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Happy birthday to Gianluca Vialli!

One of the most successful goalscorers in Italian football history, the current Head of Delegation for the National Team turns 57 today

Friday, July 9, 2021

Happy birthday to Gianluca Vialli!

One of the most successful strikers in the history of Italian football and a member of the Italian Football Hall of Fame since 2015 in the “Italian Player” category, Gianluca Vialli was born in Cremona on 9 July 1964. Since November 2019 he has been the Head of Delegation for the National team.

Raised in the Cremonese area, he made his Serie A debut at the age of twenty playing for Sampdoria. In a partnership with Roberto Mancini, he led Sampdoria to three Coppa Italia triumphs, a Cup Winners' Cup, a Scudetto, and a historic European Cup final lost against Barcelona. With his move to Juventus, the trophies in his collection increased: a UEFA Cup, a Scudetto, a Coppa Italia, but most importantly, a Champions League won as the Juventus captain. At thirty-two, he flew to England to end his career at Chelsea. With the Blues came more success, some in the role of player-coach: An FA Cup, a League Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup.

After losing a European Championship with the Under 21 team on penalties, he made his debut with the senior national team in a friendly match with Poland, also earning a call up for the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. He became a starter along with Azeglio Vicini, with whom he shared the disappointments of the defeat in the semi-finals, both at the 1988 European Championship and two years later at the World Cup on home soil. Vialli played his fifty-ninth and final match with the Azzurri on December 19 1992 in Malta, where he also scored his sixteenth and final goal for the national team.