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.
|Date of birth||11 December 1969|
|Place of birth||Agrigento, Italy|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1988–1989||→ Modena (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
- "Buon compleanno a Sandro Melli" [Happy birthday to Sandro Melli]. FCParma.com. Parma F.C. 11 December 2012. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Organigramma" [Organigram] (in Italian). Parma FC. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- Alessandro Melli – FIFA competition record