Enrico Chiesa

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Enrico Chiesa
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-12-29) 29 December 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1986–1987 Pontedecimo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Sampdoria 1 (0)
1990–1991 Teramo 31 (5)
1991–1992 Chieti 24 (6)
1992–1993 Sampdoria 26 (1)
1993–1994 Modena 36 (15)
1994–1995 Cremonese 34 (14)
1995–1996 Sampdoria 27 (22)
1996–1999 Parma 92 (33)
1999–2002 Fiorentina 59 (34)
2002–2003 Lazio 12 (2)
2003–2008 Siena 129 (32)
2008–2010 Figline 32 (7)
Total 503 (171)
National team
1996–2001 Italy 22 (7)
Teams managed
2010 Figline
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2009

Enrico Chiesa (Italian pronunciation: [enˈriko ˈkjɛza]; born 29 December 1970 in Genoa) is an Italian football coach and former striker.

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.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

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.[2] 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,[2] 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.[3] However, he played only twice, scoring no goals before he was signed by Figline[4] 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.

International[edit]

Chiesa played for the Italian team from 1996 to 2001, collecting a total of 22 caps with 7 goals. He was also selected to play the UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Coaching career[edit]

On June 2010 he was announced as new head coach of Figline for the 2010–11 season.[5] Such experience however lasted a very short time, as Figline was excluded from Italian leagues later on July.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riva spiega il ' 68 agli azzurri". Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Serie A 2006/2007 – Enrico Chiesa" (in Italian). Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Calcio: Mandorlini esalta Chiesa" (in Italian). Gazzetta dello Sport. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Ecco Chiesa, il Figline sogna traguardi ambiziosi" (in Italian). CalcioToscano.it. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "UFFICIALE: Enrico Chiesa nuovo tecnico del Figline" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 

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