Former Italy coach Cesare Maldini dies at 84

Cesare Maldini, the former coach of Italy’s national football team and AC Milan, has died, aged 84.

Former Italy coach Cesare Maldini dies at 84
Cesare Maldini, the former coach of Italy, died at the weekend, aged 84. Photo: Marwan Naamani/AFP

Maldini, who also managed AC Milan, died at the weekend, the club announced on Sunday.

A minute of silence was held in his honour before every league game in Italy on Sunday.

Maldini became Italy coach in 1996, going on to lead the team into the 1998 World Cup in France, where they lost to their hosts in the quarter-finals on penalties.

As a player, he won four Series A titles with AC Milan and was captain in 1963, when the team became the first Italian side to win the European Cup. He then managed the club between 1972 and 1974.

He went on to coach Paraguay for the World Cup in 2002 but the side didn't go beyond the group stage, and so he returned to Italy to work as a scout for AC Milan.

Maldini was born in Trieste in 1932.  He started his career with Triestina in 1952, before transferring to AC Milan in 1954.

One of his six sons, Paolo, also played for Italy and AC Milan.


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Italy’s Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report

Ex-PM Matteo Renzi would like to see former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi become prime minister of Italy, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Italy's Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report
Matteo Renzi. Image: Andreas Solaro/ POOL / AFP

“I would say that is one of our proposals,” confirmed the source, who declined to be named.

The Italian government collapsed last week when PM Giuseppe Conte resigned. The former coalition allies are currently trying to come to an agreement and sort out their differences.

The centre-left government had been in turmoil ever since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party earlier this month, a move that forced Conte to step down this week.

During the past year, Renzi frequently criticised Conte’s management of the pandemic and economic crisis.

Italy’s La Stampa newspaper also reported on Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella was considering Draghi for the prime ministerial role. However, Mattarella’s office promptly denied this, saying there had been no contact between them.

So far, there has been no comment from Draghi, who hasn't been seen much in the public eye since 2019.

Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, gave ruling parties more time on Friday to form a new government, after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. 

Coalition parties Italia Viva, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement must come to an agreement to allow the government to heal. 

Renzi, a former prime minister himself, has pubilcly stated that he does not want to talk about who should lead the next government at this stage, reasoning that the parties need to agree on a way forward first.

“Any effort today to fuel a discussion about Draghi is offensive to Draghi and above all to the president of the republic,” Renzi said in an interview published on Sunday with Corriere della Sera.

A senior Italia Viva lawmaker also told Reuters that “If the president gives a mandate to Draghi, we would certainly support this”. 

Renzi, whose party is not even registering three percent support in opinion polls, quit the coalition over Conte’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his plans for spending more than 200 billion euros from a European Union fund to help Italy’s damaged economy.

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