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Gaetano Giallanza

Gaetano Giallanza
Norwich Career: 2000-2002 (18 appearances, 5 goals)
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 06/06/1975
Nationality: Swiss


Gaetano Giallanza is an 23 year old Swiss / Italian striker who originally signed for Norwich on a three month short contract on 22nd March 2000. Giallanza has experience of playing in England before having spent time with Bolton Wanderers. However most of his career has been with Swiss clubs including Unbekannt, Old Boys Basel, FC Basel, Servette, Young Boys Bern, FC Sion, FC Basel (again) and FA Lugano. At the time of the deal he was with Nantes but was available on a Bosman free transfer.

Arriving at Carrow Road with a slight injury, he didn't make any appearances in Yellow and Green until the Reserves match at Cambridge on 10th April in which he scored twice in a 3-1 victory. Another appearance, this time against the Arsenal first team in a closed doors friendly on Wednesday 12th April that finished 4-4 led to his call-up for the Division One game with Wolves in which he made a non-scoring debut in the 1-0 victory on 15th April 2000.

Gaetano finally signed fully for the Canaries on 4th July 2000. To celebrate, he hit a second half hat-trick in the July 2000 friendly at Jewson leaguers Dereham Town which Norwich won 9-0. Injury in the home match with Sheffield United on October 21 2000 saw Gaetano miss the remainder of the season and all of the following year. In May 2002, the Canaries opted not to renew his contract as their funds were tight following the collapse of ITV Digital

He returned to Switzerland at the beginning of 2003 and trained with Champions League participants FC Basel in February. In the latter part of July 2003, Gaetano surfaced at Brighton and Hove Albion on trial in an attempt by the Seagulls to find a suitable replacement for Bobby Zamora who had been sold to Tottenham. He has since returned to Switzerland to sign for Young Boys. In the summer of 2004, he moved to rivals FC Aarau.

On 22nd June 2006, the Pink Un reported that Giallanza was in discussion with Dave Hodgson's Darlington over a return to English football. This came true and Gaetano made his debut, and scored the opening goal, for Darlington against Macclesfield on the opening day of the 2006/7 season. However the remainder of the season was less fruitful and he was released in May 2007.

He is currently working for BHP sports management and representation alongside David Hodgson

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