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Full Name : France Baresi Date Of Birth: May 8, 1960 Place of Birth: Travagliato (BS), Italy Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in) Position: Defender Current Club: - (retired) National Career: 1982-1994 Caps: 81 (1) www.francobaresi.it Franco Baresi (born May 8, 1960 in Travagliato, province of Brescia) is an Italian youth team coach and former football defender with A.C. Milan, acknowledged as one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game. Baresi was colloquially called "piscinin". Career Baresi led the AC Milan team and its defence for the best part of a decade; a period during which Milan's defence was considered by many observers to be one of the best back fours in history consisting of Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti. He is also one of the few players who spent his entire career at one club, AC Milan, for whom he played 532 games, scoring 16 goals. He retired from playing in 1997 aged 37. With Milan, Baresi won six scudetti (Serie A league titles) and three European Cups. He mentored defensive partner Paolo Maldini in his later years, whose career has followed a similar path. His #6 jersey was retired by the club, a…
Full Name : Gaetano Scirea Date Of Birth: May 25, 1953 Place of Birth: Cernusco s. N., Italy Date Of Birth: September 3, 1989 Height: - Position: Defender National Career: 1974-1986 Caps: 78 (2) Gaetano Scirea (May 25, 1953 - September 3, 1989) was an Italian football player who is considered one of the greatest defenders of all-tim. Scirea is one of only five players in European football history -join to Antonio Cabrini, Sergio Brio, Stefano Tacconi and Danny Blind- to have won all national and international trophies for football clubs recognized by UEFA and FIFA. He played for the Italian national team for more than a decade during which he was almost irreplaceable as the leading defender, and became World Champion with the 1982 FIFA World Cup winning team. Scirea was a graceful defender of great skill and tactical ability. In contrast to the ruthless tactics often employed by other defenders, Scirea was renowned for his class, fair play and sportsmanship. He was never sent off or suspended during his entire career, which is probably a football record for a defender of international level, and this says a lot about his temperament and the level of his skill. He…
Full Name : Giacinto Facchetti Date Of Birth: 18 July 1942 Place of Birth: Treviglio, Italy Date Of Death: 4 September 2006 (aged 64) Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 1+1⁄2 in) Position: Defender National Career: 1963-1977 Caps: 94 (3) Giacinto Facchetti (18 July 1942 – 4 September 2006) was an Italian football player. From January 2004 until his death, he was President of Internazionale, the club for which he played for his whole career during the 1960s and 1970s, playing 634 official games and scoring 75 goals. He played for the Inter Milan team remembered as “La Grande Inter”. Facchetti is remembered as one of the first truly great attacking-full backs. He would make marauding runs upfield using his wonderful dribbling and crossing. He could also play at centre-back where his tackling was used to great effect. He also possessed wonderful stamina and scored important goals. Career Born at Treviglio, in the Province of Bergamo (Lombardy), Facchetti began his career with his hometown club, Trevigliese, as a forward. He was soon noticed by Helenio Herrera, then manager of Internazionale, who launched him in Serie A in the late 1960-61 season as a full back. The change of role was a…
Full Name : Gianluca Pagliuca Date Of Birth: December 18, 1966 Place of Birth: Bologna, Italy Height: 190 cm Position: Goalkeeper National Career: 1991-1998 Caps: 39 (0) Gianluca Pagliuca (born December 18, 1966 in Bologna) is an Italian football goalkeeper. He is rated along with Dino Zoff, Walter Zenga, Angelo Peruzzi, Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Toldo as one of the greatest Italian keepers of the past 30 years. In his club career, Pagliuca has played for Sampdoria (1987-94), Inter (1994-99), Bologna (1999-2006), and currently plays at Serie A club Ascoli . He won the Cup Winners' Cup and one Scudetto with Sampdoria and the UEFA Cup with Inter, when he captained the side to a 3-0 win over Lazio in 1998. Pagliuca was also in the Sampdoria's team that lost 1-0 to Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley. He was first choice goalkeeper for Italy at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. He became the first goalkeeper to be sent off in a World Cup match, when he was dismissed for handling outside his area against Norway at the 1994 tournament in the USA. However, he returned after suspension to feature from the quarter-finals onwards with his…
Full Name : Gianluca Vialli Date Of Birth: July 9, 1964 Place of Birth: Cremona, Italy Height: - Position: Striker National Career: 1985-1992 Caps: 59 (16) Gianluca Vialli (born July 9, 1964 in Cremona) is a retired Italian football striker and manager. Playing Career Vialli's career started in 1980 when, signing for local club Cremonese. After scoring ten goals for the club in the 1983-84 season, he was transferred to Sampdoria. At Sampdoria he formed a prolific strike partnership with team mate and childhood friend Roberto Mancini, earning the nickname The Goal Twins. With Vialli at his best, Sampdoria had the most successful era in its history. They won their first ever Serie A championship in the 1990-91 season, in which Vialli was league top scorer with 19 goals, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1990) - where he scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Anderlecht in the final - and three Italian Cups (in 1985, 1988 and 1989). They also reached the European Cup final in 1992, losing to Spain's F.C. Barcelona. While at Sampdoria, Vialli made his debut for Italy in a friendly match against Poland in 1985. He scored his first ever national goal in a…
Full Name : Giovanni Rivera Date Of Birth: August 18, 1943 Place of Birth: Alessandria, Italy Height: 175 cm Position: Midfielder National Career: 1962-1974 Caps: 60 (14) Giovanni ("Gianni") Rivera (born August 18, 1943 in Alessandria) is a former Italian football player who was awarded the European Footballer of the Year prize in 1969. He is currently a politician. Nicknamed il golden boy of Italian football, Rivera was the product of Alessandria's youth soccer academy and made his debut in Serie A for Alessandria against Internazionale on June 2, 1959 at the age of only fifteen years. He played 26 matches for his first club, in which he scored 6 goals. After one year, he was bought by AC Milan to replace Juan Schiaffino with a record transfer fee for that time, $200,000; he was only sixteen years old. In 1962 he won the first scudetto with AC Milan and on May 13, 1962, at eighteen, he played his first match for the Italian national team against West Germany at the World Cup in Chile, a game that finished with a goalless draw, 0-0. Due to their win of the 1962 scudetto, AC Milan qualified for the European Cup in…
Full Name : Giuseppe Bergomi Date Of Birth: December 22, 1963 Place of Birth: Milan, Italy Height: - Position: Defender Current Club: - (retired) National Career: 1982-1998 Caps: 81 (6) Giuseppe Bergomi (born December 22, 1963 in Milan) is an Italian former football (soccer) player, who spent his entire career at Internazionale and was a key member of the Italian national team in the 1980s and 1990s. He is affectionately referred to as "Lo zio" ("the uncle") because of the impressive moustache he wore even as an 18 year old in the 1982 World Cup. He thus appeared to be more mature in age than he was, hence the nickname. He is considered as one of the greatest Italian defenders ever. Bergomi made his Inter debut in the 1980/81 season, at the age of 17. The 19 seasons he spent with Inter were often spent in the shadow of A.C. Milan, as he only won the scudetto once: in 1989 (he did win the UEFA Cup on three occasions). With the national team, Bergomi won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and also played in the 1986 and 1990 campaigns, as well as Euro 88. After being sent off in a…
Full Name : Giuseppe Meazza Date Of Birth: August 23, 1910 Place of Birth: Rapallo, Italy Date Of Death: August 21, 1979 (aged 68) Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 6+1⁄2 in) Position: Striker National Career: 1963-1972 Caps: 53 (33)> Giuseppe Meazza (August 23, 1910–August 21, 1979) was an Italian footballer playing mainly for Inter in the 1930s, scoring 243 goals in 361 games for the club. He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest Italian players of all-time as well as the greatest Italian forward of all time. He was a great leader with superb shooting, unreal dribbling and an eye for the pass. Meazza was the first Italian football player who became famous worldwide, and was the first player with personal sponsors. He was also famous for sleeping at a brothel the night before a match. San Siro, the principal stadium in his native city of Milan, which is today shared by Internazionale and crosstown rivals AC Milan, is now officially called Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Club Career Meazza still holds the record for the most goals scored in a debut season in Serie A, with 31 goals in his first season (1929-30). The year before,…
Full Name : Luigi Riva Date Of Birth: November 7, 1944 Place of Birth: Leggiuno, Italy Height: - Position: Forward National Career: 1965-1974 Caps: 42 (35) http://www.gigiriva.it/ Luigi Riva (born November 7, 1944), best known as Gigi Riva or by his nickname Rombo di Tuono (Thunder), is a former Italian footballer, the all-time leading scorer for the Italian national team. He was on one of the best forwards of his time and had a fantastic scoring record for Cagliari using his shooting and heading abilities to put most chances he got in the back of the net. His goalscoring finesse was helped by his pace, technique and mentality. Career Riva was born in Leggiuno, in the province of Varese, Lombardy. His career started in 1962 when he joined Legnano. He was acquired by Cagliari the next season and was to stay there for the rest of his career, despite the attention of Brentford F.C. He made his league debut for Cagliari on September 13, 1964, when the team lost 12-1 against Roma. He was Serie A top-scorer one time with Cagliari, in 1970. His only Serie A title came in 1970. He made his international debut on June 27, 1965…
Full Name : Marco Tardelli Date Of Birth: September 24, 1954 Place of Birth: Capanne di Careggine, Italy Height: - Position: Midfielder National Career: 1976-1985 Caps: 81 (6) Marco Tardelli (born September 24, 1954) is a former football player from Italy, and currently chairman of Juventus F.C.. He played defensive midfielder with Juventus and the Italian national team. He won the Football World Cup 1982 and was five-time Italian Serie A champion. Club Career Tardelli was born at Capanne di Careggine, in the province of Lucca (Tuscany). He started his career in the Italian Serie C with the club of Pisa. Two years later he played in Italian Serie B with the team of Como before joining Juventus in October 1975. He won three European competitions: the UEFA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and European Cup as well as five times the Italian Serie A championship and three Coppa Italia (Italian Cup). He scored the decisive goal during the first leg of the UEFA Cup finale against Athletic Bilbao, allowing Juventus to gain this competition in 1977, his first and also the first European title for Juventus. Tardelli played 376 games with Juventus and scored 51 goals. International Career His international…
Full Name : Paolo Maldini Date Of Birth: June 26, 1968 Place of Birth: Milan, Italy Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Position: Centre back, Left back National Career: 1988-2002 Caps: 126 (7) Paolo Maldini (born June 26, 1968 in Milan) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club A.C. Milan. The son of Cesare Maldini, he has spent his entire career with Milan, and is the most-capped player in both the history of the club and Serie A. He was named among Pelé's top 125 living footballers in 2004. Maldini predominantly plays as a centre back although he sometimes plays at left back, which is his original position. Club Career Maldini made his league debut on January 20, 1985, at the age of sixteen, against Udinese Calcio as a halftime substitution for Sergio Battistini. It would be his only league appearance of the campaign, but he was in the starting eleven the following season. The 1987–88 Scudetto marked Maldini's first major trophy, and the first of seven league titles, with the club. He was also part of AC Milan's undefeated "Dream Team" from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. In addition to winning his third…
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