FC Dielsdorf – The beginning
David Sesa was born on 10th July 1973 in Dielsdorf, where he grew up with his brother Franco. His father Carmine worked as a selfemployed kitchen fitter while his mother Hermine was a nurse at Dielsdorf hospital. Since his childhood, David was a passionate football player. For him there was nothing better than spending whole days playing with his friends on the football ground. At the age of 7 he started playing for Dielsdorf, where he performed in all age classes until the Under 13.
FC Zurich – The change to a top club
In the summer 1985 Sesa partecipated into a recruiting day held by FC Zurich. To Köbi Kuhn, it was immediately clear as daylight that this slender boy was talented. David Sesa performed for Zurich junior department for 6 years, where he could play –among others- with Giuseppe Mazzarelli, Franco Di Jorio, Umberto Romano and Massimo Rizzo. Then, in 1992, he was integrated into the first team. In addition to that, he served several times in the recruiting days and at the end had to apply for the Swiss passport.
Finally a professional football player
In the spring of 1992, thanks to his ambition, talent and persistance, David was chosen by Kurt Jara (59 games played for the Austrian national team where he scored 15 times) to play for the first team. Sesa immediately integrated himself well and did not wait long to have his first chance to get himself noticed. On 21st March 1992 he performed in the match against FC Sion in place of Marco Grassi, Zurich top scorer, who got injured. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and, after that, the press was full of praise for the ninteen-years-old debutant. Coach Jara would soon recognize his talent and after the 3-3 draw between FC Servette and FC Zurich, in an interview released by Blick magazine on 19th April 1992, he foretold a long career for David.
On loan at FC Baden – All or nothing
FC Zurich did not fully understand David’s potential and talent. For this reason, in the summer of 1993, he went to play on loan at FC Baden, which was then performing in the Second Division (the Challenge League of nowadays) and was trained by Raimondo Ponte. In the meanwhile, David gave up his studies to dedicate himself totally to football as he knew that, if he hadn’t been able to cut it now, the dream of becoming a professional football player would have been over. Sesa performed an extraordinary season by scoring 22 times in 27 games played for FC Baden. He was then appointed as top scorer for the Second Division for the season 1993/94. FC Baden missed the play-offs by 2 points, but it managed to stay in the championship as it was the predominant winner of the relegation round. After this season, David received many offers from other clubs, among them FC Servette.
The change to FC Servette – far from home for the first time
To have David Sesa, the Genevan club paid 380,000 Swiss francs to FC Zurich, but this investment would soon be profitable. From a sporting point of view, David’s first season at Geneva was surely the most difficult one. FC Servette, the then reigning champion, had high standards. Despite this, it failed silently in the match against Steaua Bucuresti during the qualification for the Champions League and in the tournament it managed to avoid relegation thanks to an only point of difference with Kriens. David Sesa played in 32 games and scored twice. In Geneva, David’s private life took a new direction. Away from home for the first time, he was first hosted by a local family who helped him to settle comfortably.
FC Servette - David became a regular as well as a key player
Unluckily, the four seasons he spent at Servette didn’t bring great success. At any rate, with the Genevans, David reached the Cup Final in 1996, which was lost 3–2 to FC Sion even though at half-time Servette was leading 2–0. Nonetheless, Sesa reached the top and became at the same time regular player and key player. For Servette, he played 129 championship matches in total and scored 32 goals.
With the national team at EURO 96
David Sesa was really surprised when Artur Jorge chose him to play at EURO 1996, which would take place in England. Despite the fact that Sesa had no chance to play even a minute, this tournment belongs to those experiences which marked his career as a football player the most. Switzerland first game corresponded to the opening match, which was held at the old stadium of Wembley before the eyes of 76,000 spectators and ended in a draw with England. The English team was actually leading 1-0 thanks to the goal kicked by Shearer, when Türkyilmaz scored at the 86th minute after a penalty awarded to the Swiss for a handball. This would be the only goal kicked by the Swiss team in the whole tournment. Switzerland would then lose to Holland (0-2) and Scotland. The final match between Germany and the Czech Republic took place in Wembley stadium in London and was won by Germany on extra time, thanks to a golden goal kicked by Oliver Bierhoff at the 95th minute.
1998 – The transfer abroad to US Lecce
In summer 1998, David Sesa received many offers from foreign clubs. Eventually, he decided on US Lecce, which at that time was playing in Serie B. For a 2.5 million franc transfer fee he headed to Apulia to sign a 3-year contract with the club. By his first season with Lecce (1998/99) David managed to move up to Serie A while at the end of the following season the team was able to remain in the same category and was for this reason very much applauded by its supporters. At Lecce, Sesa became a regular player as well as an audience favorite: for the club, he played 59 games and scored 14 times in total. At the end of the 1999/2000 season Sesa, whose market value had reached 15 billion lire, was a very sought-after player in the transfer market by famous clubs such as Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio.
Five years with SSC Napoli
After rumors and speculations lasting weeks, in August 2000 David Sesa went to the foot of the Vesuvius to play for SSC Napoli, for a transfer fee of 16 billion lire. The club, which had just been promoted to Serie A, was then making use of several well-known players such as Vidigal (Portuguese national team), Saber (Moroccan national team) and Francesco Moriero (Inter). However, the first season in Naples was not a happy one for Sesa. Due to an injury, he went through a tough year indeed and had the chance to play but 16 games and score just once. In addition, the transfer of leadership from coach Zeman to Mondonico made his already hard athletic condition even worse. At the end of the season the club relegated to Serie B, where it kept on playing for three more difficult years. Its supporters‘ impatience and disappointment grew hand in hand with the debts of the club, which went bankrupt in summer 2004.
Sesa lets his career end slowly
After the Napoli crash in 2004, David Sesa played for a short time for the Swiss team FC Aarau. Then, in 2005, he came back to Italy. He will then play 4 more years in Serie C2 for SPAL Ferrara, before ending his career at Rovigo Calcio and taking the path to become a football trainer. In Coverciano, Sesa carried out the training course for coaches and in 2011 got the UEFA Pro license.