Sunday April 3 2016
Football mourns Cesare Maldini

Football is in mourning following the death of former Milan and Italy legend Cesare Maldini.

The father of Paolo passed away last night, announced his family, at the age of 84.

Born in Trieste in 1932, Maldini was the first Italian to lift the European Cup as captain of Milan in 1963.

He went on to become a Coach, leading Milan in two different spells.

Maldini was also the manager of Italy at Under-21 level, winning the European Championships a record three times in a row from 1992 to 1996.

He took the senior squad to the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals and lead Paraguay at the 2002 World Cup.

There is now a third generation of Maldini at Milan, as his grandson Christian plays for the youth team.

Born on February 5 1932, Cesarone was a beloved figure in Italian football for his sweet nature and ever-present smile.

He played 347 games in the Milan jersey from 1954 to 1966, scoring three goals, while he was also captain of the Nazionale in 1962-63.

His management career could not have started stronger, as he was assistant manager to Enzo Bearzot when Italy won the World Cup in 1982.

Milan will wear black armbands in this afternoon's match with Atalanta.