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Happy Birthday to Darmian and Toldo!

The Parma full-back turns 30 while the iconic goalkeeper from EURO 2000 is 48

Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Birthday to Darmian and Toldo!

Matteo Darmian was born on 2 December 1989 in Legnano and turns 30 today. He came through the AC Milan youth system, making his debut for the club in Serie A on 19 May 2007 (AC Milan 2-3 Udinese). After two spells at Padova and Palermo, he moved to Torino in 2011. His first season there ended with promotion to Serie A. Over four years at Torino, he made 151 appearances and scored six goals and also made his first European appearances during the 2014/15 Europa League when he scored three goals. He then moved to England and Manchester United where he won the FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield. In the summer of 2019, he moved to his current side Parma.

His international career began for the youth teams. In the Spring of 2014, he was called up by Cesare Prandelli for two training camps and he made his senior debut on 31 May in a 0-0 draw against Ireland in London. Darmian was called up for the World Cup in Brazil and featured three times at the tournament. After Antonio Conte took over, he became one of the most-used players. On 10 October 2015, he scored his first Italy goal in a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan in qualification for EURO 2016 and he played four times at the finals of that tournament. So far, he has made 36 appearances and scored one Azzurri goal.

Francesco Toldo turns 48 today after he was born on 2 December 1971 in Padova. One of the best Italian goalkeepers in the 1990s and early 2000s, he spent the vast majority of his career at Fiorentina and Inter. He was with the Viola from 1993 to 2001. He won the Coppa Italia in 1996 and 2001 and the Supercoppa Italiana in 1996 while earning his first senior call-ups while a Fiorentina player.

Toldo spent nine seasons at Inter between 2001 and 2010, winning twelve trophies: Five titles, one Champions League, three Coppe Italia and 3 Suercoppe Italiane. Before becoming a full international, he also won the Under-21 European Championship as a part of Cesare Maldini’s side in 1994.

It was Arrigo Sacchi who gave Toldo his senior debut on 8 October 1995 in a 1-1 draw against Croatia in qualification for EURO 96. He went to EURO 96 as the second choice behind Peruzzi while he was third choice for the 1998 World Cup behind Pagliuca and Buffon. Following an injury for Buffon at EURO 2000, Toldo played a huge role in the semi-final win against the Netherlands as he saved three penalties, one in the first half and two in the shootout win. After, he went to the 2002 World Cup and EURO 2004 as a back-up. At the end of his Azzurri career, he made 28 appearances.