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Marco Materazzi


ABOUT
ABOUT

Marco Materazzi is an international footballer from Italy. He was born on 19th August 1973 in Lecce, Italy. He is a professional footballer known for scoring the equalising goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final against France.


The 6ft 4-inch lanky footballer a former defender who was known for his extraordinary goal-scoring ability from his position. Materazzi has innate ability to read the game situation very well and handle the pressure situation.


Materazzi earned 41 caps for Italy from his debut in 2001 until 2008, playing in two World Cups and two European Championships. He is also associated with the infamous headbutt incident during the World Cup involving him and Zinedine Zidane.


Background


A controversial and provocative figure in football, he was known for his very physical and aggressive style of play as a defender, as well as his tight marking and strong, harsh tackling, which led him to receive more than 60 yellow cards and 25 red cards throughout his playing career.


He was one of the key players in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final against France. He scored the game-winning goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup to secure Italy's victory over France.


Debut


Materazzi began his footballing career with the youth team of Messina Peloro. He spent his early career in the lower divisions of Italian football, with the amateur side Tor di Quinto.

Materazzi made his debut in national colors for Italy on 25 April 2001, in a 1–0 friendly match victory against minnows South Africa.


High points


He then returned to Perugia in 1999 and scored 12 goals in the 2000–01 season, breaking the Serie A record of most goals by a defender in one season. He finished the 2006–07 seasons with Internazionale as the top scoring defender of Serie A with 10 goals, including a double away to Siena on 23 April which won the club's 15th league title with five games remaining.


He scored the game-winning goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup to secure Italy's victory over France.


Retirement


Materazzi declared his retirement from international football in the summer of 2011 and was appointed as an ambassador to Inter.


On 22 September 2014, Materazzi was signed as the player-manager of Chennaiyin FC in the inaugural season of the ISL. Materazzi signed a two-season contract with the Chennaiyin FC for 1 million US $ every season.

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