Roberto Baggio resigned as the Italian football federation's technical director, saying he was not permitted to do the job he wanted to do.
Italy's talisman as they finished third and second in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups was appointed to the role after the Azzurri flopped as holders by going out in the group stage of the 2010 edition.
His brief was to reinvigorate the Italian game and boost the country's poor track record of blooding youngsters.
"I presented my project in December 2011, 900 pages, but they remained empty words. I don't like just sitting on a chair but to do things, therefore reluctantly I have decided to leave," the 45-year-old said.
The Burmese opposition leader and former prisoner of the country's junta, Aung San Suu Kyi, speaks at the United Nations in Geneva. Suu Kyi says a wide range of reforms in her country are needed to make investment attractive. At a press conference she tells of recent sectarian violence in the Rakhine province, and calls for the rule of law to be respected
Aung San Suu Kyi kicks off European tour in Switzerland
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will also visit Britain, France, Ireland and Norway during historic 17-day trip
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 14 June 2012 14.05 BST
The Burmese opposition leader and former prisoner of the country's junta, Aung San Suu Kyi, speaks at the United Nations in Geneva Link to this video
Almost a quarter of a century since she last set foot in Europe, the Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi kicked off a five-country tour in Switzerland on Thursday, welcoming the international community's efforts to strengthen reform in her homeland.
The 66-year-old former political prisoner, kept under house arrest for 15 of the last 22 years, was addressing the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, her first engagement in a whirlwind tour certain to elevate further her status as international political celebrity.
Now a member of parliament in Burma, the Nobel peace prize laureate welcomed steps to reach out to her country, which has long been isolated because of its military dictatorship.
Wearing trademark flowers in her hair, "The Lady", as she is known, was given a rapturous welcome by the ILO, an organisation she chose to address because of its long campaign against child and slave labour in Burma.
"The international community is trying very hard to bring my country into it, and it's up to our country to respond the right way," she said.
"Any new investment that comes in because of the lifting or suspension of sanctions should add to the democratic process rather than subtract from it," she later told reporters.
She also urged foreign governments not to allow their companies to form joint ventures with Burma's state-owned oil and gas company until it improved its business practices.
The tour, which also takes in Norway, Ireland, Britain and France, will be the first opportunity for western leaders to analyse Aung San Suu Kyi's transition from prisoner of conscience during years of detention to stateswoman.
The red carpet is being rolled out during the 17-day visit, seen as another milestone in Burma's political progress, under which recent reforms by the Burmese president, Thein Sein, have led to a lifting of sanctions.
Especially emotional for the mother of two will be a return to her "beloved" Oxford, where she studied and later settled with her husband, the academic and Tibetan expert Dr Michael Aris, who died from cancer in 1999 having been refused a visa to visit the wife he had been able to see only five times in the previous 10 years. The couple raised their sons, Alexander, 38, and Kim, 34, in the city and she is due to receive an honorary degree at a ceremony at Oxford University on 20 June.
Another auspicious engagement will be when she addresses both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall on 21 June, an honour that has been accorded in recent times to Nelson Mandela, in 1996, Barack Obama, in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI, in 2010, and the Queen. It has never before been bestowed on the leader of an opposition party.
Ireland will host an Electric Burma concert on 18 June, during which U2 frontman Bono will present Aung San Suu Kyi with the "ambassador of conscience award", Amnesty International's most prestigious honour.
The show will also feature Sir Bob Geldof and the Riverdance troupe. "To be allowed to honour this woman is an honour in itself. The heroine of dignity, integrity, courage and steely moral vigour lost her freedom and her family in order to gain a nation. Ireland is ennobled by her visit," Geldof said.
Bono has reportedly lent Aung San Suu Kyi his private jet to fly her to Ireland from Oslo, where she will finally give her acceptance speech on Saturday, 21 years after being awarded the Nobel peace prize and lauded as "an extraordinary example of civil courage" and "important symbol in the struggle against oppression".
It was accepted by her son, Alexander, then 18, who received a standing ovation when he said his mother had accepted it "in the name of all the people of Burma". His voice trembled as he spoke of his wish that soon she would be able to "speak directly for herself, instead of through me".
More than two decades later, that moment is poised to be one of the tour's highlights. The head of the Nobel committee, Thorbjørn Jagland, said her acceptance speech "will be one of the most historic events in Nobel peace prize history".
The European tour is only the second time Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of General Aung San, regarded as the founder of modern Burma and who was assassinated when she was two, has left the country since she returned to nurse her dying mother in 1988. She recently attended the World Economic Forum for East Asia in Bangkok.
Her passport has only recently been returned since she was deemed a threat to the ruling military junta, when she emerged as a unifying symbol of a free Burma during the 1988 pro-democracy uprisings that were brutally quashed by a harsh military regime.
She was forced to spend long, lonely years incarcerated in her dilapidated lakeside villa in Rangoon, now Yangon. Though at times free to leave the country, she never did amid fears she would be refused re-entry.
Among her lifelines were a piano and the BBC World Service - she had a special fondness for Dave Lee Travis's music programme, and the DJ hopes to meet her during her UK visit.
Her sacrifice - staying even as her husband was dying in England, unable to see her sons - has earned her iconic status comparable with Mandela.
Her campaign for non-violent opposition, which gained her the "Steel Butterfly" soubriquet, saw her receive her an array of human rights awards and gain a high-profile that has afforded her some protection.
Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her last period of house arrest in November 2010, and in April this year won a seat in the lower house of the Burmese parliament.
Her visit comes as her government struggles to contain sectarian violence in western Burma between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, which has claimed at least 21 lives since Friday.
Dear Aung San Suu Kyi,
With great joy, I want to congratulate you on your victory in the parliamentary elections in your country. A person whose life has been remarkable as well as difficult, you are an inspiration to millions of people in many countries throughout the world. Your resilience and courage during the years of your imprisonment and isolation are truly admirable. All those who work for democratic change draw strength and encouragement from the fact that through all those years you have remained committed to your moral position and the abiding conviction that one must fight for justice and human rights using only peaceful, non-violent methods. This is an important lesson of combining morality and politics, so much needed in today's world.
I am confident that my joy is shared by many Nobel Laureates, who always showed solidarity with you during the years when you were persecuted. We started all our annual meetings with a demand for your release and the restoration of all your rights and used every opportunity available - both publicly and through various channels - to bring closer the day when you could return to normal life. It is encouraging that the leaders of the ruling regime have now heeded the voice of reason.
The recent elections are just a first step on the path of democratic change which, without doubt, will be difficult. I know it from Russia's experience. In this process, you will be playing a key role, which will require great strength and much time. I do hope, however, that you will be able to take part in the meetings and activities of the Nobel Peace Laureates Forum. We see our mission as helping to make sure that the processes unfolding in the rapidly changing global world evolve peacefully and bring about real improvements in the life of hundreds of millions of people. I very much wish that the voice of a person who has become a moral beacon for so many people should be heard everywhere.
I wish you strength and energy in your continuing work and in standing by your convictions and principles, and may the long-awaited changes that reflect the aspirations of your people become a reality.
With feelings of respect and friendship,
How do you feel when you are hungry? Weak. Tired. Unable to concentrate, study, play or work. So what do you do? You grab something to eat.
It sounds so easy, but, one in seven people on this planet doesn't have anything to grab.... They have no money to buy or to grow food. They suffer from hunger.
This is what is now happening in the Sahel region of West Africa (Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad). People there are facing the consequences of a combination of drought, poor harvests and soaring food prices.
Nearly 16 million people are affected, half of which are at risk, the risk of dying from hunger. Five countries declared states of emergency and asked the world for help.
The most vulnerable are the more than one million children, many of them under two years of age. If these children do not get help in time, their mental and physical development will be stunted, even if they physically survive.
So, imagine, what about their dreams? Don't you think a child in the Sahel dreams about becoming another Seydou Keita from Mali, John Obi Mikel from Nigeria, or Alain Traore from Burkina Faso?
It is true that the EU and the UN are already active in the Sahel region trying to avert the worst. The European Commission has mobilised €123 million in humanitarian aid to help 6 million people escape starvation.
But even this will not be enough if we want avoid a repeat of the catastrophe last year in the Horn of Africa. We need more help, more attention and more awareness to save more lives.
This is why the European Commission has joined the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) in the 'Professional Football Against Hunger' campaign.
Professional football has the power to mobilise the public awareness that we need.
During the 3rd European Match Day Against Hunger, from 30 March until 2 April, over 300 football clubs in 20 leagues across 16 European countries will dedicate their matches to the Sahel crisis, sending the message that urgent action is needed now.
They will reach millions of fans, from Glasgow to Goteborg, from Moscow to Madrid.
This is also why the two of us, a European Commissioner for humanitarian aid, and a professional footballer and FAO Goodwill Ambassador, have joined forces and appeal to you.
You can also reach out yourself. Join the team. Tell your friends, tell your colleagues. Sign the petition at endinghunger.org. Or you may donate a small amount to an aid organisation in your country that works in the Sahel. With as little as €20, one child can be brought out of hunger and malnutrition in a few weeks time.
It is important that we do not stay silent when our fellow humans are dying of hunger. Because the suffering of any human being diminishes all of us. It's our responsibility to speak up and help. Together we can save lives and win the match against hunger.
Kristalina Georgieva (European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response and International Cooperation)
Join Facebook official page: ROBERTO BAGGIO FAN PAGE - OFFICIAL to comments and wish a very great day to, and year,to Roberto, but not only for Roberto...This year is a new grat year for Aung San Suu Kyi. She confirmed that she would run for a seat in the country's new Parliament in a by-election scheduled for April 2012 in which her party, the National League for Democracy, would enter the new political structure for the first time.
On Friday her National League for Democracy said it would register to run in the as yet unscheduled by-elections.
The party boycotted the last polls in November 2010, the first in 20 years.
Meanwhile the US is to send Hillary Clinton to Burma next month, amid what President Barack Obama called "flickers of progress" in the nation.
Mr Obama spoke to Aung San Suu Kyi before deciding to send Mrs Clinton, who will be the first US secretary of state to visit in 50 years.
BBC South East Asia correspondent Rachel Harvey says the developments are being seen as endorsements of the steps taken by the military-backed but civilian-led government towards political reform.
The announcement followed a meeting of 100 senior NLD leaders in Rangoon.
"We unanimously decide that the National League for Democracy (NLD) will register according to party registration laws, and we will take part in the coming by-elections," a party statement said.
It boycotted the previous polls because of election laws that banned Aung San Suu Kyi - a former political prisoner - from running.
But this regulation has since been dropped, and Aung San Suu Kyi said she now wanted the party to contest all 48 seats left vacant in parliament by the appointment of ministers.
A spokesman for the NLD said it was likely that Aung San Suu Kyi would run for office. And the pro-democracy leader herself said she would do what she thought was necessary.
"If I think I should take part in the election, I will. Some people are worried that taking part could harm my dignity. Frankly, if you do politics, you should not be thinking about your dignity," AFP news agency quoted her as saying.
"I stand for the re-registration of the NLD party. I would like to work effectively towards amending the constitution. So we have to do what we need to do."
United Nations Agency chiefs and top international personalities met today to celebrate World Food Day, whose focus this year is on the recent wave of food price swings which threatens to push millions more people into hunger.
"Food prices - from crisis to stability," was chosen as the World Food Day theme for 2011 following five consecutive years of unstable and often rising food prices, which currently stand close to record levels.
Commemorating FAO's founding in 1945, World Food Day is celebrated in at least 150 countries across the globe. This year it also marked the 60th anniversary of the Organization's move from its first seat in Washington to Rome.
In a message to the World Food Day ceremony at FAO headquarters, Pope Benedict XVI said that fighting famine and hunger required both immediate and long-term solutions.
Horn of Africa
In a clear reference to the crisis in the Horn of Africa, with famine declared in southern Somalia, the Pope said: "In the face of the death of entire communities due to hunger and the forced abandonment of people's lands of origin, immediate assistance is essential, but it is necessary also to intervene in the medium and long-terms so that international activity is not only responding to emergencies.
He described as "lamentable" the idea gaining ground that food was just merchandise and thus "subject to speculative movements".
Agriculture promoted economic growth, he declared: "Agricultural work should not be considered as a secondary activity, but rather as an object of all strategies for growth and integral development."
"Liberation from the yoke of hunger is the first concrete manifestation of the right to life," he added.
More investment needed
Inaugurating the ceremony FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said that more than $80 billion of additional investment is required annually in agriculture and related activities to ensure food supplies for the world in 2050. Greater investment is the key to mitigating food price fluctuations and building poor people and nations' resilience, said, adding:
"The background to the devastating impact of soaring and volatile food prices on the livelihoods of the poor is 20 years of under-investment in agriculture and neglect of the sector."
The crisis in the Horn of Africa shows that both short and long-term responses are needed and that predictable financial resources are required to tackle the root causes of famine and food insecurity, Diouf noted.
Make it happen
"The world has the knowledge and financial means needed to ensure food security for all, and thus a more stable world. Now is the time to make it happen," he concluded.
Michelle Bachelet, former President of the Republic of Chile and current UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, said in a keynote speech that a significant cause of food insecurity is "the poverty and discrimination faced by women and girls, including women farmers".
"Since women are on the frontlines of food security, we need to put their needs and rights at the forefront of trade and agricultural policies and investments to move from crisis to stability," she declared.
"If the world is to meet the challenge of feeding people today and 9 billion people by 2050, we must invest in girls and women, who are key to food security... Empowering women and girls is key to progress in development, food security and improved nutrition," she added.
In a message read to the ceremony, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and current Chair of the African Union, said that Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in particular is bearing the brunt of the food price crisis.
He identified the priorities for Africa as "improving productivity and competitiveness of small farmers, investment in agriculture and policies related to land tenure". He called for a spirit of national and international solidarity to reduce the number of people suffering hunger round the world.