Friday, May 22, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Paolo Maldini One Of The Greatest Ever - Former Italy Boss Vicini

The ex-coach has described the Rossoneri legend's career as 'unrivalled' to Italia...

Former Italy national team coach Azeglio Vicini, who gave Paolo Maldini his first cap with the Azzurri, has discussed the accomplished career of the Milan defender ahead of his retirement.

"I consider the career of Paolo unrivalled. To play at those levels for 20 years, with a continuously good performance, cannot be done by just anyone. I still remember when he debuted for me in the national team in 1988," he exclusively told Italia.

"If you add to the fact that off the field, he has always maintained a low profile, he can be considered one of the best footballers throughout history.

"I have no anecdotes; he has always done few controversies and dealt with facts."

The 76-year-old then commented on where the Milan legend's future could lie, as he has admitted he is not certain of his post-retirement plans, even if has ruled out coaching.

"Now to start his career as a coach would be difficult, because he must start over in terms of the relationships he has," Vicini continued.

"He certainly has the ability, but I see him best suited for a management role. He excels in planning and organisation."

Vicini led Italy to third place in the 1990 World Cup, but was replaced by Arrigo Sacchi once the Azzurri failed to qualify for Euro 1992.

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