Former Italy coach Cesare Maldini dies at 84

Cesare Maldini, the former coach of Italy’s national football team and AC Milan, has died, aged 84.

Former Italy coach Cesare Maldini dies at 84
Cesare Maldini, the former coach of Italy, died at the weekend, aged 84. Photo: Marwan Naamani/AFP

Maldini, who also managed AC Milan, died at the weekend, the club announced on Sunday.

A minute of silence was held in his honour before every league game in Italy on Sunday.

Maldini became Italy coach in 1996, going on to lead the team into the 1998 World Cup in France, where they lost to their hosts in the quarter-finals on penalties.

As a player, he won four Series A titles with AC Milan and was captain in 1963, when the team became the first Italian side to win the European Cup. He then managed the club between 1972 and 1974.

He went on to coach Paraguay for the World Cup in 2002 but the side didn't go beyond the group stage, and so he returned to Italy to work as a scout for AC Milan.

Maldini was born in Trieste in 1932.  He started his career with Triestina in 1952, before transferring to AC Milan in 1954.

One of his six sons, Paolo, also played for Italy and AC Milan.


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German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident

Thirteen people, including German tourists, have been killed after a cable car disconnected and fell near the summit of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident
The local emergency services published this photograph of the wreckage. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

The accident was announced by Italy’s national fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, at 13.50 on Sunday, with the agency saying over Twitter that a helicopter from the nearby town of Varese was on the scene. 

Italy’s National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps confirmed that there were 13 victims and two seriously injured people.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that German tourists were among the 13 victims.

According to their report, there were 15 passengers inside the car — which can hold 35 people — at the time a cable snapped, sending it tumbling into the forest below. Two seriously injured children, aged nine and five, were airlifted to hospital in Turin. 

The cable car takes tourists and locals from Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore up to a panoramic peak on the Mottarone mountain, reaching some 1,500m above sea level. 

According to the newspaper, the car had been on its way from the lake to the mountain when the accident happened, with rescue operations complicated by the remote forest location where the car landed. 

The cable car had reopened on April 24th after the end of the second lockdown, and had undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments in 2016, which involved the cable undergoing magnetic particle inspection (MPI) to search for any defects. 

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Twitter that he expressed his “condolences to the families of the victims, with special thoughts for the seriously injured children and their families”.

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini told Italy’s Tg1 a commission of inquiry would be established, according to Corriere della Sera: “Our thoughts go out to those involved. The Ministry has initiated procedures to set up a commission and initiate checks on the controls carried out on the infrastructure.”

“Tomorrow morning I will be in Stresa on Lake Maggiore to meet the prefect and other authorities to decide what to do,” he said.