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Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola
Personal information
Full nameGianfranco Zola
Date of birth5 July 1966(age 50)
Place of birthOliena, Italy
Height0 m ( ft in)
Playing positionSecond striker
Attacking midfielder

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Gianfranco Zola, OBE, Ufficiale OMRI (-itdʒanˈfranko ˈdzɔla; born 5 July 1966 in Oliena, Italy) is a retired Italian footballer and manager, who most recently managed West Ham United from 2008 to 2010, after having been assistant manager of the Italy U-21 under Pierluigi Casiraghi. He spent the first decade of his career playing in Italy, most notably with Napoli, alongside Diego Maradona and Careca, and at Parma, before moving to English side Chelsea, where he was voted Football Writers' Player of the Year in 1997 and Chelsea's greatest ever player. He was capped 35 times for Italy.

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