Condition: 7/10 Good. Some small bobbles and pulls. Small faint mark on lower front
Size: Adult's Extra Large
Chest Measurement: 43-45 Inches / 109-114 CM
Colour: Blue, yellow - navy - white trim
Seasons: 1997/1998 & 1998/1999
Player: Gianluca Vialli
Patches: Premier League
Official Umbro Chelsea home football shirt from the 1997/98 season. Complete with Vialli #9 on the back of the shirt in original lettering and Premier League transfer patches on the sleeves.
Condition of this original football shirt is 7/10 - Good. Some small bobbles and pulls. Small faint mark on lower front (see photos).
All size and manufacturers labels present. Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing.
Vialli joined Chelsea in the summer of 1996 on a free transfer as part of manager Ruud Gullit's rebuilding of the side. The team won the FA Cup in Vialli's first season, with the Italian scoring two goals in a 4–2 comeback over Liverpool in the fourth round. However, a feud with Gullit saw him regularly left out of the starting line-up; in the final itself he was limited to a five-minute appearance as a late substitute.
During the 1997–98 season, Vialli scored four goals in a league win over Barnsley and a hat-trick against Norwegian side Tromsø in the Cup Winners' Cup, but still could not cement his place in the side under Gullit. However, following Gullit's dismissal in early 1998, Vialli assumed the role of a player-manager, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1998, and the League Cup. He followed these victories up by a 1–0 victory over UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup.
Vialli retired from professional football at the end of the 1998–99 season to focus on his position as Chelsea's manager. He made his last professional appearance in Chelsea's final match of the 1998–99 Premier League, scoring the winning goal against Derby County at Stamford Bridge.
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