Francesco Baiano (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃesko baˈjaːno]; born 24 February 1968, in Naples) is a former Italian footballer and currently a coach, last in charge at Varese. He played as a forward for several Italian clubs throughout his playing career, and he also played for Derby County in the Premier League, between 1997 and 1999.
|Date of birth||24 February 1968|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2007–2008||Sangiovannese (technique coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
During his career, Baiano played for several clubs. He first made his name with Foggia under Zdeněk Zeman, earning promotion to Serie A after winning the 1990–91 Serie B title, also winning the top-scorer award, with 22 goals, and forming a notable attacking trio alongside Giuseppe Signori and Roberto Rambaudi. He also played for Fiorentina, where he was a part of the so-called Ba-Ba strikers duo together with Gabriel Batistuta (he scored 29 goals in 118 games for Fiorentina), winning the 1995–96 Coppa Italia and the 1996 Supercoppa Italiana. During the 1992–93 Serie A season, he was the joint top assist provider in the league, with 12 assists, alongside Gianfranco Zola.
Baiano later joined Derby County in 1997, along with compatriot Stefano Eranio; together, they 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 won two international caps for Italy, both in late 1991, under Arrigo Sacchi, although he failed to score a goal at international level. He made his debut on 13 November 1991 in Genoa, in a 1–1 draw against Norway.
Style of play
A well-known, diminutive forward famous for his shooting technique and eye for goal, Baiano was also a quick, energetic, and dynamic player, with good technical ability and close control in tight spaces. Due to his pace, mobility, and agility, he was also often used as an outside forward; during his later career, he often played in a more creative role, as a supporting striker, or as an attacking midfielder, due to his creativity, as well as his ability to play off of teammates and provide them with assists.
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.
- Serie B Top Scorer: 1990–91 (22 goals)
- Serie A Top-assist provider: 1992–93
- Derby County F.C. Player of the Year: 1998
- Che fine hanno fatto? Baiano sogna una panchina‚ sport.sky.it, 29 March 2011
- Con Sannino arrivano anche Baiano, Bertini e Lomi SIENA CLUB‚ sienaclubfedelissimi.it, 8 June 2011
- Nello staff di Sannino l'ex Verona Luca Lomi‚ tggialloblu.it, 13 July 2013
- L'ex Francesco Baiano si dimette da allenatore dello Scandicci‚ pianetaempoli.it, 20 October 2014
- Esonerato Baiano, torna Bettinelli‚ laprovinciadivarese.it, 13 March 2017
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