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Wednesday 29 May 2013

On this day: Pierluigi Casiraghi joins Chelsea's Italian set

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Gianluca Vialli signing another Azzurri forward

  • Pierluigi Casiraghi attends his photo call at Stamford Bridge after joining the Blues

  • The Italy striker joined compatriots Gianluca Vialli and Gianfranco Zola at Chelsea

  • Casiraghi is challenged by Patrik Berger during a 1-1 draw at Liverpool

  • The Italian celebrates the only goal of his Chelsea career with Marcel Desailly

  • Casiraghi fires in a shot under pressure from Leeds United defender Robert Molenaar

  • The forward collides with West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop at Upton Park

  • Casiraghi reels in agony after suffering his career-ending injury

  • Graeme Le Saux reacts quickest by bringing on a stretcher for his stricken team-mate

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 29 May 1998 Pierluigi Casiraghi leaves Lazio for Chelsea       

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.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Chelsea adding another Italy international to their ranks in the summer of 1998