Football mourns the passing of Gianluca Vialli

6 Jan 2023
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Italian legend who played for and managed Chelsea dies at the age of 58

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The Premier League is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gianluca Vialli at the age of 58.

Vialli’s arrival at Chelsea in the summer of 1996 as a European champion with Juventus was a significant moment in the history of the Premier League.

His stature, his wonderful style of play and his popular character helped to bring the league to a new audience in the UK and abroad.

As a player and then a manager at Stamford Bridge he enjoyed great success, propelling Chelsea from mid-table finishes in the Premier League to sixth in 1996/97 and then fourth the next season, earning the club UEFA Champions League qualification for the first time.

He also helped Chelsea to win the FA Cup twice, firstly as a player and then a manager, along with the League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup as a player-manager.

"As soon as he walked through the door at Stamford Bridge when already a global football star, Luca declared his wish to become a Chelsea legend," Chelsea said on their official website. "It is a target he undoubtedly reached, revered for his work on the pitch and in the dugout during some of the most successful years in our history.

"Loved by fans, players and staff at Stamford Bridge, Luca will be sorely missed not just by the Chelsea community, but the entire footballing world, including in his native Italy, where he was such an iconic figure."

Our thoughts and condolences go to Gianluca's family and friends.

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