The two "Gigi", Buffon and Di Biagio, of course, find themselves in diametrically opposed situations.
Italy great Gianluigi Buffon is coming out of retirement after making himself available for March's global friendlies against Argentina and England.
"The thing I can tell you is that I'm sure and I'm very happy with what will be my choice, together with the club, but we'll announce it when the time comes".
"Call me what you want, but my first mission is to bring back the enthusiasm and joy to this team, which we all love. The players who have experience at the moment could be useful against Argentina and England". After all in five years as U21 coach, I have called up 150 different players.
"I do this for loyalty and responsibility, without thinking about what will be my future". That failure, largely prompted by Italy's World Cup exit, leaves a vacuum in which the highly capable Di Biagio might just flourish.
Andrea Barzagli, a 36-year-old defender, has definitively retired from the squad, Di Biagio said.