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Alessandro Melli (born December 11, 1969 in Agrigentomarker, Sicily) is a former Italianmarker international footballer, in the striker position.

Club career

Melli's father was a professional footballer, playing as a centre forward for Parma FC, and the son followed in his footsteps. He made his Parma debut aged 17, and was part of the team that was promoted from third to the top level.

After a loan spell at Modena F.C. that was cut short when he fell out with coach Paolo Ferrari, Melli returned to Parma, quickly establishing himself in Parma's first team in the early 1990s, in what was a golden period for the club. As part of that ducali squad, he won a Italian Cup in 1991-92, and a Cup Winners' Cup in the following season (in the final of which he scored), being part of an attacking line-up that featured also Faustino Asprilla, Tomas Brolin and Gianfranco Zola.

Melli left Parma in 1994, spending six months each at U.C. Sampdoria and A.C. Milan (who swapped Ruud Gullit for him), before returning to the Ennio Tardinimarker after a year away. This lasted two years, but he did not manage to recapture his old form, and was later transferred to Serie B side Perugia Calcio in 1997, where he immediately won promotion to the first division. He left Perugia in 2000, and ended his career with a season spell at A.C. Ancona.

After retiring, he eventually rejoined former side Parma's non-playing staff, serving as team manager.

International career

During Parma's heyday, Melli was awarded with two caps with Italy, in 1994 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Estonia.

Previously, in 1992, he appeared at the Summer Olympics, netting in two group stage wins, as Italy was eventually ousted by champions Spain, and helped the U21s win their European Championship.

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