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Updated Thursday July 13, 2000, 10:00 PM GMT
Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini


Shirt No: 3
Age: 31
Caps: 111
Goals: 7
Club: AC Milan


Having been seconds away from lifting the Henri Delauney trophy, the Italian captain wiull have a tough job ahead of him to lift his team-mates after their Final heartache. Maldini did as much as anybody in the Azzurri defence to take Italy to the brink of victory, shackling Zidane whenever the Frenchman roamed into his area of the field. But it was not to be,

Left the field at half-time against Romania amid unfounded fears he could miss the rest of Euro 2000.

Recovered to play a vital part in Italy's semi-final win though he himself missed a penalty in the shootout.

Showed his usual composure against Turkey and snuffed out the threat of Abdullah Ercalan. Would have been angry at the marking for the Turkish goal, but stayed calm during some rocky moments against Sweden.

Recovered from injury to play against Belgium and put in a strong showing, making a few enterprising attacks from the left wing-back position.

A true veteran of the Milanese side, Maldini made his club debut at 16 and has made 590 appearances for the San Siro giants.

Began as a left-back or left wing-back but has just completed a season at centre-back for Milan, offering Zoff further options this summer.

He is likely to remain on the left flank for his country and forms part of the ever strong Azzurri defence.

Made his first appearance for Italy in March 1988 and recently passed the 100-cap mark and is rapidly closing in on Zoff's record.

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