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  Italian striker Gianfranco Zola retires from soccer - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM
ROME (AP) - Gianfranco Zola announced his retirement from soccer yesterday, ending a career that saw the Sardinian star for teams in Italy's Serie A and the English Premier League.
Before returning to his native Cagliari in 2003, Zola spent five years at Chelsea, where he became one of the best players in the English Premier League and was named player of the year.
Zola's plans were unclear, but he is set to carry the 2006 Turin Olympics torch through his native Sardinia in December.
www.jamaicaobserver.com /sports/html/20050629T220000-0500_83317_OBS_ITALIAN_STRIKER_GIANFRANCO_ZOLA_RETIRES_FROM_SOCCER.asp   (289 words)

  channel4.com - Football Italia
Gianfranco Zola has taken the sad decision to bring his career to an end.
Zola did well in Naples, scoring 32 goals in his four seasons there, and was well respected by new Coach Claudio Ranieri and the local supporters.
Zola, his wife Franca and their three children Andrea, Martina and Samuele, had all grown extremely fond of life in Britain and the British had certainly grown fond of Zola.
www.channel4.com /sport/football_italia/zolaop.html   (1385 words)

 Gianfranco Zola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gianfranco Zola, OBE, born July 5, 1966 in Oliena, Sardinia, is a former Italian footballer, and was the 1997 Football Writers' Player of the Year in England.
Zola played for his country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Euro 96.
Zola was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006 in recognition of his achievements in the English league.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gianfranco_Zola   (920 words)

 BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Chelsea | Zola quit fears
Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola is reportedly considering retiring at the end of the season because he wants to go out at the top.
Zola is a leading contender for the Player of the Year, which he won in 1997.
In December, BBC Sport reported that Zola was reconsidering his decision to retire at the end of the season after a stunning start to this campaign.
news.bbc.co.uk /sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/2735439.stm   (207 words)

 Zola bids farewell to Chelsea fans
Gianfranco Zola returned to Chelsea for one last appearance on Sunday and said a tearful goodbye to the fans who adored him for seven memorable seasons.
Zola's departure came about with such haste that he never had a proper chance to say goodbye and the club were criticised for their treatment of a huge crowd favourite.
Before the match Zola, capped 35 times by Italy, was belatedly awarded the Chelsea player of the year award for the season before last as well as a gong for being voted the best player in Chelsea's history.
www.rediff.com /sports/2004/aug/09zola.htm   (457 words)

 ABC Sport - Soccer - Zola pays emotional farewell to Chelsea
Gianfranco Zola paid an emotional farewell to Chelsea on Monday and told controversial new owner Roman Abramovich to take good care of the Premier League club.
Zola came to prominence under Ranieri at Napoli more than a decade ago, where he was understudy to Diego Maradona and learned many of the Argentine master's tricks, including exceptional ball control and wickedly-curling free kicks.
Zola would often be seen after matches and long training sessions patiently signing autographs for legions of young supporters.
www.abc.net.au /sport/content/s897312.htm   (815 words)

 SI.com - Soccer - Zola leaves Chelsea for Serie B club Cagliari - Wednesday July 02, 2003 09:13 AM
Zola, voted the greatest player in Chelsea's history in an internet poll last season, had been offered another year with the English Premier League club after his contract ran out.
"Gianfranco Zola regretfully told Chelsea today that despite the club offering him terms with which he could agree, he would be honoring his promise to join Cagliari," read a statement on the Chelsea Web site.
Zola won the FA Cup twice with Chelsea and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1998.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /soccer/news/2003/07/02/zola_cagliari   (358 words)

 CFC net - For fans of Chelsea FC (Football Club)
Gianfranco Zola is a footballer, not a ‘striker’ and it’s not enough to measure him simply in terms of goals, assists and international caps.
Gianfranco Zola has today told Chelsea he will not be returning to the club having instead opted to sign for Italian Serie B side Cagliari.
To me, what made Gianfranco Zola the man he is, was not his European Cup Winners Cup winning goal, nor was it the sublime goal that took us to Wembley in beating Wimbledon at Highbury, nor even that wonderful, impudent back healed flick to score in the Cup vs Norwich.
www.cfcnet.co.uk /content/results.asp?Type=Zola   (714 words)

 sport.iafrica.com | today Zola plays down Chelsea return
Former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola has played down speculation of a return to the London club while he concentrates on trying to win promotion to Italy's Serie A with his current side Cagliari.
Zola left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season when his contract was not renewed prior to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich buying the London club.
Zola returned to Italy to play for his hometown team despite being offered new terms by Abramovich when he arrived as the owner, but the Italian said that he could not go back on his word to Cagliari.
sport.iafrica.com /news/322131.htm   (407 words)

 Gianfranco Zola retires
Rome - Gianfranco Zola announced his retirement from soccer on Wednesday, ending a career that saw the Sardinian star for teams in Italy's Serie A and the English Premier League.
Before returning to his native Cagliari in 2003, Zola spent five years at Chelsea, where he became one of the best players in the English Premier League and was named player of the year.
Zola's plans were unclear but he is set to carry the 2006 Turin Olympics torch through his native Sardinia in December.
www.news24.com /News24/Sport/Soccer/0,,2-9-840_1729388,00.html   (305 words)

 FROM Stamford Bridge to Stockholm; the blue flag flew high over Europe last night
Gianfranco Zola's wonderful goal, a masterpiece of anticipation and execution, swept Chelsea to the Cup-Winners' Cup, so echoing the feats of Osgood, Cooke and Co 27 years ago.
This was a magical night, a rhapsody in blue with the final's technical flaws forgotten amid the majesty of Zola's 71st-minute strike and the ecstatic celebrations it precipitated.
This superb success by Vialli and Rix, Zola and the indefatigable Dennis Wise affords England another UEFA Cup place, to be taken by Aston Villa.
www.uri-geller.com /zola.htm   (857 words)

 TheFA.com - Zola sad to leave Chelsea
Zola rejected a new offer of a new deal from Chelsea to move back to Sardinia after seven successful years at Stamford Bridge.
And although he conceded it was a wrench to leave west London, the lure of returning to the country of his birth was, ultimately, too great too turn down.
Zola, who will be the new Calgiairi captain, has signed a one-year deal which may be renewed for a further 12 months come the end of the season.
www.thefa.com /Features/EnglishDomestic/Postings/2003/07/55039.htm   (336 words)

There may have been players with a touch more genius and guile than Gianfranco Zola but in terms of professionalism, humility, positive approach and determination, the diminutive magician was in a league of his own.
When he was forced to start on the bench, Zola never moaned, and there were no tantrums when he was deemed too old for the Italian national side after 35 caps.
Zola was worshipped in his native Sardinia when he played with Nuorese Calcio, and even when he understudied the legendary Diego Maradona as SSC Napoli won a second Scudetto.
www.uefa.com /news/newsId=313944,printer.htmx   (547 words)

 Chelsea FC Gianfranco Zola Caricature
Stamford Bridge legend Peter Osgood says Gianfranco Zola could be the greatest Chelsea FC player ever.
He says: 'Zola had a stunning first season but then had a disappointing year when he was injured a lot and homesick for Italy.'But he got on with things, got his act together and showed he's a first-class player.
So it came as a very sad day when Chelsea FC and Gianfranco Zola parted company this Man has been the best player Ever to wear the Blue shirt of Chelsea.
www.sportcartoons.co.uk /gianfrancozola.html   (382 words)

 gianfranco zola is the nº1 of the world   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
gianfranco zola is the nº1 of the world
Gianfranco Zola, won the trophy of "Footballer of the Year" in 1997.
In 1986 Gianfranco was signed up by another Sardinian team, Torres, from Sassari, in the Third Division.
webs.manresa.net /emato.pius/gianfrancozola.html   (146 words)

 CNN.com - Zola brings down curtain on career - Jun 29, 2005
Zola was so popular in England that he was awarded an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire).
Zola played for Napoli, Parma, Chelsea and then returned home to his latest club Cagliari for a glorious swansong as they won promotion back to Serie A. "Some time has passed since the end of the (Serie A) championship but I needed to reflect a bit.
Zola, whose diminutive frame contained abundant trickery, humor and guile, made his name at Napoli as understudy to Diego Maradona and then won the UEFA Cup with Parma in 1995.
edition.cnn.com /2005/SPORT/football/06/29/italy.zola   (340 words)

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Nel 1986 Gianfranco viene ingaggiato da un'altra squadra della Sardegna, la Torres di Sassari, vincendo nell'87 il campionato di C2, con un totale di 8 goal in 30 partite.
Inoltre è stato eletto Miglior Giocatore dell'Anno in Inghilterra nel 1997, Gianfranco Zola, uno degli ultimi fantasisti in circolazione, afferma ancora una volta le proprie doti calcistiche di grande campione.
Zola è il colpo forse più eclatante della gestione Cellino, non solo a livello tecnico; è riuscito infatti a ravvivare la tifoseria, a renderci simpatici agli occhi del Chelsea e dare entusiasmo a tutto l'ambiente, giocatori compresi.
web.tiscali.it /no-redirect-tiscali/samia/zola.htm   (1347 words)

 ESPN.com Soccernet England: News - I'll help fantastic Zola be a top coach: Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri thinks Gianfranco Zola will be a top coach and is willing to give him a helping hand - but only when his compatriot is ready.
At 36, Zola is playing as well as ever - and his two goals in the 3-0 victory at Manchester City last Saturday made it eight for the season as he became the leading scorer in the Premiership.
Ranieri, who believes Zola is playing as well as he ever has, said: `He suffered last season when he did not play.
www.soccernet.com /england/news/2002/1025/20021025cfcranierizola.html   (540 words)

 Gianfranco Zola's Home Fixture | BBC World Service
Gianfranco Zola first donned a Chelsea shirt in 1996, after his transfer from Italy, where, apart from playing for the national team, he’d won major honours first with Napoli, then with Parma.
Having lived in the UK for five years, Zola and his wife miss their family and friends in Italy and have feared that their two children would lose their Italian identity if they stayed in London.
Zola and his wife Franca, resolved their dilemma by deciding to take an active role in maintaining their children’s sense of identity.
www.bbc.co.uk /worldservice/people/highlights/010612_zola.shtml   (949 words)

Ed de Goey is the tallest Chelsea player, but Zola must be the ugliest (also one of the shortest).
Zola signed for Chelsea in 1996 for £4,500,000, and has gone on to play in 156 games and has scored 42 goals.
Whilst at Chelsea, Zola has won the FA Cup, League Cup, Super Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup.
www.uglyfootballers.com /genpage.asp?DocumentID=250   (124 words)

 FIFA.com The Official web site of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association
Gianfranco Zola was born in Sardinia, so it was fitting that his last hurrah on the football field took place in the region.
Originally from the small town of Nuoro in central-eastern Sardinia, Zola (1.68m, 67 kgs), one of the most talented Italian forwards of the 90s, first emerged in the colours of Napoli, whom he helped to the Scudetto in 1990.
Paradoxically, his incredible longevity is undoubtedly due to his late blossoming, as it was not until the age of 22 that Zola broke through at the highest level with Napoli, at the time in thrall to a Maradona in his prime.
www.fifa.com /en/mens/index/0,2527,108422,00.html?articleid=108422   (932 words)

 channel4.com - Football Italia
For Zola, despite recently celebrating his 39th birthday, is still the epitome of fitness.
Therefore it is also worth considering that, in an attitude opposite to most of his peers, Zola wanted to go out at the top rather than just with a top-heavy bank balance.
In his final game for Cagliari, Zola was on the scoresheet twice against newly-crowned Serie A champions Juventus in a 4-2 defeat, proof that he could still cut it at the top level.
www.channel4.com /sport/football_italia/ccu/zolaccu.html   (833 words)

 ESPN.com Soccernet England: Gianfranco Zola
Zola considered, long and hard, returning to Italy in the summer of 2002.
The player declared it was time to do what his family wanted after they had followed him for so many years.
In the end, Zola extended his contract at Stamford Bridge and even started to take on coaching duties.
www.soccernet.com /england/players/ZolaGianfranco.html   (309 words)

 Zola Gianfranco - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Zola Gianfranco - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Budd-Pieterse, Zola (1966- ), South African (and then British) middle-distance and cross-country runner.
One of Émile Zola’s series of books about the Rougon-Macquart family, Germinal (1885) deals with mining conditions, primarily though not...
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 Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola, uno degli ultimi fantasisti in circolazione, afferma ancora una volta le proprie doti calcistiche di grande campione.
Nonostante il pericolo di rimanere offuscato dalla personalità del fuoriclasse argentino, Gianfranco ha il merito di emergere e farsi notare, rivelandosi in campo, rapido, coraggioso e pieno di iniziativa, tanto che lo stesso Maradona, prima di lasciare il Napoli gli consegna la maglia numero 10, affinché Zola sia il suo legittimo erede.
Due grandi stagioni fanno di Zola la seconda punta più forte del calcio italiano: tantissimi goal al fianco di Asprilla, la finale di Coppa delle Coppe, persa con l'Arsenal, l'anno dopo la Coppa Uefa vinta contro la Juventus, secondo posto in campionato, la finale di Coppa Italia, poi persa contro la stessa Juventus.
www.ilsardo.it /personaggi_zola.htm   (773 words)

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