Wednesday 29 May 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
After finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League the previous season Chelsea bolstered their strike force in preparation for a title tilt by signing Pierluigi Casiraghi from Lazio.
The 29-year-old was recruited in a summer that also had the arrival of Spain full-back Albert Ferrer and France centre-back Marcel Desailly. Casiraghi became the fifth Italian member of the squad alongside Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Di Matteo, Luca Percassi and player-manager Gianluca Vialli.
Casiraghi was an established Italy international who had twice won the UEFA Cup during his five-year spell at Juventus, but his English adventure would prove ill-starred. The centre-forward scored his only Barclays Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool before suffering a knee ligament injury on his 10th top-flight appearance for the Blues in a collision with West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
After undergoing 10 operations, Casiraghi never recovered from the injury and was forced to retire after his contract in March 2002. Casiraghi took up coaching and was in charge of the Italy Under-21 side between 2006 and 2010.