Dino Baggio

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Dino Baggio
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-07-24) 24 July 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Camposampiero, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Torino 28 (2)
1991–1992 Internazionale 27 (1)
1992–1994 Juventus 49 (1)
1994–2000 Parma 172 (19)
2000–2005 Lazio 44 (1)
2003 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 9 (1)
2004 Ancona (loan) 9 (1)
2005 Triestina 13 (0)
2008 Tombolo ? (?)
National team
1991–1999 Italy 60 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dino Baggio (born 24 July 1971 in Camposampiero) is a retired Italian football defensive midfielder. He has 60 caps at international level for the Italian national team.

Clubs and achievements[edit]

In his club career, Dino Baggio played for Torino (1989–91), Inter Milan (1991–92), Juventus (1992–94), Parma (1994–2000), Lazio (2000–03 and 2004–05), Blackburn Rovers (2003–04), Ancona (2004). After having joined Triestina of Italian Serie B in the summer of 2005, he rescinded the contract because of personal issues with coach Pietro Vierchowod, playing just three times for the giuliani. He won the UEFA Cup three times, twice with Parma and once with Juventus.

Club[edit]

Baggio was spotted by AC Torino scouts as a child and taken into the Torino youth system. He made his debut as a 19-year old in the match Torino vs Lazio. He then became a Torino regular and was a promising youngster. He was a tenacious, consistent, complete, and aggressive defensive midfielder, gifted with strength, tackling ability, pace, positional sense, and stamina. He was also able to contribute offensively with occasional goals due to his proficiency in the air and his powerful shot from distance, and was capable of playing in various positions.[1][2] He was sold to Inter at the age of 20 in 1991 for the 1991–92 season.

At the end of the 91–92 season, Juventus bought the promising youngster, the club with which Dino Baggio would play alongside his namesake Roberto Baggio for two seasons. As he had previously played for city rivals Torino, the fans were not initially pleased by the transfer. His solid and consistent play soon won the fans over however, and he quickly became a mainstay in the Juventus midfield,[3] winning the UEFA Cup in 1993, scoring three goals over the two legs of the final, one in the first and two in the second.

After playing in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Parma wanted to buy Baggio. At first, Baggio rejected the offer by Parma and wanted to stay at Juventus. Juventus were ready to offer Parma a youngster named Alessandro Del Piero instead of Baggio; Parma accepted, and with Del Piero all ready to go to Parma, Dino Baggio changed his mind on his decision and decided he would make the move to Parma. Del Piero stayed at Juventus and later became a legend at the club. In the 1998–99 UEFA Cup, playing for Parma, Baggio was wounded in the head by a knife thrown by a Wisła Kraków supporter in Kraków, which resulted in Wisła being suspended from European cup play for a year.[4]

He moved to Parma for the 1994–95 season and won the UEFA Cup in '95 for a second time, increasing his UEFA Cup Final goal tally to five, scoring a goal in each leg of this final, also reaching the final of the Coppa Italia that season. Despite their European success, Parma were unable to win the Serie A title during these years, with their best finish occurring during the 1996-97 season, where they managed a second place finish. He would go on to win another UEFA Cup during the 1998-99 season, also winning the Coppa Italia that season, followed by the Supercoppa Italiana. Baggio stayed with Parma until the end of the 1999–2000 season. In October 2000, he was sold to Lazio for 10 billion Italian lire (swap with Nestor Sensini).[5] He was utilized very little in 2001–2002 and the following season.

In 2003–2004, he was in talks with English club Wolverhampton, who were newly promoted to the FA Premier League, over a possible loan deal but was eventually loaned to Blackburn Rovers in England for the season. His manager at Blackburn, Graeme Souness, employed him in an unfamiliar forward role. Baggio made 9 appearances, scoring once in the league in a 2–1 defeat against Leeds United.[6] Soon, Lazio loaned him out to newly promoted Serie A side Ancona. He made 15 appearances and scored 2 goals, but Ancona finished dead last. He remained with Lazio in 2004–05 season, but did not play any games. He retired in 2005 after a short spell with Serie B side Triestina. In February 2008 it was announced that Dino Baggio decided to come back from retirement and join the Terza Categoria team Tombolo—a team near his hometown, which is being coached by Dino's very first coach, Cesare Crivellaro.[7]

International[edit]

Dino made his international debut against Cyprus. That was the same game Demetrio Albertini made his debut. He won the 1992 European U-21 Championship with the "Azzurrini", and played in the '92 Olympic games.

During 1994, he was called for Italy to play in the 1994 World Cup, he would prove to be a very useful player for them. In this tournament he combined with his unrelated namesake Roberto Baggio, considered one of the very best footballers ever. They carried Italy all the way to the final match, where they lost to Brazil. Dino scored two goals in the tournament, including the winning goal in a first-round victory over Norway. He also played for Italy in other major tournaments, such as Euro '96, the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and he played in every game for Italy in the 1998 World Cup, which would prove to be his last major tournament with the Azzurri. He was however in the provisional 26 man squad for Euro 2000 before missing the final cut.[8]

Baggio has amassed 60 caps and scored seven goals for the Italian national team. He is remembered as a great player by the fans of Italian football, not just because he was on the national team but because he won that national team spot over players like Roberto Donadoni, Demetrio Albertini, and Gianfranco Zola and many other players in their prime. Maintaining his place in the national side while competing with such players can be considered an achievement in itself.

Club statistics[edit]

[9]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1989/90 Torino Serie B 3 0
1990/91 Serie A 25 2
1991/92 Inter Milan Serie A 27 1
1992/93 Juventus Serie A 32 1
1993/94 17 0
1994/95 Parma Serie A 31 6
1995/96 28 4
1996/97 31 2
1997/98 29 5
1998/99 29 2
1999/00 24 0
2000/01 Lazio Serie A 25 1
2001/02 15 0
2002/03 4 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003/04 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 9 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2003/04 Ancona Serie A 13 0
2004/05 Lazio Serie A 0 0
2005/06 Triestina Serie B 3 0
Country Italy 336 24
England 9 1
Total 345 25

National team statistics[edit]

[10]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 1 0
1992 1 0
1993 7 3
1994 15 4
1995 5 0
1996 4 0
1997 11 0
1998 11 0
1999 5 0
Total 60 7

Club playing honours[edit]

Torino F.C.
Juventus F.C.
Parma F.C.

International playing honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Other' Baggio ready to step into hero's role WORLD CUP 1994". Retrieved 20.7.14.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Gli eroi in bianconero: Dino BAGGIO". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gli eroi in bianconero: Dino BAGGIO". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hooligan Threat Overshadows German-Dutch Match". Article on International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 1 March 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ AC Parma SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2001 (Italian)
  6. ^ "Inspired Leeds hold off Blackburn". BBC. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Dino Baggio torna in terza categoria". Article on CorriereDelloSport.it (Italian). Retrieved 1 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Euro 2000 provisional squads". theguardian.com. 22 May 2000. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Dino Baggio at National-Football-Teams.com
  10. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/dbaggio-intl.html

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