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Paolo Maldini
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Personal information
Full name Paolo Cesare Maldini
Date of birth 26 June 1968 (1968-06-26) (age 41)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Left back / Centre back (Retired)
Youth career
1978–1985 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–2009 Milan 647 (29)
Total 647 (29)
National team
1986–1988 Italy U-21 12 (5)
1988–2002 Italy 126 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2002

Paolo Cesare Maldini (born 26 June 1968 in Milan) is a former Italian footballer. He spent all 25 seasons of his career at A.C. Milan, until the age of 40. During that period, he won seven Italian Serie A championships, five UEFA Champions League Cups, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five UEFA Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup. His father is Cesare Maldini, a former player and Milan captain and a successful national U-21 coach.

He spent 14 years with the Italian national team, making his debut in 1988 and retiring in 2002 with 126 caps and 7 goals.

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Club career

Maldini made his league debut in the 1984-85 season on 20 January 1985, replacing the injured Sergio Battistini in a match against Udinese at the age of 16.[2][3] It was his only league appearance of the campaign, but he was in the starting eleven the following season.

The 1987–88 Scudetto marked Maldini's first major trophy, and the first of seven league titles, with the club.[4] He was also part of Milan's undefeated Serie A champions in the 1991-92 season. The back four that included him and fellow long-timers Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti is widely considered one of the best in Italian football.

In addition to winning his third Champions League and reaching the 1994 FIFA World Cup final, Maldini became the first defender ever to win World Soccer magazine's annual World Player of the Year Award. During his acceptance speech, Maldini called his milestone "a particular matter of pride because defenders generally receive so much less attention from fans and the media than goalscorers. We are more in the engine room rather than taking the glory."[5] He then singled out Milan captain Franco Baresi as a player who "really [deserved] to receive the sort of award I have received."[5]

Maldini played his 600th Serie A match on 13 May 2007 in a 1–1 draw at Catania.[6] On 25 September 2005, Maldini broke Dino Zoff's Serie A appearance record after playing his 571st league match against Treviso;[7] seven days earlier, he had played his 800th game in all competitions for Milan. On 16 February 2008, Maldini reached 1,000 senior games with Milan and Italy when he entered as a substitute against Parma.[8]

Maldini has participated in eight UEFA Champions League finals during the course of his career, which is bettered only by Francisco Gento, who also appeared in a Cup Winners Cup final, bringing his total European finals to nine. Maldini has lifted the trophy five times, the latest coming in Milan's 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final on 23 May 2007 in Athens. In an interview with ESPN that aired prior to the broadcast of the 2007 final, he labeled the 2005 final, a match that Milan lost on penalties to Liverpool after blowing a 3–0 half-time lead, the worst moment of his career, even though he had scored the fastest-ever goal in a European Clubs' Cup final just 51 seconds into the match, in the process also becoming the oldest player ever to score in a final.

Maldini announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2007-08 season, saying that he would do so with "no regrets."[9] However, following Milan's elimination from the Champions League by Arsenal in March, Maldini stated that he would possibly delay his retirement for at least a further year.[10] He signed an extension on June 6 that kept him at Milan for the 2008–09 season.[11] On 18 April 2009, Maldini announced that he will be finally retiring at the end of the 2008–09 season. On 17 May, in the Friuli stadium Maldini played his 900th official match for Milan in a league game against Udinese. Maldini's last match in San Siro was on 24 May, in a game lost 3-2 against Roma. His last appearance for Milan, and his last game as an active player was on 31 May 2009, in the last match of the season, against Fiorentina, which Milan won 2-0.

Milan retired his number 3 shirt, but it will be bequeathed to one of his sons if one makes the club's senior side.[12][13]

International career

In 1986, Maldini was called up by his father Cesare to the Italian U-21 side, where he earned twelve caps and scored five goals in two years. He made his Azzurri debut at the age of nineteen on 31 March 1988, in a 1-1 friendly draw against Yugoslavia, and made one appearance for Italy at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Maldini featured in all four of Italy's games at UEFA Euro 1988, and participated in his first World Cup in 1990, where Italy lost to Argentina in the semifinals on penalties.

Maldini's first international goal came in his 44th career match, in a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico on 20 January 1993. He captained Italy at the start of the 1994 World Cup, losing to Brazil in the final on penalties. He was named in the Team of the Tournament, 32 years after his father received the same honor at the 1962 FIFA World Cup. Euro 1996 would see Italy eliminated in the group stage, and the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup. Italy did reach the final of UEFA Euro 2000, but lost to France in extra time.

After Italy were eliminated in the 2002 World Cup round of sixteen, Maldini retired trophyless from international competition as Italy's most capped player. He scored seven international goals, all coming in home games. He spent over half of his 16 years as an international as team captain, wearing the armband a record 74 times.

In February 2009, Italian head coach Marcello Lippi declared his support for a testimonial match for Maldini, stating that it would give him a chance to play for the Azzurri for a final time.[14] Italian Football Federation offered him a place in the line-up in a friendly match against Northern Ireland. However, Maldini rejected the offer, saying that he wanted to part with football in an "official" match.[15]

Retirement

Prior to his retirement, Maldini expressed that he would never be moving into a coaching career [16][17]. He was offered a position that would have reunited him with his former manager, Carlo Ancelotti, by joining Chelsea as a coach having reportedly met with Ancelotti and with Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich, to discuss such a possibility.[18] On 30 June 2009, Ancelotti announced that Maldini had turned down his offer to become part of Chelsea's coaching staff.[19]

Personal life

Maldini is married to Adriana, a model, and has two sons, Christian (born 1996) and Daniel (born 2001)[20] who both have already been signed by AC Milan and currently play in the youth teams.[21][22] In 2003, he lifted the European Cup/Champions League as club captain exactly 40 years after his father Cesare accomplished the same feat (only the father-son combos of Manuel Sanchís and his father; and Carles and Sergio Busquets have also accomplished this). Christian is currently in the Milan youth squad and also plays as a defender like his grandfather and father.

Club playing honours

Domestic

International

National team playing honours

Individual playing honours

Orders

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4th Class / Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana:[23] 2000
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5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana:[24] 1991

Career statistics

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Club

As of 31 May 2009.[1]
Team Season Serie A Coppa Italia European
Competition1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 1984-85 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
1985-86 27 0 6 0 6 0 1 0 40 0
1986-87 29 1 7 0 - - 13 - 37 1
1987-88 26 2 1 0 2 0 - - 29 2
1988-89 26 0 7 0 7 0 - - 40 0
1989-90 30 1 6 0 10 0 1 0 47 1
1990-91 26 4 3 0 5 0 1 0 35 4
1991-92 31 3 7 1 - - - - 38 4
1992-93 31 2 8 0 10 1 1 0 50 3
1993-94 30 1 2 0 12 1 2 0 46 2
1994-95 29 2 1 0 12 0 1 0 43 2
1995-96 30 3 3 0 8 0 - - 41 3
1996-97 26 1 3 0 6 0 1 0 36 1
1997-98 30 0 7 0 - - - - 37 0
1998-99 31 1 2 0 - - - - 33 1
1999-00 27 1 4 0 6 0 1 0 38 1
2000-01 31 1 4 0 14 0 - - 49 1
2001-02 15 0 - - 4 0 - - 19 0
2002-03 29 2 1 0 19 0 - - 49 2
2003-04 30 0 - - 10 0 2 0 42 0
2004-05 33 0 - - 13 1 1 0 47 1
2005-06 14 2 - - 9 0 - - 23 2
2006-07 18 1 - - 9 0 - - 27 1
2007-08 17 1 - - 4 0 2 0 23 1
2008-09 30 0 - - 2 0 - - 32 0
Career Total 647 29 72 1 168 3 15 0 902 33

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup
2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana, Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup
3Play-off for UEFA Cup admission

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 January 1993 Florence, Italy  Mexico 2–0 Win Friendly
2. 24 March 1993 Palermo, Italy  Malta 6–1 Win FIFA World Cup 1994 Qualification
3. 11 November 1995 Bari, Italy  Ukraine 3–1 Win UEFA Euro 1996 Qualification
4. 29 March 1997 Trieste, Italy  Moldova 3–0 Win FIFA World Cup 1998 Qualification
5. 30 April 1997 Naples, Italy  Poland 3–0 Win FIFA World Cup 1998 Qualification
6. 22 April 1998 Parma, Italy  Paraguay 3–1 Win Friendly
7. 5 June 1999 Bologna, Italy  Wales 4–0 Win UEFA Euro 2000 Qualification

References

  1. ^ a b "Paolo Maldini - AC Milan Player Profile". http://www.acmilan.com/LM_Actor.aspx?idSquadra=3&idStagione=14&idPersona=5&name=Maldini%20Paolo. 
  2. ^ "Paolo Maldini". Talk Football. http://www.talkfootball.co.uk/guides/football_legends_paolo_maldini.html. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Maldini the fulcrum of Milan generation game". Guardian. http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2007/05/23/maldini_the_fulcrum_of_milan_g.html. Retrieved 28 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Paolo Maldini". UEFA. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/players/player=428/index.html. Retrieved 28 May 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Paolo Maldini". http://www.cs.wm.edu/~wm/maldini.html. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Maldini infinito: e sono 600" (in Italian). Gazzetta dello Sport. 14 May 2007. http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/SerieA/Squadre/Milan/Primo_Piano/2007/05_Maggio/14/MALDINI.shtml. Retrieved 14 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "Maldini sets record". soccernet.espn.go.com. 25 September 2005. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=343889&&cc=3888. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Anche il Parma frena il Milan" (in Italian). Gazzetta dello Sport. 16 February 2008. http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Primo_Piano/2008/02_Febbraio/16/ParmaMilan.shtml. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Maldini to quit at end of season". BBC Sport. 16 December 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7146949.stm. Retrieved 17 December 2007. 
  10. ^ FourFourTwo. "Injured Maldini's career could be over". http://fourfourtwo.com/news/italy/7633/default.aspx. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "Maldini to play for one more year". BBC. 6 June 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7441109.stm. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Paolo Maldini: like father, like son". FIFA. http://www.fifa.com/en/mens/index/0,2527,105276,00.html?articleid=105276/. Retrieved 8 February 2005. 
  13. ^ "The monarch of defence". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/article/184399/. Retrieved 6 May 2005. 
  14. ^ (Italian)"Calcio: Lippi: Si' a gara addio Maldini ma non con Brasile". La Repubblica. 2 February 2009. http://www.repubblica.it/ultimora/sport/CALCIO-LIPPI-SI-A-GARA-ADDIO-MALDINI-MA-NON-CON-BRASILE/news-dettaglio/3532933. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  15. ^ (Polish)"Paolo Maldini nie chce pożegnalnego meczu w kadrze". sport.pl, based on La Gazzetta dello Sport. 7 May 2009. http://www.sport.pl/pilka/1,93854,6582362,Paolo_Maldini_nie_chce_pozegnalnego_meczu_w_kadrze.html. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "AC Milan Legend Paolo Maldini Not Keen On Coaching". Goal.com. 30 June 2009. http://www.goal.com/en/news/10/italy/2009/05/08/1253863/ac-milan-legend-paolo-maldini-not-keen-on-coaching. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "Maldini: "I'll win the derby and finish off with the League"". La Gazetta dello Sport. 30 September 2009. http://english.gazzetta.it/Football/Primo_Piano/2009/02/13/maldini.shtml. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
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  19. ^ "Paolo Maldini rejects Chelsea coaching role". The Telegraph. 30 June 2009. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/chelsea/5698056/Paolo-Maldini-rejects-Chelsea-coaching-role.html. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
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  23. ^ "Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana". http://www.quirinale.it/onorificenze/DettaglioDecorato.asp?idprogressivo=77622&iddecorato=77131. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 
  24. ^ "(Italian) Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana". http://www.quirinale.it/onorificenze/DettaglioDecorato.asp?idprogressivo=212432&iddecorato=211861. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 

Simple English

Paolo Maldini
Personal information
Full name Paolo Cesare Maldini
Date of birth 26 June 1968 (1968-06-26) (age 42)
Place of birth    Milan, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth clubs
1978-1984 Milan
Senior clubs
Years Club
1984-2009 Milan
National team
1988-2002 Italy

Paolo Maldini (born 26 June 1968) is a former Italian football player. He had played for Milan and Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1984/85MilanSerie A1000-10
1985/862706060390
1986/8730170-371
1987/882621020292
1988/892607070400
1989/903016080441
1990/912643040334
1991/9231371-384
1992/9331280101493
1993/9430120101422
1994/9529210110412
1995/963033080413
1996/972613060351
1997/9830070-370
1998/9931120-331
1999/002714060371
2000/0131140140491
2001/021500040190
2002/0329210190492
2003/043000090390
2004/0533000131461
2005/061420090232
2006/071810090271
2007/081710040211
2008/093000020320
CountryItaly 64829721161388133
Total 64829721166388633

International career statistics

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Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
1988100
198970
1990110
199180
199270
199352
1994120
199571
199670
1997112
1998111
199971
2000110
200170
200250
Total1267

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