Cesare Maldini

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Cesare Maldini
Cesare Maldini op de tribune bij N.E.C..jpg
Maldini in 1969
Personal information
Date of birth (1932-02-05) 5 February 1932 (age 82)
Place of birth Trieste, Italy
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1954 Triestina 32 (0)
1954–1966 Milan 347 (3)
1966–1967 Torino 33 (0)
Total 412 (3)
National team
1962–1968 Italy 25 (1)
Teams managed
1973–1974 Milan
1974–1976 Foggia
1976–1977 Ternana
1978–1980 Parma
1986–1996 Italy U-21
1996–1998 Italy
2001 Milan
2001–2002 Paraguay
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cesare Maldini (born 5 February 1932) is a football manager and former player with AC Milan. His position was centre back. Maldini represented Italy in the 1962 World Cups.

Biography[edit]

Maldini was born in Trieste, Italy. His parents were working-class people of Slovene origin whose surname Maldič was Italianised to Maldini in 1931. He grew up in the predominantly Slovene-speaking working class suburb of Servola (Slovene: Škedenj), and has kept a typical Triestine accent. His son, Paolo, also a defender, once held the record for the most caps for the Italian national team (now third behind Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro). The younger Maldini captained Milan to the UEFA Champions League title in 2003 and 2007. Maldini's grandsons, Christian[1] and Daniel play football in junior teams.

Career[edit]

Maldini won four Serie A league titles and one European Cup as captain of AC Milan .[2] He served as an assistant coach on the 1982 FIFA World Cup-winning Italian side. Maldini coached the Italian Under-21 side for ten years, winning the European Under-21 Football Championship on the tournament record of three occasions.[3] Former protégés Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti from the 1996-winning squad went on to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Following that success, he took charge of the senior team that qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. His son, Paolo, was captain. Italy advanced to the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by hosts France on penalties after a scoreless draw. Maldini resigned after the tournament due to media criticism of his ultra-defensive tactics. In January 2002, Maldini became coach of Paraguay's national team.[4] His appointment caused some controversy as domestic managers were overlooked (prompting the managers union to try to unsuccessfully expel him for immigration breaches), and because he spoke little Spanish. Maldini nonetheless had the support of star goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert and several other senior players.[5] He took over the team which had already qualified for the 2002 World Cup hosted by South Korea and Japan, becoming the oldest coach in the tournament at the age of 70. (His son Paolo captained Italy in the same tournament). Despite missing Chilavert for the first game due to suspension, Paraguay advanced to the knockout round. They were eliminated by the eventual finalists, Germany, by an 89th minute goal. Maldini returned to AC Milan as a talent scout for the Rossoneri. Maldini is a sports analyst for the beIN SPORTS channel with Alessandro Altobelli.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Triestina 1952/53 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
1953/54 31 0 - - - - - - 31 0
Milan 1954/55 27 1 - - - - 1 0 28 1
1955/56 22 0 - - 6 0 2 0 30 0
1956/57 21 1 - - - - 2 0 23 1
1957/58 32 0 3 0 8 0 - - 43 0
1958/59 34 0 1 0 - - 1 0 36 0
1959/60 29 0 - - 4 0 1 0 34 0
1960/61 30 0 2 0 - - 2 0 34 0
1961/62 34 1 - - 2 0 - - 36 1
1962/63 31 0 1 0 9 0 2 0 43 0
1963/64 22 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 29 0
1964/65 34 0 - - 2 0 - - 36 0
1965/66 31 0 1 0 8 0 - - 40 0
Torino 1966/67 33 0 3 0 - - 3 0 39 0
Total for Milan 347 3 9 0 42 0 14 0 412 3
Career totals 412 3 12 0 42 0 17 0 451 3

*European competitions include the UEFA Champions League & UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

International[edit]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1960 1 0
1961 3 0
1962 6 0
1963 4 0
Total 14 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Manager[edit]

Italy national under-21 football team
Preceded by
Francesco Zagatti
A.C. Milan Captain
1961–1966
Succeeded by
Gianni Rivera

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian Maldini". Discipline Knowledge. 
  2. ^ "Wembley 1963". Uefa.com. 
  3. ^ "Italy beats Spain: third European title for Cesare Maldin". FIGC.it. 
  4. ^ "Maldini to Coach Paraguay in Cup". New York Times. Retrieved 28 December 2001. 
  5. ^ "World Cup 2002 Cesare Maldini". BBC.