Cristiano Zanetti

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Cristiano Zanetti (born 14 April 1977) is a retired Italian footballer who played as a midfielder. Zanetti has been described as a hardworking and tough tackling defensive midfielder, with good vision, passing ability, and a controlling influence on the midfield, although he was also injury-prone throughout his career.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He played for Fiorentina (1993–96), Venezia (1996–97), and Reggiana (1997–98), before he joined the defending UEFA Cup Champions Internazionale at age of 21, in 1998, where he played alongside his unrelated namesake, Argentine fullback Javier Zanetti.[2] Zanetti made his club debut for Internazionale on 26 August 1998 against FC Skonto before joining Cagliari along with Mohamed Kallon. During his time with Fiorentina, he won a Coppa Italia in 1996.[2]

Roma[edit]

In the summer of 1999, he was signed by Roma in a joint-ownership bid for 7 billion Italian lire.[3] Under manager Fabio Capello, he soon became a member of the starting line-up and he won a Scudetto with Roma during the 2000–01 season.[2]

Internazionale[edit]

In June 2001, Zanetti re-joined Internazionale under manager Hector Cuper;[4] Inter paid 10 billion Italian lire to buy back Zanetti.[5] He was a regular starter under Cuper, and with the club he managed to the reach of the semi-finals of the 2001-02 UEFA Cup and the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League, also narrowly missing out on the Serie A title both of those seasons. The 2003-04 season was more disappointing, however, and upon the arrival of new manager Roberto Mancini, he was deployed with less frequency due to injuries, as well as the arrivals of Edgar Davids and Esteban Cambiasso in midfield, although he was finally able to capture some silverware during his final two seasons at the club. During his second stint with Inter, he won two Coppa Italia trophies in 2005 and 2006, a Supercoppa Italiana in 2005, and he was also awarded a Serie A title after the Calciopoli scandal in 2006.[2] Script error: The module returned a value. It is supposed to return an export table.

Juventus[edit]

Zanetti moved to Juventus in 2006 on a free transfer, despite the match-fixing controversy surrounding the Turin giants and their subsequent relegation. Zanetti was Luciano Moggi's final signing as the Juventus transfer director before his five-year ban due to his role in the Calciopoli scandal. Zanetti won the Serie B title with Le Zebre in 2007, earning Juventus Serie A promotion. The following season, he helped Juventus to a third place in Serie A, which allowed them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 2008. Juventus were eliminated in the round of 16, and they reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, also finishing second in Serie A.[2]

Fiorentina[edit]

Zanetti signed with his first professional club Fiorentina on 10 August 2009,[6] as the club was preparing to play in 2009–10 UEFA Champions League play-off round. He signed a 2+1 contract. He is the second player to join La Viola from Juventus in 2009–10 season after Marco Marchionni. Zanetti was tagged for €2 million[7] and deducted from Felipe Melo transfer fee. He made his debut for ACF Fiorentina on 29 September 2009 against Liverpool in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. His assist led to Fiorentina's first goal, scored by young Montenegrin Stevan Jovetić. Fiorentina eventually won the match 2–0.[8]

Brescia[edit]

On 31 January 2011, Zanetti signed for Brescia on a two-year contract. He retired before the conclusion of the 2011-12 Serie B season, however, after cancelling his contract with the club.[9]

International career[edit]

Zanetti represented Italy at Under-21 level on 19 occasions, winning the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship under manager Marco Tardelli; he also took part in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney with Italy, where the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals. He subsequently played for the Italian senior national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2004. In total, he won 17 caps for the national side between 2001-2004, under Giovanni Trapattoni, and he scored one goal in a 2-1 friendly away win over Switzerland, on the 30 April 2003.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Result Goal Competition
1. 13 September 2000 Melbourne, Australia Australia Australia 1–0 0 2000 Olympics (Italy U23)
2. 16 September 2000 Adelaide, Australia Honduras Honduras 3–1 0 2000 Olympics (Italy U23)
3. 19 September 2000 Adelaide, Australia Nigeria Nigeria 1–1 0 2000 Olympics (Italy U23)
4. 23 September 2000 Sydney, Australia Spain Spain 0–1 0 2000 Olympics (Italy U23)
1. 7 November 2001 Saitama, Japan  Japan 1–1 0 Friendly
2. 13 February 2002 Catania, Italy  United States 1–0 0 Friendly
3. 27 March 2002 Leeds, United Kingdom  England 2–1 0 Friendly
4. 17 April 2002 Milan, Italy  Uruguay 1–1 0 Friendly
5. 18 May 2002 Prague, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 0–1 0 Friendly
6. 8 June 2002 Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan  Croatia 1–2 0 2002 FIFA World Cup
7. 13 June 2002 Ōita, Japan  Mexico 1–1 0 2002 FIFA World Cup
8. 18 June 2002 Daejeon, South Korea  South Korea 1–2
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0 2002 FIFA World Cup
9. 12 February 2003 Genoa, Italy  Portugal 1–0 0 Friendly
10. 29 March 2003 Palermo, Italy  Finland 2–0 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
11. 30 April 2003 Geneva, Switzerland   Switzerland 2–1 1 Friendly
12. 11 June 2003 Helsinki, Finland  Finland 2–0 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
13. 6 September 2003 Milan, Italy  Wales 4–0 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
14. 11 October 2003 Reggio Calabria, Italy  Azerbaijan 4–0 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
15. 12 November 2003 Warsaw, Poland  Poland 1–3 0 Friendly[11]
16. 30 May 2004 Radès, Tunisia  Tunisia 4–0 0 Friendly
17. 14 June 2004 Guimarães, Portugal  Denmark 0–0 0 UEFA Euro 2004

Coaching career[edit]

In 2013 Zanetti accepted an offer to become youth coach at Pisa, heading the Giovanissimi Nazionali (Under-16).[12] In 2014 he became a coaching graduate and obtained a UEFA Pro Licence. In 2014 become youth coach at Prato[13]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fiorentina[2]
Roma[2]
Inter[2]
Juventus[2]

International[edit]

Italy[2]

References[edit]

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