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Cristian Zaccardo is an Italian World Cup-winning professional footballer, who plays for Italian Serie A club Milan. He plays primarily as a right full back but is also capable of playing at centre back. One of the best products of the Bologna 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. After a season spent in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg, he rejoined his former coach Guidolin at Parma F.C. in August 2009. On 24 January 2013, he was signed by AC Milan. The deal is part of a swap and sees Djamel Mesbah going to Parma. He was part of the Italian squad who won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Zaccardo made three appearances in the competition, scoring an own goal off an attempted clearance in the second azzurri match, a 1-1 draw against the United States
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