Alessandro Costacurta

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Alessandro Costacurta
Billy Costacurta AC Milan Glorie 2011.jpg
Costacurta in 2011.
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-04-24) 24 April 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Orago, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
1979–1986 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–2007 Milan 458 (3)
1986–1987 Monza (loan) 30 (0)
Total 488 (3)
National team
1991–1998 Italy 59 (2)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Milan (technical assistant)
2014- Mantova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alessandro "Billy" Costacurta (born 24 April 1966) is an Italian football manager and a former professional defender.

Costacurta spent some twenty years at Milan, with a brief period spent in Monza on loan. He is best known for his role alongside Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Mauro Tassotti, forming one of the greatest defenses in the Serie A and European football during the 90s. He mainly operated as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Costacurta, affectionally known to fans as "Billy", won the Scudetto seven times with Milan, and the European Cup/Champions League five times (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007 - although he did not actually feature in the squad for the 2007 final). He was set to retire from Milan at the end of the 2005-06 season, but later signed a one-year extension at the age of 40.[1] He became the oldest footballer ever to play in the Champions League, in Milan's 1–0 loss to AEK Athens on 21 November 2006, at 40 years and 211 days, topping the previous record held by Belgian goalkeeper Dany Verlinden at 40 years and 116 days.

On 7 May 2007, at age 41, he announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2006–07 season. He remained with the club, as a second assistant to coach Carlo Ancelotti for a short time afterwards. He made his final home start in Milan's 3-2 loss to Udinese on 19 May 2007, converting a penalty that marked his first Serie A goal since the 1991–92 season (a left-footed volley against Roma on 3 November 1991), and left the pitch near the end of the match to a standing ovation. After the match ended, his teammates entered the pitch wearing a replica of his jersey as a tribute.

International career[edit]

A mainstay in the Italian national team throughout the 1990s, Costacurta played for his country in 1994 and 1998 World Cups, as well as Euro 96. After missing out on the 1994 Champions League final through suspension, he also missed the 1994 World Cup final loss to Brazil, again due to suspension. He retired from international duty with 59 caps in 1998.

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement, in the 2007–08 season Costacurta was a member of Carlo Ancelotti's coaching staff as a technical assistant, while earning his own coaching badges. At the end of the season, he successfully earned his badges and various Italian media reported that he was pursuing a managerial role of his own. However he refused a position at Pisa offered by new club owner Luca Pomponi immediately after the completion of his takeover of the club, citing his need to remain at Milan in order to stay at home and take care of his son, while his wife was on tour with the theater.[2]

On 27 October 2008 Costacurta was unveiled as new head coach of Serie B promotion candidates Mantova, following the dismissal of previous boss Giuseppe Brucato.[3] However his time at Mantova proved to be unsuccessful, as he failed to improve Mantova's results and ultimately leading him to tend his resignation from the coaching post following a 1–0 loss to Vicenza that left his club only four points above the relegation zone.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 1986–87 0 0 2 0 - - - - 2 0
Monza 1986–87 30 0 - - - - - - 30 0
Milan 1987–88 7 0 1 0 - - - - 8 0
1988–89 26 0 7 0 7 0 1 0 41 0
1989–90 26 1 3 0 10 0 1 0 40 1
1990–91 25 0 3 0 6 0 1 0 35 0
1991–92 30 1 6 0 - - - - 36 1
1992–93 31 0 6 0 10 0 1 0 48 0
1993–94 30 0 2 0 13 0 2 0 47 0
1994–95 27 0 3 0 8 0 2 0 40 0
1995–96 30 0 3 0 7 0 - - 40 0
1996–97 30 0 3 0 5 0 1 0 39 0
1997–98 29 0 8 0 - - - - 37 0
1998–99 29 0 3 0 - - - - 32 0
1999–00 27 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 35 0
2000–01 18 0 2 0 9 0 - - 29 0
2001–02 21 0 3 0 7 0 - - 31 0
2002–03 18 0 5 0 10 0 - - 33 0
2003–04 22 0 5 0 8 0 1 0 36 0
2004–05 14 0 3 0 5 0 - - 22 0
2005–06 15 0 3 0 3 0 - - 21 0
2006–07 3 1 5 0 3 0 - - 11 1
Total for Milan 458 3 78 0 116 0 11 0 663 3
Career totals 488 3 78 0 116 0 11 0 693 3

*European competitions include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup

International[edit]

[5] [6]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 2 0
1992 8 1
1993 5 0
1994 14 1
1995 5 0
1996 6 0
1997 11 0
1998 8 0
Total 59 2

Managerial[edit]

As of 4 March 2013[citation needed]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA GD
Mantova Italy 27 October 2008 9 February 2009 13 4 4 5 30.77 15 19 –4
Total 13 4 4 5 30.77 15 19 –4

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Milan (1986–2007)

Personal life[edit]

Costacurta is married to former Miss Italia Martina Colombari, and has one son, Achilles.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.acmilan.com/BreakingNewsDetail.aspx?IdLingua=mil-en&IdNews=65156
  2. ^ "Costacurta dice no, il Pisa torna su Ventura" (in Italian). Il Tirreno. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  3. ^ "ESONERATO GIUSEPPE BRUCATO: COSTACURTA IL NUOVO TECNICO" (in Italian). AC Mantova. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ "COMUNICATO STAMPA" (in Italian). AC Mantova. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ Alessandro Costacurta at National-Football-Teams.com
  6. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/costacurta-intl.html
  7. ^ Sibor, Doug (3 January 2013). "25. Martina Colombari". Complex.com. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 

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