Cesare Maldini

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Cesare Maldini
Cesare Maldini op de tribune bij N.E.C..jpg
Maldini in 1969
Personal information
Full name Cesare Maldini
Date of birth (1932-02-05) 5 February 1932 (age 84)
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
1960–1963 Italy 14 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1972 Milan (assistant manager)
1972–1974 Milan
1974–1976 Foggia
1976–1977 Ternana
1978–1980 Parma
1980–1986 Italy (assistant manager)
1986–1996 Italy U21
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 A.C. Milan. A commanding defender, with good technique and an excellent ability to read the game, he was usually deployed as a centre back, or as a sweeper, although he was also capable of functioning as a right-back.[1] At club level, Maldini won 4 Serie A league titles and 1 European Cup with Milan. Internationally, he played for the Italian national team, earning 25 caps and participating in the 1962 World Cup.

Biography[edit]

Cesare Maldini was born in Trieste, Venezia Giulia, Italy. 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[2] and Daniel play football in junior teams.

Career[edit]

As a player, Maldini won four Serie A league titles and one European Cup with A.C. Milan, a team that he captained for many years.[3][4] After retiring from playing he became a coach, and he was one of Enzo Bearzot's assistants in the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, which Italy won.

Maldini coached the Italian Under-21 side for ten years, winning the European Under-21 Football Championship on the tournament record of three occasions.[5] Former protégés Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti from the 1996-winning squad went on to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

1998 World Cup[edit]

Following his successes with the Under-21 side, Maldini took charge of the senior team that qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Italian media and fans had great expectations of the 1998 side, which included a strong defence, and several prolific attacking players, such as Christian Vieri, Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi, among others, in their prime. Cesare Maldini's son, Paolo, was captain of the team.

Italy were drawn in Group B of the tournament with Chile, Cameroon and Austria. They won their group, drawing 2–2 with Chile in their opening game,[6] and then beating Cameroon 3–0[7] and Austria 2–1.[8] Advancing to the Round of 16, Italy then beat Norway 1–0[9] to secure a spot in the Quarter-finals against tournament hosts France. After a goalless draw, Italy were eventually eliminated by the eventual champions on penalties.[10]

Maldini resigned after the tournament due to heavy criticism in the Italian media over his allegedly ultra-defensive and "old-fashioned" catenaccio-inspired tactics, which included the use of a traditional man-marking defensive back-line line, as well as a sweeper.[11][12][13] He was also condemned for his reluctance to field creative forwards Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero alongside each other in the front-line, opting instead to have one player come on for the other in the second half;[14] these controversial substitutions were compared to those made between Sandro Mazzola and Gianni Rivera by Ferruccio Valcareggi, the Italian manager at the 1970 World Cup.[15]

2002 World Cup[edit]

After briefly coaching Milan in 2001, serving as an interim manager for the club,[16] in January 2002, Maldini became coach of Paraguay's national team.[17] 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.[18] 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 that 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 managed to advance from Group B to the Round of 16, after a 2–2 draw with South Africa, a 3–1 defeat from Spain, and a 3–1 victory over Slovenia. In the Round of 16, Paraguay were eliminated by the eventual finalists Germany, losing 1–0 courtesy of an 89th-minute goal from Oliver Neuville.

Later career[edit]

Maldini returned to A.C. Milan as a talent scout for the Rossoneri. Maldini is now 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]

Milan[1]

Manager[edit]

Italy national under-21 football team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Cesare Maldini". acmilan.com. A.C. Milan. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Christian Maldini". Discipline Knowledge. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Wembley 1963". Uefa.com. 
  4. ^ "Cesare Maldini". magliarossonera.it (in Italian). Maglia Rossonera. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Italy beats Spain: third European title for Cesare Maldini" (PDF). FIGC.it. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Francia 1998 - Capitolo II: Le scelte di Cesare" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Italy – Cameroon3:0 (1:0)". FIFA. 17 June 1998. 
  8. ^ "Vieri, Baggio goals help Italy win 2–1, avoid Brazil". CNN. 15 September 1998. 
  9. ^ "Italia, la vittoria della sofferenza" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Francia avanti, ancora rigori stregati" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Helene Elliott (17 June 1998). "Player's Father Always Interferes With Italy's Coach". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Profile: Cesare Maldini". BBC.co.uk. 10 April 2002. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Test per la difesa a tre Spazio a Cossu e Maggio" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Maldini sceglie Baggio, ma Alex vuole il posto" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Messico 70 e quei sei minuti di Rivera" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Prima trasferta" (in Italian). Rai Sport. 7 April 2001. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Maldini to Coach Paraguay in Cup". New York Times. 28 December 2001. Retrieved 28 December 2001. 
  18. ^ "World Cup 2002 Cesare Maldini". BBC. 
  19. ^ "FIFA World Cup Awards: All-Star Team". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "ERIC BATTY’S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES" Retrieved on 26 November 2015
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Francesco Zagatti
Milan captain
1961–1966
Succeeded by
Gianni Rivera