Roberto back in Coverciano: He studies to be a coach and...
It's not another chapter of the same book. Oh no. It's a whole new story. Roberto Baggio has made up him mind to enroll on the UEFA third category coaches course. He's coming back. The greatest of the great is coming back to football. After much careful thought and consideration, we understand he made up his mind just three days ago. Roberto is coming back. And this is no ordinary comeback by no ordinary guy, this is the comeback of the year. It's the start of new era and the first steps in a new direction, i.e. to share his talent and experience with the football world, to give it a taste of pure genius. Baggio the coach: as a footballer he never spent much time on the bench, but now the bench may be about to see something great.
FROM SEPTEMBER -- The future coach has always been one to approach things gradually, take them one step at a time, and learn the basics first. Roberto wants to know, to learn and to understand: it's what he used to do before every knee operation, tormenting the doctors with question after question; he'll do the same in this new adventure, because it's only right he starts from the basics. It's this thirst to find out how the other half of the football world works that will carry him through his Course B coaching course: Coverciano welcomes him with open arms. The new 2010-2011 course commences in September and will run through to May. It's called the UEFA B Course and a total of 40 applications have been received from across Italy. Students will be able to carry out part of the course in their home cities.
TWO YEARS -- Baggio, who retired from football on 16 May 2004 after the Milan-Brescia game (4-2) at San Siro, could qualify to coach a Serie A team in two years. The next stage after the third category course is the UEFA A course which, once completed, would make him eligible for the so-called Master (UEFA PRO) qualification: and that's not because his name is Baggio, but because anyone who has been involved in the final stages of a World Cup (he's played three) can enroll immediately for the pro course without having to wait a year. His decision, taken with his manager and friend Vittorio Petrone, was inspired by his desire to complete his persona, to combine his experience as a footballer with a qualification as a coach. Baggio wants to understand the approach, the preparation, the methods, he wants to be able to share his values: this is the new Roberto Baggio.. coaching new football in a New Era.
Contact -- This New Era may even herald something that has been much talked about. It's common knowledge that Renzo Ulivieri (the best of the best coaches) suggested that Roberto take up a presidential role of the technical sector. There was also talk of Collina and Sacchi for the same job, and Roberto has often admitted to friends that he would be more than happy to put his twenty-years of experience at the sector's disposal, sharing his desire to discover, shape and teach young footballers; a role which he could quite happily combine with his student life. There has been no official contact between Abete and Baggio yet, but word has it that this could change during the coming week. Roberto is the face of the New Era: open the book, page 1, we're starting over
(Source: Gazzetta dello Sport)