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Chelsea FC Profile: Gianluca Vialli

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Full Name: Gianluca Vialli Commendatore OMRI

Nickname(s): Luca

Born: Thursday, 9th July 1964
Place of birth: Cremona, Italy
Height: 5' 10"
Died: Friday, 6th January 2023 (aged 58)
Place of death: Sutton, Surrey, England
Burial: Cremated - 17/01/2023 - Mortlake Crematorium, London

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1996 to 2000
Manager from 1998 to 2000

Playing Career:

Chelsea (May 1996 to Sep 2000) - Free Transfer

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Sunday, 18th August 1996, Southampton 0 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 32 years 1 months 9 days

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Sunday, 16th May 1999, Chelsea 2 - 1 Derby County


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1996 / 97 28 (5)5 (4)10034 (9)
1997 / 98 21 (7)1 (1)3 (1)81 (1)34 (10)
1998 / 99 9335020
Total58 (12)9 (5)7 (1)131 (1)88 (19)


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1996 / 97 9200011
1997 / 98 11206019
1998 / 99 1261010

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Gianluca Vialli made 88 appearances for Chelsea, of which 19 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League18th Aug 1996Southampton00Chelsea15,186 match drawn
League21st Aug 1996Chelsea10Middlesbrough28,272 match won
League24th Aug 1996Chelsea20Coventry City25,024 match won scored 1 goal
League4th Sep 1996Arsenal33Chelsea38,132 match drawn scored 1 goal
League7th Sep 1996Sheffield Wednesday02Chelsea30,983 match won booked
League15th Sep 1996Chelsea11Aston Villa27,729 match drawn
League21st Sep 1996Liverpool51Chelsea40,739 match lost booked
League Cup25th Sep 1996Chelsea13Blackpool11,732 match lost
League28th Sep 1996Chelsea11Nottingham Forest27,673 match drawn scored 1 goal
League12th Oct 1996Leicester City13Chelsea20,766 match won Sub on 46 minsscored 1 goal
League19th Oct 1996Chelsea24Wimbledon28,020 match lost scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League26th Oct 1996Chelsea31Tottenham Hotspur28,373 match won
League2nd Nov 1996Manchester United12Chelsea55,198 match won scored 1 goal
League16th Nov 1996Blackburn Rovers11Chelsea27,229 match drawn
League23rd Nov 1996Chelsea11Newcastle United28,401 match drawn scored 1 goal booked
League1st Dec 1996Leeds United20Chelsea32,671 match lost
League7th Dec 1996Chelsea22Everton28,418 match drawn Sub on 89 minsscored 1 goal booked
F.A. Cup4th Jan 1997Chelsea30West Bromwich Albion27,446 match won Sub on 78 mins
League11th Jan 1997Nottingham Forest20Chelsea28,358 match lost Sub on 54 mins
F.A. Cup26th Jan 1997Chelsea42Liverpool27,950 match won scored 2 goals
F.A. Cup16th Feb 1997Leicester City22Chelsea19,125 match drawn Sub on 68 mins
F.A. Cup26th Feb 1997Chelsea10Leicester City26,053 match won Sub on 46 mins
League1st Mar 1997Derby County32Chelsea18,039 match lost Sub on 62 mins
League5th Mar 1997Chelsea11Blackburn Rovers25,784 match drawn Sub on 70 mins
League12th Mar 1997West Ham United32Chelsea24,502 match lost scored 1 goal
League16th Mar 1997Chelsea62Sunderland24,027 match won Sub on 84 mins
League22nd Mar 1997Middlesbrough10Chelsea29,811 match lost
League5th Apr 1997Chelsea03Arsenal28,182 match lost
League9th Apr 1997Coventry City31Chelsea19,917 match lost Sub on 62 mins
League19th Apr 1997Chelsea21Leicester City27,723 match won
League22nd Apr 1997Wimbledon01Chelsea14,601 match won
League3rd May 1997Chelsea00Leeds United26,277 match drawn
League11th May 1997Everton12Chelsea38,321 match won Sub on 21 mins
F.A. Cup17th May 1997Middlesbrough02Chelsea79,160 match won Sub on 89 mins
F.A. Charity Shield3rd Aug 1997Manchester United11Chelsea73,636 match drawn Sub on 76 mins
League24th Aug 1997Barnsley06Chelsea18,177 match won scored 4 goals
League27th Aug 1997Wimbledon02Chelsea22,237 match won
League30th Aug 1997Chelsea42Southampton28,832 match won Sub on 71 mins
Europe18th Sep 1997Chelsea20Slovan Bratislava23,067 match won
League21st Sep 1997Chelsea23Arsenal31,290 match lost Sub on 57 mins
Europe2nd Oct 1997Slovan Bratislava02Chelsea13,850 match won scored 1 goal
League Cup15th Oct 1997Chelsea11Blackburn Rovers18,671 match drawn sent off
League18th Oct 1997Chelsea10Leicester City33,356 match won Sub on 80 mins
Europe23rd Oct 1997Tromsø32Chelsea6,438 match lost scored 2 goals
Europe6th Nov 1997Chelsea71Tromsø29,363 match won Sub on 87 minsscored 3 goals
League26th Nov 1997Chelsea20Everton32,736 match won Sub on 75 mins
League13th Dec 1997Chelsea00Leeds United34,779 match drawn Sub on 57 mins
League20th Dec 1997Sheffield Wednesday14Chelsea28,334 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Dec 1997Chelsea11Wimbledon32,754 match drawn Sub on 61 minsscored 1 goal
League29th Dec 1997Southampton10Chelsea15,237 match lost Sub on 89 mins
F.A. Cup4th Jan 1998Chelsea35Manchester United34,792 match lost Sub on 61 minsscored 2 goals
League18th Jan 1998Everton31Chelsea32,355 match lost Sub on 70 mins
League Cup28th Jan 1998Arsenal21Chelsea38,114 match lost Sub on 86 mins
League31st Jan 1998Chelsea20Barnsley34,442 match won scored 1 goal booked
League8th Feb 1998Arsenal20Chelsea38,083 match lost Sub on 62 mins booked
League Cup18th Feb 1998Chelsea31Arsenal34,330 match won Sub on 80 mins
League21st Feb 1998Leicester City20Chelsea21,335 match lost
League28th Feb 1998Chelsea01Manchester United34,517 match lost Sub on 78 mins
League8th Mar 1998Chelsea01Aston Villa33,018 match lost booked
League11th Mar 1998Chelsea62Crystal Palace31,844 match won Sub on 75 minsscored 2 goals
Europe19th Mar 1998Chelsea31Real Betis32,300 match won
Europe2nd Apr 1998Vicenza10Chelsea19,319 match lost
League11th Apr 1998Chelsea20Tottenham Hotspur34,149 match won scored 1 goal
Europe16th Apr 1998Chelsea31Vicenza33,810 match won
League29th Apr 1998Chelsea01Blackburn Rovers33,311 match lost Sub on 57 mins
League2nd May 1998Newcastle United31Chelsea36,710 match lost booked
League10th May 1998Chelsea20Bolton Wanderers34,845 match won Sub on 46 minsscored 1 goal
Europe13th May 1998VFB Stuttgart01Chelsea30,216 match won
League15th Aug 1998Coventry City21Chelsea23,042 match lost Sub on 69 mins booked
Europe17th Sep 1998Chelsea10Helsingborgs IF17,714 match won Sub on 83 mins
Europe1st Oct 1998Helsingborgs IF00Chelsea12,348 match drawn Sub on 90 mins
League Cup28th Oct 1998Chelsea41Aston Villa26,790 match won Sub on 90 minsscored 3 goals booked
League Cup11th Nov 1998Arsenal05Chelsea37,562 match won scored 2 goals
League Cup1st Dec 1998Wimbledon21Chelsea17,268 match lost scored 1 goal
League9th Dec 1998Chelsea21Aston Villa34,765 match won booked
League19th Dec 1998Chelsea20Tottenham Hotspur34,881 match won booked
F.A. Cup2nd Jan 1999Oldham Athletic02Chelsea12,770 match won scored 2 goals
League9th Jan 1999Newcastle United01Chelsea36,711 match won
League16th Jan 1999Chelsea21Coventry City34,869 match won
F.A. Cup25th Jan 1999Oxford United11Chelsea9,059 match drawn
League31st Jan 1999Arsenal10Chelsea38,121 match lost
F.A. Cup13th Feb 1999Sheffield Wednesday01Chelsea29,410 match won
League17th Feb 1999Chelsea11Blackburn Rovers34,382 match drawn sent off
Europe4th Mar 1999Chelsea30Vålerenga34,117 match won
Europe18th Mar 1999Vålerenga23Chelsea17,936 match won scored 1 goal
Europe8th Apr 1999Chelsea11Mallorca35,524 match drawn
League25th Apr 1999Sheffield Wednesday00Chelsea21,652 match drawn
League16th May 1999Chelsea21Derby County35,016 match won scored 1 goal

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Gianluca Vialli made 0 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Gianluca Vialli made 0 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Chelsea Manager Career Summary

Manager from: February, 1998
Manager until: September, 2000

PlayedWonDrawnLostForAgainstWin %Goals / Game
F.A. Cup1292126875%2.17
League Cup640215566.67%2.50

Players In

Mar 1998John TerryFrom Juniors
May 1998Robert WolleastonFrom Juniors
May 1998Pierluigi Casiraghi£5,400,000
Jun 1998Marcel Desailly£4,600,000
Jun 1998Albert Ferrer£2,200,000
Jun 1998Brian LaudrupFree
Aug 1998Mikael Forssellunknown
Aug 1998Gianluca PercassiFree
Oct 1998Sam Dalla Bonaunknown
Nov 1998Bjarne Goldbæk£330,000
Jun 1999Mario MelchiotFree
Jun 1999Didier Deschamps£3,000,000
Jul 1999Chris Sutton£10,000,000
Jul 1999Jes Høgh£333,000
Jul 1999Carlo Cudicini£160,000
Aug 1999Joe KeenanFrom Juniors
Aug 1999Leon KnightFrom Juniors
Aug 1999Gabriele Ambrosetti£3,500,000
Dec 1999Emerson Thome£2,700,000
Jan 2000George WeahOn Loan
Feb 2000Rati Aleksidzeunknown
Jun 2000Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink£15,000,000
Jun 2000Eiður Guðjohnsen£4,000,000
Jul 2000Mario Stanić£5,600,000
Aug 2000Winston BogardeFree
Aug 2000Christian PanucciOn Loan

Players Out

Apr 1998David Rocastle
May 1998Ruud Gullit
May 1998Laurent Charvet
Jun 1998Danny Granville
Jul 1998Nick Colgan
Jul 1998Mark Stein
Jul 1998Mark Hughes
Aug 1998Frank Sinclair
Aug 1998Steve Clarke
Nov 1998Brian Laudrup
Dec 1998David Lee
Jun 1999Dmitri Kharine
Jul 1999Eddie Newton
Jul 1999Andy Myers
Jul 1999Michael Duberry
Jan 2000Steven Hampshire
Jan 2000Bjarne Goldbæk
Feb 2000Joe Sheerin
Mar 2000Paul Hughes
Jul 2000George Weah
Jul 2000Chris Sutton
Jul 2000Neil Clement
Jul 2000Didier Deschamps
Jul 2000Dan Petrescu
Aug 2000Nick Crittenden
Aug 2000Emerson Thome
Sep 2000Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Luca passed away at The Royal Marsden Hospital, in Kensington & Chelsea, London, following a recurrence of his pancreatic cancer in 2021. He was originally diagnosed in 2017, but given the all-clear in April 2020.

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Chelsea FC Player Gianluca Vialli

Games Won: 43
Win Percentage: 48.86%
Total Bookings: 12
Times Sent Off: 2


During his Chelsea first-team career of 88 appearances, Gianluca Vialli played alongside the following 48 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Celestine Babayaro (25)
Craig Burley (25)
Pierluigi Casiraghi (3)
Laurent Charvet (8)
Steve Clarke (57)
Neil Clement (2)
Nick Colgan (1)
Nick Crittenden (1)
Ed de Goey (42)
Marcel Desailly (13)
Roberto Di Matteo (74)
Michael Duberry (47)
Albert Ferrer (13)
Tore André Flo (38)
Craig Forrest (2)
Mikael Forssell (3)
Bjarne Goldbæk (10)
Danny Granville (19)
Frode Grodås (17)
Ruud Gullit (12)
Steven Hampshire (1)
Jon Harley (2)
Kevin Hitchcock (13)
Mark Hughes (50)
Paul Hughes (14)
Erland Johnsen (14)
Dmitri Kharine (15)
Bernard Lambourde (17)
Brian Laudrup (1)
Graeme Le Saux (37)
Frank Leboeuf (71)
David Lee (2)
Scott Minto (26)
Jody Morris (28)
Andy Myers (22)
Eddie Newton (34)
Mark Nicholls (28)
Paul Parker (3)
Gianluca Percassi (1)
Dan Petrescu (76)
Terry Phelan (1)
Gus Poyet (24)
Joe Sheerin (1)
Frank Sinclair (37)
John Spencer (5)
John Terry (5)
Dennis Wise (69)
Gianfranco Zola (56)

Chelsea FC manager Gianluca Vialli