Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola is returning to the scene of another one of his sporting triumphs and will be defending his CSI 2016 victory from last year, where he proved he’s just as home on the golf course as the football pitch. Last June Zola outshone a host of other famous celebrities to win the Costa Smeralda Invitational.
Zola will be challenged by a group of strong contenders that will be announced in the next 2 weeks. The Italian champion will show his golfing class at the stunning Pevero Golf Club, considered one of the world’s most breath-taking golf clubs. Speaking after his victory last year, Zola said: “It was a massive pleasure to play in the Costa Smeralda Invitational because it is such a beautiful place and I was born here.
“I was surrounded by a lot of brilliant people and we had a lot of fun, but importantly it’s hopefully helping a lot of people by raising money for a great charity.”
This year all the CSI golfers will be tested by the world’s greatest-ever female golfer Annika Sorenstam during the Celeb-Am golf tournament at the stunning Pevero Golf Club. And for the first time at CSI, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash will host an exclusive tennis clinic and present a Celeb-Am doubles tournament at the Cervo Tennis Club in the picturesque resort of Porto Cervo.
After the sporting events, all golfing guests and their partners will enjoy a fabulous Gala Dinner held at the magnificent Hotel Cala di Volpe. The evening will end with a charity auction to raise funds for the official Costa Smeralda Invitational charity, The Global Gift Foundation.
Gianfranco Zola had a fabulous career in Italy (where he won 3 national trophies as well as the UEFA Cup) and England, where he became a Chelsea legend lifting another UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the FA Cup. He was twice the club’s player of the year, in 1999 and 2003. Zola has also represented his country 35 times. After retirement Zola has managed West Ham, Watford, Cagliari and Birmingham.