Roberto Baggio

Written by Sebastien on 22 November 2012. Posted in World Cup Legends

Roberto Baggio is one of the greatest football players of all time. He was Italy's superstar in the 1990s and participated in three World Cup final tournaments. His nickname is "Il Divin' Codino" (the divine ponytail) for the hairstyle he chose to have for the most years of his career. He played for seven different italian teams, starting with Vicenza on 1982.

His first World Cup was the 1990 FIFA World Cup, playing mostly as substitute but helping Italy to reach the semi-finals. He also scored the "goal of the tournament", against Czechoslovakia. In World Cup 1994 the whole Italian team was built around Baggio. Even if he was not 100% ready in the beginning of the tournament, he scored some very crucial goals and helped Italy find it;s way to the final, where they faced Brazil. The match ended 0-0 after extra-time and the two teams went to penalty shoot-out. Baggio took the last penalty for Italy but he missed. Brazil won the World Cup Trophy and that is -up to day- the most "famous" missed penalty in World Cup History.

In World Cup 1998 Italy made it to the quarter final but was eliminated by France, the host country and the team that lifted the World Cup Trophy that year.

Trapattoni didn't include Roberto Baggio in Italy's squad for the World Cup 2002. The great "number 10" finished his career in a friendly match against Spain, on April 2004.



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