Football Italiano title Italy coach Paolo Baldini dies aged 83 article Paolo Aldini, the country’s top football coach, has died at his home in Naples.
He was 85.
In a statement, the Football Italo-Sanctum said Aldini died of complications from an infection of the liver.
He had been ill since December.
The footballing legend was the coach of Juventus and the club that won the Champions League three times.
He led them to the last four and won the Serie A title with them in 1972-73.
He was the head coach of Italy from 1976-83 and led it to the World Cup final in 1989.
In his autobiography, he said he had been forced to retire after a spell as assistant to the countrys national coach.
“I left Italy at the end of the 1960s due to a degenerative liver disease, and I had the misfortune to play in Italy during my final year of my playing career in 1969-70,” he wrote.
“At the end I had a long and sad time.
For the first time in my life I felt that my body was in a condition of being totally sick.
I was in my final stages, and my body would not tolerate a long period of this illness.”
This was an absolute, complete disaster, a nightmare.
I had not had an ordinary and normal life for some time, so my body could not cope with it, but this was something I had to overcome, even though I knew that it would be impossible for me to survive it.
“I had to go and play football again.
I did not leave Italy because I had nothing to lose, I left Italy because of a certain need.”AP