Baggio won his first scudetto with Juventus in 1995. This was the
first of many league titles to come for Juventus in the 1990s. However, Baggio
was not to get a share of these. After strong pressure from A.C. Milan chairman
Silvio Berlusconi, he was sold to the Milanese club. He did not have a good time
in Milan, although he still helped the club win the Serie A title, becoming the
first player to win the scudetto in consecutive years with different teams.
In 1997, when he was thought to be on the downside, Baggio transferred to
Bologna in order to resuscitate his career, and after scoring a personal best 22
goals that year, was included in Italy's starting eleven for the 1998 FIFA World
Cup in place of the younger and favored Alessandro Del Piero.
Baggio played 16 World Cup finals games for Italy. Ireland is the only team
against which Baggio played more then once in his entire 16 games of world cup.
In every World Cup finals Baggio played in, Italy was eliminated after 120
minutes of play on the penalty shootout.
1990 World Cup
Baggio played in his first World Cup, in 1990, and although he was used most
often as a substitute in the tournament, he was still able to display his
quality, scoring twice including the "goal of the tournament" against
Czechoslovakia. Baggio is also much remembered for his class; although
regularily designated the penalty shooter for his team, he stepped aside when
Italy was awarded one in the third place match, allowing teammate Salvatore
Schillaci to score and capture the Golden Boot.
|Date of birth
||February 18, 1967 (1967-02-18)
|Place of birth
||1.74 m (5 ft 8
||Second striker (retired)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)
1994 World Cup
Baggio was the cornerstone of the Italian team during the 1994 FIFA World
Cup, leading them to the final after a disappointing start. He scored five
goals, all in the knockout phase: two in the Round of 16 to beat Nigeria (with a
late equalizer and one in extra time), one in the quarter-finals to top Spain
(the game winner with 3 minutes remaining) and two to beat Bulgaria in the
semifinals. Unfortunately, Baggio was not fully fit for the final against
Brazil, and missed Italy's last penalty when the kick went over the post as the
Brazilians won the World Cup title after a 0-0 tie. Two other Italians, Franco
Baresi and Daniele Massaro, had already missed penalties; had Baggio scored,
Brazil would have still had a penalty to win the Cup nevertheless.
Baggio finished tied for second in the tournament in goals scored and was
named one of the top three players.
1998 World Cup
Baggio was the only Italian attacker to play for 90 minutes in the opening
match, a 2-2 draw against Chile.
The first goal was scored by Christian Vieri on an assist by Baggio. Chile
took the lead 2-1, and Baggio would later make a good pass to Filippo Inzaghi
but the Chilean keeper made an excellent save from to keep the score 2-1. That
was only the third time a team took the lead over Italy in a World Cup
throughout the 1990s. Towards the end of the game a Baggio ball would touch a
Chilean defender's hand, resulting in a penalty scored by Baggio which made the
score 2-2. With this goal, he became the first Italian player to score in three
World Cups. The Italian fans had already forgiven Baggio for his 1994 penalty
miss, as it was well accepted that he was the main reason the Italian side got
so far in the tournament to begin with.
He scored two goals in the tournament; he also scored the winning goal
against Austria as Italy topped their group.
On the quarterfinals match against France, Baggio would come on as a
substitute in the second half. Italy had only one shot in the entire match, from
none other than Baggio; however, the score remained 0-0 and the match went to a
Baggio scored in the penalty shootout but Italy lost to the eventual
champions France. He was one of Italy's main contributors of that tournament,
the other being Christian Vieri in a team full of talent and also known for
playing defensive football.
After the World Cup, Baggio signed with Internazionale. This proved to be an
unfortunate move, as the then coach Marcello Lippi did not favour Baggio and
hardly played him.This caused Baggio to lose his place in the national team, but
whenever he could get onto the field, he never left fans disappointed. In his
autobiography, Baggio later declared that Lippi had effectively dumped him after
Baggio had refused to point out which Inter's players had expressed negative
opinions about the coach.
After two years with Inter, in order to be called up for 2002 World Cup, he
transferred to previously unfashionable Brescia. Despite a severe injury, he
miraculously recovered before the end of the season. However, Italian coach
Giovanni Trapattoni did not take Baggio to Korea and Japan. Fans and pundits
criticized the omission of Baggio and Italy was eliminated before reaching the
quarter-finals, failing to reach expectations.
Baggio continued playing at Brescia until his retirement in 2004. Baggio
ended his career with 205 goals in Serie A, making him the fifth highest scorer
of all time behind Silvio Piola, Gunnar Nordahl, Giuseppe Meazza and José
Baggio totalled 56 caps and 27 goals for the national team, fourth all time.
He is the only Italian player ever to score in three World Cups, with a total of
9 career World Cup goals which puts him even with Christian Vieri and Paolo
Rossi as Italy's top World Cup scorers. He was given a sendoff match on April
28, 2004 against Spain. His number 10 jersey was retired by Brescia Calcio.
Baggio was invited to play for the European XI at the Football for Hope
Indian Ocean tsunami relief benefit on February 15, 2005 at the Nou Camp in
Barcelona, but he declined the invitation.
Baggio wrote an autobiography titled Una Porta nel Cielo ("A Goal in
the Sky"). In it, he told of many rifts with managers.
Baggio is known as Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail), for
the hairstyle he wore for most of his career. He is a devout Soka Gakkai
Buddhist, a rarity for an Italian. He credits much of his success to
encouragement from his mentor, Daisaku Ikeda.
- Serie A champion: 1995, 1996
- Italian cup: 1995
- UEFA Cup: 1993
- European Footballer of the Year: 1993
- FIFA World Player of the Year: 1993
- FIFA 100: 2004
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