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Dino Zoff (1942-02-28 - )
Dino Zoff is considered among the best goalkeepers in the history of football. This outstanding player enjoyed rare sports longevity, playing at highest level until the age of 41. Zoff spent his entire career in four clubs – Udinese, Mantova, Napoli and Juventus. With them he recorded a total of 642 appearances for 22 years. For the national team Zoff appeared 112 times, ranking third in the history of Italian football. The highlight of the active career of the goalkeeper came when he was 40 years old, when he was the captain of the Italian national team at the World Cup tournament in Spain in 1982, leading his compatriots to the world title. With this achievement Dino Zoff broke a number of records, which remain still unbeaten today. He became the oldest player ever to win the trophy and one of two goalkeepers in history that were captains of a World Cup winning team. After he retired from active sport, Zoff became a coach and achieved success with Juventus, winning the UEFA Cup in 1990. He passed through Lazio and Fiorentina, as well as a short stay as a manager of the Italian national side at Euro 2000, where he led the team to the silver medal.
Alessandro Del Piero (2008-03-20 - 2008-03-20 )
Alessandro Del Piero is the living legend of Juventus and Italian football. This superb player has played for the club from Turin since 1993 and is its best goal scorer of all time with his 165 goals achieved in 392 games . Before coming to Juventus Alessandro played for the youth formation of San Vendemiano until 1988 and then spent five years in Padova. The genial striker won the Italian title five timesand added all major club trophies in the world to his collection, including the UEFA Champions League in 1996. The biggest success for Del Piero is the World Cup title with the national team from Germany 2006, when Italy defeated France on penalties in the final. Six years earlier, Del Piero and Italy missed the title from the European Championship after a dramatic loss against the same rival. The striker has played for the national team since 1995 and has 85 appearances and 27 goals with the blue jersey. This places him as the fourth best scorer for Italy of all times. Alessandro Del Piero possesses many individual prizes as well, including the Golden Foot award and Italian Footballer of the Year in 1998. Furthermore, the prominent Italian was elected by FIFA as one of the 125 greatest living players.
Valentino Rossi (1979-02-16 - )
Valentino Rossi is the dominating motorcycle racer during the last few years and already one of the most successful figures in this sport. The Italian has won titles in all three categories of the World Championships. In 1997 he became champion in the 125cc category with Aprilia in his second season in the Grand Prix series. Then he moved in the higher category, 250cc, where his title came in 1999. Then he entered the highest class Moto GP (the former 500cc category) and won five consecutive world titles in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. During these years he represented the teams of Honda and Yamaha. Currently Rossi races for the Fiat Yamaha Team. As one of the greatest pilots ever, Valentino Rossi holds several records in the GP series, such as those for most races won and most podium standings in one season.
Alberto Tomba (1966-12-19 - )
Alberto Tomba, nicknamed “La Bomba” due to his explosive style, is one of the legendary and most loved alpine skiers in the world. His international career started in 1981 when he appeared at the Junior World Championship, where he finished fourth in the Giant Slalom. Thus Tomba became member of the B national team of his country and began racing in the European Cup circuit. His debut in the World Cup was in 1985, and two years later he enjoyed his first win at this level. At the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary the 21-year-old youngster shocked the experts by winning the titles in Slalom and Giant Slalom. After a few modest seasons, La Bomba achieved great success at the 1992 Olympic Games, defending his title in the Giant Slalom and finishing second in the Slalom. In 1995 the Italian finally won the overall World Cup title after winning 11 consecutive races. The next year he became two-time world champion in Sierra Nevada. During his astounding career Alberto Tomba claimed a total of 50 World Cup victories, which makes him one of the most successful skiers of all times. La Bomba ended his career in 1998, winning his last race in Crans Montana.
Roberto Baggio (1967-02-18 - )
Roberto Baggio is universally accepted as one of the finest and most technical football players in the history. The genial striker changed clubs several times over the lifetime of his career. He started his professional career in the club of Vicenza at the age of 15. There his talent was noticed by Fiorentina and he moved to one of the greatest clubs in Italy when he was 18. The youngster rapidly became the star of the club and in 1990 was transferred to Juventus, where he scored 115 goals in 201 appearances, won a number of Italian and European trophies and spent his best years. During the rest of his active career Baggio passed through AC Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan and Brescia before retiring in 2004. Playing for the national team the striker recorded 56 appearances and 27 goals. His biggest success was the silver medal from the World Cup in 1994, where Italy lost the final to Brazil on penalties, with Baggio missing the last one. A multitude of individual awards complete his rich collection. The most valuable among them are the European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
Giorgio Armani (1934-02-11 - ) , Address in Milan: Via Borgonuovo
Giorgio Armani
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One of the most celebrated fashion designers ever, Giorgio Armani was born into a humble Italian family in 1934. Growing up near Milan, young Giorgio became so impressed with the city's worldly art galleries and fashion houses that he gave up his plans of becoming a doctor to pursue a career in the fashion industry. In 1964, without any formal training, Armani created a hugely successful line of menswear for the house of another fashion giant, Nino Cerruti. Ten years later, following his partner's advice, Armani opened his own Milan design house, and almost immediately won critical acclaim. His innovative take on the traditional business suit introduced relaxed yet voluptuary tailoring, granting Armani the kind of recognition and financial success which few others could achieve. According to Forbes, Armani's fashion empire is presently one of the most profitable, and already worth well over $135 million. What certainly added to Armani's success was his “power suit,” which became an unmistakable symbol of the 1980s business boom. Armani is also known as the first designer to loan his clothing to celebrities, such as Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster, and to promote his collections in films like 'American Gigolo' (1980) and TV series, most notably the internationally successful 'Miami Vice' (1984-89).
Umberto Boccioni (1882-10-19 - 1916-08-16 ) , Address in Milan: Via Adige 23
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Italian thinker, painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni is considered one of the initiators of the Futurist movement in art and sculpture. Born in Reggio di Callabira, the artist was initially influenced by Maestro Giacomo Balla and his technique of pointillism, which is the practice of applying dots and small strokes to produce paintings. In 1908, Boccioni moved to Milan, where he met F.T. Martinetti, who introduced him to the theory of literary Futurism. The idea of overthrowing old artistic traditions in order to explore the dynamism and crudeness of modern life immediately won the artist's attention. In 1910, Boccioni helped draft the manifesto of Futurism, in which he called for the elimination of traditional perspective and the extensive use of whirling lines in painting and sculpting. The works which best illustrate Boccioni's art rules are his masterpieces 'The City Rises' (1910) and 'Unique Forms of Continuity in Space' (1913). In 1917, during his service in the army, Boccioni's brilliant career was cut short when the artist died after falling off of a horse.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-09-28 - 1610-07-28 )
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
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An Italian Baroque painter and the most successful and revolutionary artist of his time, Caravaggio is often referred to as the best representative of early 17th-Century Naturalism. Born in the small town of Caravaggio, at only 11 years of age Caravaggio became an apprentice to the painter Simone Peterzano of Milan. After four years of study in Milan, he moved to Rome, where he mastered the demanding techniques of the Baroque school of painting. Caravaggio's first success came with the completion of his masterpieces 'The Calling of Saint Matthew' (1599) and 'The Conversion of Saint Paul' (1600). Soon, the artist was hailed as the Most Famous Painter in Rome, and enjoyed a life full of luxury and critical acclaim. Yet despite all the success, Caravaggio led an extremely turbulent lifestyle, and was commonly regarded as a trouble-maker. In 1606 he was accused of murder and involvement in numerous brawls. In 1610, just a decade into his career, Caravaggio disappeared and was declared dead, though his body was never found. During his brief carrier, the artist produced an impressive number of paintings, many of which entered the curriculum of Art History. His most recognisable works include 'Boy with a Basket of Fruit' (1593) and 'Bacchus' (1597).
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