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post Jun 23 2009, 04:28 AM
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Piscinin was a true legend, and was one of the most exciting of our lads to watch. Can't believe it's been a dozen years since he's played.
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post Oct 27 2009, 11:36 PM
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There's a really nice interview with Franco Baresi on Mediaset today. Here's Fishdoll's translation. link to original

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Did you believe Milan could win in Madrid?
-- Before there were few who had faith, but in Europe the Rossoneri have a fundamental quality. It's what makes them better.

What you feel?
--An immense joy, like when I played. A great victory that silenced the critics.

How is it that Milan has won 11 points in the second half?
--A little because the adversaries tire as they spend energy in the first half. The rhythm slows and quality and experience come forward - these are valued by Milan.

Why isn't Milan as good in the league as they are in Europe?
--Against quality opposition, Milan exalts more. In Italy, it's more difficult against closed defenses.

Ronaldinho's improving. How much can he give?
--I've always been pro-Dinho. If he's doing well, he has more than the others. I love his passes. But he shouldn't always be under examination. Milan can't do without him; he and Pato should be continually supported.

You are a great defender, why are there fewer strong ones today?
--There's less choice. Now the foreign defenders command. There's less space for ours.

Your picks for the scudetto?
--Inter, Juve, and Milan if the Rossoneri have complete faith in themselves. But Inter's game needs to grow and Juve needs to improve.

And the others?
--Samp could be a big surprise. I like Genoa and keep an eye on Fiorentina.

Turnover, with squads of 30-31 players is a cause of the crisis of young players who aren't fielded?
--If you want to win, you shouldn't change the lineup a lot and naturally the young pay for this handicap.

Give a vote to Balotelli.
--He's a great player. Quality-wise, he's a phenomenon. He needs to discipline himself and mature. Champions are the Maldinis, who last long, have consistent performances and an exemplary behavior.

Would you call up Cassano?
--I love fantasy, the inventive ones who put on a show. It's difficult to mark guys like Cassano.

Juve-Samp: who will win?
--Juve

Napoli-Milan: who risks more?
--There's danger for both. Mazzarri has motivated his players. If they never let their guard down, Milan is ready to win.

Who will win the Champions League?
-Chelsea is favourite, they have all the pieces.

And the World Cup?
--Favorites are Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Argentina. With England capable of being a big surprise.

If you played today, which strikers would you fear most?
--Pato and Eto'o, technical and fast.

Tassotti, Costacurta, Baresi, Maldini: a quartet that could have imitators?
--We had the luck to find each other together all at around 25 years old and to last for a decade.
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post Oct 27 2009, 11:49 PM
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Good stuff.

Though ex-pro interviews always irritate me a little with things like this:
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Your picks for the scudetto?
--Inter, Juve, and Milan if the Rossoneri have complete faith in themselves. But Inter's game needs to grow and Juve needs to improve.

He makes it sound like we're the front runners with that last sentence! It's almost like they can't criticise the team at all.
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post Oct 28 2009, 10:33 AM
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If you played today, which strikers would you fear most?
--Pato and Eto'o, technical and fast.


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post Oct 28 2009, 11:15 AM
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Why the sad face, zeddie? For Baresi to say that, it's a compliment.
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post Oct 28 2009, 11:50 AM
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It's a happy sad face!
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post May 8 2010, 12:39 PM
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TANTI AUGURI A FRANCO BARESI!
08/05/2010
MILANO - Compie oggi gli anni Franco Baresi, rossonero del secolo e mitico "Capitano" del Milan. Ventisei anni dedicati alla causa, indossando per 716 volte la maglia rossonera. Al "Capitano" del Club pił titolato al mondo, tanti auguri di Buon Compleanno per i suoi cinquant'anni da parte di tutti i Rossoneri!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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post May 8 2010, 12:45 PM
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Happy Birthday, even though I never got the chance to see you play.

Thanks for recommending MvB, btw!
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post Apr 30 2011, 02:49 PM
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just incredible. what a performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boPQNpPvJq0
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post Apr 30 2011, 04:47 PM
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Milan and Italy both miss such extra class players nowdays.
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post Oct 28 2011, 02:57 PM
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Today, 15 years ago, Franco retired (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cry.gif)

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post Aug 7 2017, 02:18 PM
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