Gianfranco Zola


Gianfranco Zola Bio

Who is Gianfranco Zola

Former Italian football player who played as a forward for the Italian national team from 1991 to 1997. He spent his club career with 6 different teams, most notably Chelsea from 1996 to 2003.

Early Life (Childhood)

Born in Oliena, Italy, Zola made his professional debut for the Sardinian team, Nuorese, in 1984. He spent the first decade of his playing career playing in Italy, most notably with Napoli, alongside Diego Maradona and Careca.

Interesting Facts

Zola was renowned for his ball control, his skilful dribbling ability, vision, and passing ability, as well as his tactical intelligence and eye for goal.

Personal Life

Zola is married to Franca and has three children. His son's name is Andrea and plays for Grays Athletic Football Club. He has also played for West Ham United reserves.


He was voted as the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year in 1997 and the Chelsea Player of the Year in 1999 and 2003.