Gianfranco Zola

Where is Gianfranco Zola now?

Voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player, Gianfranco Zola finally called time on his fantastic career at his home club Cagliari when he retired from playing in 2005.

A stellar career for both club and country saw Zola bag a hatful of trophies including the Serie A title with Napoli, the UEFA Cup with Parma and two FA Cups, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup with Chelsea.

He also won 32 caps for the Italy national side, scoring 10 goals.
Embed from Getty Images
Upon retiring from playing Zola started work as a pundit for Italian television but moved into coaching in 2006 when he was appointed assistant manager for the Italian under 21 team.

He stayed in this role until 2008 when he was offered the job as manager of West Ham United.

Zola had an indifferent time at Upton Park and managed to avoid relegation in 2009 but was sacked once the season had ended.

After three years out of the game he made a return to management with Watford after the club’s takeover by an Italian business man.

He enjoyed a great first season at Vicarage Road where his team narrowly missing out on promotion after losing in the play off semi-finals.

However, after losing a number of key players in the summer of 2013, his team struggled to recapture their form of the previous season and after a terrible run of home defeats he resigned from the club in December 2013.

A year later Zola was back in football in his native Italy when he returned to his hometown club Cagliari as their head coach.

Unfortunately this reunion was short lived and he was sacked by the club after just 10 games having won just eight points from a possible 30.

After a short spell working as a pundit on Qatar television, Zola was appointed manager of Qatar Stars League side Al Arabi in July 2015.

He reportedly turned down managerial roles in both Italy and England before joining the seven time former Qatari champions.

Unfortunately, Zola was sacked after just one season at the club due his side’s poor league form which left them eighth out of fourteen teams at the end of the season.

In December 2016, in a move that surprised many, Zola was appointed the new manager of Birmingham City on a two-and-half-year contract but his time at St Andrews was a disaster and he resigned in April 2017 after winning just two games out of 24.

In July 2018, he made a return to football when he joined former club Chelsea as manager Maurizio Sarri’s assistant coach but left after one season following the appointment of Frank Lampard as manager.

Away from football Zola co-owns an Italian gelato and coffee shop situated in Bromley called Unico.

Back to Chelsea

Gianfranco Zola: Premier League Statistics

Yellow Cards5
Red Cards0
Premier League Teams Played forChelsea

Statistics courtesy of