Demetrio Albertini biography

August 23, 1971

Who is Demetrio Albertini?

Demetrio Albertini was born on 23 August 1971 in Besana Brianza. He grew up with football Milan, made his debut with the first team shirt rossonera barely eighteen years old on 15 January 1989, during the match Milan-Como ended 4 to 1 for meneghini.

At the end of the 1989/90 season, he was loaned for one year at Padua, which plays in Serie b: in Veneto has a chance to take the field with continuity, and ends the season with 5 goals made mark in 28 matches.

The great career at AC Milan

Diadora awarded as best hope Italian sport, back to Milan, where he remained until 2002 and was one of the most complete midfielders of the local Championship, metronome and Director capable of setting the action and provide assists to strikers.

National debut

On 21 December 1991, just over twenty years, his first game with the national team, in a 2 to 0 against Cyprus in Foggia. In 1994, is one of the protagonists of the world (during the semi-final with Bulgaria is author of assist that allows signing Roberto Baggio on goal 2 to 0) who see the Miss Italy title only on penalties in the final, defeated by Brazil.

His experience allows him to be coached by Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello, Oscar Tabarez, Cesare Maldini, Alberto Zaccheroni, Fatih Terim and Carlo Ancelotti, his best season, from the production point of view, is that of 1996/97, which sees him score eight goals, while AC Milan is one of the most disappointing years in its recent history.

After taking part, with the national team, the 1996 European Championships (in which year he married Capone Floor, which will give him two children: Federico and Constance), Demetrius is confirmed for the France ' 98 World Cup, when Italy was eliminated in the quarterfinals by France.

The Alpine team is repeated two years later, defeating the Blues in the final of the European Championship in Belgium and the Netherlands: on this occasion, Demetrio Albertini is part of the expedition.

Farewell to the blue shirt

In 2002, however, the midfielder may not take part in the World Cup in Japan and South Korea because of an Achilles tendon injury picked up a few months from the beginning of the tournament: is forced to say goodbye to the national team, having played 79 games and scored three goals.

Separation from Milan

In the same year, Demetrio Albertini says goodbye to a.c. Milan, after having won two Champions ' League, five scudetti, one Intercontinental Cup, three Italian Super cups and two UEFA Super cups, for a total of 28 goals and 406 appearances: not more tactical and technical plans of coach Ancelotti, Director and creator of the game prefers Andrea Pirlo, Albertini moves in Spain at Atletico Madrid, on loan.

Brianzolo midfielder remains in Spanish capital for one season, during which he made 28 appearances and 2 goals, before returning to Italy: Milan yields it to Lazio in Exchange for Giuseppe Pancaro. The biancocelesti Jersey, the player collects 23 games and scored 2 times and also winning a Coppa Italy.

At the end of the 2003/2004 season Albertini passes to Atalanta, refusing an offer of Fiorentina: with Baguio is wet from a network, but in March the streets of Albertini and the goddess are divided. The former Milan player, in fact, arrives at Barcelona, with which he won the Spanish League despite playing little (only five League appearances).

On 5 December 2005 Demetrio Albertini officially announces retirement from football: the farewell party is staged on March 15 of the following year, when at the stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan held a celebratory match between AC Milan and Barcelona, ending in 2 3 for the rossoneri, with the participation of old glories and when players of both teams (present inter alia, Franco Baresi and Marco Van Basten): on this occasion, Albertini also marks a network on free kick, then-the final whistle-do a lap to collect tribute.

Managerial career

Once hung on a nail shoes, having announced plans to become coach Albertini's career Executive undertakes, through the Associazione Italiana Calciatori.

In the summer of 2006 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Italian Football Federation following the resignation of the previous President, Franco Carraro, due to the Calciopoli scandal, which led to the appointment of Guido Rossi as Commissioner; It is your responsibility, choosing Roberto Donadoni as coach of the national team, replacing Marcello Lippi (back from World Cup victory) composed of tandem and Gianfranco Zola and Pierluigi Casiraghi at the helm of the Under-21. Already in September, however, Albertini has resigned from Office.

His football school

Meanwhile, at Selvino, in the province of Bergamo, contributes to the achievement of a football school that bears his name, which in the next months and years will grow more and more, expanding into the rest of Lombardy and involving more than 1000 kids.

In December 2006 he was appointed Ufficiale Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana (after already in 2000 had received the honour of Cavaliere Ordine al merito della Repubblica).

Becomes Vice-President of the Figc in 2007, at the election of President Giancarlo Abete. In April 2013, while Vice President is re-elected in may 2014 Announces who will be the head of the Italian national team at the World Cup in Brazil. The experience in South America, however, proves to be unsuccessful, with Cesare Prandelli's team that already is deleted after three group matches at the beginning. Demetrio Albertini, then, decides to leave the Football Association; in July, however, in view of the election of the new President of the Figc (required after the resignation of Spruce), is a candidate as the new President of the Federation, defying Carlo Tavecchio, President of the National Amateur League, and as the bearer of innovation and change.