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 A.C. 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 Milan's 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. Baresi was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He is 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 all-Italian 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.
At the age of 22, Baresi was named in Italy's squad for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The Azzurri won their third World Cup, beating West Germany in the final, but Baresi was not selected to play a match throughout the tournament. He won his first international cap in a 1984 UEFA European Championship qualifying match against Romania in Florence.
Baresi was not included in Italy's squad for the 1986 World Cup by coach Enzo Bearzot but returned to the team for the 1988 European Championships, where Italy reached the semi-finals under Azeglio Vicini. He made his first appearance in a World Cup finals in the 1990 tournament held on home soil, playing in every match as Italy finished in third-place.
After replacing Giuseppe Bergomi as captain for the 1994 World Cup under his former manager at Milan Arrigo Sacchi, Baresi sustained an injury in Italy's second group match and missed most of the tournament. He returned for the final but missed his penalty as Italy lost to Brazil in a penalty shootout after the match finished 0–0.
He was appointed head coach of 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 Ball: 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.
- "Milan and Italy's imperial sweeper". FIFA. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
- "Franco BARESI". FIFA. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
- "Baresi quits Fulham". BBC News. 21 August 2002.
- Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana Sig. Franchino Baresi
|A.C. Milan Captain