|Date of birth||29 December 1970|
|Place of birth||Genoa, Italy|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Chiesa performed regularly at Serie A level for over a decade, and was also part of the Italy national football team. He was considered one of the most exciting and dynamic strikers in Italy during the mid 90's. A hardworking player and a prolific goalscorer, Chiesa was mainly deployed as a striker throughout his career, but he could also play as a supporting forward. Fabio Capello described him as a complete forward, and a cross between Gigi Riva and Paolo Rossi, due to his pace, opportunism, and his accurate, powerful shot. He was also known for his dedication and his correct behaviour on the pitch.
Chiesa moved his early playing footsteps at amateur club Pontedecimo (1986–87). He then moved to Sampdoria, team for which he made his debut on 16 April 1989 in a 1–0 loss at AS Roma in the Serie A 1988-89. He then played for Teramo of Serie C2 and successively Chieti of Serie C1 before returning at Sampdoria on 1992. Failing to impress, he then joined Modena in 1993–94 and Cremonese in 1994–95, where he scored 14 goals in their Serie A campaign. In 1995 he returned again with the blucerchiati, forming a notable attacking duo with Roberto Mancini and scoring 22 goals in 27 matches. In 1996 he was signed by rising club Parma, where he won a UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italia becoming one of the best strikers in Italian football, (when not injured or out of form) in a successful partnership with Hernán Crespo, the duo averaging 10–15 goals a season each. They also got a goal each in the 1999 UEFA Cup Final victory over Marseille.
In 1999 he was signed by Fiorentina, a team looking to expand and bring in better players, in an attempt to keep club captain and talisman Gabriel Batistuta. Despite making regular appearances in his first season for La Viola, Chiesa was fighting for a place with Predrag Mijatovic among others, and also had spells where he was out of form, and in the end only managed 6 goals in the league. In 2000–01, Batistuta had left to go to AS Roma and Fiorentina were plagued with injuries and financial problems; Chiesa became the main striker for the club, and scored 22 goals in 30 matches, finishing amongst the top 5 highest scorers in the league. After a very hard 2001–02 campaign, in which Chiesa played only five matches due to a serious knee injury, he moved to Lazio, where he however failed to play at his personal best.
In 2003 he joined Siena and is considered a fan favourite also because of having been a key member of them in their whole Serie A history. Despite a very poor 2006–07 season in which Chiesa was not able to score a single goal, he was confirmed by the club and new trainer Andrea Mandorlini explicitly stated he is still important to the team, and that he expects at least 15 goals by him in their 2007–08 Serie A campaign. However, he played only twice, scoring no goals before he was signed by Figline in Lega Pro Second Division. He scored five goals with Figline, thus giving his contribution to the team's promotion to the upper level, Lega Pro Prima Divisione. In the following season, his last as a footballer, he played a limited number of games due to suffering a fractured leg, an injury who forced him to stay out of contention for most of the season.
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- "Ecco Chiesa, il Figline sogna traguardi ambiziosi" (in Italian). CalcioToscano.it. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
- "UFFICIALE: Enrico Chiesa nuovo tecnico del Figline" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.