Demetrio Albertini

Demetrio Albertini

Former Italian footballer, midfielder
Date of Birth: 23.08.1971
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Demetrio Albertini
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. International Career
  4. Later Career
  5. Post-retirement Activities

Biography of Demetrio Albertini

Demetrio Albertini is a former Italian footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent the majority of his playing career at Italian club Milan.

Early Life and Career

Albertini was born in Bezana-in-Brianza, Milan, Italy. He came through the youth system of AC Milan and made his debut for the club at the age of 17 in 1989. He spent part of the 1990/91 season on loan at Padova before establishing himself in Milan's first team. Albertini went on to play almost 300 matches for the club, winning three league titles (1992-1994) and two more (1996 and 1999). He also played 41 games in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the final three times in a row (1993-1995) and winning the tournament in 1994. Albertini was also part of the team that won the UEFA Super Cup.

International Career

Albertini represented the Italian national team, earning 79 caps and scoring 3 goals. He made his debut on December 21, 1991, in a match against Cyprus. He was part of the squad for the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 1996 and 2000 UEFA European Championships. Albertini also represented the Italian Olympic team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In six matches, Albertini captained the national team. His last game for Italy was on March 27, 2002, against England.

Later Career

After spending 14 years at Milan, Albertini left the club in 2002. He had short spells at Atletico Madrid on loan for the 2002/03 season, Lazio for the 2003/04 season, and Atalanta for the beginning of the 2004/05 season. In January 2005, he joined Barcelona. Albertini announced his retirement from professional football in December 2005 and expressed his intention to become a coach in the future.

Post-retirement Activities

In honor of Albertini, a friendly match between Milan and Barcelona was held on March 15, 2006, at the San Siro stadium. Legendary players such as Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Franco Baresi, and others participated in the match. Milan won the match 4-2, with Albertini scoring the first goal from a free-kick.

On May 18, 2006, amid a corruption scandal in Italian football, Albertini was appointed as the vice-commissioner of the Italian Football Federation by the National Olympic Committee of Italy. However, he resigned from the position on September 19, following the resignation of the commissioner, Guido Rossi.

Albertini was known for his intelligence on the field, vision, and exceptional passing ability. He was considered one of the best long passers of his time and was often compared to Dutch midfielder Ronald Koeman.