Parma, 23 December 2018 – Having played for both Fiorentina and Parma, Alberto Di Chiara is this week’s Old Flame ahead of the Boxing Day match between the two sides on matchday 18 of the Serie A TIM season.

After being born in the Italian capital in 1964, Di Chiara made his debut for Roma in 1980/81 and made four appearances as the Giallorossi won the Coppa Italia that year. He then played for Reggiana (22 appearances and one goal) before a move to Lecce followed (91 appearances and 13 goals). He spent three seasons with the Salentini, where he not only played alongside his brother but also was a part of the team that achieved Lecce’s first ever promotion to Serie A.

In 1986, he was signed by Fiorentina, the team he played for until 1991. He played 142 times for the Viola, scoring ten goals in the process. Di Chiara had initially played in the middle (in the role of ‘mezzala’) before his move to Fiorentina, with the Viola’s Brazilian coach Lazaroni moving him out wide and playing him in an attacking full-back role. Parma then acquired his services in 1991.

While at the Crociati, he was predominantly deployed as an attacking full-back in a 5-3-2 formation by Nevio Scala. It was a formula that brought the Crociati a lot of success as Scala’s side won Parma’s first Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup in addition to the Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup. Di Chiara found the back of the net six times in 191 appearances in the Parma shirt, leading to a call-up for the Italian National Team. This wasn’t just a significant moment for him, but also for the club: he became the first Parma player to play for the senior National Team. In total, he made seven appearances for Italy between 1992 and 1993.

After his spell with Parma, he then moved to Perugia in 1996, where he played 24 times before retiring and taking up a position at the club as a director. After working in the field of law, he became part of Giuseppe Giannini’s staff after Giannini was appointed the coach of the Lebanon National Team.