Francesco Baiano

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Francesco Baiano
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-02-24) 24 February 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1990 Napoli 5 (0)
1986–1987 Empoli 26 (2)
1987–1988 Parma 25 (4)
1988–1989 Empoli 38 (14)
1989–1990 Avellino 32 (6)
1990–1992 Foggia 69 (38)
1992–1997 Fiorentina 118 (29)
1997–2000 Derby County 64 (16)
2000 Ternana 15 (1)
2000–2002 Pistoiese 58 (22)
2002–2008 Sangiovannese 96 (33)
2008–2009 Sansovino 0 (0)
Total 546 (165)
National team
1991 Italy 2 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 A.C. Sansovino (player/manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 April 2008

Francesco Baiano (born 24 February 1968 in Naples) is a former Italian footballer and currently a coach, last in charge as Giuseppe Sannino's assistant coach at Palermo. He is a well-known striker famous for his shooting technique.


Playing career[edit]

During his career, Baiano played for several clubs including Foggia, which made him famous at the Serie A level, Fiorentina, being part of the so-called Ba-Ba strikers duo together with Gabriel Batistuta (he scored 29 goals in 118 games for Fiorentina), and Derby County. He joined Derby in 1997 along with Stefano Eranio and together were among the first group of Italian footballers to play in the Premier League. He hit 16 goals in 64 games in a resurgent Derby team and was named as one of their best ever imports by the fans.

Baiano went on to play for Sangiovannese of Serie C1, a team he joined in 2002 to leave only in 2008 after a string of successful seasons with the small Tuscan side.

He won two international caps, both in late 1991, scoring no goals.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2008, Baiano was appointed player/manager of Serie D club Sansovino with little success, leaving the club at the end of the season. In 2010 he re-joined his former boss Giuseppe Sannino, becoming his main assistant at Serie B club Varese. In 2011 he followed Sannino at Serie A club Siena, and then at Palermo in 2012. He was removed as Palermo assistant together with head coach Sannino on 16 September 2012.[1]


  1. ^ "ESONERATO SANNINO, SQUADRA A GASPERINI" [SANNINO SACKED, TEAM GOES TO GASPERINI] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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