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Massimo Bonini
Personal information
Date of birth 13 October 1959 (1959-10-13) (age 50)
Place of birth San Marino, San Marino
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1973–1977 Juvenes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Bellaria Igea 33 (0)
1978–1979 Forlì 23 (1)
1979–1981 Cesena 60 (5)
1981–1988 Juventus 192 (5)
1988–1992 Bologna 112 (5)
National team
Italy U-21 9 (0)
1990–1995 San Marino 19 (0)
Teams managed
1996–1998 San Marino
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Massimo Bonini (born 13 October 1959 at San Marino) is regarded by many as the best football player - and amongst the best sportsmen - in the history of the Republic of San Marino. He was a midfielder who played for Bellaria, Forlì, Cesena, Juventus and Bologna during his career.

Most significantly, Bonini was a Juventus player between 1981 and 1988, in which he played 296 matches and scored 6 goals. He won 3 Scudetti, 1 Italian Cup, 1 European Champion Clubs' Cup, 1 Cup Winners' Cup, 1 European Super Cup and 1 Intercontinental Cup (or World Club Championship). He is the only San Marino football player to have won the European Cup. Plus, both he and the motorcycle rider Manuel Poggiali are the only sportsmen from San Marino to have won a world sport competition.

Since the San Marino Football Federation was not officially recognised by UEFA until 1990, players from San Marino were assimilated to Italian players. For this reason Massimo Bonini was entitled to play for the Italian Football Federation and actually played for the Italian Under-21 football team. Since he always refused to give up the citizenship of San Marino, he had to wait until 1990 in order to play for San Marino’s first team, winning 19 full caps since then. He was also briefly the national coach of the San Marino national team after retirement.

For its 50th anniversary in 2004, UEFA asked each of its 52 member associations to nominate one player as the single most outstanding player of the period 1954-2003, and Bonini was chosen as the Golden Player of San Marino by the San Marino Football Federation in November 2003 [1].

"Michel, are you smoking?". "The thing that really counts is that Bonini does not smoke"

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