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Alessandro Costacurta
Personal information
Date of birth 24 April 1966 (1966-04-24) (age 43)
Place of birth Orago, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club -
Youth career
Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–2007 Milan 458 (3)
1986–1987 Monza (loan) 30 (0)
National team
1986–1990 Italy U21 8 (0)
1991–1998 Italy 59 (2)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Mantova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:30, 9 February 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:30, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Alessandro Costacurta (born 24 April 1966) is an Italian former professional football defender turned manager.

Costacurta spent some twenty years at Milan, with a brief period spent in AC Monza on loan. He is best known for his role alongside Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Mauro Tassotti, forming one of the meanest defences in the Serie A and European football during the 90's.

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Club

Costacurta, affectionally known to fans as "Billy", won the Scudetto seven times with Milan, and the European Cup/Champions League five times (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007). He was set to retire from Milan at the end of the 2005-06 season, but later signed a one-year extension at the age of 40.[1] He became the oldest footballer ever to play in the Champions League, in Milan's 1-0 loss to AEK Athens on 21 November 2006, at 40 years and 211 days, topping the previous record held by Belgian goalkeeper Dany Verlinden at 40 years and 116 days.

On 7 May 2007, at age 41, he announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2006-07 season. He remained with the club, as a second assistant to coach Carlo Ancelotti for a short time afterwards. He made his final home start in Milan's 3-2 loss to Udinese on 19 May 2007, converting a penalty that marked his first Serie A goal since the 1991-92 season (a left-footed volley against Roma on 3 November 1991), and left the pitch near the end of the match to a standing ovation. After the match ended, his teammates entered the pitch wearing a replica of his jersey as a tribute.

Country

A mainstay in the Italian national team throughout the 1990s, Costacurta played for his country in 1994 and 1998 World Cups, as well as Euro 96. After missing out on the 1994 Champions League final through suspension, he also missed the 1994 World Cup final loss to Brazil, again due to suspension. He retired from international duty with 59 caps in 1998..

Coaching career

After his retirement, in the 2007-08 season Costacurta was a member of Carlo Ancelotti's coaching staff as a technical assistant, while earning his own coaching badges. At the end of the season, he successfully earned his badges and various Italian media reported that he was pursuing a managerial role of his own. However he refused a position at Pisa offered by new club owner Luca Pomponi immediately after the completion of his takeover of the club, citing his need to remain at Milan in order to stay at home and take care of his son, while his wife was on tour with the theater.[1]

On 27 October 2008 Costacurta was unveiled as new head coach of Serie B promotion candidates Mantova, following the dismissal of previous boss Giuseppe Brucato.[2] However his time at Mantova proved to be unsuccessful, as he failed to improve Mantova's results and ultimately leading him to tend his resignation from the coaching post following a 1–0 loss to Vicenza that left his club only four points ahead the relegation zone.[3]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1986-87 Milan Serie A 2 0 2
1986-87 Monza Serie C1 30 30
1987-88 Milan Serie A 7 1 8
1988-89 26 7 7 40
1989-90 26 1 3 10 39 1
1990-91 25 3 6 34
1991-92 30 1 6 36 1
1992-93 30 6 10 46
1993-94 30 2 11 43
1994-95 27 3 6 36
1995-96 30 3 9 42
1996-97 30 3 5 38
1997-98 29 8 37
1998-99 29 3 32
1999-00 27 2 5 34
2000-01 18 2 9 29
2001-02 21 3 7 31
2002-03 18 5 10 33
2003-04 22 5 8 35
2004-05 14 3 5 22
2005-06 15 3 3 21
2006-07 3 1 3 5 21 1
Total Milan 457 3 78 0 114 0 649 3
Career Total 484 3 78 0 114 0 679 3
  • Stats do not include 5/0 Intercontinental cups/Eur. Super Cup and 6/0 Italian Super Cups
  • Blank means zero games or goals

Personal life

Costacurta is married to former Miss Italy Martina Colombari, and has one son, Achille.

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Simple English

Alessandro Costacurta
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Costacurta
Date of birth 24 April 1966 (1966-04-24) (age 44)
Place of birth    Jerago con Orago, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1985-2007
1986-1987
Milan
Monza (loan)
National team
1991-1998 Italy
Teams managed
2008-2009 Mantova

Alessandro Costacurta (born 24 April 1966) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1985/86MilanSerie A0020-20
1986/87MonzaSerie C1300--300
1987/88MilanSerie A7010-80
1988/892607070400
1989/902613080371
1990/912503040320
1991/9230160-361
1992/9331060100470
1993/9430020110430
1994/952703060360
1995/963003070400
1996/973003050380
1997/9829080-370
1998/9929030-320
1999/002702050340
2000/011802090290
2001/022103070310
2002/0318050100330
2003/042205080350
2004/051403050220
2005/061503030210
2006/07315030111
CountryItaly 488378010806743
Total 488378010806743

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199120
199281
199350
1994141
199550
199660
1997110
199880
Total592

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