Materazzi with Internazionale in 2010
|Date of birth||19 August 1973|
|Place of birth||Lecce, Italy|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1991–1993||Tori de Quinto|
|1996–1997||→ Carpi (loan)||18||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Marco Materazzi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko mateˈrattsi], Ufficiale OMRI); (born 19 August 1973) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a defender and best remembered as the player headbutted by Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final.
At the beginning of his career, Materazzi played with various Italian teams in Serie B and Serie C, and with Premier League side Everton. He spent two periods with Perugia (1995–98 and 1999–2001) and signed for Internazionale, in 2001 for €10 million.
Materazzi played 42 internationals for Italy from his debut in 2001, playing in two World Cups and two European Championships before retiring in 2008. He scored Italy's goal in their 2006 FIFA World Cup Final victory over France, and received a headbutt from Zinedine Zidane, for which Zidane was given a red card, for in the same match.
A threat in the air, Materazzi was renowned as a prolific goal-scorer for a defender as he broke the Serie A record for most goals scored by a defender in a season in the 2000–01 season. With Inter he has won a number of major honours including five Serie A titles, one Champions League, four Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana four times. He was known for his very aggressive style of play which has led him to receiving more than 60 yellow cards and 25 red cards. On December 2013, Spanish football website El Gol Digital ranked Materazzi at 9th in its list of the world's dirtiest footballers.
Marco Materazzi was born in Lecce, where his father, Giuseppe, a professional footballer, was playing for U.S. Lecce. Giuseppe was also a former football coach and manager of teams such as Pisa, Lazio, Sporting CP and Tianjin Teda.
He began his footballing career with the Messina Peloro youth team from 1990 to 1991. He spent his early career in the lower divisions of Italian football, with amateur side Tor di Quinto (1991–92), Serie C2 team Marsala (1993–94), and Serie C1 Trapani (1994–95), where he narrowly missed a historic promotion to Serie B after losing a promotion playoff to 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, before coming back to Perugia. He then spent 1998–99 with Everton, where he was sent off four times in just 27 games, and scored twice against Middlesbrough in the league and Huddersfield Town in the League Cup. He 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. He finished the 2006–07 season as the top scoring defender of Serie A with 10 goals. Materazzi was an injury-time substitute for Inter in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, replacing Diego Milito who scored both of their goals in the 2-0 victory in Madrid.
Materazzi made his debut for the Italy national team on 25 April 2001, in a 1–0 friendly match victory against South Africa. He 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. He made only one appearance by coming on as a substitute for Nesta in the 2–1 loss to Croatia in the group stage but soon in the 90th minute Materazzi played a floating ball over the top from just over half way to Inzaghi but everyone missed the ball and rolled in the back of the net but the goal was disallowed after referee Graham Poll claimed that Inzaghi grabbed an opponent's shirt but technology proved that he did not. Two years later at UEFA Euro 2004, Materazzi was on the bench for Italy's first two games but started in the final group game against Bulgaria in place of the suspended Fabio Cannavaro. After the tournament, Materazzi's performance was widely criticized as he conceded a penalty by bringing down Martin Petrov.
In his third major tournament, Materazzi started the 2006 FIFA World Cup as a reserve player, but after Alessandro Nesta suffered an injury in the group match against the Czech Republic, Materazzi came on as his replacement and made an impact by scoring a goal. He received a red card in the round of 16 match against Australia and was suspended for the quarter-final against Ukraine. In the final against France, Materazzi fouled Florent Malouda to concede a penalty which Zinedine Zidane scored. He made another impact by scoring a goal to level the score, a header from a right sided corner by Andrea Pirlo. After the match went to extra-time, Materazzi and Zidane were involved in a confrontation in the 110th minute, where Materazzi verbally insulted Zinedine Zidane alongside tugging his shirt while Zidane attempted to walk away, which ended with Zidane head-butting Materazzi and receiving a red card. The game then continued to penalties. 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 his sister and mother. Additionally, Materazzi claimed that after he had grabbed Zidane's jersey, Zidane sarcastically said to him "If you want my shirt, I will give to you afterwards". Materazzi then revealed that he replied, "Preferisco la puttana di tua sorella" (I would prefer your whore of a sister), which resulted in the head-butt. Three British tabloid newspapers, The Daily Star, The Daily Mail and The Sun, 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. FIFA later issued a CHF 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, he started in the 3–0 loss to the Netherlands but was substituted in the 54th minute in what would later prove to be his final appearance for Italy, as he was replaced later in the tournament by Giorgio Chiellini.
Statistics Updated May 22, 2011.
|1996-gen. 1997||Italy Carpi||C1||18||7||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||18||7|
|gen.-giu. 1997||Italy Perugia||A||14||2||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||14||2|
|1||22 June 2006||Hamburg, Germany||Czech Republic||2–0||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|2||9 July 2006||Berlin, Germany||France||1–1||Win on penalty shoot-out||2006 FIFA World Cup Final|
- Serie A: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Coppa Italia: 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
- UEFA Champions League: 2010
- The Matrix – Marco Materazzi: http://lazymanscalcio.tumblr.com/post/18215957095/the-matrix
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- "Materazzi reveals details of Zidane World Cup slur". Reuters. 5 September 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "And Materazzi's exact words to Zidane were...". The Guardian (London). 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- Tryhorn, Chris (2008-04-07). Zidane headbutt victim wins Star apology. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2009-02-09.
- Materazzi wins British libel damages over Sun's claims about Zidane headbutt. The Guardian (2009-02-06). Retrieved on 2009-02-09.
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