Marco Materazzi

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Marco Materazzi
Marco Materazzi - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Materazzi with Internazionale in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-08-19) 19 August 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Lecce, Italy
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1990–1991 Messina Peloro
1991–1993 Tori de Quinto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Marsala 25 (4)
1994–1995 Trapani 13 (2)
1995–1998 Perugia 47 (7)
1996–1997 Carpi (loan) 18 (7)
1998–1999 Everton 25 (2)
1999–2001 Perugia 51 (19)
2001–2011 Internazionale 209 (33)
Total 388 (72)
National team
2001–2008 Italy 41 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2008

Marco Materazzi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko mateˈrattsi], Ufficiale OMRI); (born 19 August 1973) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a defender. 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 later received a headbutt from Zinedine Zidane which was punished with a red card.

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, one FIFA Club World Cup, four Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana four times.[1] He was known for his very aggressive style of play which has led to him receiving more than 60 yellow cards and 25 red cards. In December 2013, Spanish football website El Gol Digital ranked Materazzi at 9th in its list of the world's dirtiest footballers.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.

Club career[edit]

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[3] and Huddersfield Town in the League Cup.[4] 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.[citation needed] Materazzi was then signed by Internazionale for €10 million.[5] He finished the 2006–07 season as the top scoring defender of Serie A with 10 goals.[6] 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.[7]

International career[edit]

Materazzi in 2006, during the FIFA World Cup in Germany

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.[citation needed] 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[citation needed] as he conceded a penalty by bringing down Martin Petrov.

Headbutt, a statue of Materazzi being headbutted by Zidane in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final.

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[8]" (I would prefer your whore of a sister[8]), which resulted in the head-butt.[9][10] 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.[11][12] 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[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics Updated May 22, 2011.

Season Team League Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Golas Apps Goals
1990-1991 Italy Messina B 1 0 - - - - - - - - - 1 0
1993-1994 Italy Marsala D 25 4 - - - - - - - - - 25 4
1994-1995 Italy Trapani C1 13 2 - - - - - - - - - 13 2
1995-1996 Italy Perugia B 1 0 - - - - - - - - - 1 0
1996-gen. 1997 Italy Carpi C1 18 7 - - - - - - - - - 18 7
gen.-giu. 1997 Italy Perugia A 14 2 - - - - - - - - - 14 2
1997-1998 B 32 5 CI 2 0 - - - - - - 34 5
1998-1999 England Everton PL 27 1 - - - - - - - - - 27 1
1999-2000 Italy Perugia A 21 3 CI 2 0 - - - - - - 23 3
2000-2001 A 30 12 CI 2 0 - - - - - - 32 12
Totale Perugia 98 22 6 0 104 22
2001-2002 Italy Inter A 29 1 CI 1 0 CU 8 1 - - - 38 2
2002-2003 A 25 1 - - - UCL 13 0 - - - 38 1
2003-2004 A 18 4 - - - UCL 4 0 - - - 22 4
2004-2005 A 29 0 CI 5 0 UCL 9 0 - - - 43 0
2005-2006 A 22 2 CI 6 0 UCL 10 0 SI 1 0 39 2
2006-2007 A 30 10 CI 2 0 UCL 6 0 SI 1 0 39 10
2007-2008 A 25 1 CI 4 0 UCL 3 0 SI 1 0 33 1
2008-2009 A 9 0 CI 2 0 UCL 5 1 SI 0 0 16 1
2009-2010 A 12 0 CI 4 0 UCL 4 0 SI 0 0 20 0
2010-2011 A 10 0 CI 1 0 UCL 1 0 SCI+SU+FCWC 1+0+0 0 13 0
Total Inter 209 19 25 0 63 2 4 0 301 21
Career Total 391 55 31 0 64 2 4 0 490 57

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Honours[edit]

Internazionale
Italy
Personal

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