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Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Italy is one of the countries that has been the birthplace of many superstars in the sport of football, and in this article, we want to introduce the Best Italian Defenders of all time!
Best Italian Defenders of all time!

It seems that football is mixed with the soil of Italy and the blood of the people of this country! Throughout the history of football, we have witnessed many times that great stars have emerged from Italy and have achieved many honors and achievements at the club, national and international levels.

These top footballers have played in a variety of positions, from goalkeeper and defender to midfielder and striker. In addition to playing for top Italian Serie A clubs, many of these top players have played in various leagues in other countries, including the Spanish La Liga, the English Premier League, the French Ligue 1, the Portuguese Premier League and the Dutch Premier League.

In this article, we will present a list of the best Italian defenders of all time, and we will briefly share the biography and profile of each of these top players with you.

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Let's share the list of best ever Italian defenders in our opinion with you!

#1 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Paolo Maldini

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Paolo Cesare Maldini
  • Date of birth: 26 June 1968 (age 52)
  • Place of birth: Milan, Italy
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Club information

  • Current team: Milan (technical director)

Youth career

  • 1978–1985: Milan

Senior career

  • 1984–2009: Team: Milan, Appearances: 647, Goals: 29

National team

  • 1986–1988: Team: Italy U21, Appearances: 12, Goals: 5
  • 1988–2002: Team: Italy, Appearances: 126, Goals: 7

The top player on the list of best Italian defenders of all time in our opinion is Paolo Cesare Maldini, a former Italian professional footballer who spent his entire football career in A.C Milan team and the Italian national football team. His specialty was left-back and center-back.

Many experts consider Maldini one of the greatest defenders in the history of football and he is also known as one of the best football players of all time. He was the captain of the A.C Milan football team and the Italian national team for many years, and was nicknamed "Il Capitano".

Maldini had the most Serie A record at 647 games, but that record was broken in 2020 by Gianluigi Buffon.

Maldini is currently the technical director of AC Milan, and is also a co-owner of the USL Miami FC.

His honor list is as follows:

Club

Milan

  • Serie A in 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
  • Coppa Italia in 2002–03
  • Supercoppa Italiana in 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2004
  • European Cup/Champions League in 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2006–07
  • UEFA Super Cup in 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1989, 1990
  • FIFA Club World Cup in 2007

International

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup runner-up in 1994; third place 1990
  • UEFA European Championship runner-up in 2000; Semi-finalists 1988
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship runner-up in 1986

Individual

  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 1988, 1996, 2000
  • Bravo Award in 1989
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1990, 1994
  • Ballon d'Or in Third place 1994, 2003
  • World Soccer Player of the Year in 1994
  • El País European Player of the Year in 1994
  • UNICEF European Footballer of the Season in 1993–94
  • ESM Team of the Year in 1994–95, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2002–03
  • FIFA World Player of the Year in Silver Award 1995
  • Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea" in 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002
  • FIFA XI in 2002
  • UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match in 2003
  • UEFA Team of the Year in 2003, 2005
  • UEFA President's Award in 2003
  • Serie A Defender of the Year in 2004
  • FIFA 100
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #10
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2005
  • UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2007
  • Premio internazionale Giacinto Facchetti in 2008
  • FIFA Order of Merit in 2008
  • UEFA Champions League Achievement Award in 2009
  • Marca Leyenda in 2009
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade in 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade in 2009
  • Inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2012
  • World Soccer Greatest XI of all time in 2013
  • One Club Man Award in 2016
  • UEFA Euro All-time XI
  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into the Walk of Fame of Italian sport in 2018
  • Gazzetta Sports Awards – Legend in 2018

Records

  • Most appearances in all competitions (Milan): 902
  • Second-most Serie A appearances (only Serie A regular-seasons): 647
  • Most league appearances for Milan (only Serie A regular-seasons): 647
  • Third-most UEFA club competitions appearances: 174
  • Most UEFA club competitions appearances for Milan: 174
  • Most European competitions appearances: 168
  • Most European competitions appearances for Milan: 168
  • Most UEFA Champions League appearances for Milan: 139
  • Most finals played in UEFA Champions League – 8 (shared with Francisco Gento)
  • Youngest first-team player (Milan): 16 years and 208 days (against Udinese, 20 January 1985)
  • Longest-serving player (Milan): 24 years and 132 days (from 20 January 1985 to 31 May 2009)
  • Most FIFA World Cup appearances for Italy: 23
  • Record of minutes played in the World Cups: 2216
  • Fastest goal scored in UEFA Champions League/European Cup final history: 50 seconds, 2005
  • Oldest player to score a goal in UEFA Champions League/European Cup final history: aged 36 years and 333 days, playing for Milan against Liverpool, 2005
  • Most UEFA Super Cup titles: (4) (shared with Dani Alves) (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003)
  • Most UEFA Super Cup final appearances: (5) (shared with Dani Alves) (1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2003)
  • Second-most career club appearances by an Italian player: 902
  • Most appearances for a single Italian club: 902 (with Milan)

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders in football history in our opinion is Gaetano Scirea.

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#2 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Gaetano Scirea

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Gaetano Scirea
  • Date of birth: 25 May 1953
  • Place of birth: Cernusco s. N., Italy
  • Date of death: 3 September 1989 (aged 36)
  • Place of death: Babsk, Poland
  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Youth career

  • 1970–1972: Atalanta

Senior career

  • 1972–1974: Team: Atalanta, Appearances: 58, Goals: 1
  • 1974–1988: Team: Juventus, Appearances: 377, Goals: 24

National team

  • 1975–1986: Team: Italy, Appearances: 78, Goals: 2

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders of all time in our opinion is Gaetano Scirea, an Italian professional footballer who is one of five players in the history of European football to have won all the international trophies for clubs.

Scirea is known as one of the greatest defenders of history. He is also one of only nine players in the history of European football to have won all three major UEFA football competitions

Scirea played for the Italian national team for more than a decade, during which time he was a regular member of the Italian defense until retiring from football in 1986.

His honor list is as follows:

Juventus

  • Serie A (7) in 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86
  • Coppa Italia in 1978–79, 1982–83
  • European Cup in 1984–85
  • UEFA Cup in 1976–77
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983–84
  • UEFA Super Cup in 1984
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1985

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup in 1982
  • FIFA World Cup (Fourth place) in 1978
  • UEFA European Football Championship (Fourth place) in 1980

Individual

  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 1980
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Juventus Greatest XI of All Time in 2017

The next player on the list of all-time best Italian defenders in our opinion is Franco Baresi.

#3 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Franco Baresi

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Franchino Baresi
  • Date of birth: 8 May 1960 (age 60)
  • Place of birth: Travagliato, Italy
  • Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Youth career

  • 1972–1977: Milan

Senior career

  • 1977–1997: Team: Milan, Appearances: 532, Goals: 16

National team

  • 1982–1994: Team: Italy, Appearances: 81, Goals: 1

Teams managed

  • 2002–2006: Milan Primavera
  • 2006–2008: Milan Primavera (Berretti)

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders of all time in our opinion is Franchino Baresi, a former Italian footballer who currently coaches the Italian youth football team. His main position during his professional football career was sweeper or central defender.

Baresi spent his entire football career at AC Milan, capturing the team for 15 of those 20 years.

Experts consider Baresi one of the best defenders of all time, and he was ranked 19th in the list of the top 100 players of the twentieth century, published in World Soccer magazine.

His honors include being named AC Milan Player of the Century in 1999 and making his way to the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2013. The full list of his honors is:

Club

Milan

  • Serie A in 1978–79, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96
  • Serie B in 1980–81, 1982–83
  • Supercoppa Italiana in 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • European Cup/UEFA Champions League in 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94
  • UEFA Super Cup in 1990, 1994
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1989, 1990

International

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup in 1982; runner-up in 1994; third-place in 1990

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or in runner-up 1989
  • Coppa Italia top scorer in 1989–90
  • Guerin d'Oro (Serie A Footballer of the Year) in 1989–90
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1990
  • Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea" in 1994
  • World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century #19
  • A.C. Milan Player of the Century in 1999
  • AIC Serie A Player of the Century in 2000
  • FIFA 100 in 2004
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #17th
  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • FICTS Hall of Fame and Excellence Guirlande d'Honneur
  • Golden Foot in 2012 (under the category of "Football Legend")
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2013

The next player on the list of all-time greatest Italian defenders in our opinion is Alessandro Nesta.

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#4 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Alessandro Nesta

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Date of birth: 19 March 1976 (age 44)
  • Place of birth: Rome, Italy
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre back

Club information

  • Current team: Frosinone (manager)

Youth career

  • 1985–1993: Lazio

Senior career

  • 1993–2002: Team: Lazio, Appearances: 193, Goals: 1
  • 2002–2012: Team: Milan, Appearances: 224, Goals: 7
  • 2012–2013: Team: Montreal Impact, Appearances: 31, Goals: 0
  • 2014: Team: Chennaiyin, Appearances: 3, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1995–1996: Team: Italy U21, Appearances: 9, Goals: 1
  • 1996–2006: Team: Italy, Appearances: 78, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 2015–2017: Miami FC
  • 2018–2019: Perugia
  • 2019–: Frosinone

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders of all time in our opinion is Alessandro Nesta , a former Italian footballer who currently manages Frosinone Serie B. His professional position was as a central defender during his professional football career.

Known for his high speed, very accurate and clever tackles, precision in the game and his delicate movements with the ball, Nesta is one of the best defenders in the history of football.

In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100th 100 Player of the Year list.

His honor list is as follows:

Club

Lazio

  • Serie A in 1999–2000
  • Coppa Italia (2) in 1997–98, 1999–2000
  • Supercoppa Italiana in 2000
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1998–99
  • UEFA Super Cup in 1999

Milan

  • Serie A (2) in 2003–04, 2010–11
  • Coppa Italia in 2002–03
  • Supercoppa Italiana (2) in 2004, 2011
  • UEFA Champions League (2) in 2002–03, 2006–07
  • UEFA Super Cup (2) in 2003, 2007
  • FIFA Club World Cup in 2007

Montreal Impact

  • Canadian Championship in 2013

International

Italy U-21

  • UEFA Under-21 European Championship in 1996

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup in 2006

Manager

Miami

  • North American Soccer League in 2017 Spring/Fall champions

Individual

  • Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 1998
  • Serie A Defender of the Year (4) in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Serie A Team of the Year in 2010–11
  • UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament in 2000
  • UEFA Team of the Year (4) in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
  • ESM Team of the Year in 2000–01
  • FIFPro World XI (2) in 2005, 2007
  • FIFA 100
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #47
  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • All-time UEFA European Under-21 Championship dream team in 2015
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (published 2015)

The next player on the list of greatest Italian defenders in football history in our opinion is Fabio Cannavaro.

#5 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Fabio Cannavaro

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Fabio Cannavaro
  • Date of birth: 13 September 1973 (age 47)
  • Place of birth: Naples, Italy
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-back

Club information

  • Current team: Guangzhou Evergrande (manager)

Youth career

  • 1988–1992: Napoli

Senior career

  • 1992–1995: Team: Napoli, Appearances: 58, Goals: 1
  • 1995–2002: Team: Parma, Appearances: 212, Goals: 5
  • 2002–2004: Team: Internazionale, Appearances: 50, Goals: 2
  • 2004–2006: Team: Juventus, Appearances: 74, Goals: 6
  • 2006–2009: Team: Real Madrid, Appearances: 94, Goals: 0
  • 2009–2010: Team: Juventus, Appearances: 27, Goals: 0
  • 2010–2011: Team: Al-Ahli, Appearances: 16, Goals: 2

National team

  • 1993–1996: Team: Italy U21, Appearances: 21, Goals: 0
  • 1997–2010: Team: Italy, Appearances: 136, Goals: 2

Teams managed

  • 2013–2014: Al-Ahli (assistant)
  • 2014–2015: Guangzhou Evergrande
  • 2015–2016: Al-Nassr
  • 2016–2017: Tianjin Quanjian
  • 2017–: Guangzhou Evergrande
  • 2019: Esteghlal FC

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders of all time in our opinion is Fabio Cannavaro, a former Italian professional footballer who currently manages the Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. He played as a central defender during his professional football career and spent most of his career in Italy.

He became the captain of the Italian national team after Paolo Maldini retired in 2002 and was nicknamed "Il Muro di Berlino" ("Berlin Wall") by his fans. In 2009, Cannavaro was named the highest paid player in Italian history and retired in 2010.

In 2006, Cannavaro was named FIFA Player of the Year and is the only defender in history to receive the award.

His honor list is as follows:

Player

Parma

  • UEFA Cup in 1998–99
  • Coppa Italia in 1998–99, 2001–02
  • Supercoppa Italiana in 1999

Real Madrid

  • La Liga in 2006–07, 2007–08

Italy

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 1994, 1996
  • FIFA World Cup in 2006

Individual

  • UEFA Under-21 Championship Golden Player in 1996
  • UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament in 2000
  • FICTS Hall of Fame and Excellence Guirlande d'Honneur in 2002
  • FIFA World Player of the Year in 2006
  • Ballon d'Or in 2006
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup: Silver Ball
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup: Team of the Tournament
  • World Soccer Player of the Year in 2006
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2006
  • Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year in 2006
  • Serie A Defender of the Year in 2005, 2006
  • UEFA Team of the Year in 2006
  • ESM Team of the Year in 2004–05
  • FIFPro World XI in 2006, 2007
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade in 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade in 2009
  • Gran Galà del Calcio AIC Lifetime Achievement Award 2011
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2014
  • Juventus Greatest XI of All Time in 2017

Manager

Tianjin Quanjian

  • China League One in 2016

Guangzhou Evergrande

  • Chinese Super League in 2019
  • Chinese FA Super Cup in 2018

Individual

  • Chinese Football Association Coach of the Year in 2017

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders ever in our opinion is Giacinto Facchetti.

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#6 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Giacinto Facchetti

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Giacinto Facchetti
  • Date of birth: 18 July 1942
  • Place of birth: Treviglio, Italy
  • Date of death: 4 September 2006 (aged 64)
  • Place of death: Milan, Italy
  • Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Playing position(s): Left-back

Youth career

  • 1956–1960: Trevigliese

Senior career

  • 1960–1978: Team: Inter Milan, Appearances: 476, Goals: 59

National team

  • 1963–1977: Team: Italy, Appearances: 94, Goals: 3

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders of all time in our opinion is Giacinto Facchetti, who was an Italian footballer who played as a defender during his professional football career.

He played for Inter Milan from the 1960s and 1970s and was its chairman from January 2004 until his death. His nickname at Inter Milan was "Grande Inter".

Facchetti is known as one of the greatest defenders in history, known for his speed, technique, intelligence, physique and endurance.

After his death in 2006, he was named one of the year's Golden Foot "Football Legends", and in 2015, he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

His honor list is as follows:

Club

Inter Milan

  • Serie A in 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1970–71
  • Coppa Italia in 1977–78
  • European Cup in 1963–64, 1964–65
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1964, 1965

International

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup runner-up in 1970
  • UEFA European Championship in 1968

Individual

  • FIFA 100 (125 greatest living players, as selected by Pelé) in 2004
  • Golden Foot "Football Legends" in 2006
  • FIFA Presidential Award in 2006
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 1968
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1970
  • Ballon d'Or (runner-up) in 1965
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2015
  • Inter Milan Hall of Fame in 2019

The next player on the list of greatest Italian defenders ever in our opinion is Giuseppe Bergomi.

#7 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Giuseppe Bergomi

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Giuseppe Bergomi
  • Date of birth: 22 December 1963 (age 56)
  • Place of birth: Milan, Italy
  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Youth career

  • Internazionale

Senior career

  • 1979–1999: Team: Internazionale, Appearances: 519, Goals: 23

National team

  • 1981–1982: Team: Italy U21, Appearances: 3, Goals: 0
  • 1982–1998: Team: Italy, Appearances: 81, Goals: 6

The next player on the list of best Italian defenders of all time in our opinion is Giuseppe "Beppe" Bergomi , a former Italian professional footballer who currently works as a football expert for Sky Sports Italia.

Bergomi spent his entire career at the Internazionale, being nicknamed "Lo zio" ("Uncle") by his fans because of his thick eyebrows and impressive mustache.

He has been hailed as one of the greatest Italian defenders of all time.

His honor list is as follows:

Club

Inter

  • Serie A in 1988–89
  • Coppa Italia in 1981–82
  • Supercoppa Italiana in 1989
  • UEFA Cup in 1990–91, 1993–94, 1997–98; Runner-up 1996–97

International

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup in 1982; Third place 1990

Individual

  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 1988
  • Pirata d'Oro (Internazionale Player of the Year) in 1990
  • Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea" in 1997
  • FIFA 100 in 2004
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2016
  • Inter Milan Hall of Fame in 2020

The next player on the list of all-time best Italian defenders in our opinion is Claudio Gentile.

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#8 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Claudio Gentile

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Date of birth: 27 September 1953 (age 66)
  • Place of birth: Tripoli, Kingdom of Libya
  • Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Senior career

  • 1971–1972: Team: Arona, Appearances: 34, Goals: 4
  • 1972–1973: Team: Varese, Appearances: 34, Goals: 1
  • 1973–1984: Team: Juventus, Appearances: 283, Goals: 9
  • 1984–1987: Team: Fiorentina, Appearances: 70, Goals: 0
  • 1987–1988: Team: Piacenza, Appearances: 20, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1975–1984: Team: Italy, Appearances: 71, Goals: 1

Teams managed

  • 2000–2006: Italy U-21
  • 2014: FC Sion

The next player on the list of all-time best Italian defenders in our opinion is Claudio Gentile, a former Italian footballer who played as a defender.

Experts consider him one of the best defenders of the 1970s and 1980s. He played for Juventus for a long time during his club career.

His honor list is as follows:

Player

Club

Juventus

  • 6 Serie A in 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84
  • 2 Coppa Italia in 1978–79, 1982–83
  • 1 UEFA Cup in 1976–77
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983–84

International

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup in 1982

Individual

  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 1980
  • FIFA World Cup All-star Team in 1982

Coach

International

Italy under-21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2004
  • Olympic Bronze Medal in 2004

The next player on the list of all-time best Italian defenders in our opinion is Tarcisio Burgnich.

#9 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Tarcisio Burgnich

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Date of birth: 25 April 1939 (age 81)
  • Place of birth: Ruda, Italy
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Youth career

  • Udinese

Senior career

  • 1958–1960: Team: Udinese, Appearances: 8, Goals: 0
  • 1960–1961: Team: Juventus, Appearances: 13, Goals: 0
  • 1961–1962: Team: Palermo, Appearances: 31, Goals: 1
  • 1962–1974: Team: Internazionale, Appearances: 358, Goals: 5
  • 1974–1977: Team: Napoli, Appearances: 84, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1963–1974: Team: Italy, Appearances: 66, Goals: 2

Teams managed

  • 1978–1980: Livorno
  • 1980–1981: Catanzaro
  • 1981–1982: Bologna
  • 1982–1984: Como
  • 1984–1986: Genoa
  • 1986–1987: Vicenza
  • 1987–1988: Como
  • 1988–1989: Catanzaro
  • 1989–1991: Cremonese
  • 1991–1992: Salernitana
  • 1995–1997: Foggia
  • 1997–1998: Genoa
  • 1998–1999: Lucchese
  • 1999–2000: Ternana
  • 2000–2001: Pescara

The next player on the list of greatest ever Italian defenders in our opinion is Tarcisio Burgnich, a former Italian footballer who played as a defender during his professional football career.

He was a flexible player who could play as a right-back, center-back and sweeper.

His honor list is as follows:

Club

Inter

  • Serie A in 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1970–71
  • European Cup in 1964, 1965
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1964, 1965

Napoli

  • Anglo-Italian Cup in 1976
  • Coppa Italia in 1975–76

Juventus

  • Serie A in 1960–61

International

Italy

  • UEFA European Championship in 1968
  • FIFA World Cup Runner-up in 1970

The last player on the list of best ever Italian defenders in our opinion is Gianluca Zambrotta.

#10 on the list of best Italian defenders of all time: Gianluca Zambrotta

Best Italian Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Gianluca Zambrotta
  • Date of birth: 19 February 1977 (age 43)
  • Place of birth: Como, Italy
  • Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Full-back, wide midfielder

Youth career

  • 1992–1994: Como

Senior career

  • 1994–1997: Team: Como, Appearances: 48, Goals: 6
  • 1997–1999: Team: Bari, Appearances: 59, Goals: 6
  • 1999–2006: Team: Juventus, Appearances: 217, Goals: 7
  • 2006–2008: Team: Barcelona, Appearances: 58, Goals: 3
  • 2008–2012: Team: Milan, Appearances: 80, Goals: 2
  • 2013–2014: Team: Chiasso, Appearances: 10, Goals: 2

National team

  • 1999–2010: Team: Italy, Appearances: 98, Goals: 2

Teams managed

  • 2013: Chiasso (assistant)
  • 2013–2015: Chiasso
  • 2016: Delhi Dynamos
  • 2017–2018: Jiangsu Suning (assistant)

The last player on the list of all-time greatest Italian defenders in our opinion is Gianluca Zambrotta, a former Italian footballer who played as a winger or midfielder during his professional football career.

One of the best defenders in the history of Italian football and has played for various clubs, he worked as a coach after his retirement.

His honor list is as follows:

Club

Juventus

  • Serie A in 2001–02, 2002–03
  • Supercoppa Italiana in 2003
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999

Barcelona

  • Supercopa de España in 2006

Milan

  • Serie A in 2010–11
  • Supercoppa Italiana in 2011

International

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup in 2006
  • UEFA European Championship runner-up in 2000

Individual

  • UEFA Euro 2004: Team of the Tournament
  • UEFA Team of the Year in 2006
  • FIFPro World XI in 2006
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup: All-Star Team

In this article, we briefly review the best Italian defenders in football history. In the following articles, we will examine the records of the top Italian footballers.

 

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