Filippo Galli (born 19 May 1963 in Monza) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a defender.

A composed, consistent, and tactically versatile player, with excellent technique, distribution, Galli was known for his man-marking ability and defensive awareness; he excelled at reading the game, and was usually used as a centre-back, although he was often called on to fill in at any defensive position, and also played at right-back, and as sweeper on occasion.

He is mostly remembered for his lengthy and successful spell with A.C. Milan, where he played alongside Baresi, Maldini, Costacurta, Tassotti, and Panucci, forming a strong defensive line-up under managers Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello, which was known as The Invincibles; during his 15 seasons with the club, he won five Serie A titles and three UEFA Champions League titles, among other trophies. Despite his ability, he often struggled with injuries throughout his career, and predominantly served as a back-up in his later career, following the emergence of younger players. He was a member of the A.C. Milan first squad coaching staff, as a technical assistant of former manager Leonardo Araújo.

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