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Francesco Baiano

Personal information
Date of birth24 February 1968(age 49)
Place of birthNaples, Italy
Height1.70 m
Playing positionStriker (retired)

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Francesco Baiano (born 24 February 1968 in Naples) was an Italian football and currently a coach. He is a well-known striker famous for his shooting technique.

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 then served a single season as player/manager of Serie D club Sansovino with little success.

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

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