Alessandro "Sandro" Melli (Italian pronunciation: [(ales)ˈsandro ˈmɛlli]; born 11 December 1969) is an Italian former footballer who played as a striker. He won five team honours in his professional career.[1]

Alessandro Melli
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-12-11) 11 December 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Agrigento, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1994 Parma 199 (52)
1988–1989Modena (loan) 8 (0)
1994–1995 Sampdoria 8 (1)
1995 Milan 6 (1)
1995–1997 Parma 42 (4)
1997–2000 Perugia 51 (3)
2000 Ancona 13 (4)
Total 327 (65)
National team
1988 Italy U18 2 (0)
1989–1992 Italy U21 20 (8)
1993 Italy 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Melli's father was a professional footballer, playing as a centre forward for Parma AC, and the son followed in his footsteps. He made his Parma debut aged 17, and was part of the team that was promoted from the 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 an Italian Cup in 1991–92, and a UEFA 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 Tardini after a year away. This lasted two years, but he did not manage to recapture his old form. In total, Melli scored 56 goals in 241 games for Parma.[1]

He was 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, Melli eventually rejoined former side Parma's non-playing staff, serving as general manager.[2]

International careerEdit

During Parma's heyday, Melli was awarded with two caps for Italy, which came in the team's 1994 FIFA 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,[3] and helped the U21s win the UEFA European Championship.






Italy U-21[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Buon compleanno a Sandro Melli" [Happy birthday to Sandro Melli]. Parma F.C. 11 December 2012. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Organigramma" [Organigram] (in Italian). Parma FC. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ Alessandro MelliFIFA competition record

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