Giuseppe Baresi

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Giuseppe Baresi
Giuseppe Baresi - Inter Mailand (2).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-02-07) 7 February 1958 (age 57)
Place of birth Travagliato, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder/Defender
Club information
Current team
Internazionale (assistant)
Youth career
1971–1976 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1992 Internazionale 392 (10)
1992–1994 Modena 73 (0)
Total 465 (10)
National team
1979–1986 Italy 18 (0)
Teams managed
2008– Internazionale (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giuseppe Baresi (born 7 February 1958) is an Italian former footballer who spent most of his career with Internazionale as a defender or as a defensive midfielder. A hard-working and tenacious ball-winner, with an excellent ability to read the game, he was regarded as one of the best and most versatile Italian defenders of his generation, as he was capable of playing as a full-back as well as in his more usual centreback role.[1] He currently works as a technical assistant at Internazionale.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Travagliato, province of Brescia, Baresi was acquired by Inter in his youth, making his professional debut in the Coppa Italia on the 8th June 1977, in a 1-0 win over Juventus during the 1976-77 season, and making his Serie A debut the following season. He later went on to captain the Milan club from 1988-1992, and he spent a total of 16 seasons with Internazionale, playing a total of 559 matches (including 392 Serie A matches, 73 European matches, and 94 Coppa Italia matches) and scoring 13 goals (10 in Serie A, 1 in European matches, and 2 in the Coppa Italia).[2] With Inter, he won two Serie A titles, two Italian Cups, an UEFA Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana.[3] After leaving Inter at the end of the 1991-92 season, Baresi also played for Modena in the Serie B for a couple of seasons before retiring in 1994, at the age of 36.

International career[edit]

A long-standing nerazzurro, he also served as Internazionale captain for four seasons, winning several trophies both domestically and internationally. Despite his club success, Giuseppe achieved little success at the national team level, unlike his younger brother, only playing 18 matches with the Azzurri shirt between 1979 and 1986, being also surpassed in notoriety by his more famous brother Franco who played for crosstown city rivals AC Milan. After representing the under-20 side in the 1977 Under-20 World Cup, and the under-21 side in the 1978 and 1980 European championships, Giuseppe was a member of Italy's senior squad at the UEFA 1980 European Championship, on home soil, alongside his brother, Franco. This was the only time that the two brothers were both selected for a major tournament with Italy, although only Giuseppe would make appearances in the competition, as Italy managed to reach the semi-finals, finishing in fourth place.[4] Despite being called up for the 1982 World Cup qualifiers by manager Enzo Bearzot,[5] Giuseppe was left out of the final squad for his brother Franco; although the team went on to win the trophy, Franco did not make a single appearance throughout the tournament. Baresi was also a starting member of Italy's 1986 World Cup squad, which was eliminated in the round of 16.[5][6]

Coaching career[edit]

After serving as head of Internazionale's club youth system, he was appointed assistant manager to new Internazionale manager José Mourinho on 2 June 2008.[7] After Benitez was appointed he brought his own assistant coach Mauricio Pellegrino, while Baresi became a technical assistant.[8] He returned to that position after Benitez was sacked and replaced by Leonardo. At the start of 2011–12 Serie A Gian Piero Gasperini brought his own assistant coach Bruno Caneo from Genoa[8] but he was sacked in September. Claudio Ranieri replaced Gasperini while Baresi became the assistant coach, again from the position of technical assistant.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of fellow former defender Milan legendary captain Franco Baresi. Interestingly, as youngsters, both players had tryouts for Inter, but Franco was rejected, and purchased by local rivals Milan; as he was the younger player, he was initially known as "Baresi 2".[9] Due to Franco's great success and popularity later in his career, however, Giuseppe became known as "the other Baresi".[3]

Honours[edit]

Internazionale[edit]

[10]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alessandro Altobelli
Internazionale captain
1988-1992
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Bergomi