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Gianfranco Zola Biography

Gianfranco Zola is a retired Italian footballer and currently the manager of English football club Watford. Zola signed his first professional contract with Sardinian team Nuorese in 1984. In 1989, he signed for Napoli in Serie A. The young and talented Zola scored two goals as understudy to Diego Maradona as Napoli won the Serie A title in 1990. He helped Napoli to win the Supercoppa Italiana in 1991 and he made his debut for the Italian national side under coach Arrigo Sacchi in the same year, winning his first cap against Norway in November. In 1993, Zola left Napoli and joined fellow Serie A side Parma. He won the UEFA Cup with Parma and theItalian Cup in 1995. In November 1996, Zola joined Chelsea for £4.5 million as one of several continental players signed by Ruud Gullit. He was a key player in Chelsea's resurgence that season, helping them win the FA Cup with a 2–0 win overMiddlesbrough at Wembley Stadium having scored four goals en route to the final. At the end of the season he was voted FWA Player of the Year, the only player ever to win the accolade without playing a full season in the English league and the first Chelsea player to win it. In 1997–98, he helped Chelsea win three more trophies, the League Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup and the Super Cup. In 2002–03, his final season with Chelsea, he enjoyed success by adding sixteen more goals to his statistics and was voted the club's player of the year after helping Chelsea qualify for the Champions League. In the summer of 2003, Zola left Stamford Bridge to join Cagliari. In his playing career, Zola played 628 games and scored 193 goals. In 2006, Zola started his coaching career, being appointed as assistant manager to Italy U-21 manager and Pierluigi Casiraghi by the Italian Football Federation.

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Reports: Chelsea legend to be appointed as Technical Director at Stamford Bridge
Reports: Chelsea legend to be appointed as Technical Director at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea are set to appoint him by next week!
How Matthew Harding transformed Chelsea before Roman Abramovich
How Matthew Harding transformed Chelsea before Roman Abramovich
Chelsea are one of the most successful clubs in the last decade, but it wasn't just Roman Abramovich that helped them muster the success.
5 successful player-managers in English football
5 successful player-managers in English football
English football has seen some success stories with players also acting as managers - here are five of the best.
Top 5 players who never got picked in the Team of the Year in Premier League history
Top 5 players who never got picked in the Team of the Year in Premier League history
No matter how well they played, they were never rewarded with a spot on the Team of the Year
5 greatest Champions League quarter-finals of all time
5 greatest Champions League quarter-finals of all time
We take a look at the top 5 UEFA Champions League quarter-final matches of all time that include fierce rivalries, upsets and comebacks.
5 greatest Italians to have played in the Premier League
5 greatest Italians to have played in the Premier League
These Italian stars helped Premier League become the global sensation that it is today.
Eden Hazard makes it to 50 Premier League goals for Chelsea; joins esteemed list of players
Eden Hazard makes it to 50 Premier League goals for Chelsea; joins esteemed list of players
Eden Hazard is the 6th Chelsea player to score 50 Premier League goals.
Hull City approach Gianfranco Zola for vacant manager's job
Hull City approach Gianfranco Zola for vacant manager's job
Zola odds on favourite to land the vacant Hull City job.
Conte is as good as Guardiola and Mourinho feels Chelsea legend Zola
Conte is as good as Guardiola and Mourinho feels Chelsea legend Zola
Zola also noted that the lack of Champions League football will hamper Conte's transfer plans
Chelsea's 5 worst European exits
Chelsea's 5 worst European exits
A look at five of the most painful European exits in Chelsea's history.
10 Great players that made terrible managers
10 Great players that made terrible managers
Great players don't always equate to great managers.
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says John Terry is attracting a lot of interest from Qatar
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says John Terry is attracting a lot of interest from Qatar
Recent speculation has linked John Terry with a big money move to Al-Arabi
The match which led to Roman Abramovich's acquisition of Chelsea
The match which led to Roman Abramovich's acquisition of Chelsea
Once dubbed the 20m game, it gradually went on to become the 'Billion pound game' for Chelsea
Chelsea Top XI : Pre-Abramovich Era
Chelsea Top XI : Pre-Abramovich Era
Gianfranco Zola was voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player in 2003 Countless world class players have passed through the gates of Stamford Bri ...
Cult figure Gianfranco Zola picks his all time best Chelsea XI
Cult figure Gianfranco Zola picks his all time best Chelsea XI
Chelsea are champions of England. Find out how many current players make it into Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola's dream Chelsea XI.
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