Marsala (Italy), Trapani (Italy), Perugia (Italy), Carpi (Italy),
Perugia (Italy), Everton FC (England), Perugia (Italy), Inter
Italian Cup winner (Inter Milan)
Marco Materazzi (born August 19, 1973 in Lecce) is an Italian
football (soccer) defender, who currently plays for Serie A club
Known mostly (and perhaps infamous) for his aggressive playing
style, Marco Materazzi was a late bloomer. He spent his early
career in the lower divisions of Italian soccer, playing for Tor
di Quinto (1991-92), Marsala (1993-94), and Trapani (1994-95).
He joined Perugia, then in Serie B, for the first time in 1995,
but spent a part of the 1996-97 season at Serie C's Capri,
before coming back to Perugia. Materazzi then spent 1998-99 with
England's Everton, before another stint with Perugia, now in the
Serie A. After scoring 12 goals in the 2000-01 season, an
Italian record for a defender, he signed with Inter. At Perugia,
he was known for his accurate left-footed free kicks, but with
so many good free kick takers at Inter, such as he never gets a
chance to take one.
For Italy, Materazzi played at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.
Materazzi is a significant part of the Inter defence and a key
figure for them on the pitch. He has recently been provided with
the opportunity to captain the side due to Javier Zanetti's