I don’t have any brothers on the pitch

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Imagine two brothers, both not much older than 20. During the week they sleep under the same roof, before on Sunday they meet once again out on the football pitch. The pitch in question is that of the San Siro, with the two brothers the first ones to head out as they both hold their respective team pennants. This is the story of the Baresi brothers, Giuseppe and Franco. With two years between them, they were divided by two shirts and one city… Milano. A city’s bragging rights which they both competed for during countless derbies. There were both captains and defenders, each a few steps ahead of their respective teammates, as they demonstrated sacrifice, commitment and footballing intelligence. Like Franco, Beppe was from Travagliato in Brescia, before they then both emerged at the forefront of the city’s footballing golden era.

Beppe Baresi still works for Inter now and he has the club’s DNA coursing through his veins. As a player, he made 559 appearances during a 15-year spell with Inter, before then coaching the Primavera side, taking charge of the Academy and becoming Josè Mourinho’s assistant. The Special One traditionally likes to appoint an assistant who has the club in their heart and there was no one better than Beppe to reveal all about the Nerazzurri world. Due to his role, he was often left with the burdensome task of post-match interviews, something which he never particularly enjoyed, even when he was a player.

As normal, he would often have dinner with his brother. While there would be the general family updates, it was also inevitable that the topic of football would always crop up. Tactics would be discussed and secrets would be shared about opponents they could be soon be facing.

Giuseppe Baresi

Giuseppe Baresi was born in Travagliato in 1958. Behind Zanetti, Bergomi, Facchetti and Mazzola, he is fifth in the list of all-time total appearances for Inter. He made his Nerazzurri debut back in 1977 and remained at the club until 1992. During this period he won two Scudetti, two Coppa Italia trophies, one Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Cup. He also made 18 appearances for the National Team, taking part in the 1980 European Championship and the 1986 World Cup.