Niccolò Galli (footballer born 1983)

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Niccolò Galli
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-05-22)22 May 1983
Place of birth Florence, Italy
Date of death 10 February 2001(2001-02-10) (aged 17)
Place of death Bologna, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1993–1994 Torino
1994–1995 Parma
1995–1999 Fiorentina
1999–2001 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Arsenal 0 (0)
2000–2001 Bologna (loan) 1 (0)
National team
1999 Italy U16 1 (0)
2000–2001 Italy U17 5 (1)
2000 Italy U18 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Niccolò Galli (22 May 1983 — 10 February 2001) was a promising professional footballer who died in a road traffic accident aged 17.

The son of former Italian international goalkeeper Giovanni Galli, he began with his hometown club, Fiorentina, before moving to Arsenal in August 1999. He spent one year in London, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2000, then returning to Italy to finish his studies. He was on loan with Bologna during this time. It was here that the young central defender's career really started to take off, featuring in Serie A and being recognised by Italy's youth teams, before he died. Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger and Head of Youth Development and Academy Director Liam Brady both praised the young defender and stated he would have been a certainty to make the Arsenal first team but for his death.

The football training centre used by Bologna FC, in the neighbourhood of Casteldebole, is named after him; Bologna FC also retired his number 27 shirt. Arsenal observed a minute's silence upon the news of his death.

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