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Gianluca Vialli
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Vialli
Date of birth 9 July 1964 (1964-07-09) (age 45)
Place of birth Cremona, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1973–1978 Pizzighettone
1978–1980 Cremonese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Cremonese 105 (23)
1984–1992 Sampdoria 223 (85)
1992–1996 Juventus 102 (38)
1996–1999 Chelsea 58 (12)
Total 488 (167)
National team
1985–1992 Italy 59 (16)
Teams managed
1998–2000 Chelsea
2001–2002 Watford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gianluca Vialli (born 9 July 1964 in Cremona) is a retired Italian football striker and manager. Vialli started his career at Cremonese in 1980 in his native Italy where he made 105 league appearances scoring 23 goals. His performances impressed Sampdoria who signed him in 1984. During which time he scored 85 league goals, won 3 Italian cups, the Seria A and the European Cup Winners Cup. Vialli transferred to Juventus for a World record £12.5 million in 1992. During this time he won the Italian Cup, the Seria A, Italian Supercup, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. In 1996 Vialli joined Chelsea and became Chelsea player manager the following season. In England he won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup. He is one of the most successful players of all time and one of only nine footballers to have won the three main European club competitions.



Playing career

Vialli's career started in 1980 when, signing for local club Cremonese. After scoring ten goals for the club in the 1983-84 season, he was transferred to Sampdoria. At Sampdoria he formed a prolific strike partnership with team mate and childhood friend Roberto Mancini, earning the nickname The Goal Twins. With Vialli at his best, Sampdoria had the most successful era in its history. They won their first ever Serie A championship in the 1990-91 season, in which Vialli was league top scorer with 19 goals, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1990) - where he scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Anderlecht in the final - and three Italian Cups (in 1985, 1988 and 1989). They also reached the European Cup final in 1992, losing to Spain's Barcelona.

While at Sampdoria, Vialli made his debut for Italy in a friendly match against Poland in 1985. He scored his first ever national goal in a Euro 88 qualification match against Malta in 1986. He was included in the squad for the 1986 World Cup. He also played at Euro 88 (scoring the winner in Italy's 1-0 win over Spain) and was part of the squad which finished 3rd at Italia '90. Vialli was largely expected to have a huge impact on the tournament and started Italy's first two games. He set up a goal in Italy's opening game with Austria and in the following game he hit the post from a penalty against the USA. His poor form and injury saw him dropped in favour of Roberto Baggio and Toto Schillaci, but he did make a surprise return in the semi-final in place of Baggio. He was substituted in favour of Baggio during the match. In a recent interview with Irish radio station Newstalk Vialli claimed he had also been suffering with a chest infection in the early part of the tournament. He moved to Juventus shortly after the European Cup final loss for a world record fee of £12.5million. Vialli won the UEFA Cup in his first season with Juventus. Coincidentally, he had his last international cap in 1992 also against Malta in a 1994 World Cup qualification match where he also scored, but was left out of the squad for the World Cup finals following a dispute with coach Arrigo Sacchi, after which Vialli declared he would be supporting Brazil. He won another Scudetto and Italian Cup with Juve in 1995, scoring 16 goals during the season, but Juve were denied a treble after defeat in the UEFA Cup final to Parma, despite Vialli scoring a spectacular second leg goal. He ended his time in Turin by captaining the side to a Champions League final win over Ajax Amsterdam in 1996.

Vialli joined Chelsea in the summer of 1996 for $1million a year (after rejecting an offer from Rangers) as part of manager Ruud Gullit's cosmopolitan rebuilding of the side, and won the FA Cup in his first season, including two goals in a spectacular 4-2 comeback over Liverpool in the fourth round, but a feud with Gullit saw him regularly left out of the starting line-up; in the final itself he was limited to a five-minute cameo appearance as a late substitute. During the 1997-98 season, he scored four goals in a win over Barnsley and a hat-trick against Norwegian side Tromsø in the Cup Winners' Cup, but still couldn't cement his place in the side.

Managerial career

Gullit was sacked in February 1998 and Vialli was appointed player-manager. Chelsea were already in the quarter-finals of the Coca Cola Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup, and went on to win both competitions under Vialli, as well as finishing 4th in the Premier League. The following season Chelsea won the European Super Cup by beating Real Madrid 1-0, and finished 3rd in the Premier League, just four points behind champions Manchester United in what was Chelsea's highest league finish since 1970. Vialli made his final competitive appearance for the club against Derby County at the end of that season, finishing his Chelsea career with 83 appearances and 40 goals.

The following season saw Chelsea reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League in their debut, the highlight of which was a 3-1 victory over FC Barcelona, although they were eventually knocked out on aggregate by the same side. Despite a disappointing 5th place finish in the Premier League, the campaign ended on a high note when Vialli guided Chelsea to a win over Aston Villa in the 2000 FA Cup final. The 2000-01 season started brightly, with Chelsea beating Manchester United to win the FA Charity Shield, Vialli's fifth official trophy with the club in less than three years, making him the club's most successful manager at the time. But Vialli was sacked five games into the season after an indifferent start and having fallen out with several players, including Gianfranco Zola, Didier Deschamps and Dan Petrescu.

He then took up an offer to manage First Division club Watford in 2001-02. Despite making wholesale and expensive changes to the playing and coaching staff, the Hertfordshire side finished an unimpressive 14th and Vialli was sacked after one year. Following this, he was drawn into a lengthy dispute with the club over the payment of the remainder of his contract.[1]

In 2006, he published a book called The Italian Job with friend and football journalist Gabriele Marcotti. The book discusses the differences between English and Italian football. Vialli is donating the proceeds of the book to the "Fondazione Vialli e Mauro per la ricerca e lo sport", which is a charitable foundation he himself founded that raises funds for research into cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Today he works as a TV football commentator for Sky Italia. In 2007 he was linked with a move to the Managers position at Queens Park Rangers, following the club takeover by Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone and the dismissal of John Gregory as manager, but ultimately declined any interest in the position.[1]

In late May 2009, with West Ham United's Assistant Manager Steve Clarke being touted to take over as Manager of Scottish Premier League side Celtic, Vialli became a rumoured candidate to become the new number 2 to his former team mate Gianfranco Zola at Upton Park.

Personal life

Vialli has been married for six years and has two children.[2] He is a keen golfer and has played at the Dunhill links championship pro-am event.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1980-81 Cremonese Serie C1 2 0
1981-82 Serie B 31 5
1982-83 35 8
1983-84 37 10
1984-85 Sampdoria Serie A 28 3
1985-86 28 6
1986-87 28 12
1987-88 30 10
1988-89 30 14
1989-90 22 10
1990-91 26 19
1991-92 31 11
1992-93 Juventus Serie A 32 6 7 2 10 5 49 13
1993-94 10 4 2 0 12 4
1994-95 30 17 7 3 9 2 46 22
1995-96 30 11 7 2 38 14
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996-97 Chelsea Premier League 28 9
1997-98 21 11
1998-99 9 1
Total Italy 410 146
England 58 21
Career Total 468 167

Club Playing Honours

  • Serie C1: promotion 1980-81
Juventus F.C.
Chelsea F.C.

International Playing Honours

Italy National Football Team

Club Managerial Honours

Chelsea F.C.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Chelsea England 12 February 1998 12 September 2000 143 76 29 38 53.15
Watford England 1 June 2001 14 June 2002 52 20 21 11 38.46

See also


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roberto Baggio
Juventus F.C. captains
Succeeded by
Antonio Conte
Preceded by
Bobby Robson
Cup Winners' Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Sven-Göran Eriksson

Simple English

Gianluca Vialli
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Vialli
Date of birth 9 July 1964 (1964-07-09) (age 46)
Place of birth    Cremona, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
National team
1985-1992 Italy
Teams managed

Gianluca Vialli (born 9 July 1964) is a former Italian football player. He played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1980/81CremoneseSerie C120
1981/82Serie B315
1984/85SampdoriaSerie A283
1992/93JuventusSerie A326
1996/97ChelseaPremier League289
CountryItaly 410146
England 5821
Total 468167

International career statistics


Italy national team


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