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
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