First on the courts, then off them. In both ways, Gianluca Vialli was an example of strength. Unfortunately, Today his death was confirmed at the age of 58, after having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer since 2017.
“Gianluca was a wonderful person and he leaves a void that cannot be filled, in the national team and in all those who have appreciated his extraordinary human qualities”said the president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina.
According to Gravina’s message, Gianluca Vialli’s situation worsened in recent days, but the miracle of seeing him restored was expected to be repeated. Just like it happened when He was seen in the games of the last Euro, in which the Italian National Team was crowned champion. Of that team, Vialli was part of the coaching staff.
“I waited until the end for him to be able to perform another miracle, but I take comfort in the certainty that what he did for Italian football and the Azzurri will never be forgotten”added Gabriele Gravina in his message.
According to the statement with which UEFA announced the death of Vialli, he He had recently announced the decision to temporarily leave his position in the coaching staff of the Italian National Team.
Gianluca Vialli was born in Cremona in 1964. He began his career at the age of 19. FEU striker for Cremonese, Sampdoria and Juventusbut he also shone outside of his country’s football, being part of Chelsea.
With Sampdoria he won a Scudetto, three Italian Cups, an Italian Super Cup and a Recopa. With Juve a Scudetto, an Italian Cup, an Italian Super Cup, a UEFA Cup and the 1996 Champions League. With Chelsea an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Cup Winners’ Cup and a European Super Cup. In the English club he finished his career, in 1999.
In total, he played 673 games during his time as a professional in Serie A, the Premier League and European competitions.scoring goals on 259 occasions.
The FIGC President announced that a minute’s silence will be observed in honor of Gianluca Vialli at all games scheduled for this weekend in Italy.
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