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Javier Zanetti

Javier Adelmar Zanetti (born 10 August 1973 in Dock Sud, Buenos Aires Province) is an Argentine association football who plays for Serie A club F.C. Internazionale Milano. Javier Zanetti has played for Inter since 1995 in association football, taking the Captain (association football)'s armband from 29 August 1999. Known for Javier Zanetti versatility, Javier Zanetti is adept on both the left and right wing, having played on both flanks as a fullback as well as a winger. Javier Zanetti slots into several midfield positions with ease, particularly as a defensive or central midfielder. Internationally, Javier Zanetti holds the record of the most cap (football) player in the history of the Argentina national football team and has played in the Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics and in two FIFA World Cup, in 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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Javier Adelmar Zanetti (born 10 August 1973 in Dock Sud, Buenos Aires Province) is an Argentine association football who plays for Serie A club F.C. Internazionale Milano. Javier Zanetti has played for Inter since 1995 in association football, taking the Captain (association football)'s armband from 29 August 1999. Known for Javier Zanetti versatility, Javier Zanetti is adept on both the left and right wing, having played on both flanks as a fullback as well as a winger. Javier Zanetti slots into several midfield positions with ease, particularly as a defensive or central midfielder. Internationally, Javier Zanetti holds the record of the most cap (football) player in the history of the Argentina national football team and has played in the Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics and in two FIFA World Cup, in 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Known as "Pupi" in Argentina, Zanetti was born in Buenos Aires, picking up the nickname "El Tractor" (The Tractor) soon after Javier Zanetti move to Italy where Javier Zanetti strength, resilience, stamina, and Javier Zanetti ability to run past opposing defenders when joining the attack from Javier Zanetti Defender (football) position earned Javier Zanetti notoriety. More recently, Javier Zanetti plays in the right midfield. Javier Zanetti ended a 4-year goal drought when Javier Zanetti scored on 5 November 2006. In the national team, Javier Zanetti is deployed as a right back but is able to switch between defense and attack easily.

Zanetti has won five Serie A titles with Inter, having earned the nickname "Il Capitano" (The Captain) among the fans and media since taking captaincy at Inter. As of the 2011-2012 season, Javier Zanetti is the only non-Italian player to captain a Serie A team. Javier Zanetti holds the record for the highest all-time appearances by a non-Italian born player for an Italian club and Javier Zanetti 757 official matches for the club put Javier Zanetti first in Inter's all-time appearances list. Zanetti, who plans to retire with Inter and continue to work with the club thereafter, is also noted for Javier Zanetti charity work, running a foundation to benefit disadvantaged children in Argentina. Javier Zanetti has been named an ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages project in Argentina by FIFA, and in 2005, Javier Zanetti received the Ambrogino d'Oro award from the Milan townhall for Javier Zanetti social initiative. Zanetti is also a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.

The 2010 UEFA Champions League Final on 22 May 2010 was Zanetti's 700th game with Inter, and the team's victory on the night ensured that Zanetti marked the occasion by completing a historic Treble (association football). Javier Zanetti also scored on 20 October 2010 against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. to make Javier Zanetti the oldest player to score in the UEFA Champions League at the age of 37 years and 71 days. This record has since been surpassed by Filippo Inzaghi and Ryan Giggs.

Early life

Javier Adelmar Zanetti was born in Buenos Aires to Violeta Bonnazola and grew up in the harbour area in the Dock Sud district. Javier Zanetti combined schooling and working commitments, helping Javier Zanetti bricklayer father in masonry alongside delivering milk, and working in Javier Zanetti cousin's grocery store without neglecting Javier Zanetti passion for football. Javier Zanetti began playing football on a field in the city suburbs, maintaining the pitch in Javier Zanetti spare time.

Club career

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Zanetti, after being rejected by the youth division of Argentina's Club Atlético Independiente, signed for Club Atlético Talleres de Remedios de Escalada (a second division team at the time), where Javier Zanetti played 33 matches and scored one goal in just one season, but moved in 1993 to the Primera División Argentina club Club Atlético Banfield.

Banfield

A 20-year-old Zanetti debuted for Banfield on 12 September 1993 in a home match against Club Atlético River Plate. Javier Zanetti scored Javier Zanetti first goal 17 days later against Newell's Old Boys in a match that ended 1–1. Javier Zanetti outstanding performances for Banfield gained popularity from El Taladro fans and also earned Javier Zanetti a call-up from the Argentina national football team. First division giants Club Atlético River Plate and Boca Juniors came knocking but Zanetti decided to stay on for another year at the club. In 1995, along with fellow Argentine Sebastián Rambert, Javier Zanetti transferred to Italy's Internazionale Milano F.C., becoming team owner Massimo Moratti's first-ever purchase.

Inter Milan

Javier Zanetti made Javier Zanetti debut for Inter on 27 August 1995 against Vicenza Calcio in Milan. Throughout Javier Zanetti stay with the club, Javier Zanetti has won 16 trophies, 15 of which came under Javier Zanetti captaincy : the UEFA Cup in 1998 – scoring the second goal for the final with a shot outside the penalty area –, the 2005, 2006 and 2010 Coppa Italia, the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 Italian Super Cup, the Serie A 2005-06, Serie A 2006-07, Serie A 2007-08, Serie A 2008-09 and Serie A 2009-10 Scudetto and the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League. In 2010 Zanetti became the first player to captain an Italian club to a Treble (association football) of the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League.

Zanetti's qualities have earned Javier Zanetti respect on and off the field. Javier Zanetti is sometimes criticised for being too soft-spoken on the pitch, but Javier Zanetti makes up for this by being one of Inter's most consistent, reliable, and trusted players. As such, Javier Zanetti was rewarded with the club captaincy, taking over from legendary defender Giuseppe Bergomi. Being a part of the squad for the last 13 seasons and with over 700 appearances, Javier Zanetti is currently the team's longest-tenured player, and the second overall behind Bergomi (758) in the all-time list of most capped Inter players. To Inter fans, Zanetti is one of the greatest players to have ever worn the colours of the black and blue and Javier Zanetti is the legend of Inter and considered as their inspiration. Javier Zanetti celebrated Javier Zanetti 600th cap for Inter in style with a 1–0 win over newly promoted U.S. Lecce. Minutes before the match, Javier Zanetti was presented with a commemorative plate by vice-captain Iván Córdoba to mark the special occasion.

Since the arrival of Maicon Douglas Sisenando at the beginning of the 2006–07 season, Zanetti was moved from the right back position into midfield. and on 22 November 2006, Javier Zanetti appeared in Javier Zanetti 100th UEFA match against Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Zanetti went on an incredible twelve years without being sent off in a match. The first time Javier Zanetti was sent off in Javier Zanetti career was on 17 February 1999 in a Coppa Italia match against Parma F.C., but Javier Zanetti broke Javier Zanetti streak when Javier Zanetti was sent off in a 2011-12 Serie A match against Udinese Calcio on 3 December 2011. These are the only times Javier Zanetti has been sent off during Javier Zanetti entire career at Inter Milan.

At Inter, Zanetti has had 17 different coaches (List of F.C. Internazionale Milano managers), making Javier Zanetti the only player to have played under this many coaches. Javier Zanetti current contract with Internazionale runs until 2013 after Javier Zanetti extended Javier Zanetti contract at the summer of 2010. The captain has pledged Javier Zanetti future to the Nerazzurri, hoping to have a future behind the desk at the club once Javier Zanetti hangs up Javier Zanetti boots after Javier Zanetti quits playing. "Inter means a lot to me," Zanetti said

Though Zanetti is more often classified as a defender, Javier Zanetti has played in the midfield for most of the first half of the 2008–09 season. For the last several weeks of October 2008, with Portugal coach José Mourinho facing a midfield crisis due to injuries to key midfielders Esteban Cambiasso and Sulley Muntari, Javier Zanetti was moved again to the midfield for the matches against Genoa C.F.C. and ACF Fiorentina. Since then, Mourinho has played Javier Zanetti in the midfield due to the preference of Maicon, Lúcio, Walter Samuel, and Cristian Chivu in the back four.

The 2009–10 season began well for Zanetti and Inter, especially after a 4–0 thrashing of crosstown rivals in the Milan derby. In the 17 October match against Genoa, Javier Zanetti started off the counterattack that led to Inter's second goal after dispossessing a Genoa player. Inter became the first team of the season to win by a 5-goal margin. On 24 October, Javier Zanetti reached Giacinto Facchetti's record of 476 Serie A appearances when Javier Zanetti turned out for the match against Catania Calcio, which ended in a 2–1 win for the Nerazzurri. Javier Zanetti also currently holds a club record of 149 consecutive appearances.

Inter won the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final 2-0 against FC Bayern Munich on 22 May 2010. This was Zanetti's 700th appearance for Internazionale.

On 20 October 2010, at 37 years and 71 days, Zanetti became the oldest player to score in the Champions League when Javier Zanetti netted in the opening minute of Inter's 4-3 group stage win over at the San Siro (stadium). This was only Javier Zanetti second ever Champions League goal; Javier Zanetti first came in December 1998 in a match in a 2-0 win against SK Sturm Graz.

On 19 January 2011, Zanetti overtook Inter's legend Giuseppe Bergomi in Serie A appearances, Javier Zanetti 520th match in Serie A all for Inter.

On 11 May 2011, Zanetti made Javier Zanetti thousandth appearance as a professional footballer playing for Inter v/s Roma in the Coppa Italia Semi Final 2nd Leg.

On 20 September 2011, Javier Zanetti made all-time appearance record in Serie A clash against Novara. The Argentine defender replaced Giuseppe Bergomi in the Giuseppe Meazza side's record books upon Javier Zanetti appearance against Novara. Even though Zanetti was a defender, Javier Zanetti would attack the ball really deep into space providing balls for Javier Zanetti attackers. This was Zanetti's trademark so Javier Zanetti was given the nickname 'the tractor'.

International career

Zanetti debuted for Argentina national football team on 16 November 1994 against Chile national football team under coach Daniel Passarella. Javier Zanetti has since represented Javier Zanetti country at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. Javier Zanetti was also part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

In the 1998 FIFA World Cup run, Javier Zanetti neatly finished off a Juan Sebastián Verón free kick in the round of 16 match against England national football team making the score 2–2. Argentina went on to win 4–3 on penalties but lost the quarter-final match to the Netherlands national football team.

Zanetti played for Marcelo Bielsa's Argentine national team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. However, they finished 3rd in their group, despite winning the opening match.

Zanetti celebrated Javier Zanetti 100th cap by helping Argentina win their 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final over Mexico national football team on 26 June 2005, in which Javier Zanetti won the Man of the Match award.

After having been part of the team during the qualification rounds, Zanetti was not called up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup by coach José Pekerman in a controversial decision. Instead, Lionel Scaloni was given a surprise selection, a move that bewildered many fans and media.

With new coach Alfio Basile, Zanetti was called for a friendly match against France national football team on 7 February 2007. Javier Zanetti played brilliantly and helped Javier Saviola to score the only goal of the game that gave Argentina the first victory under Basile's second management. That same year, Zanetti was Captain (association football) of the Argentine Squad for the Copa América 2007, having previously appeared in the Copa América 1995, Copa América 1999 and the Copa América 2004 editions of the tournament.

In April 2007, Zanetti was presented with the National Giuseppe Prisco Award. Since the retirement of Ayala, Zanetti has been given the captain's armband. At a World Cup qualification match against Bolivia national football team on 17 November 2007, Javier Zanetti became the most capped player ever for Argentina.

Zanetti remained a regular under new coach Diego Maradona, although Barcelona defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano took over as captain at Maradona's request. Despite Javier Zanetti heroics in the Champions league, Maradona failed to call up Zanetti and Javier Zanetti Inter team-mate Esteban Cambiasso for the Argentina squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this move was heavily criticized by football pundits from not only South-America but also Europe. Instead Ariel Garcé, 30 years old, after been called just two times in the last five years, received a shocking selection, but ultimately did not play a single minute in any world cup match.

On 20 August 2010 Argentina National Team new coach Sergio Batista recalled Javier Zanetti to the Argentina National Team for a friendly against Spain played on Tuesday 7 September 2010 at the River Plate Monumental Stadium where along fellow legend Gabriel Batistuta were awarded by the Argentine Football Association for their outstanding careers with more than 48000 people standing and clapping. Javier Zanetti was called again for the friendly against Japan in Saitama Stadium of October 2010 but widthdrew last minute due to injury.

International goals and caps

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Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Zanetti

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