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Sunday December 3 2017
‘Inter have not lowered their guard’

Marco Materazzi praises Inter and Coach Luciano Spalletti as the Nerazzurri look to go top of Serie A.

The San Siro club know they will hit the League summit for the first time since January last year if they can beat Chievo later today.

And speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, club legend Materazzi said former Roma boss Spalletti has been a key factor in Inter’s excellent start to the campaign.

“What would it mean? It would mean they have not lowered their guard at all between August and now,” the former defender commented.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Materazzi: 'We're all playing'

World Cup winner Marco Materazzi sent a message to the Italy squad ahead of their play-off with Sweden. “We are all playing tomorrow.”

The Azzurri lost the first leg 1-0 in Solna, but the decider is in Milan on Monday at 19.45 GMT.

“At times it’s not technique that counts, nor the past and above all it doesn’t matter who plays…” wrote 2006 hero Materazzi on Instagram and Twitter.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Domenech: No Italy, no tragedy

Raymond Domenech says it would not be a ‘tragedy’ if Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup but admits Marco Materazzi was his best opponent.

Domenech coached France at the 2006 World Cup, where they lost to Italy on penalties in the Final, and the 65-year-old was asked for his opinions on the Azzurri by Gazzetta dello Sport.

“No Italy a tragedy? It would be for you, but not the world. The world risked losing Argentina…” he told the newspaper.

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Saturday October 14 2017
Materazzi: 'My son supports Milan'

Few put more determination into the Derby della Madonnina for Inter, but Marco Materazzi admits his son is a Milan fan. “The shame…”

The San Siro showdown is on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“My son Davide has always been a contrarian in everything. That time, he went too far,” Matrix told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday September 30 2017
Materazzi analyses Serie A race

Marco Materazzi doubts Leonardo Bonucci can tip the Serie A scales for Milan, but gave his views on Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Inter.

The retired defender and now Coach spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport. You can read part one of his interview here.

“Juventus and Napoli are better-equipped to win the Scudetto and have had the same skeleton of the side for several years,” said Matrix.

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Saturday September 30 2017
Materazzi: 'I can't support Juve'

Marco Materazzi admits he was cheering on Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid in the Champions League Final. “I can’t support Juventus.”

The former Inter defender was famously head-butted by Zidane in the 2006 World Cup Final, but evidently holds more ill-will towards the Bianconeri.

“I was cheering on Zidane in Cardiff,” Matrix told La Gazzetta dello Sport after the 4-1 Real Madrid victory.

“I just can’t support Juventus, even if I’d have applauded them if they had deserved to win.

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Thursday September 7 2017
Materazzi: Could’ve joined Milan…

Marco Materazzi claims Inter legend Giacinto Facchetti stopped him from joining arch-rivals Milan before the 2006 World Cup.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday evening, Materazzi also revealed why Inter never took a team photograph alongside the five trophies they won under Jose Mourinho.

“Milan? I stayed thanks to Facchetti, he looked after me and didn’t allow me to go to the other side,” explained the former Italy defender.

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Sunday September 3 2017
Zidane: 'Not proud of headbutt'

Zinedine Zidane admits he is “not proud” of the infamous World Cup Final headbutt on Marco Materazzi.

The current Real Madrid Coach saw his last match end in ignominy when sent off for headbutting Italy defender Materazzi in the chest during the 2006 Final.

Zizou sat down to watch some career moments for Telefoot and this incident was in the compilation.

“I am not proud. I am not proud of what I did,” confessed Zidane.

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Sunday July 9 2017
On This Day: Campioni Del Mondo!

Words: Luca LaPorta

On this day in 2006, Italy beat France 5-3 on penalties in Berlin, winning their fourth World Cup.

After beating hosts Germany in a nail-biting semi-final, the Azzurri had a tough task in knocking off Zinedine Zidane’s powerful French side.

The match started in probably the worst way possible for Marcello Lippi’s men. The referee awarded France an extremely controversial penalty kick in the seventh minute of the match, in which Zidane calmly put past his former Juventus teammate Gianluigi Buffon.

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Thursday June 22 2017
On This Day: Czech Rep 0-2 Italy

On this day in 2006, Italy beat the Czech Republic 2-0 to advance to the Last 16 of the World Cup.

The Azzurri had beaten Ghana in their first group game, but were held to a 1-1 draw in the second, with Daniele De Rossi sent off for a brutal elbow.

The Czechs, inspired by Juventus’ Pavel Nedved, had been ranked second in the world going into the tournament, and thrashed the USA 3-0 in their first game.

However, an injury to Jan Koller robbed them of a focal point in attack and they were stunned 2-0 by Ghana in Cologne on match day two.

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