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Dino Baggio (born July 24, 1971 in Camposampieromarker) is an Italianmarker retired football defensive midfielder. He has 60 caps at international level for the Italian national team. He was known as a tough, tackling, defensive midfielder, who had pace and passing.

Clubs and achievements

In his club career, Dino Baggio played for Torino (1989-91), Inter (1991-92), Juventus (1992-94), Parma A.C. (1994-2000), S.S. Lazio (2000-03 and 2004-05), Blackburn Roversmarker , 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 After having joined Triestina of Italian Serie B in the summer of 2005, he rescinded the contract because of personal issues with coach Pietro Vierchowod, playing just three times for the giuliani.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.

Biography

Club

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 defensive midfielder with strength, pace, and even could go up and score a goal or two. 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. He played with city rivals Torino, and at first the fans did not like the move. His solid play won the fans over, and quickly became a mainstay in the Juventus midfield, winning the UEFA Cup in 1993, in the final of which he scored three goals over the two legs, one in the first and two in the second.

After playing in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Parma wanted to buy Dino Baggio. At first, Dino 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 Krakówmarker, which resulted in Wisła being suspended from European cup play for a year.

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. Baggio stayed with Parma until the end of the 2000-2001 season. In the summer of 2001, he was sold to Lazio. He was utilized very little in 2001-2002 and the following season. In 2003-2004, he was in talks with Englishmarker club Wolverhampton, who were newly promoted to the FA Premier League, over a possible loan deal but was eventually loaned to Blackburn Roversmarker in England for the season. He was somewhat of a flop, only making 9 appearances and scoring once in the league in a 2-1 defeat against Leeds United. 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 game. 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.

International

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 namesake (of whom he is no relation) - 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 Barcelonamarker 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.

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 Playing Honours

Torino F.C.
Juventus F.C.
Parma F.C.
S.S. Lazio


International Playing Honours



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