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Gianfranco Zola

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Gianfranco Zola (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaɱˈfraŋko dˈdzɔːla]; born 5 July 1966) is an Italian football manager and former footballer who played predominantly as a forward. He is currently in charge as vice-president of the Lega Pro, the Serie C football league.Zola is often regarded as one of the best Italian forwards of all time, as well as one of the best players ever to play at Chelsea F.C. and in the English Premier League.He spent the first decade of his playing career playing in Italy, most notably with Napoli, alongside Diego Maradona and Careca, where he was able to win the Serie A title, and at Parma, where he won the Italian Super Cup and the UEFA Cup. He later moved to English side Chelsea, where he was voted the Football Writers' Player of the Year in the 1996–97 season. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gianfranco Zola has received more than 2,727,897 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Gianfranco Zola is the 390th most popular soccer player (up from 458th in 2019), the 1,700th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,705th in 2019) and the 29th most popular Italian Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Gianfranco Zola ranks 390 out of 16,880Before him are Shoichi Nishimura, Shiro Azumi, Larbi Benbarek, Sigfried Held, Gyula Lóránt, and Juninho Pernambucano. After him are Zlatko Čajkovski, Fernando Peyroteo, Jan Jongbloed, Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, György Sárosi, and Cláudio Taffarel.

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Among people born in 1966, Gianfranco Zola ranks 34Before him are David Schwimmer, John Cusack, Téa Leoni, Cindy Crawford, Julen Lopetegui, and Stefan Edberg. After him are Cláudio Taffarel, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Sinéad O'Connor, Enrique Peña Nieto, Kentaro Miura, and Yoshihiro Togashi.

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Among people born in Italy, Gianfranco Zola ranks 1,700 out of 4,668Before him are Fede Galizia (1578), Francesco Maria Veracini (1690), Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus (-102), Matteo Maria Boiardo (1441), Paolo Sorrentino (1970), and Enzo of Sardinia (1220). After him are Francesco Barberini (1597), Theron of Acragas (-535), Roger of Lauria (1245), Gioachino Greco (1590), Laura Mancini (1636), and Vincenzo Coronelli (1650).


Among soccer players born in Italy, Gianfranco Zola ranks 29Before him are Lorenzo Buffon (1929), Valentino Mazzola (1919), Gaetano Scirea (1953), Marco Materazzi (1973), Alessandro Nesta (1976), and Angelo Schiavio (1905). After him are Gianpiero Combi (1902), Gennaro Gattuso (1978), Salvatore Schillaci (1964), Gianluca Vialli (1964), Simone Inzaghi (1976), and Nereo Rocco (1912).