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Marco Materazzi
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Personal information
Full name Marco Materazzi
Date of birth 19 August 1973 (1973-08-19) (age 36)
Place of birth Lecce, Italy
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Internazionale
Number 23
Youth career
1990–1991 Messina
1991–1993 Tor di Quinto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Marsala 0025 000(4)
1994–1995 Trapani 0013 000(2)
1995–1998 Perugia 0047 000(7)
1996 Carpi (loan) 0018 000(7)
1998–1999 Everton 0025 000(2)
1999–2001 Perugia 0051 00(15)
2001– Internazionale 0171 00(18)
National team
2001–2008 Italy 0041 000(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Marco Materazzi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI (born 19 August 1973), is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Serie A club Internazionale.

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 his current club, Inter, in 2001 for €10 million. He is renowned as a prolific goal-scorer for a defender, breaking 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 four Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia twice, and the Supercoppa Italiana three times.

He made his international debut in 2001 and won his first major trophy with Italy in 2006, as part of the World Cup team. Materazzi played in the final of the competition and became the centre of much controversy when he was headbutted by Zinedine Zidane mid-match after having insulted him. The altercation, and resulting red card for Zidane, was the source of much discussion and remains a prominent moment in World Cup history.


Early life

Marco Materazzi was born in Lecce, where his father Giuseppe was a player for Lecce. Giuseppe was also a former football coach and manager of teams such as Pisa, Lazio, Sporting CP and Tianjin Teda. Marco was a Lazio fan during his father's stint as Lazio manager in the late 1980s.[1]

Club career

Marco Materazzi

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[2] and Huddersfield in the League Cup.[3] 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.[citation needed] He finished the 2006–07 season as the top scoring defender of Serie A with 10 goals.[citation needed] Materazzi made his 150th appearance for Inter in a 2–0 win over Atalanta in April 2008.[citation needed]

International career

Materazzi started the 2006 FIFA World Cup as a reserve player, but after Alessandro Nesta suffered an injury in the group match against Czech Republic, he was brought back into the starting lineup. He was sent off with a red card in the round of 16 match against Australia and was suspended for Italy's quarterfinal match against Ukraine.

In the World Cup final against France, he conceded a penalty but later tied the match 1–1 with a header. He also scored Italy's second penalty in the shootout after the match remained tied after extra time. During the extra-time period, Materazzi was headbutted in the chest by Zinedine Zidane. Zidane was then sent off. Zidane had accused him of insulting his sister and mother, but during a press conference following the event, Materazzi said that after he had grabbed Zidane's jersey, Zidane offered it to him sarcastically. Materazzi then replied, preferisco quella puttana di tua sorella (I prefer the whore that is your sister), which resulted in the headbutt. He later claimed he did not know that Zidane even had a sister.[4][5] Three British tabloid newspapers, The Daily Star, The Daily Mail and The Sun, alleged that Materazzi had made comments of a racist nature to Zidane. Materazzi took legal action against them and the allegations were later withdrawn and all three newspapers paid substantial damages.[6][7]

Materazzi started the first match of Italy's appearance in Euro 2008, a 3–0 loss to the Netherlands. He was replaced in the 54th minute with his team trailing 2–0 and did not play again in the tournament.

International goals

# 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 (AET), 5–3 (PSO) Win 2006 FIFA World Cup


Italy National Football Team



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Simple English

Marco Materazzi
File:Marco Materazzi - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Personal information
Full name Marco Materazzi
Date of birth 19 August 1973 (1973-08-19) (age 37)
Place of birth    Lecce, Italy
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Internazionale Milano
Number 23
Senior clubs
Years Club
→Carpi (loan)
Internazionale Milano
National team
2001-2008 Italy

Marco Materazzi (born 19 August 1973) is an Italian football player. He has played for Italy, and scored in the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin, making the score 1-1.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1993/94MarsalaNazionale Dilettanti25400-254
1994/95TrapaniSerie C113200-132
1995/96PerugiaSerie B1000-10
1996/97CarpiSerie C118700-187
1996/97PerugiaSerie A14200-142
1997/98Serie B32520-345
EnglandLeague FA Cup EuropeTotal
1998/99EvertonPremier League27100-271
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1999/00PerugiaSerie A21320-233
2001/02Internazionale MilanoSerie A2311081322
CountryItaly 3185328058240455
England 271--271
Total 3455428058243156

International career statistics


Italy national team


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