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Alessandro Nesta
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Personal information
Full name Alessandro Giovanni Faccutio Nesta
Date of birth 19 March 1976 (1976-03-19) (age 33)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 13
Youth career
1985–1993 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2002 Lazio 193 (1)
2002– Milan 180 (6)
National team
1995–1996 Italy U-21 6 (1)
1996–2006 Italy 78 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2006

Alessandro Nesta, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (born March 19, 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Milan. Considered by some as one of the best centre backs to have ever played the game, he is a four-time member of the annual UEFA Team of the Year, second only to French striker Thierry Henry with five appearances.[3]

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Early life

Nesta was raised in the Cinecittà area of Rome. He attended the Margherita Bosco primary school where he first started playing football. His older brother, Abdeen, was advised to play a sport because of a back problem and enrolled at the local football club. Alessandro threw a tantrum until his father gave in and enrolled him as well, thus marking the beginning of his career.

Club career

Lazio

Nesta's talent was first discovered by Francesco Rocca, then a scout for Roma, but Nesta's father, a Lazio fan, turned down the offer. In 1985, he joined Lazio's youth academy, where he rose through the ranks playing in various positions, including playing as a striker and midfielder, before settling in defence. His international career first showed signs of growth when he played for Italy's under-15 and under-16 sides. He was promoted to Lazio's senior squad in 1993, and first came to the attention of fans for being involved in a training ground accident that broke teammate Paul Gascoigne's leg.

He assumed the team captaincy in 1997, and helped Lazio win the 1998 Coppa Italia after beating Milan in the final, in which he scored the winning goal. This was followed by a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup in 1999, and a rare Scudetto and Coppa Italia double in the 1999-00 season, in addition to two Italian Super Cups.

Milan

Alessandro Nesta

Just before the 2002-03 Serie A campaign, financial woes forced Lazio to sell many of their best players. Nesta was transferred to Milan for approximately €30 million paid over three years, after being valued at over £50 million by Boudi just a year earlier. In his first season with the Rossoneri, Nesta won the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League and the third Coppa Italia of his career. The next season, he won his second European Super Cup and second career Scudetto. Despite missing most of the 2006-07 season due to a shoulder injury, Nesta nonetheless played a vital part in Milan's return to the 2006-07 Champions League final, where Milan defeated Liverpool 2-1. He (and Milan) also won another European SuperCup in August 2007. Nesta signed a contract extension that will keep him at Milan until 2011.[4]

Nesta scored his first goal for Milan since April 2006 in a 1-1 draw with Siena on 15 September 2007. One of his most important goals for Milan came in the 4-2 victory over Boca Juniors in the final of the Club World Cup in December 2007.

More recently, a number of serious back injuries forced 33-year-old Nesta out of action for the whole 2008–09 season, raising concerns about his chance to make a comeback into active football.[5] Fortunately he fully recovered from his injuries and came on as 77th minute substitute in Milan's final away game to Fiorentina on 31 May 2009 for his first competitive appearance of the season. On 25 October 2009 Nesta scored a brace to help Milan to a 2-1 victory over Chievo Verona in the Serie A. This was the first time he had ever scored two goals in a game.

International career

Nesta was a member of the Under-21 squad that won the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, in which he was named the top defender of the competition. He earned his first cap for the Azzurri against Moldova on October 5, 1996. He has been capped 78 times for Italy, and participated in Euro 1996, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000, the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004, and the 2006 World Cup. He usually partnered captain Fabio Cannavaro in the heart of the defense.

During the 2006 World Cup, he suffered an injury in Italy's group match against the Czech Republic, and was forced to leave the match early. This made it three times unlucky for Nesta; he previously ruptured a knee ligament against Austria during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and missed Italy's final game in the 2002 FIFA World Cup with an injured foot.

After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Nesta's continuous injuries forced him to retire from the international team. Coach Roberto Donadoni unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to come out of retirement for Euro 2008.

Personal

On 7 May 2007, Nesta married his fiancée, Gabriela Pagnozzi, in a civil ceremony in Milan; the religious ceremony followed on May 30, 2007. Gabriela was working for Casa Italia, the Italian national team HQ, during the 1998 World Cup. Their relationship was born when she tended to him following his injury against Austria. "I can say, I got the injury and her in France then. And the injury has gone, [but] she has stayed with me." Their daughter, Sofia, was born on October 19, 2006 and on March 20, 2008 their son Tommaso was born.

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
1993-94 Lazio Serie A 2 0 - - 2 0
1994-95 11 0 1 0 - 12 0
1995-96 23 0 2 0 3 0 28 0
1996-97 25 0 4 0 4 0 33 0
1997-98 30 0 9 1 10 1 49 2
1998-99 20 1 2 0 4 0 26 1
1999-00 28 0 2 0 9 0 39 0
2000-01 29 0 1 0 8 0 38 0
2001-02 25 0 1 0 6 0 32 0
2002-03 Milan 29 1 5 1 14 0 48 2
2003-04 26 0 4 1 6 0 36 1
2004-05 29 0 3 0 12 0 44 0
2005-06 30 1 2 0 10 0 42 1
2006-07 14 0 0 0 8 0 22 0
2007-08 29 1 0 0 7 0 36 1
2008-09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009-10 22 3 0 0 7 0 29 3
Total Italy 373 7 36 3 108 1 517 11
Career Total 373 7 36 3 108 1 517 11

Honours

Lazio
Milan
Italy national team

Individual

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Simple English

Alessandro Nesta
File:Alessandro Nesta
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Nesta
Date of birth 19 March 1976 (1976-03-19) (age 34)
Place of birth    Rome, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 13
Youth clubs
1985-1993 Lazio
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993-2002
2002-
Lazio
Milan
National team
1996-2006 Italy

Alessandro Nesta (born 19 March 1976) is an Italian football player. He plays for Milan.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1993/94LazioSerie A20--20
1994/9511010-120
1995/962302030280
1996/972504040330
1997/9830091101492
1998/992012040261
1999/002802090390
2000/012901080380
2001/022501040300
2002/03MilanSerie A29151140482
2003/042604160361
2004/0529030120440
2005/0630120100421
2006/071400080220
2007/082810070351
2008/0910000010
2009/10
CountryItaly 35043639914858
Total 35043639914858

International career statistics

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Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199620
199770
199870
199960
2000130
200150
2002100
200370
2004100
200550
200660
Total780

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