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Marco Materazzi

Marco Materazzi (, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic ; born 19 August 1973), is an Italian people Association football who plays as a defender, and is currently a free agent.

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Marco Materazzi biography

Marco Materazzi (, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic ; born 19 August 1973), is an Italian people Association football who plays as a defender, and is currently a free agent.

At the beginning of Marco Materazzi career, Materazzi played with various Italian teams in Serie B and Serie C, and with Premier League side Everton F.C. Marco Materazzi spent two periods with Perugia Calcio (1995–98 and 1999–2001) and signed for F.C. Internazionale Milano, in 2001 for €10 million. Marco Materazzi is renowned as a prolific goal-scorer for a defender, breaking the Serie A record for most goals scored by a defender in a season in the 2000–01 season. With Inter Marco Materazzi has won a number of major honours including five Serie A titles, one Champions League, three Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana three times. Marco Materazzi is known for Marco Materazzi very aggressive style of play which has led Marco Materazzi to having more than 60 yellow cards and 25 red cards.

Early life

Marco Materazzi was born in Lecce. Marco Materazzi father Giuseppe Materazzi played for U.S. Lecce. Giuseppe was also a former football coach and manager of teams such as Pisa Calcio, S.S. Lazio, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Tianjin Teda F.C..

Club career

Marco Materazzi began Marco Materazzi footballing career with the F.C. Messina Peloro youth team from 1990 to 1991. Marco Materazzi spent Marco Materazzi early career in the lower divisions of Italian football, with amateur side Tor di Quinto (1991–92), Serie C2 team S.C. Marsala 1912 (1993–94), and Serie C1 A.S.D. Trapani Calcio (1994–95), where Marco Materazzi narrowly missed a historic promotion to Serie B after losing a promotion playoff to S.S. Gualdo.

Serie B squad Perugia Calcio signed Materazzi for the first time in 1995, but spent a part of the 1996–97 season in Serie C with Carpi F.C. 1909, before coming back to Perugia. Marco Materazzi then spent 1998–99 with Everton F.C., where Marco Materazzi was sent off four times in just 27 games, and scored twice against Middlesbrough in the league and Huddersfield Town F.C. in the Football League Cup. Marco Materazzi then returned to Perugia, and scored 12 goals in the 2000–01 season, breaking Daniel Passarella's Serie A record of most goals by a defender in one season. Materazzi was then signed by Internazionale for €10 million. Marco Materazzi finished the 2006–07 season as the top scoring defender of Serie A with 10 goals. Materazzi made Marco Materazzi 150th appearance for Inter in a 2–0 win over Atalanta B.C. in April 2008. Materazzi made Marco Materazzi first appearance of the 2010-11 season in the Milan derby on 14 November 2010.

In June 2011, Materazzi had Marco Materazzi Inter contract rescinded after feeling Marco Materazzi time at Inter was over and failing to play first team football. Materazzi has since been heavily linked to newly promoted Premier League club Queens Park Rangers. Materazzi has also been linked with a move to the Major League Soccer. Marco Materazzi expressed Marco Materazzi desire to return to Inter after retirement as a coaching director.

Materazzi is known amongst fans and fellow players as The Matrix and as "The Butcher", owing to Marco Materazzi reportedly unpredictable personality and overly aggressive play.

International career

Materazzi made Marco Materazzi debut for Italy national football team on 25 April 2001, in a 1-0 friendly match victory against South Africa national football team. Marco Materazzi made two appearances in the qualifying campaign against Georgia and Hungary. In the final tournament of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Materazzi was used as a reserve player to back up Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro. Marco Materazzi made only one appearance by coming on as a substitute for Nesta in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Group G to Croatia in the group stage. Two years later at UEFA Euro 2004, Materazzi was on the bench for Italy's first two games but started in the final UEFA_Euro_2004_Group_C Italy_vs_Bulgaria against Bulgaria national football team in place of the suspended Fabio Cannavaro. After the tournament, Materazzi's performance was widely criticized as Marco Materazzi conceded a penalty by bringing down Martin Petrov.

In Marco Materazzi third major tournament, Materazzi started the 2006 FIFA World Cup as a reserve player, but after Alessandro Nesta suffered an injury in the 2006 FIFA World Cup - Group E Czech Republic vs Italy against Czech Republic national football team, Materazzi came on as Marco Materazzi replacement and made an impact by scoring a goal. Marco Materazzi received a red card in the round of 16 match against Australia national football team and was suspended for the quarter-final against Ukraine national football team. In 2006 FIFA World Cup Final against France national football team, Materazzi fouled Florent Malouda to concede a penalty which Zinedine Zidane scored. Marco Materazzi made another impact by scoring a goal to level the score. After the match went to extra-time and penalties, Materazzi and Zidane were involved in a confrontation which ended with Zidane head-butting Materazzi and receiving a red card. Materazzi scored Italy's second penalty as they defeated France 5-3 to claim their fourth FIFA World Cup. After the final, the confrontation resulted in a major controversy as Zidane accused Materazzi of insulting Marco Materazzi sister and mother. Additionally, Materazzi claimed that after Marco Materazzi had grabbed Zidane's jersey, Zidane sarcastically said to Marco Materazzi "If you want my shirt, I will give to you afterwards". Materazzi then revealed that Marco Materazzi replied, "preferisco quella puttana di tua sorella" (I prefer the whore that is your sister), which resulted in the headbutt. Three British tabloid newspapers, Daily Star (United Kingdom), The Daily Mail and The Sun (newspaper), alleged that Materazzi had called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore." Materazzi took legal action against all three newspapers and the allegations were later withdrawn, with each paying Marco Materazzi substantial damages. FIFA later issued a Swiss franc 5,000 fine and a two-match ban against Materazzi.

Under Roberto Donadoni, Materazzi appeared consistently during the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and became a starter after Alessandro Nesta's retirement. In the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament, Marco Materazzi started in the UEFA_Euro_2008_Group_C Netherlands_vs_Italy to the Netherlands national football team but was substituted in the 54th minute in what would later prove to be Marco Materazzi final appearance for Italy.

International goals


- Serie A: Serie A 2005-06, Serie A 2006-07, Serie A 2007-08, Serie A 2008-09, Serie A 2009-10
- Coppa Italia: Coppa Italia 2004-05, Coppa Italia 2005-06, Coppa Italia 2009-10, Coppa Italia 2010-11
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2005 Supercoppa Italiana, 2006 Supercoppa Italiana, 2008 Supercoppa Italiana, 2010 Supercoppa Italiana
- UEFA Champions League: UEFA Champions League 2009-10
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2010 FIFA Club World Cup

- Trofeo Tim: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010
- Birra Moretti Cup: 2001, 2002, 2007
- Pirelli Cup: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Italy National Football Team
- FIFA World Cup: 2006 FIFA World Cup


- Serie A Defender of the Year: 2007


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