Samuele Dalla Bona

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Samuele Dalla Bona
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-02-06) 6 February 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth San Donà di Piave, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–1998 Atalanta
1998–1999 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Chelsea 55 (6)
2002–2006 Milan 4 (0)
2003–2004 Bologna (loan) 19 (3)
2004–2005 Lecce (loan) 36 (6)
2005–2006 Sampdoria (loan) 29 (0)
2006–2011 Napoli 34 (3)
2009–2010 Iraklis (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Verona (loan) 2 (0)
2010–2011 Atalanta (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Mantova 8 (0)
National team
1996–1998 Italy U16-15 27 (9)
1999–2000 Italy U18 10 (2)
2002–2003 Italy U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2010.

Samuele "Sam" Dalla Bona (born 6 February 1981), is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder. He has been without a club since 2012.



By the time he was 17 years old, he was captain of the under 18 national side, and was signed by English football club Chelsea in October 1998. Dalla Bona's move to London saw the Italian Football Federation amend the legislation regarding the sale of their young players.[1]

The young midfielder was brought into the youth and reserve team squads at Chelsea first, gaining a reputation for prolific goalscoring with 16 reserve team goals, winning the club golden boot in 1998–99.[2] In the same season, he was voted Chelsea's young player of the year.

He made his senior team debut for the club against Feyenoord in the Champions League a year later. With the departure of older midfielders Dennis Wise and Gustavo Poyet in 2001 and some impressive performances, Dalla Bona got an extended run in the side, making 32 appearances in that season and scoring 2 goals. He also played during some of the matches in Chelsea's 2001–02 FA Cup run; the team were eventual runners-up to Arsenal, though Dalla Bona did not play in the final.

The following season, Dalla Bona turned down a contract extension, citing his desire to return to Italy, and was placed on the transfer list.[3] Consequently, Dalla Bona fell out of favour and was forced to train with the reserves by Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri.[4][5]

A.C. Milan[edit]

Dalla Bona had decided to move back to his home nation of Italy.[6] Numerous clubs were interested in the player, including his home town club Venezia who had a £5 million offer accepted[7] but Dalla Bona decided his future lay elsewhere and turned down the opportunity.

He moved to A.C. Milan for around £1 million in July 2002,[8] having played 73 games for Chelsea in all competitions and scored 6 goals. Dalla Bona made his Serie A debut on 6 October 2002 as Milan defeated Torino 6–0. During his first season at Milan, he received Champions League and Coppa Italia winners medals along with the rest of the squad.

Facing competition from a star-studded A.C. Milan midfield containing the likes of Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf and Andrea Pirlo, Dalla Bona's opportunities at the club were limited and he spent various seasons on loan at different clubs in Italy, the first of which was a year-long loan at Bologna.[9] The following season he was loaned to Lecce[10] having made just a handful of appearances for Milan and in 2005 he was loaned to Sampdoria for a season.[11]


At the end of the championship he returned to A.C. Milan but after a few weeks he transferred to Napoli then in the Italian Serie B league, on free transfer, despite still had a year left in his contract.[12] Dalla Bona had a positive start at Napoli, with the club performing well in Serie B. His contributions to the team included a particularly stunning goal, a left footed volley from outside the box against Treviso. However, as Napoli made their return to Serie A, Dalla Bona was again regularly left out of the starting line, with Napoli signing new players.

On 4 February 2009, Dalla Bona announced that he had left Napoli and was hoping to train with West Ham United in order to secure a permanent contract under former Chelsea team-mate Gianfranco Zola.[13] Dalla Bona announced he had rejected an offer from Serie B side Triestina because of this. He ultimately failed to secure a contact with West Ham and after another unsuccessful training spell with Fulham, he returned to Napoli.

On 7 August 2009 Iraklis signed Dalla Bona on loan from Napoli for a season. However, he failed to adjust in the team, mainly due to lack of fitness and his contract was terminated in December 2009, after making just three appearances (all as a substitute) in competitive matches. On 1 February 2010 he was signed by third division side Verona.[14]

On 31 August 2010, he was loaned to Atalanta.[15] However, Dalla Bona failed again to adjust to the team, and by the end of the season managed just a single appearance, in the Coppa Italia.


On 31 August 2011, the final day of the summer transfer window, Dalla Bona signed a one-year contract for Mantova F.C.[16]


A.C. Milan


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  3. ^ "Dalla Bona shown door". BBC. 23 May 2002. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Dalla Bona ready to discuss new contract with Chelsea". The Independent. 9 May 2002. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  5. ^ Dyer, Ken (24 October 2001). "Roeder - Dalla Bona was target". Evening Standard. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Webster, Rupert. "SAM BONA FIDE PROSPECT FOR SERIE A". Sky Sports. 
  7. ^ "". BBC News. 18 July 2001. 
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  12. ^ "AC Milan 2006 Annual Report". AC Milan (in Italian). ca. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ "Dalla Bona Holds Hammers Talks". 4 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "Calciomercato, Sam Dalla Bona passa all'Hellas Verona". Hellas Verona FC (in Italian). 1 February 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Dumitru e Cribari al Napoli. Rinaudo alla Juve, Dalla Bona all'Atalanta, Pia' al Portogruaro, Ciano e Diana in prestito alla Cavese. Risoluzione contrattuale per De Zerbi". S.S.C. Napoli. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "UFFICIALE: Mantova, Dalla Bona ha firmato". 5 December 2007. 

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