mariella says:

                as I said, google it, hon. That's all you have to do. And lastly, you are soooo far off from being objective.
                All I'm saying is be a bit more honest about who you celebrate and for what. Outside Italy, noone celebrates the win of 2006 UNLESS they have an infatuation with one of the players… like you have. Be it what it may, as I stated before, C. is doubtlessly a talented player but is a rat nevertheless.

                • sdw says:

                  well of course no one other than italians and italian fans would celebrate 2006, the italians won.

    • KicketteMods says:

      Ladies, lively debate is ok, name calling is not.

      You are all entitled to your opinions as long as you express them in a respectful manner.

      So agree to disagree.

      Thank you.

  17. Kat says:

    The only plus side to this is that maybe he'll have more time to lounge around on the beach/pool/wherever it is not deemed inappropriate to be half naked.

    But seriously. It's a sad day, but one we saw coming after last year's WC. :(

    Oh, and BTW, Kickettes, it was FIVE years ago, not 4.

  18. Jakob Hansen says:

    Year that is a shame, that such a big player ends his career. I think, that he was at his best, when he played for Real Madrid, in Spain.
    But well, he got too old to play with the best anymore, and you can see that, by his choice of ending the career outside Europe. So maybe it is the right decision.

    / Jakob

  19. Leya_S says:

    'Tis a sad day to see Canna retire, but maybe that means he'll have more time to spend severely under-clothed (here's hoping!)

    The quintessential footballer forever…