Baresi back where he belongs

Franco Baresi has returned to Milan AC to take charge of the Italian club's youth team.

Franco Baresi has returned to Milan AC to take charge of the youth team, less than a month after resigning as the director of football at English club Fulham FC.

Successful career
Baresi's tenure in London lasted just two months, the 42-year-old saying on his departure: "My position with Fulham was not as I had envisaged it when I was first approached." However, he was upbeat at returning to the club he represented with honour and style during a trophy-laden 20-year career at the San Siro.

'Full of enthusiasm'
"It's a new role for me but I'm full of enthusiasm," Baresi told Milan's television channel. "I tried to stay away from Milan but it was too difficult for me. I have experience of working with youth teams for five years but being a coach is different. It's a big responsibility because Milan invest a lot of time and money in their youth teams."

World Cup fortunes
One of the great liberos, Baresi won 88 caps for Italy and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He was part of the Azzurri party which won the 1982 tournament, but missed a penalty as Brazil defeated Italy after a shoot-out in the 1994 final. Baresi arrived at Milan in 1977 and remained a Rossoneri player until his retirement in 1997. He won six Serie A titles, three European Champion Clubs' Cups and two European/South American Cups.