ᑕ❶ᑐ Former “Juventus” and “Chelsea” football player Gianluca Vialli died at the age of 58 after a long cancer.

The former player had been battling the disease for five years and died last Thursday evening (6)

former star of Chelsea e Juventus and attack Italy During the 1986 and 1990 World Cups, Gianluca Vialli He died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. Broadcast Italian championship games Rip off ESPN, not Star+there will be a minute of silence.

Vialli was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer for the first time in 2017 and for the second time in 2021. A statement was issued by the former player’s family to announce the death on Friday (6).

He died last night after five years of illness, surrounded by his family, with courage and dignity to face. Thank you to the many people who have supported him with their love over the years. His memory and example will live forever in our hearts.. »

Vialli was part of the technical committee that led to it Italy to succeed in european cup 2020, but left national team work in December to focus on treatment.

“I know I won’t die of old age, I hope to live as long as possible, but I feel more fragile than before,” Vialli said in a documentary. netflix Released in March 2022.

He described Cancer as a “companion” who he hoped would leave him alone after he had tested his courage.

Illness can teach you a lot about who you are and take you beyond our superficial lifestyles.“, these.

President of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriel Gravinasaid: “Gianluca was a wonderful person and leaves an unbearable void in the selection and in all those who appreciated his extraordinary human qualities.”

Vialli first appeared as a youth player with his hometown team Cremona in the third and second Italian divisions.

moved to Sampdoria In 1984 and won the Coppa Italia three times, he helped lead the club to the most successful period in its history. Vialli scored two goals in the defeat of “Sampdoria”. Anderlecht In 1990, 2-0, won the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

He also played an important role when Sampdoria won the league title. a league In 1991, he scored 19 goals for the first and only time.

Vialli left Genoa in the summer of 1992 Juventuswhere he regained his goalscoring touch after a slow start and helped the Turin giants win the Italian league in 1995 and Champions League next season.

He moved to a London club Chelsea He signed on a free transfer in 1996 and became the Dutch manager two years later Gulli squareyou’re fired.

Chelsea won under Vialli League cup and the Coupe des Coupes in 1998 and FA Cup two years later, before he too was fired.

His last leadership role was in charge Watford In the second division of England in 2001-2002.

After leaving team management, Vialli co-founded a sports investment company Capital Typhoon.

In October 2019, Vialli was appointed as the new head of the Italian delegation, meaning he was reunited with the national coach. Robert ManciniBoth were lifelong friends and strike partners when they played for Sampdoria, known as the ‘keeper twins’.

Mancini and Vialli lifted the trophy at Wembley Stadium, lifting the Italians to the Euro 2020 title, which has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sampdoria team was defeated in the final of the European Cup Barcelona 29 years ago in the same place.

Vialli said in a television interview that the pair tearfully shared a hug that was “more beautiful than the hugs we gave each other when I passed him the ball and he scored.” RAI in November.

Vialli leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

* Information from Reuters contributed to this story.

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