Franco Baresi

Written by Sebastien on 31 March 2013. Posted in World Cup Legends

Franco Baresi, nicknamed Piscinin (Little one) is a former Italian player and current coach for an Italian youth team. He was born in 1960 and spent his entire career as a player with AC Milan. He played as a sweeper and he is also considered one of the greatest defenders of all times. Franco Baresi is the brother of Giuseppe Baresi, a legend of Internazionale and vice coach of the same team.

He had a prolific career at AC Milan winning the Champion League three times, the European Super Cups also three times, the Supercoppa Italiana four times and also two Intercontinental Cups. Baresi also won six Serie A titles with Milan. Between 1977 and 1997 he had 532 appearances for Milan and also scored 16 goals. In 1999 he was nominated the AC Milan Player of the Century and in 2004 he was included in FIFA 100 list as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers.

As an international player, Franco Baresi had 81 appearances for his national team and scored one goal in 1988. He helped Italy win the 1982 World Cup. His international career began in 1982 and lasted until 1994. He also participated in the 1990 and 1994 World Cup. His first match for the national team was in 1982 against Romania in the qualifications for the European Championship. His last international match was in 1994 against Slovenia, also in the qualifications for the European Championship.

After retiring as a player, Franco Baresi remained in the world of football as a coach. In 2002 he was named the director of football at Fulham, but resigned after only a couple of months because of a conflict with the team’s manager. He was named the head coach of AC Milan’s U-20 squad, Primavera. Four years later he moved from Primavera to Beretti, the U-19 squad.

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