Franco Baresi

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Italian Great Impressed With Passionate Newcastle – They’ll Do Better

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Franco Baresi is one of the greatest defenders of all time and he played at only one club AC Milan for 20 seasons from 1977 until he retired at the end of the 1996-1997 season, after playing a massive 719 times for Milan with 30 goals. Franco was a central defender who often played [...]

Juventus’ sudden vulnerability throws Serie A open

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Winning is a habit, we're told. Juventus are finding that losing is too.

While the emphatic victory over Chelsea has raised hopes of a Serie A renaissance in the Champions League, domestically Juve are experiencing an uncharacteristic slump.

What If Wenger Does A Guardiola And Walks Away?

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La Liga (3): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11 Copa del Rey (1): 2008–09 Supercopa de España (3): 2009, 2010, 2011 UEFA Champions League (2): 2008–09, 2010–11 UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011

So to tidy that up, that is four seasons in charge winning three League titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues, and one Copa del Rey and yet, it seems, Pep Guardiola is likely to walk away from Barcelona after all but conceding the league to Real Madrid, and getting knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea's bus.

What If Wenger Does A Guardiola And Walks Away?

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La Liga (3): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11 Copa del Rey (1): 2008–09 Supercopa de España (3): 2009, 2010, 2011 UEFA Champions League (2): 2008–09, 2010–11 UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011

So to tidy that up, that is four seasons in charge winning three League titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues, and one Copa del Rey and yet, it seems, Pep Guardiola is likely to walk away from Barcelona after all but conceding the league to Real Madrid, and getting knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea's bus.

They Retired The Shirt: Franco Baresi

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by Adam Bate

In 1999 the No.6 shirt of AC Milan's Franco Baresi was retired. That same
year, he was named Milan's best player of the twentieth century. More recently,
he was officially named as Italy's player of the century too. These are
extraordinary accolades to be given to a defender.

Capello: Phil Jones is my new Franco Baresi

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Capello: Phil Jones is my new Franco Baresi

United youngster compared to AC Milan legend by England boss

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AC Milan Legends Thrash Indonesia XI 5-1, Even Dida Scores (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The AC Milan 'Glories' (i.e, club legends) were in Indonesia on their 'Asia Disaster Relief' charity tour last night for a friendly game that saw such former Rossoneri luminaries as Jean-Pierre Papin, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Gianluigi Lentini whoop an Indonesian 'Legends' side 5-1, with Serginho grabbing four and Brazilian 'keeper Dida even adding one for good measure.

Team Of The Season Winners: Central Defenders

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All week we will be unveiling the winners of our Team of the Year voting with a mixture of regular and guest writers. Good things tend to come in two: Bert and Ernie, pairs of socks, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini. Following in the footsteps of the later this season have been two outstanding centerbacks for AC Milan, Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta.

Barcelona 2011 vs. AC Milan 1990

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Perhaps the two classiest teams of the past 20 years are Barcelona of today and AC Milan of the early 90's.

What if they played today? Jonathan Wilson breaks down the hypothetical match-up.

Should Barcelona win the Champions League this year, though, it would have good claim to be the best side since Sacchi's.

Jonathan Wilson: Barcelona 2011 vs. AC Milan 1990

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But what would happen if the teams played each other? Both probably produced their greatest displays in beating Real Madrid 5-0, Barcelona earlier this season; AC Milan in the European Cup semifinal in 1989 (both, oddly, also drew 1-1 in the Bernabeu the same season). So let's take the lineups from those two games and pit them against each other.

Sneijder Snubbed As Barcelona Trio Make Ballon d’Or Shortlist

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For the first time since 1989, one single club can boast the honour of employing all three players named on FIFA's 2010 Ballon d'Or shortlist.

21 years ago, AC Milan achieved the feat when legendary triumvirate Franco Baresi, Frank Rijkaard and eventual winner Marco Van Basten were whittled down from the preliminary long list, but this time round it is Catalan powerhouse Barcelona who are now guaranteed to see one of their number crowned as the best player in world football come January 10th.

Big Names Being Chased By Toronto FC

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Who are the top candidates to fill the vacant Toronto FC head coaching job in MLS?

Gerry Dobson handicaps the field, with some big names being thrown about by the Canadian media-


Some big names are believed to be interested in the vacant Toronto FC coaching job.

By now you're aware that when MLSE said they would be after a big name with a significant pedigree in the sport to run Toronto FC, they meant none other than Juergen Klinsmann.

Improved fitness and technique exposes the specialists

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The increased conditioning and speed of the game means the technical level of players will also be forced to improve, thereby exposing the specialists.
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Juventus' problems started with their over-reliance on Diego and Felipe Melo.

Paolo Maldini

The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine Zidane to name but a few.

The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine Zidane to name but a few.

Steve Harper’s Testimonial Will See Stellar Newcastle XI Take On AC Milan Side Featuring Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi & Alessandro Costacurta

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By Chris Wright

Not that he wasn't a fine servant for the club over the years, but the calibre of players turning out for goalkeeper Steve Harper's imminent 20-year testimonial at Newcastle United beggars belief.

Harper's Newcastle are set to turn out against the AC Milan Glorie (i.

Fabio Capello Continues To Heap Expectation On Jack Wilshere

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By Chris Wright

A week or so after proclaiming him to be the future of English football, the best young player in the known universe, the new (but slower) Claude Makelele and the saviour of everything that is good and holy, England manager Fabio Capello has ladled yet more crushing expectation onto Jack Wilshere's young shoulders by directly comparing him to some of the greatest players to have ever graced the game.

Arsenal's Wilshire latest victim of England hype machine

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Here we go again.

With the class of 2010 ruthlessly chewed up and spat out by the media; labelled spoilt over-paid, over-rated wasters, the press hordes have moved onto their next target.

That person is Jack Wilshire, a young player of extreme talent yes, but one who is already been placed on a pedestal he is not yet qualified to fill.

Mr Liverpool Picks Keane Over Gerrard In All Time XI

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Jamie Carragher, who the club's official website refer to as 'Mr Liverpool', has named his all time XI, rating Roy Keane ahead of Steven Gerrard.

"Talking of Roy Keane, I'd have him alongside Souey at the heart of midfield," said Carragher. "The Man United skipper may be a little short of Souness in the passing department but he has so much drive, he can get forward into the box to score vital goals, and he can also put his foot in.

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FIFA World Cup Official Songs/Music Anthems From 1990 to 1998

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1990 FIFA World Cup Italy

In 1990 the FIFA World Cup held in Italy gave us the official anthem "Un'estate italiana" which translates english to "To Be Number One". The song is sung by Italian artists Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini. West Germany (yup it was still West Germany in 1990) beat Argentina 1-0 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, it was also the World Cup game Diego Maradona would lace his cleats up for.

Italy Euro 2012 Puma Away Shirt

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The Italian National Team have overcome injuries and pre-tournament scandals to qualify from the Euro 2012 knockout stages, where they now wait to face their Group D quarter-final opponents. The Azzuri last tasted success at the 2006 World Cup and are always one of the main contenders for every major tournament.

Italy Euro 2012 Puma Home Football Shirt

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The Italian National Team are one of the favourites to win the Euro 2012 tournament. The Azzuri last tasted success at the 2006 World Cup and are always one of the main contenders for every major tournament.

Italy Euro 2012 Puma Home Football Shirt

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The Italian National Team are one of the favourites to win the Euro 2012 tournament. The Azzuri last tasted success at the 2006 World Cup and are always one of the main contenders for every major tournament.

South Africa 2010 Analysis: Reasons behind Italy’s Struggles

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Italy managed to draw 1-1 against both Paraguay and New Zealand while failing to impress despite having seen a lot in terms of ball possession, in particular against the Kiwis when the Italians had just over 70% in terms of ball possession. Pundits and fans alike are debating what has gone wrong for the Azzurri in South Africa 2010 with some attributing it to the Italian tendency to start slow referencing Spain 1982, USA 1994 and even Germany 2006.

“Life at it’s best”, by Milos Kosic

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Milos Kosic is a writer from New York that frequently visits The Final Third. He graciously decided to send us one of his short stories that is perfect for the start of the World Cup. We hope you enjoy it.

A few moments after Roberto Baggio had sent the ball skyrocketing towards the stars, my father and my uncle got up from their chairs, stepped in front of the TV, and began to dance.

Greatest World Cup matches: Brazil-Italy (1994)

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The 1994 World Cup in the USA was a strange world cup: on the one hand it meant a rebirth of football in the sense of a wider commercialization as ever seen before, and the fans (who in USA showed a new friendler side) responded by showing a friendlier and more partying side. At the same time, some events put a dark shadow over the world party, notably the murder of the Colombian player Andrés

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Phil Jones is good, but please Fabio, he’s no Baresi

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Phil Jones is good, but please Fabio, he's no Baresi

While those of us who have covered England for longer than we care to remember are trying to manfully manage expectations, up steps Fabio Capello. Phil Jones after his cavalier start with Manchester United (his rick against Basel and poor performance of Anfield have already been airbrushed from popular perception) can, according to Capello, be braketed with Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro.

Fergie stands up for Mourinho

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Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the touchline antics of Jose Mourinho.

The Real Madrid manager hit the headlines once more after appearing to poke Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye following a recent Spanish Supercopa clash. Many feel such incidents could cost Mourinho any chance of succeeding Ferguson as Manchester United boss when the Scot eventually calls time on his stellar career.

Rafael Doesn’t Know Jack!

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Sir Alex Ferguson is lucky that Eric Assadourian doesn't like Arsene Wenger or his former flunkey Damian Comolli. Assadourian is the youth coach at S.C. Lens. Clearly, something unpleasant happened years back between Lens and these two vacuum-cleaners of young French talent, and Monseuir Assadourian has a long memory.

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World Cup Legends: Gaetano Scirea

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The Man Who Would be King: Jose Mourinho’s Recipe for Success

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As Inter Milan stroll to yet another Serie A title, COS contributor Mark McAllister looks at an Italian legend who 'The Special One' has clearly learnt a lot from.

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Franco Baresi is one of the first names to come to anybody's mind when you mention the Libero (or sweeper) position, simply because he was the on-field general and symbol of Arrigo Sacchi's great Milan side in the late 1980s; a side that arguably boasted one of the greatest defences of all time.

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Five things you may have missed…

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Calcio Italia – Mar 2011

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Another month, another superb edition of Calcio Italia.

The usual columns by Gabriele Marcotti, James Richardson and Tor-Kristian Karlsen are all there. In addition, there are also features by James Horncastle and Dan Ross.

I have contributed to the magazine writing a They Retired The Shirt feature on Franco Baresi which I hope readers will enjoy.

Del Piero – Bari vs Juventus – 2001

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Adam Digby writes a superb blog about Juventus and tweets on all manner of subjects @Adz77 ... this is his favourite goal.

Of course he has scored better goals. Of course he has scored more important goals. The current Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero has netted vital strikes at the World Cup, in a Champions League Final, in the World Club Cup Final and has won so many top trophies and titles that his list of personal honours is longer than that of most clubs.

Xavi, Iniesta & Messi on shortlist for FIFA award

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Barcelona stars Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi have been shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or. The winner will be announced in Zurich on January 10.

It's a remarkable feat for Barca to have three players nominated. The last time a club boasted all the players in the Ballon D'Or top three voting was in 1989 when Milan's Marco Van Basten, Franco Baresi and Frank Rijkaard were on the podium.

Vélez - Milán 16 años después.

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01.12.2010 - Calígula - Hace 16 años, el 1 de diciembre de 1994, Vélez se consagraba Campeón Intercontiental en Tokio ganándole (2-0) al Milan (goles de Roberto Trotta y Omar Asad).
Hoy, 16 años después, aquellos jugadores se encuentran (a partir de las 20.45) en el Estadio José Amalfitani (Vélez Sársfield) (televisa TyC) para rememorar, en el año del centenario velezano, aquel máximo logro.