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Franco Baresi
Personal information
Date of birth May 8, 1960 (1960-05-08) (age 49)
Place of birth Travagliato (Brescia), Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Sweeper (Retired)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1997 Milan 531 (16)
National team
1982–1994 Italy 81 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franco Baresi (born May 8, 1960 in Travagliato, province of Brescia) is an Italian youth team coach and former football defender with Milan, acknowledged as one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game. Baresi was colloquially called "piscinin", Milanese dialect for "little one".

He is also the younger brother of Internazionale assistant manager Giuseppe Baresi. Hoping Franco could play with him in the nerazzurri; Giuseppe brought him for a trial in Inter's youth team, but Franco was rejected. Despite this set-back, he didn't give up and decided to try out for arch-rivals Milan, where he was accepted.[1]


Playing career


Baresi led the Milan team and its defence for the best part of a decade; a period during which Milan's defence was considered by many observers to be one of the best back fours in the history of football, consisting of Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti. He is also one of the few players who spent his entire career at one club, Milan, for whom he played 532 games, scoring 16 goals.

He retired from playing in 1997 aged 37. With Milan, Baresi won six scudetti (Serie A league titles) and three European Cups. He mentored defensive partner Paolo Maldini in his later years, whose career has followed a similar path.

His #6 jersey was retired by the club, a rarity for Italian football.


Baresi played in two World Cups for Italy. Baresi was part of the 1982 World Cup squad in Spain aged 22 as substitute of another great defender, Gaetano Scirea, but didn't play, just like in the 1980 European Football Championship, where he was called along with his brother Giuseppe.

His international debut came later that year in a match against Romania. He also missed the 1986 tournament and made his World Cup debut in 1990 when Italy were the hosts. The Azzurri lost to Argentina in the semi-finals, but went on to beat England in the third place play off.

He was rather unlucky to have been playing at a time when Scirea was still active in the Italian National Team as both of them were world class defenders and legends in the game, hence his few caps which most were gained when Scirea had retired from the Azzuri.

In the 1994 World Cup he was one step closer to lifting the trophy, losing to Brazil in the final. He missed the first penalty in the shootout after the 0-0 full-time and extra-time score. Until this, he was being a hero: he missed four matches after being injured in Italy's group match against Norway. He underwent emergency surgery and returned to captain the team three weeks later in the final, where he made many important tackles and interceptions. Romário, who didn't play his best in the decision due to what he said to be "The most ruthless monitoring of my entire career".[1]

He was also a member of the Italian squad that finished fourth at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.[2]

Coaching career

After a short spell as Director of Football at Fulham, Baresi returned to Milan as a youth team coach in 2002. He was appointed head coach of AC Milan's Primavera Under-20 squad. In 2006, he was moved by the club to coach the Berretti Under-19 squad, with his former fellow Filippo Galli replacing him at the helm of the Primavera squad. He retired from coaching and was replaced by Roberto Bertuzzo.


On March 4, 2004, at a gala ceremony in London, to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body of football revealed the FIFA 100. The list contains choice of the "greatest living footballers", Baresi was one of many from the legendary Milan teams of the 1990s to be included. Club

Individual honours

  • 1989
  • 1990
    • Top Scorer Italian Cup : (4 goals) Total (15 goals) Italian Cup.
    • Italian League The Best Player of the Year.
    • Best Silver Player World of the Year IFFHS : 1989
  • 1999
    • Player of AC Milan of the Century Club.
  • 2004
    • Named in FIFA 100
    • Named Player of Italy of the Century XX by FIGC


Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Total
1977-78 Milan Serie A 1 0 2 0
1978-79 30 0 4 0
1979-80 28 0 5 0
1980-81 Serie B 31 0 4 1
1981-82 Serie A 18 2 4 0
1982-83 Serie B 30 4 9 2
1983-84 Serie A 21 3 9 2
1984-85 26 0 10 0
1985-86 20 0 4 0
1986-87 28 2 6 3
1987-88 27 1 6 0
1988-89 33 2 8 2
1989-90 30 1 7 4
1990-91 31 0 1 0
1991-92 33 0 6 1
1992-93 29 0 7 0
1993-94 31 0
1994-95 28 0
1995-96 30 1 3 0
1996-97 26 0 1 0
Total Italy 531 16 97 15 628 31
Career Total 531 16 97 15 628 31


  1. ^ a b "O Professor da Azzurra", Especial Placar - Os Craques do Século, November 1999, Abril, pg. 30
  2. ^ "Franco Baresi Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-28.  

See also

Simple English

Franco Baresi
Personal information
Full name Franco Baresi
Date of birth 8 May 1960 (1960-05-08) (age 50)
Place of birth    Travagliato, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1977-1997 Milan
National team
1982-94 Italy

Franco Baresi (born 8 May 1960) 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
1977/78MilanSerie A1020-30
1980/81Serie B31041-351
1981/82Serie A18240-222
1982/83Serie B30492-396
1983/84Serie A21392-305
CountryItaly 53116971569069731
Total 53116971569069731

International career statistics


Italy national team


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