Torres (Italy), Naples (Italy), AC Parma (Italy), Chelsea (England),
Gianfranco Zola Honours
Winners Cup winner (Chelsea) 1995 UEFA Cup winner (Parme AC) 1997 FA Cup winner (Chelsea) 2000 FA Cup winner (Chelsea) 2000 Charity Shield winner (Chelsea) 1994 Finaliste of la Cup Winners Cup (Parme AC) 2002 FA Cup Finals (Chelsea)
Gianfranco Zola, OBE (born July 5, 1966 in Oliena, Sardinia) is
an Italian footballer.
Zola signed his first professional contract with Sardinian team
Nuorese in 1984. Five years later he signed for Napoli in Serie
Talented Zola scored two goals as understudy to Diego Maradona
as Napoli won the Italian title in 1990. He helped Napoli to win
the Italian Super Cup in 1991 and he made his debut in the
Italian national side for coach Arrigo Sacchi on the same year.
In 1993 Zola left Napoli and joined fellow Serie A side Parma
A.C. He won the UEFA Cup with Parma and were runners-up in Serie
A and the Italian Cup in 1995.
In 1996, Zola joined Premier division football club Chelsea F.C.
He won the FA Cup with Chelsea and was voted the English
Football Writers' Player of the Year in 1997: the only player
ever to receive the accolade without playing an entire season.
He helped Chelsea win the English League Cup, European Cup
Winners' Cup and Super Cup in 1998. He helped Chelsea to win FA
Cup again in 2000.
Zola left Chelsea and joined for Cagliari, club from his native
Sardinia, in 2003, with whom he obtained the promotion to the
Italian Serie A. Then he renewed this summer his contract for
Cagliari Calcio for one more year. Recently, Zola claimed he's
seriously thinking to continue playing for Cagliari even for the
next 2005-2006 Serie A season.
Zola won 35 international caps scoring eight goals. He won his
first international cap in November 1991. He last played in
World Cup qualifier against England in Rome in October 1997.
In early 2003, 'franco was voted as the best ever player of the
team by the Chelsea fans. In November 2004 he was awarded an OBE
- Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire in a
special ceremony in Rome.