Italy is a football country that is identical to a latch defense system called Catenaccio. For years, Italy seemed to have never stopped giving birth to a tough-defender defender who forged perfectly in the tight competition Serie A. However, lately, the original steel barrels of Spaghetti State began to disappear from circulation and Calcio replace ‘controlled’ by a series reliable difensore from the outside.
Until the 7th giornata this season, looking at Opta stats (via WhoScored), there are only three Italiano in the top 10 defenders with the best performance rating in Serie A. The rest are outsiders, including Hugo Campagnaro of Argentina at the top.
In fact, Italy is famous as a warehouse difensore board. From time to time, there is always a star back line from Italy, which not only reap respect in their own country but also throughout Europe, even the world. Call it Gaetano Scirea, Claudio Gentile, Giacinto Facchetti, Franco Baresi, Giuseppe Bergomi, Mauro Tassotti, Paolo Maldini, Christian Panucci, Gianluca Zambrotta, to famous duets Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Nesta.
Since the last two names have disappeared from Serie A, the defensive defender’s regeneration wheel in Italy seems to be running very slowly. This has an impact on the Italian national team.
Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli was inevitably faced with a very limited choice to build a team with a back line as strong as steel. Prandelli has only one ‘source’, namely Juventus, where La Vecchia Signora has four of Italy’s best central defenders in Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Angelo Ogbonna and Giorgio Chiellini.
For Prandelli, looking for a reliable Italian defender at a club other than Juventus is not an easy thing. Because the clubs are now more rely on import players to guard the defense.
For example, AC Milan. The Rossoneri, known as the home of the tough Italian defenders, now roam on Philippe Mexes (France) and Cristian Zapata (Colombia).
The neighbor, Inter Milan, also makes no difference. From back-to-back coach Walter Mazzarri, two came from Latin America, Campagnaro and Juan Jesus (Brazil). Andrea Ranocchia is the only Italian there.
The capolista AS Roma has undoubtedly had the best defense in Serie A so far with a new one-goal conceded. However, the central defender duet (again) outside players, namely Leandro Castan (Brazil) and Mehdi Benatia (Morocco).
Napoli was the same. Since the arrival of Rafael Benitez, an identical 3-4-2-1 scheme during Mazzarri’s tenure before moving to Inter, was abandoned. The result, Paolo Cannavaro thrown into the bench, because Benitez put forward Raul Albiol (Spain) and Miguel Britos (Uruguay) in the starting lineup of his team.
Similar cases can also be found in Fiorentina who favor Gonzalo Rodriguez (Argentina) and Stefan Savic (Montenegro), Lazio with Michael Ciani (France) and Lorik Cana (Albania) and Udinese with Brazilian duo Naldo and Danilo with Thomas Heurtaux (France) for three parallel defenders.
If Prandelli wants a regular Italian defender at his club, he should look at other smaller clubs. One of them is Davide Astori, a Milan college graduate who now strengthens Cagliari. However, Astori is still not good enough to be compared with the Rossoneri and Azzurri legends of the past.
For Italy, a country once known for its defensive steel walls capable of muffling almost all types of offensive attacks, this situation is very worrying.
How long will Italy and Prandelli continue to depend on the Juventus quartet? Parma’s Alessandro Lucarelli and Atalanta’s Guglielmo Stendardo do include brilliant performance when looking at the chart above. Only, they are both aged over 30.
For the sake of regeneration, Italian clubs should immediately give more portion as a starter to their young talents, as Parma, Milan and Lazio have done for Cannavaro, Maldini and Nesta many years ago.
Paolo Maldini Legend of AC Milan. He was the first defender to win the trophy from World Soccer magazine as the World Player of the Year in 2004. The old taro, the older became more and more. This proverb feels appropriate to be attributed to Paolo Maldini. Although his age continues to grow older, but the performance of this curly haired player still there is no death in maintaining the defense of the club defended, AC Milan.
Maldini is the son of the legendary Italian player, Cesare Maldini. Just like his father, Paolo Maldini has now become an important icon in Italian football. This is because of its amazing reputation as a world-class defender.
Age 16 years is the beginning of his career as a professional soccer player. Milan became the first club Maldini. His debut with the Rossoneri began on January 20, 1985. He appeared in the second half, replacing the injured Sergio Battistini. Although in that season Maldini only appear as much as one time only, but the next season his name always entered in the starting line-up Milan.
Scudetto 1987-1988 is the first trophy achieved Maldini with Milan. Two years later, he even managed to bring Milan won Super Coppa Italia (1988) and Coppa Italia (1989-90). In the same year, Maldini successfully bring Milan became champions two consecutive Champions League in the 1988-1989 and 1989-1990 season.
Although not a midfielder, but Maldini is able to control the course of team play. He is a solid defender. His skills helped the team’s attack make Maldini look very prominent. He also has a strong kick and good dribbling ability. This is quite surprising, considering Maldini is a defender.
This amazing achievement is no wonder that many of Europe’s top clubs are approaching and persuading Maldini to move from San Siro. But he refused. “HERE IS JUST THERE ARE MILAN !!!” A very rare loyalty encountered in the midst of the many football players who often move the club because of the material (money).
Perfect defensive ability, influential leadership, and hard work ethics all make Maldini almost feel good to be real. No wonder he became a player who liked friends and highly respected opponents.
The Italian is considered one of the best defenders in the world. He spent all his career in Milan, playing for 25 years until he was almost 41 years old.
Together with Milan, Maldini won:
1 Coppa Italia
5 Super Coppa Italia
5 Champions League
5 European Super Cup
2 Interconental Cups
1 FIFA World Club Cup.
Its main capability lies in its accurate tackling and leadership spirit. Until 2009, Maldini held the record for most international appearances with 126 appearances since his debut in 1988. He retired from Italy in 2002 after nearly 8 years as team captain.
Maldini became part of Milan’s ‘The Dream Team’ which was unbeaten from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Maldini played his 600th match in Serie A on 13 May 2007, when Milan drew 1-1 against Catania. On 16 February 2008, Maldini won his 1000th senior appearance with Milan and Italy against Parma.
In the 2007-2008 season, Maldini announced his retirement plan. But after Milan were eliminated by Arsenal in the Champions League in March, Maldini declared his retirement plan retirement. On April 18, 2009, Maldini announced his retirement certainty at the end of the 2008-2009 season.
Maldini’s last match at San Siro took place on 24 May 2009. His last appearance with Milan took place on 31 May 2009, in a 2-0 win over Fiorentina. Milan memesiumkan costume club number 3 belongs to Maldini. But the costume number 3 that will be used again by the son of Maldini when it was competed in Milan’s senior team.
The greatness of AC Milan can not be separated from the existence of Maldini dynasty. When the first generation of Maldini, Cesare Maldini. Costumed Milan in the period 1954-1966, Milan won the Champions League in 1963 in England. The title became the first European Red team trophy. And 2 Generations have baptized the number 3 backs for “MALDINI.”
Together with the second generation Maldini, Paolo Maldini. Milan even achieve greater success. Paolo Maldini who started his career in Milan since 1984 or still aged 16 years, led the Rossoneri won 24 trophies. Finally, the Legend of Milan life led IL Diavollo Rosso appeared as European champions for the seventh time with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in Athens.
Unlike its predecessor who is also a legend in milan defense, namely Franco Baresi. The number 6 back is immortalized by Milan, and no one can memamakai costume numbered back 6 is.
After Maldini retired, the costume numbered back 3 will be Dead Suri. Why is it called suspended animation? Because later there will be more replacing Maldini wearing the number 3 back in milan. Who is he? As Adriano Galliani once said, “There will be no new people who use the number 3 costume in Milan. This is a family story. The costume is only for the Maldini dynasty. “Galliani asserted in his official press conference to the media City of Milan.
“So even if someone is going to wear the number 3 costume, he must be from the Maldini Dynasty, and sure enough, who will continue using the costume numbered back 3 is Maldini’s own son, the Christian Maldini,” continued Galliani.
Christian Maldini was born in 1996. Was the eldest son of Paolo Maldini. Christian Maldini is also positioned as Defender. He is the successor to his father who has retired as well as heir number 3 in milan. The Maldini dynasty in Italian football still continues for the next few years after the son of Paolo Maldini, as well as Cesare Maldini’s grandson, Christian Maldini registered as AC Milan player.
Certainty is obtained from the official website of AC Milan. Is the wife of Paolo Maldini, Adriana, who enrolled Christian in AC Milan’s Junior squad at the Rossoneri headquarters on Via Turati. No half-hearted, the registration event was immediately attended by Milan vice president Adriano Galliani and also Christian grandparents, Cesare Maldini and Dianora Blanco. Christian will join Milan’s junior team.
Paolo Maldini himself recorded a record as a player with the most record in Serie A and also in the Italian national team. While Cesare Maldini is currently still in the world of football as a talent scout at AC Milan.
Maldini made his debut with the Italian national team at the age of 19 years on 31st March 1988 against Yugoslavia. His first international goal came against Mexico on 20 January 1993. After Italy was eliminated in the last 16 of the World Cup in 2002, Maldini retired from Italy without a trophy. He became the most accomplished Italian player.
Paolo Maldini incised a lot of achievements, both at club level and national team. Of all that he has recorded, I summarize the 10 best Moment in Paolo Maldini’s career.
10. Debut January 20, 1985, Udinese 1 vs 1 Milan.
“Where do you want to play? Left or right? “Asked Nils Liedholm, Milan coach at the moment in the break. “You decide,” replied Maldini, who was then 16 years old. The Swedish coach then positioned it on the right filling Sergio Battistini’s place. And then was born a legend.
9. First For Italy, June 14, 1988, Italy 1 vs 0 Spain.
Maldini increasingly plugged his paws disepakbola world by becoming one of the most known players starting that year. At that time he was 19 years old and at the same time led Italy to win over Spain 1-0 thanks to a single goal Gianluca Vialli.
8. First Scudetto, May 15, 1988, Como 1 vs 1 Milan.
Milan won their first Scudetto title since the 1978-1979 season. Success of that year also became the beginning for Maldini collecting titles and medal champions.
7. Destroy Barcelona May 18, 1994, Milan 4 vs 0 Barcelona.
After losing the previous year, Milan managed to appear in the final of the Champions Cup in a row. Barcelona are their opponents made helpless in the party, especially in the front row because of the presence of Maldini in defender position. After Barca’s 4-0 defeat, Milan also lifted the champion trophy.
6. Conqueror of Brazilian Duo, July 17, 1994, Brazil 3 vs 2 Italy.
Maldini almost won his first World Cup trophy this year. Unfortunately, Italy lost by drama penalty shootout. But what makes this moment special is Maldini’s ability to stop Brazil’s best duo, Bebeto and Romario in normal time.
5. The Tough Quartet of Italy, February 12, 1997, England 0 vs 1 Italy.
In this year formed the most formidable Italian back line in its era, which came to be known as a latch defense. Paolo Maldini became the back-line assisted by Ciro Ferrara, Alessandro Costacurta and Fabio Cannavaro. Until now, the toughness of four Italian players that no one can beat him.
4. Only Three Defenders? No Problem, June 29, 2000, Netherlands 1 vs 1 Italy.
At this moment Paolo Maldini again proved his toughness to lead the Italian back line. In the semi-finals of the 2000 European Cup against a strong Dutch with his total football, Maldini could withstand the onslaught of his opponent despite being accompanied by his two colleagues, Cannavaro and Nesta, after 35 minutes Gianluca Zambrotta was sent off. Remarkably, Maldini and his teammates escaped the test and eventually won and qualified for the finals through a penalty shootout.
3. Record Record, October 7, 2000, Italy 3 vs 0 Romania.
The 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign was a special party for Paolo Maldini because he recorded the most caps with 113 matches for Italy. 3-0 victory became another gift received Maldini after the game before also received special trophies award given directly by Giovanni Trapattoni, Cesare Maldini, Arrigo Sacchi and Dino Zoff.
2. Two Victory Goals, 2 October 2005, Milan 2 vs 1 Reggina.
When the unproductive front line, Paolo Maldini proved himself too reliable to bring his team to win. He scored two goals through his leg and head and led Milan to a three-point lead over Reggina thanks to a 2-1 win.
1. Last Champions League, May 23, 2007, Milan 2 vs 1 Liverpool.
Maldini lifted the championship trophy for the second time as captain of Milan at the age of 38 after beating Liverpool 2-1 in Athens, Greece.
Talk about Paolo Maldini as endless. Actually there are many more amazing things that Maldini has done. There is also a story about Maldini who promised to bring UCL throphy to a young Milanisti suffering from cancer. (DCW)