‘Absolute hero’ Cesare Maldini dies aged 84

Date published: Sunday 3rd April 2016 12:25

Cesare Maldini: Former Italy coach has died aged 84

Former Italy coach and AC Milan defender Cesare Maldini has died aged 84.

Milan have expressed condolences to Maldini’s family. Paolo, Maldini’s son, played more than 600 times for Milan and over 100 games for Italy.

The statement read: “All of Milan, all the people and the Milan figures express condolences to Mrs Maldini, their children and grandchildren.”

A tweet posted on the club’s official account read: “Goodbye dear Cesare. Today the world loses a great man and we lose a page of our history. You will be missed.”

Maldini won the European Cup in 1963 and four Serie A titles with Milan and played more than 400 games during a club career which ended with Torino.

He worked as assistant manager and then manager for Milan before moving to the Italian national team where he was assistant manager from 1980 to 1986 before winning three European Championships during his spell in charge of the under-21 team.

Maldini, who played 25 times for Italy, took over as manager of the national team in 1996 following the departure of Arrigo Sacchi.

He led Italy to the 1998 World Cup finals in France, where they reached the quarter-finals, and also guided Paraguay to the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea.

The Italian football federation announced on its website that a minute’s silence would be observed at all matches in the country on Sunday and Monday to mark Maldini’s passing.

Federation president Carlo Tavecchio said in a statement: “He left us – a great man and an absolute hero of football. As a player and as a coach he tied his name to the history of Italian football.

“After becoming the first Italian to lift the European Cup he helped many Azzurri players to grow, embodying perfectly the spirit and the role of federation coach.”

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