|Full name||Cristian Zaccardo|
|Date of birth||21 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Formigine, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Cristian Zaccardo, Ufficiale OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkriːstjan dzakˈkardo], born 21 December 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Milan, although he is also capable of playing as a fullback or in midfield. He was a member of the Italian side that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
One of the best products of the Bologna F.C. 1909 youth system, Zaccardo debuted in the first team in 2001, under the direction of coach Francesco Guidolin, immediately becoming a regular for the rossoblu and Italy's under-21 national team. He left Bologna in 2004 to join his former coach Guidolin in Palermo. He was a regular starter for Palermo as he appeared in 142 league matches scoring 8 goals. After a season spent in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg, in which he helped the club to its first ever Bundesliga title, he rejoined his former coach Guidolin at Parma F.C. in August 2009. In his three and a half seasons with Parma Zaccardo appeared in 118 league matches and scored 10 goals.
On 24 January 2013, he was signed by Milan. The deal was part of a cashless swap in which Djamel Mesbah moved to Parma. Towards the end of the 2014 summer transfer window, Milan had a deal with Parma about the swap of him and Jonathan Biabiany but he refused to move back to his former club. On 1 February 2015, he scored his first goal for Milan in a 3-1 home win against Parma.
Zaccardo represented the Italy Under-16 squad at the age of 15, also takign part in the 1998 UEFA European Under-16 Championship held in Scotland; during the tournament, he scored the decisive goal in the semi-final, which allowed Italy to progress to the final of the tournament, where they were defeated by Ireland. In 2001, he was a member of the Italian Under-23 team that won a silver medal at the Mediterranean Games held in Tunis. He also represented Italy at Under-21 level, winning the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, under manager Claudio Gentile.
He made his senior international debut for Italy under Marcello Lippi on 17 November 2004, in Italy's 1-0 home friendly victory over Finalnd. He began to be deployed with more frequency, and on 8 October 2005, he scored his first international goal in a 1-0 home win over Slovenia in Palermo in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match; the victory allowed Italy to qualify for the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Zaccardo was included in Italy's 23-man roster for the tournament, and he made three appearances in the final competition. He started the first two matches of the group stage, but he scored an unfortunate own goal off an attempted clearance following a free-kick in the azzurri's second match, which ended in a 1–1 draw against the United States; this was one of the only two goals that Italy conceded throughout the tournament. He made one more appearance during the tournament, coming on as a substitute in Italy's 3-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals, as Italy went on to win the 2006 World Cup. Due to his mistake during the World Cup, he has been overlooked by the national team since the tournament's conclusion, and only made two more appearances under Roberto Donadoni; he made his final appearance for Italy in a 2-0 friendly win over South Africa on 17 October 2007. In total, Zaccardo made 17 appearances for Italy between 2004–07, scoring 1 goal.
- As of 8 February 2015 (UTC)
|Club||Season||League||Cup [nb 1]||Europe [nb 2]||Other Tournaments||Total|
- Includes Coppa Italia, DFB-Ligapokal, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup, and Supercoppa matches.
- Includes UEFA Supercup matches.
Zaccardo has the names of his two sons Niccolò and Ginevra Zaccardo tattooed on his left arm, while on his right arm a tattoo of his wife Alessia Serafini. From 6 March 2008, Zaccardo became an honorary citizen of Pollina, in the province of Palermo.
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