Where is Gianluca Vialli now?
Considered one of the best Italian strikers of his generation, Gianluca Vialli retired from playing in 2000 after three seasons playing in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Vialli won a number of trophies over his 19-year career including the Serie A title twice, the Copa Italia four times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup twice, the UEFA Cup and also the UEFA Champions League.
He was also an important player for the Italy national side and winning 59 caps, scoring 16 goals and representing them in the 1988 European Championships and the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Joining Chelsea as a player in the summer of 1996, Vialli was appointed player-manager in 1998 when Ruud Gullit was sacked making him the first Italian to manager in the Premier League.
Already in the semi-finals of the League Cup and the Cup Winner’s Cup, Vialli’s managed to win both trophies as well as achieving a fourth place finish in the league.
A third place finish the following season and a fifth place finish and FA Cup final win the season after preceded an indifferent start to this third full season and he was sacked having fallen out with a number of key players.
Upon leaving the Blues he joined Watford in the old First Division as manager in 2001 but after a mediocre season was sacked after one year.
He hasn’t been involved in management since and has instead worked as a pundit and co-commentator in both the UK and his native Italy.
In February 2016 he launched his own football show in Italy called Football Nightmares where he works with former Rangers player Lorenzo Amoruso to transform grassroots football clubs that are on dire losing streaks.
Vialli is also co-founder of the sports crowdfunding company Tifosy which allows fans to invest in their club in return for money-can’t-buy rewards and experiences.
In October 2019 he was appointed in his current role as delegation chief of the Italy national side.
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Gianluca Vialli: Premier League Statistics
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