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I've been neglecting him sadly but never on his birthday! [26 Jun 2010|02:26pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Even if he is a bit self conscious about the fuss...


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Could anything be cuter? [05 Nov 2009|10:29pm]

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To our Ideal in all things Football... [26 Jun 2009|10:32am]

[ mood | chipper ]


and totally in things not football too...



MILAN - Many affectionate and warm wishes for a happy birthday for Paolo Maldini for his 41st birthday. The thought is shared by all of Milan and all of the Milanisti who virtually embrace their 'captain' in this day of celebration. Again, happy birthday!


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Tanti auguri capitano! [26 Jun 2009|01:01pm]

It's a happy 41st birthday to our beloved Capitano, Paolo Maldini today.
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Paolo's last press conference [10 Jun 2009|08:55pm]

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I was beginning to wonder if he was trying to get away with not having this *grins*, but Paolo finally had his last ever press conference *gulp* for Milan today and apparently it was fairly emotional...

Details in Italian from the AC Milan site
And details in English, also from club site

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[09 Jun 2009|01:44am]
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How does it feel to lead a team out onto the dugout like you have always done, except for the fact you will not change out of your suit/tracksuit like how you used to do in the past?

If that day ever comes Paolo, I'll look back and remember how you used to stand in the field with your kit and boots on.

I know that you've decided to stop, but there isn't a day that goes by without me wishing you could come back, for one last game. Frankly, I wished that you would have played on forever. After all, you are IL ETERNO CAPITANO.

I miss you on the field. What would I not give to see you back, in your boots, doing what you do best.

To me, you are, and will always be GOD.

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I'm a day off, I know... [07 Jun 2009|10:31pm]

[ mood | calm ]

But I bet the lovely lady had a great birthday weekend anyway!
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Maybe... [31 May 2009|08:56pm]

[ mood | pensive ]

Tomorrow I'll think of something profound to say. Right now I can only think of how much we owe them both and wish them well.

I like to think of Paolo sleeping late, eating fatty foods and spending long, lazy days with his family next season. I like thinking of that more than thinking how much I'll miss him.

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[31 May 2009|11:28pm]
I was 13. All my friends were better than me. I was always the last one to get picked in kick-about games. Even though I grew up playing football, many said I couldn’t make the cut. Even though me and my bunch of friends made a pact to turn professional together, even though I was the least likely to make it. That was 5 years ago.

I thought my friends had a point. They were right. I was not going to be a good player.


When I first watched a video clip of him online, I was fascinated. Who was this player, who could stop even the best of forwards? Who was this player, who had mastered defending?

I soon found out. GOD does exist. And he goes by the name of PAOLO MALDINI.

I believe that as long as I believe in him, I could make it. I found myself a local team, got involved with the games and stuff. And it carries on from there.

Every time I needed inspiration to go for training, or to play football, I just had to think of him. PAOLO MALDINI. Those two words were all that I needed. Whenever I was tired, I would think of MALDINI, imagine him looking at me from above, and I would feel a fraction of all the passion, emotion, and form of energy which had kept MALDINI going all these years. And I would be energized again.

5 years on. The pact between me and my friends has long gone. Among all of them, I was the only one, still chasing the dream of being a good football player. I may not have yet turned professional despite, but I am certainly on the way there. And even if I don’t, I may look back, smile and said that at least I went to training, and did my very best.

Without anyone’s support, without anyone’s encouragement, I forged on. I went for training alone. Countless hours spent in the field while others my age were out enjoying themselves. If anyone asks, how I made it till today, I say: “BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THE POWER AND MAGIC THAT IS PAOLO MALDINI.”

And like I always say in tune to my answer above: “FOOTBALL WILL ALWAYS BE RELIGION, AND PAOLO MALDINI WILL ALWAYS BE GOD.”

And that is how much PAOLO MALDINI means to me.

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A couple of things... [22 May 2009|08:49pm]

Ahead of emotionally taxing weekend no.1 (aka Last Home Game) I bring links to a short piece by the Guardian's Amy Lawrence (the mid-week Footy podcast is worth a listen to for her comments about the effect he had on her when she interviewed him) *grins* and also some lovely words from Alessandro Del Piero

I'm NOT crying, it's just some dust in my eye...honest!!

ETA: And Chris McGrath gives over most of his column in today's (Saturday's) Independent to the great one's imminent retirement.
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Spine-tingling [13 May 2009|12:52pm]

More than any other footballer he seems to have sprung from the serious imagination of a child. The world he belongs to is not the rough, touchy, deceiving world of grown-up risks and chances but a world of lucid justice and simplicity. And just as a child's prayerbook suggests a high-up fairness in the external order of things, a cloudlike God at the roof of the cosmos dispensing rewards to the virtuous, so his career seems to have unfolded at the center of a halo inside which blessings fall on those who deserve them, power emanates from wisdom, and the beautiful is a manifestation of the good.

From The Tuesday Portrait: Paolo Maldini, at The Run of Play. Beautiful: go and read it.
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New interview [28 Mar 2009|04:41pm]

The Irish Times today has an interview with Paolo Maldini, in which he reflects on the end of his career.

ETA: Saw the new issue of World Soccer yesterday (12 May) which claims an exclusive farewell interview with the great man. Had a quick look and it looks to be the same interview as this one from a quick skim (which makes sense as its Paddy Agnew who has the byline in both cases - bit lazy there Paddy!)
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I'd love to see it happen...work with us, Papa Lippi! [04 Feb 2009|06:25am]

Maldini up for Azzurri swansong
Tuesday 3 February, 2009

Milan veteran Paolo Maldini would love to play one last game for Italy before he retires this summer.

The 40-year-old holds the record for Azzurri appearances with 126 international caps to his name.

Maldini is set to retire this summer and there have been calls for him to play one last game for his nation before he hangs his boots up.

“I would be happy to play one last game for Italy,” Maldini told the Milan Channel.

“It wouldn't be a return to La Nazionale but a chance to celebrate a long career and I would enjoy that.

“It's not up to me, it's up to Marcello Lippi to consider what the needs of the squad are.”

Lippi has admitted that he will take Maldini into consideration for the future, but insists it is too soon for him to play Brazil at the Emirates Stadium on February 10.

“We will think about Maldini,” he told Goal.com. “But at the moment it isn't possible.

“The game against Brazil is very close. There's less than two weeks to go and you can't organise something like that so quickly.”
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Dear hearts, shall we cheer ourselves up with a trip down memory lane? [18 Jan 2009|11:38am]

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I guess everything wilts a bit in the Dubai heat... [02 Jan 2009|11:31am]

[ mood | worried ]

"Maldini's pin up son Paolo began playing for Milan in the 1985-86 season, after an entire childhood spent watching his father play and train. Paolo grew up with the Milan team. Tall, elegant and very good-looking, he made the left back position  his own in the very next season, and throughout the next three decades, both for Milan and for Italy. Thanks to his clean living lifestyle (he refused to play the debauchery game, unlike many other Italian stars in Milan in the 1980s and 1990s) Maldini junior prolonged his career and played over 100 times for Italy. He also kept his boyish good looks and fitness."

Calcio, 141.

Can the team come back to Milan before he melts away, please!!!

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Great Compilation [11 Dec 2008|08:51pm]

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Maldini: Eager To Feature Against Juventus

Maldini is used to the big occasion and there is none more greater than when Juventus play Milan...

Milan legend and captain Paolo Maldini is looking forward to the crucial game against Scudetto rivals Juventus on Sunday and he is hoping to play a role.

Both sides are locked level on 30 points as they chase down league leaders Inter.

Maldini has been involved in many a great battle against the Old Lady and he insists the game will, as always, be special.

"We are a very technical team, less physical, for some this could be a problem but we have a positive way of playing," Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.

The captain spoke about Alessandro Del Piero and Ronaldinho and he has heaped praise on the two great names of Calcio.

"If I play against Del Piero then I will be very happy because he is a great guy," added Il Capitano.

"I have seen him train well and I think his secret is hard work and great passion for the game.

"People like Del Piero and [Gianluigi] Buffon stayed when times were tough and they are now enjoying great satisfactions.

"Ronaldinho? He is brought a higher technical level to the team and he is a revelation. He has settled down well and he is getting used to the harder training sessions."

Gennaro Gattuso's season maybe over but his teammate is still thinking of him and he believes the loss will weigh upon the side.

"His absence will be evident and he is so important to us in the team," concluded the stopper.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

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To make the work week a bit brighter. [09 Dec 2008|06:42am]

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No farther seek his merits to disclose, Or draw his frailties from their dread abode - Thomas Gray [27 Nov 2008|12:08am]

[ mood | worried ]

God doesn't like it when people lie:

Maldini Angry Over Wages To Charity Claims

Milan legend Paolo Maldini has denied claims suggesting he gives half of his wages to charity...

The Italian stopper is likely to hang up his boots at the end of the season and Turin-based Tuttosport claimed Il Capitano was giving away 50 percent of his earnings to good causes.

The news sounded like something one would expect from such a distinguished player, but Maldini has denied the claims.

"With respect to what was written in the papers on Thursday morning about my contract, it's totally unfounded news," Maldini told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

"I have never given away half of my wages to charity, my contract agreement is not this.

"I haven't taken an offence but I am annoyed at what has been written.

"If people want to know things then they should ask as I am avaliable to do interviews as part of my role as a professional footballer."

Maldini has been a loyal servant to Milan over the years and he has become a role model for players around the world for his greatness as a football on the pitch and as a person off it.

Source: Goal.com

And no Paolo for Portsmouth though that might be a good thing with Palermo looming in the distance.

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Bit of a pity post because I don't like this. [20 Nov 2008|06:39am]

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Caps Name Club
126 Paolo Maldini Milan
121 Fabio Cannavaro* Parma 61, Inter 19, Juventus 20, Real Madrid
112 Dino Zoff Napoli 19, Juve 93
94 Giacinto Facchetti Inter
91 Alessandro Del Piero* Juventus
89 Gigi Buffon* Parma 35, Juventus
81 Franco Baresi Milan
81 Giuseppe Bergomi Inter
81 Marco Tardelli Juve 80, Inter 1
80 Gianluca Zambrotta* Bari 2, Juventus 56, Barcelona 17, Milan
79 Demetrio Albertini Milan
78 Alessandro Nesta Lazio 48, Milan

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That trophy cabinet's getting a bit full [01 Nov 2008|03:18pm]


Some pictures from when Paolo picked up the Giacinto Facchetti award for beautiful football last week.

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