42 Facts About Gianfranco Zola

1. Gianfranco Zola died in 1902 of asphyxiation from a defective flue.

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2. Gianfranco Zola completed secondary school up north, at the lycee Saint-Louis, in a troubled state of mind.

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3. Gianfranco Zola set out his fundamental theoretical beliefs in Le Roman experimental, but even he adhered very loosely to them in practice.

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4. For the title of his novel Gianfranco Zola used a contemporary slang word for a liquor store.

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5. Gianfranco Zola was the subject of a long-running urban legend where it was believed by some people that he appeared in the video for Bonnie Tyler's 1983 song " Total Eclipse of the Heart ".

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6. In 2007 Gianfranco Zola was voted by the Sun one of the top ten best foreign "artistic" players in Premier League history, coming in second place, behind George Best.

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7. In 1993, Gianfranco Zola left Napoli and joined fellow Serie A side Parma for ₤ 13 billion, due to poor economic situation of the Neapolitan club.

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8. In a 2012 interview, Gianfranco Zola confirmed that he did not appear in the video.

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9. Gianfranco Zola was the subject of a long-running urban legend where it was believed by some people that he appeared in the video for Bonnie Tyler's 1983 song "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

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10. Gianfranco Zola is married to Franca and has three children; his son Andrea plays for Grays Athletic and has played for West Ham United reserves.

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11. Gianfranco Zola is regarded as one of the best Italian creative forwards of his generation, and as one of the best players in Premier League history.

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12. On 18 July 2018, Gianfranco Zola was appointed as assistant first-team coach to Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

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13. On 14 December 2016, Gianfranco Zola was named manager of EFL Championship club Birmingham City, replacing Gary Rowett who had been sacked earlier that day.

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14. On 11 July 2015, Gianfranco Zola was appointed coach of Qatar team Al-Arabi.

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15. In his first season, Gianfranco Zola led Watford to 3rd place and a play-off position, which then saw them progress to the final at Wembley.

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16. In April 2009, Gianfranco Zola signed a contract that could have kept him at Upton Park until 2013.

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17. Gianfranco Zola received praise for integrating more youth products into the first team.

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18. On 7 September 2008, it was reported that Gianfranco Zola had been interviewed in Rome for the vacant manager's position at West Ham United and had "impressed the Club's representatives" at the interview.

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19. In 2006, Gianfranco Zola started his coaching career, being appointed as assistant manager to Italy U21 manager and Pierluigi Casiraghi by the Italian Football Federation.

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20. In his playing career, Gianfranco Zola played 628 games and scored 193 goals.

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21. Gianfranco Zola was called up for Euro 1996, and he played in all three group games at the tournament.

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22. In 2007, Gianfranco Zola was voted by The Sun one of the top ten best foreign "artistic" players in Premier League history, coming in second place, behind George Best.

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23. In early 2003, Gianfranco Zola was voted as the best ever Chelsea player by Chelsea's fans.

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24. Gianfranco Zola was limited to infrequent starts and many substitute appearances due to Ranieri's new policy of decreasing the average age of the Chelsea squad, preferring to play the gifted Icelandic youngster Gudjohnsen with Hasselbaink.

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25. In November 1996, Gianfranco Zola joined Chelsea for £4.5 million as one of several continental players signed by Ruud Gullit and was assigned the number 25 jersey.

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26. In total, Gianfranco Zola made 102 league appearances with Parma, scoring 49 goals.

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27. Gianfranco Zola became frustrated of playing in this role and ultimately made himself available for a transfer, moving to Premier League side Chelsea in November 1996.

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28. Gianfranco Zola was played out of position in a left midfield role, scoring only 2 goals, as Ancelotti preferred to play Hernan Crespo and Enrico Chiesa up-front.

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29. In 1993, Gianfranco Zola left Napoli and joined fellow Serie A side Parma for ₤13 million, due to poor economic situation of the Neapolitan club.

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30. Born in Oliena, Gianfranco Zola signed his first professional contract with Sardinian team Nuorese in 1984.

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31. Gianfranco Zola is not surprised by Frank Lampard's start to life as Derby manager Frank Lampard's successful start to his managerial career has come as no surprise to.

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32. Gianfranco Zola admitted Chelsea were surprised by Derby in their Carabao Cup clash.

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33. Gianfranco Zola calls Frank Lampard the bigger Chelsea hero ahead of League Cup clash.

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34. Gianfranco Zola has insisted Chelsea's decision to allow on loan pair Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to play against them for Derby on Wednesday night is not only down to Frank Lampard.

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35. Gianfranco Zola talks welcoming Frank Lampard and plans to stop Derby County.

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36. Gianfranco Zola believes the fact Frank Lampard has Jody Morris as his assistant at Derby County has worked to his advantage in the early part of his managerial career.

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37. Gianfranco Zola names two Chelsea stars who failed to impress against Derby.

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38. Gianfranco Zola not surprised by Frank Lampard's impressive start to management.

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39. Gianfranco Zola has provided a positive update on Eden Hazard's injury ahead of Chelsea FC's home clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday evening.

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40. Gianfranco Zola has heaped praise on Ross Barkley for his "scoring ability" after the Chelsea FC playmaker's impressive form.

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41. Gianfranco Zola was a team-mate of Lampard's at Chelsea and is now the Blues' assistant boss.

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42. Gianfranco Zola criticised Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen's contributions with the ball during Chelsea's Carabao Cup victory over Derby County.

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