Baresi in 2012
|Date of birth||8 May 1960|
|Place of birth||Travagliato (Brescia), Italy|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Sweeper (Retired)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Franco Baresi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfraŋko baˈresi]; born 8 May 1960 in Travagliato, Italy) is an Italian football youth team coach and former player. He played as a sweeper and spent his entire career with Serie A club AC Milan. He is considered one of the greatest defenders of all time. He won the Champions League 3 times, as well as 6 Serie A titles, 4 Supercoppa Italiana, 3 European Super Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups.
With Italy, he won the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup where he was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. At the 1994 FIFA World Cup he was an integral part of the team that reached the final.
Baresi was nicknamed "Piscinin", Milanese for "Little one". In 1999, he was voted AC Milan Player of the Century. The club retired Baresi's shirt number 6. He was named by Pelé one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony in 2004. He is also the younger brother of Internazionale legend Giuseppe Baresi.
Baresi spent his entire twenty year career with A.C. Milan, making his debut in 1977. Captain for much of his time at the club, he was at the heart of a formidable defence alongside Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti. When the attacking Dutch trio of Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard arrived at the club in the late 1980s, Milan began a period of domestic and international domination. Milan won Serie A in 1987–88, followed by back to back European Cups in 1988–89 and 1989–90. Baresi was runner-up to Van Basten for the Ballon d'Or in 1989, and was named Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1989-90. Baresi went on to win four more Serie A titles with Milan, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94 and 1995–96, and a third European Cup (UEFA Champions League) in 1993–94 where they defeated Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team' FC Barcelona 4-0 in the final.
He was appointed head coach of AC Milan's Primavera Under-20 squad. In 2006, he was moved by the club to coach the Berretti Under-19 squad, with his former fellow Filippo Galli replacing him at the helm of the Primavera squad. He retired from coaching and was replaced by Roberto Bertuzzo.
*European competitions include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup
|Italy national team|
- Serie A (6): 1978–79, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96
- Serie B (2): 1980–81, 1982–83
- Mitropa Cup (1): 1982
- Supercoppa Italiana (4): 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994
- European Cup/Champions League (3): 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94
- UEFA Super Cup (3): 1989, 1990, 1994
- Intercontinental Cup (2): 1989, 1990
- Ballon d'Or Silver Award: 1989
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1990
- Serie A Footballer of the Year: 1989-90
- World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century #19
- FIFA 100
- "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Baresi quits Fulham". BBC News. 21 August 2002.
- Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana Sig. Franchino Baresi
|A.C. Milan Captain