Cesare Maldini, legendary Milan defender, dies aged 84

Maldini also coached the Italian national team at the 1998 World Cup

Cesare Maldini, legendary Milan defender, dies aged 84

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The former Milan defender and Italy coach Cesare Maldini has died at the age of 84.

Maldini spent the majority of his playing career with AC Milan between 1954 and 1966, winning four Scudetti (Serie A titles) and the club's maiden European Cup in 1963, as well as making over 400 appearances in all competitions for the Italian giants.

On the international stage, he played 14 times for Italy and played at the 1962 World Cup in Chile.

The father of Paolo, he died in "the night between Saturday and Sunday", his family announced. 

After finishing his playing career with Torino in 1967, Maldini returned to Milan as coach in 1972 and helped guide the club to victory in the European Cup Winners' Cup and Coppa Italia.

Maldini was the Italian national team assistant coach from 1980-86 before taking over as manager 10 years later, overseeing the 1998 World Cup campaign in France where they were knocked out by the hosts on penalties.

He also led Paraguay to the 2002 World Cup, where they would be knocked out by eventual finalists Germany.