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The historic Italian footballer Gianluca Vialli died at the age of 58, a victim of pancreatic cancer with which he had been fighting for two years. Vialli was one of the most beloved footballers in Italy and in 2020 he was on the Azurra coaching staff that won the Euro Cup.
With the Italian National Team, Gianluca Vialli played a total of 59 games in which he scored 16 goals. Also the one born in Cremona He played two World Cups, the one in Mexico 86 and the one in Italy 90the last time at home with a favorite team led by Azeglio Vicini and which ended out in the semifinals on penalties against Maradona’s Argentina.
Gianluca Vialli scored the not inconsiderable sum of 259 goals in 673 games played between all the clubs he played for. He made a career in Cremonese, Sampdoria, Juventus, Inter and Chelsea As a player.
Also as a player he won four Italian Cups, two Serie A, two Italian Super Cups, two FA Cups, one English League Cup, two European Cup Winners’ Cups, one UEFA Cup, one Champions League and one European Super Cup.
As a coach, he debuted as a coach player at Chelsea for six months, however his management lasted until the year 2000 and he won a League Cup, an FA Cup and a Charity Shield.
He then coached Watford from 2001 to 2002. Since 2019 he worked with his friend Roberto Mancini as head of selection at Azurra.
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