“I thought it was going to hit the corner flag but then it suddenly curled and went in. "Against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round - I didn't know how important the FA Cup was. His influence has been terrific.”. Zola was a young man in a new city and in need of a mentor to guide his development. The preparation - we used to train in a certain way but when we went to him he had had this different approach, looking after every single detail on the pitch. "The first goal in Serie A. Even when he was doing his own laces!". Gianfranco Zola’s presentation at Napoli, five years later, was slightly more low-key. The good news for Sam Allardyce is that not every team attacks with the Villa verve. Some of the things that used to come out from him were incredible. Indeed, Maradona arrived for the start of the season late and in…not the greatest shape. I’ve learnt so much just from watching him.”, Maradona, despite his famously casual relationship with training, would stay behind after sessions to teach the young pretender how to take free-kicks and curl the ball in that Maradona way. It suits no-one to accept the Premier League title race is an illusion. "My first one when I was very young, growing up in my hometown. “I can’t believe he took drugs. That was one of the reasons we were successful, because we had a very good atmosphere between each other.". They used t… “Platini captured my imagination as a boy. And the very opposite can also be true, great players can be shocking managers! So when we met I said to myself: ‘Try not to say anything stupid. Gianfranco Zola, légende du football italien, a parlé de la grande rencontre entre Naples et le Barça de ce mardi et a souligné la soirée spéciale que vivra Leo Messi dans le temple de Diego Armando Maradona. For me, that Brazil team I still reckon is one of the best I've seen play. He may have wanted to punish his club, but the knock-on impact was that Zola was given a chance to impress earlier than a callow youth from the third tier would usually have done. In the end, we came from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool 4-2.". En juin 2005, à l'occasion du jubilé de Ciro Ferrara, Diego Maradona faisait son retour à Naples après quatorze ans d'absence. What amounted to a car chase through the Neapolitan streets ended in 80,000 people screaming holy worship at the San Paolo, and a press conference that was more a scrum than a respectful posing of questions. “A sentence as rigid as this?” he lamented. I liked him, not only as a player, but also a man. When he did just that against Atalanta early in the season, things weren’t going well. Gianfranco Zola est une des légendes du football italien des années 90, après avoir fréquenté Diego Maradona à Naples, il a rejoint Chelsea en 1996. “One day when we played against Pisa…he made me play in the No.10 jersey and picked the No.9 for himself. so Rob runs us through The Football Republic's Top 10 world class players who turned in to useless managers, featuring Gary Neville, Gianfranco Zola and Diego Maradona. ‘We beat them 1-0, with a goal by Zolita, Gianfranco Zola,’ wrote Maradona. "He was the player that got close to what Diego used to do. Gianfranco Zola has hailed the impact Diego Maradona had on his career when the two played together at Napoli. Maradona once told the Pope to sell his gold ceiling. "It was so hilarious to see him in that condition. "I'm walking next to a young Gianfranco Zola, Alemão, Careca and at the top of the pack was Maradona, who was absolutely amazing. You were always one step behind. After 45 minutes we were 2-0 down. Gianfranco Zola OMRI OBE is an Italian football manager and former footballer who played predominantly as a forward. But Maradona’s impact on the young Zola was not just due to his absence. At Naples, Maradona was grooming an understudy, a young Sardinian player called Gianfranco Zola. Maradona arrives last. He joined Gary Lineker and Jermaine Jenas to reflect on the moments and people that shaped his career. "One day, we all started training in the morning and we looked at each other and said 'Where is Tino?'. He’d finish and go away to his house – no-one could get near him.”, “I knew I was in the presence of one of the best talents of all-time and it was a blessing for me,” Zola told talkSPORT a couple of years ago. L'actuel entraineur d'Al-Arabi (Qatar) raconte son histoire et évoque son futur de technicien. “Off the pitch, I always liked his simplicity,” said Gianfranco Zola, who played alongside Maradona at Napoli. Day 22 of BBC Sport's advent calendar is for former boxer Nicola Adams, who swapped the ring for the dancefloor in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. “He was the best player in the world and I learned so much just from watching him and training with him.”, ‘He paid really close attention to the things I did during training sessions,’ wrote Maradona, ‘and some of it stayed with him.’ That work helped Zola significantly in some early games for Napoli when he stood in for Maradona which, for a wet-behind-the-ears 23-year-old, just signed from the relative footballing backwaters, came with obvious and significant pressure. Read about our approach to external linking. Gianfranco Zola has hailed the impact Diego Maradona had on his career when the two played together at Napoli. Try not to do anything stupid.’ I stayed still, like a doll, saying nothing…and in the end, I looked stupid.”, Zola signed for Napoli at the start of their second Scudetto season, but things were already starting to go slightly awry for Maradona. Lord. "And that's before the … ”It is as if they have disqualified soccer for 15 months.” Maradona left Napoli to sign for Sevilla when the suspension ended, while Zola stayed and inherited the No.10 jersey for another couple of seasons, until financial problems at the club meant he was sold to Parma in 1993. He described the season as a ‘nightmare’, with assorted incidents which all came to a head in March 1991, after a game against Bari. But they might not. Born a Catholic, Diego Maradona said that meeting Pope John Paul II was a “disappointment”. The immensely talented Zola scored a couple of goals to help Napoli win the 1990 Serie A title. Le légendaire meneur de jeu de Chelsea, Gianfranco Zola, aujourd'hui entraîneur d'Al Arabi, donne son point de vue sur l'éternel débat Maradona-Messi. One Mailboxer wants your help in understanding why Diego Maradona was better than Thierry Henry... Liverpool will probably win it. FF y était. "When we played against Liverpool we were getting better as a team. "A lot of specific training for the defence, the midfield, the strikers, I thought he was on a different level.". Deep to the tune of a 15-month ban, much to the dismay of Zola. He sits next to me, taps me on the leg and does a pumped up grimace that says “I am up for this.” Gianfranco Zola is over the way. Well, sort of: he claimed he was clean at that particular time, while admitting to a more general cocaine habit, and hinted that dark forces were at work when he tested positive. The story of an extraordinary day that saw India start as favourites for the first Test but crumble to 36 all out and lose to Australia by eight wickets. Both were small men blessed with high technical skills and a low centre of gravity. It was Ronaldo, the Brazilian. Diego Maradona and Dennis Wise: Two small men (5ft 5in an 5ft 6in respectively) who had a big influence on Gianfranco Zola (all 5ft 5.5in of him). For me it was the most beautiful thing I could ever imagine; Maradona letting me play in the No.10. This transfer changed Zola’s professional football career completely. "I arrived in England in November 1996 and didn't know there was a tradition to go out for Christmas lunch. Listen to the latest MOTD Top 10 podcast with Gianfranco Zola. Obviously, it's Diego Maradona. - … Diego Maradona's kiss of the divine will not diminish over time. Klopp had the pleasure of meeting Maradona once and has described what it was like to meet the superstar. “I was having a nightmare,” Zola said in 1997. Zola was shocked – shocked! Off the pitch, I always liked his simplicity. He played his debut match for Napoli in 1989. Tiers are all the rage right now, so how about we sort the greatest of all time into different echelons? The story goes, as told on the upcoming Golazzo episode about Zola, that Ferlaino took one look at the skinny, 5ft 6 Sardinian signed from Serie C and told Moggi that he could present him to the media, while he would introduce the taller and more established Mauro. Home F365 Features When Gianfranco Zola met Diego Maradona…, Date published: Thursday 10th October 2019 3:26. “It was very sad but I couldn’t help him,” Zola said in 1996. ‘He was my substitute, usually, and on that Sunday we played together…We never imagined, neither one of us, nor anyone else, that it would be one of the last opportunities we would have to do so. Diego Maradona arrived at Napoli in a blizzard of hype and confusion, so superbly documented in ‘Diego’, Asif Kapadia’s film about the great man. Diego really wants to win tonight. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought his balloon and Leeds were absolutely not ready for it. Soon, the team officials started considering him as the perfect substitute of the legendary Argentinean footballer Diego Maradona. "Brazil 2-3 Italy in the 1982 World Cup. Former Chelsea and Italy star Gianfranco Zola is the latest Premier League legend to reveal all to Match of the Day's Top 10 podcast. If he went out for a walk, the whole town wanted to touch him, then many bad people began to stay near him. Luciano Moggi – the Ernst Stavro Blofeld of Italian football in the 1980s and 90s, always seeming to lurk in the background, the hand behind everything – had spotted this small kid with big hair playing for Torres in Sardinia and brought him over, at the same time as Massimo Mauro, who arrived from Juventus. "The other one, without doubt, was against Stuttgart when we won the Cup Winners' Cup with Chelsea. He was very humble and down to earth. Diego Maradona was a … It was a home game against Atalanta. “He was my idol,” Zola told our own James Richardson recently. This piece first appeared on The Totally Football Show.com, home of Golazzo, a podcast about the history of Italian football, presented by James Richardson. Last updated on 15 July 202015 July 2020.From the section Premier League. "They found him still asleep on the road. Halfway through, Maradona peered up at the ceiling to witness some giddy fans banging on the skylight. When Gianfranco Zola met Diego Maradona… Date published: Thursday 10th October 2019 3:26. The atmosphere was unbelievable. Update your browser to view this website correctly.Update my browser now. He didn’t behave at all like a football star.” The Greatest of All Time? “The things he did! “He was Maradona, yet with the team he seemed just like an ordinary lad like the rest of us. ‘After the Copa America I went fishing in Esquina, in Corrientes,’ Maradona wrote. Gianfranco Zola had an unspectacular start to his professional career and plied his trade in Serie C till the age of 23. You can subscribe here, and they will all be delivered straight to your favoured device. The Argentinean had a huge influence on him and his playing career. He chastised the pontiff in his autobiography for living in … He speaks Spanish and acts as translator. ... Gianfranco Zola Teaches Jimmy Bullard How To Take PERFECT Free-Kicks! He found that figure in the epochal form of Maradona, a man reborn in … Gianfranco Zola : Son grand regret avec Chelsea Dailymotion. I always took big pride at being part of the Italian squad.