Legends of Calcio

AC Milan

Legends of Calcio: Dejan Savicevic

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Blessed with amazing dribbling and technical ability, Dejan Savicevic is undoubtedly one of calcio's stars from the golden age of the 1990s. He was born on September 15, 1966 in Titograd, Yugoslavia (now Podgorica, Montenegro), joining the youth setup at hometown club OFK Titograd as a fifteen year old.

Marco van Basten: Greatness That Could Have Been Greater

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There isn't much that can be said about Marco Van Basten that hasn't already been said. The man is a legend. If you were a kid in the early 1990′swatching Serie A, Van Basten is one of the first names that you would have beentaught. It is synonymous with greatness. A three time Ballon D'Or winner, Van Basten was part of Milan's golden age.

Rinaldi Reminisces: Milan Inter

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Serie A Weekly is proud to present another episode of this beautifully written feature from well known and respected journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi The Milanese derby's darkest night It is one of the most iconic snapshots of the Italian game. Inter's Marco Materazzi leans on the shoulder of Milan's Manuel Rui Costa as the pair of them gaze in disbelief or bemusement at what is unfolding before.

Ronaldo: A Legend of Skill, Goals, and Injuries

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"Can anybody, anywhere, show me a better player?" Sir Bobby Robson 34 goals in 37 games for Barcelona. 83 in 127 for Real Madrid. For PSV, an even more remarkable 42 in 46 games. A career total of 247 goals in 343 games and a ratio of .72 per appearance. Yet the rotund forward will forever be remembered not for what he did achieve, but for what potential was kept permanently in hindrance.

Legend of Calcio: Gianni Rivera

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Gianni Rivera was born on18th August 1943 in Alessandria to a poor family playing football in the back streets of this small unassuming town. When he was thirteen, his father organised a trial at the local team, and it is said the young Rivera attracted an audience with his skill on the ball.

Legend of Calcio: George Weah

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Born on the 1st October 1966 in the Clara Town slum of Monrovia, Liberia and raised principally by his grandmother, George Weah was a good student; he studied hard at Wells Hairston High School, although it was apparent from a young age that he was destined for football stardom. The young George Weah was prodigiously talented with a football at his feet but this aptitude wouldn't truly become.

Legend of Calcio: Luigi Meroni

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Luigi Meroni was born on February 24th 1943 in the sleepy town of Como just north of Milan. He was a magician with the ball, bandy legged, thin but incredibly fast and blessed with immense control of...

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Legend of Calcio: Zvonimir Boban

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Football and politics are two entwined entities and often throughout history have influenced each other. But one man encompasses this relationship more than most, his name is Zvonimir Boban. Born in...

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Legend of Calcio: Roberto Donadoni

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Mention the name Roberto Donadoni to most people and the first thought that would creep into their mind is ‘incompetent coach', but many forget he was a great winger and one of the reasons AC Milan...

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Legend Of Calcio: Michel Platini

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Michel Platini was born 21st June 1955 in the tiny commune of JÅ“uf in north-east France. With a population of less than 8,000 today, it is hard to believe this little village, just an hours drive from Luxembourg, is the birthplace of one of the finest players ever to play the beautiful game. The 56 year-old has often been a controversial figure since his appointment head of UEFA in 2007, but the.

Legend Of Calcio: John Charles

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As much has been spoken of the man's character off the field as well as his impact on it. A master of two positions, centre forward and centre half, while always walking through life with a smile on his face, the word Legend doesn't even come close to describing this player. John Charles was born 27th December 1931 in Swansea.

Legend of Calcio: Pavel Nedved

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There have been many great players to grace Serie A in recent times, but one of the most outstanding is Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved. A legend at Juventus after initially being brought to the...

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Legend of Calcio - Pierluigi Casiraghi

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Pierluigi Casiraghi carved out a very respectable career in Italy with Monza, Juventus and Lazio,...

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Legend of Calcio - Gianluca Vialli

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Juventus have had a plethora of phenomenal strikers over the years but there is one who stands out...

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Legends of Calcio: Remembering Giorgio Chinaglia

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Last Sunday afternoon, calcio lost one of its most colorful and controversial characters in Giorgio Chinaglia. While most (including myself) tend to associate 'Long John' with his whirlwind stint with the New York Cosmos, the Tuscan-born striker enjoyed several fine years with Lazio, including winning both the scudetto and capocannoniere in the 1973-74 season.

What Italian Football Pages Say Monday 07.11.11

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Gazzetta dello Sport Milan dance with Binho Napoli-Juve postponed, a rainstorm of controversy All Toto, Udinese don't stop Lazio party, Sculli goal but Klose is super Rossi for Mihajlovic? Montolivo gaffe Inter still have Eto'o idea, meeting in December Tuttosport Oh My Sunshine Stadio San Paolo, yesterday afternoon Miha KO, Rossi is ready Milan, Udinese and Lazio are thankful and fly away "Toro.

Rinaldi Reminisces: Fiorentina-Roma

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Serie A Weekly is proud to present another new feature that will be here every Friday. Beautifully written by well known and respected journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi it will look back into the annals of Calcio history and every week bring to life a game that many will not remember but that most cannot forget.

Dov Schiavone

Legend Of Calcio: Helenio Herrera

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A man whose influence stretches deep into Italian football and you could argue football as a whole. Helenio Herrera changed the face of the game as we know it; he was authoritarian, dictatorial, eccentric, a genius and a winner. Helenio Herrera was born, well no one knows exactly when, his father who wished to avoid late registration fees apparently doctored his date of birth, and Herrera himself.

Legend of Calcio: Enzo Bearzot

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One of Italy's most beloved coaches, a man who brought the World Cup back to the peninsula after 44 years. A humble man, but a football man first and foremost. Enzo Bearzot was born in Aiello del Friuli, in the province of Udine on the 26th September 1927. His father was a bank manager and had no interest in football, instead he wanted his son to go to university and get a formal education.

Legend of Calcio: Gabriel Batistuta

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One of the greatest strikers of modern football is of course Gabriel Batistuta, when you think of goals his name is one of the first to spring to mind. He enjoyed a fabulous playing career at the likes of Boca Juniors, Fiorentina, and As Roma, whilst also carrying his fantastic club form to the international arena.

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Legend of Calcio: Gigi Riva

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Born in 1944 in Leggiuno, Luigi (or ‘Gigi') Riva displayed both artistry and power in a career spanning 15 years. A player who was once described as the most handsome man on Earth, became a folk hero on the island of Sardinia and an icon to followers of the beautiful game all over the world.