Baggio to join Italy federation staff

Roberto Baggio is set to return to football as part of the

Italian federation’s staff, six years after retiring from the

game.

”Baggio is back on the pitch,” Gazzetta dello Sport reported

Tuesday.

The 43-year-old Baggio told the newspaper he’d agreed to become

director of the federation’s technical staff, a job that entails

working with young players and coaches.

The federation is expected to make the announcement

Wednesday.

His dazzling passes, vision and precision made him one of

Italy’s greatest players, his ponytail as much a signature as his

skill.

Baggio was the FIFA player of the year in 1993. A year later, he

famously missed the last penalty in a shootout in the World Cup

final that handed the victory to Brazil.