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Cesare Maldini
Personal information
Date of birth 5 February 1932 (1932-02-05) (age 78)
Place of birth Trieste, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1953 Triestina 032 (0)
1954–1966 Milan 347 (3)
1966–1967 Torino 033 (0)
Total 412 (3)
National team
1962–1968 Italy 025 (1)
Teams managed
1973–1974 Milan
1974–1976 Foggia
1976–1977 Ternana
1978–1980 Parma
1986–1996 Italy U-21
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 in Trieste) is an Italian football coach and former centre half. He played the majority of his career with AC Milan and also represented Italy at international level in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups. His son Paolo, also a defender, co-holds the record for the most caps for the Italian national team. The younger Maldini captained Milan to the Champions League title in 2003, 40 years after Cesare had achieved the same feat. His grandson Christian has continued the family tradition and plays as a defender in the AC Milan youth team.

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Biography

Maldini was born in Trieste, Venezia Giulia, Italy. His parents were working class people of Slovene origin whose surname Maldič was Italianized to Maldini in 1931.[1][2] He grew up in the working class suburb of Servola (Slovene: Škedenj), and has kept a typical local Triestine accent.[3]

He lifted the European Cup with AC Milan in 1963 as team captain. He served as an assistant coach on the 1982 FIFA World Cup-winning Italian side.

Maldini coached the Italian Under-21 side for ten years, winning the European Under-21 Football Championship on the tournament record of three occasions. Former proteges Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti from the 1996-winning squad went on to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was then called up to lead the senior national team, and helped the team qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, captained by his son Paolo. Italy advanced to the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by hosts France on penalties after a scoreless draw. Maldini resigned after the tournament due to media criticism of his ultra-defensive tactics.

Maldini became coach of Paraguay's national team in January 2002. 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.[1] He led the team to qualify for the 2002 World Cup hosted by South Korea and Japan, becoming the oldest coach in the 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 advanced to the knockout round. They were eliminated by eventual finalists Germany by an 89th minute goal.

The experienced coach returned to AC Milan as a scout for young talent for the Rossoneri. He is currently a sports analyst for the Al Jazeera sports channel with Alessandro Altobelli.

His son Paolo Maldini is Italy's joint most capped player alongside Fabio Cannavaro who equalled the record caps during the Confederations Cup 2009 in a match where Italy lost 1-0 to Egypt.

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Simple English

Cesare Maldini
Personal information
Full name Cesare Maldini
Date of birth 5 February 1932 (1932-02-05) (age 79)
Place of birth    Venezia Giulia, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1952-1954
1954-1966
1966-1967
Triestina
Milan
Torino
National team
1960-1963 Italy
Teams managed
1973-1974
1974-1976
1976-1977
1978-1980
1996-1998
2001
2001-2002
Milan
Foggia
Ternana
Parma
Italy
Milan
Paraguay

Cesare Maldini (born 5 February 1932) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

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Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1952/53TriestinaSerie A10
1953/54310
1954/55MilanSerie A271
1955/56220
1956/57211
1957/58320
1958/59340
1959/60290
1960/61300
1961/62341
1962/63310
1963/64220
1964/65340
1965/66310
1966/67TorinoSerie A330
CountryItaly 4123
Total 4123

International career statistics

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
196010
196130
196260
196340
Total140

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