Franco Baresi is one of the greatest defenders of all time and he played at only one club – AC Milan for 20 seasons from 1977 until he retired at the end of the 1996-1997 season, after playing a massive 719 times for Milan with 30 goals.
Franco was a central defender who often played in the sweeper role, and he was a great reader of a game and made 82 appearances for Italy, and epitomized how good Italian players defend.
The great Franco Baresi today
Franco has been in the Newcastle area recently and met children in Jarrow at the Hedworthfield Community Association.
Franco also played at St James’s Park for an AC Milan side against a Newcastle Legends team for Steve Harper’s testimonial a couple of years ago – where the above photo was taken.
Franco has been interviewed today and he talked about Newcastle United and the coaching projects he is bringing to the Newcastle area:
“When we start this kind of project, Milan is really happy to be involved,” “We want to give a stronger power to this area and this project.” “Everybody knows how much passion there is in the North East and Newcastle especially.”
“Maybe Newcastle are not at the top of the Premier League, but everybody in Italy knows this is a football area.” “We wish in Italy to have this atmosphere in our stadiums – all full and everybody happy.”
“I think that Newcastle can do much better next year,” “It’s never easy to play against Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea.” “They have economic power, but I think in the next year Newcastle can be better.”
“This (the passion at Newcastle) is what I’m impressed about. Usually in Italy, when you don’t get a trophy, the people don’t still come to watch.” “This is a great example of the passion of the people in this area for football.”
“I really appreciate it.”
AC Milan are going through a tough period at the moment, which is unusual, and they finished 10th in the Italian League last season and fired their manager of one season – their former great striker Filippo Inzaghi.
Filippo had a win rate of only 35% and they appointed former Sampdoria’s Serbian manager Sinisa Mihajlovic in his place.
Franco Baresi in 1991-1992 season
We’re sure it will not be long before AC Milan are again challenging for the Italian Championship.
The passion at Newcastle has always been there, and after these last three seasons, where the team has been very poor, the fans are now hoping for an excellent summer transfer season.
That’s so we can build a good side who could even win something, and that’s the new goal of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
We hope that will happen – and soon too.