A Tribute to Gianluca Vialli ~ 1964-2023

Gianluca Vialli was one of the finest centre forwards of his generation, he won almost every trophy on offer during a glittering playing career. Those footballing accolades are only surpassed by the testimonies of those who knew him as a kind, amiable and intelligent man.

We take a look back at the defining images of Luca’s career

Luca first made a name for himself with his home town club, Cremonese, in the early 1980s

Italy U21 at Swindon in 1986, front row, centre alongside his Goal Twin Roberto Mancini

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Luca went to the FIFA World Cup in 1986 and 1990 and was named in the team of the tournament for Euro 88

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Whilst on National Service, Vialli won the Military World Cup with Italy in 1987

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Luca scored twice in extra time against Anderlecht to win the 1990 Cup Winners Cup for Sampdoria

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The bond forged with Mancini would last a lifetime

Sampdoria hearts were broken at Wembley in the 1992 European Cup Final, but it wouldn’t be Luca’s last word in the competition

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A transfer to Juventus followed, where he won the UEFA Cup in his first season

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After winning the Scudetto and Coppa Italia in Turin, he rounded off his four-year stay by completing the set of European trophies. Luca lifted the 1996 European Cup as captain.

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Luca became one of the first big names to arrive in the Premier League with Chelsea…and the silverware continued to flow

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The League Cup and another Cup Winners Cup soon followed, with Luca taking his first steps in coaching as player-manager of Chelsea in 1998

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A brief spell as Watford manager followed

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In the ensuing years, Luca became a familiar sight on the charity golf circuit

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But he couldn’t stay away when the call came from his old friend Mancini. His final piece of silverware came as Italy assistant at Euro 2020

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As Luca continued his brave fight against cancer, the love and support for him continued abated

Gianluca Vialli 1964-2023, Riposa in Pace

If you would like to make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Research in Lucaโ€™s name, you can do so here: https://www.pcrf.org.uk/donate/

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