Gianluca Vialli: An Icon of Italian Football Passes Away
Vialli had been fighting pancreatic cancer, which returned in 2021 after he was given the all-clear in 2020.
Vialli is remembered fondly for his time at Stamford Bridge, where he enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming the first Italian to manage in the Premier League in 1998. During his tenure as manager, he led Chelsea to victories in the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Charity Shield. He is considered one of the most popular figures in Chelsea's history and was a key member of one of the club's most successful teams.
After his time at Chelsea, Vialli had a stint as manager at Watford before moving into non-management roles, including serving as the delegation chief for the Italian men's national team. However, he stepped down from this position in December 2021 to focus on his battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Vialli's family and loved ones during this difficult time.
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