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Cristian Zaccardo

Cristian Zaccardo
Personal information
Full name Cristian Zaccardo
Date of birth (1981-12-21) 21 December 1981
Place of birth Formigine, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 81
Youth career
1991–2000 Bologna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Bologna 79 (2)
2000–2001 Spezia 28 (0)
2004–2008 Palermo 142 (8)
2008–2009 VfL Wolfsburg 15 (1)
2009–2013 Parma 118 (10)
2013– Milan 12 (0)
National team
2002–2004 Italy U21 21 (2)
2004–2007 Italy 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:19, 19 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Cristian Zaccardo, Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (Italian pronunciation: , born 21 December 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Milan, although he is also capable of playing as a fullback or in midfield. He was a member of the Italian side that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

One of the best products of the Bologna F.C. 1909 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,[3] he rejoined his former coach Guidolin at Parma F.C. in August 2009.[4] On 24 January 2013, he was signed by AC Milan.[5] The deal was part of a swap and saw Djamel Mesbah go to Parma. Milan had a deal with Parma about the swap of him and Jonathan Biabiany but he refused to move back to his former club Parma F.C..

International career

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. He has been overlooked by the national team since.

Honours

Club

Wolfsburg

International

Orders

Collar of Merit Sports: Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo: (2006)[6]
4th Class / Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: (2006)[7]

Career statistics

As of 2 March 2013 (UTC)[8]
Club Season League Cup [nb 1] Europe [nb 2] Other Tournaments Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bologna 2001–02 19 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 1
2002–03 32 1 2 0 6 1 0 0 40 2
2003–04 28 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Total 79 2 6 0 6 1 0 0 91 3
Spezia (loan) 2000–01 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Total 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Palermo 2004–05 35 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 2
2005–06 36 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 44 0
2006–07 36 5 1 0 5 1 0 0 42 6
2007–08 35 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 38 1
Total 142 8 9 0 10 1 0 0 161 9
Wolfsburg 2008–09 14 1 3 0 5 1 0 0 22 2
2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 15 1 3 0 5 1 0 0 23 2
Parma 2009–10 34 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 5
2010–11 34 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 3
2011–12 35 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 1
2012–13 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Total 118 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 123 10
Milan 2012–13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 385 21 23 0 21 3 0 0 429 24
  1. ^ Includes Coppa Italia, DFB-Ligapokal, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup, and Supercoppa matches.
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Supercup matches.

Personal life

Cristian Zaccardo is currently married to Alessia Serafini.[9] Zaccardo and his wife have two sons, Niccolò Zaccardo and Ginevra Zaccardo.[9]

Zaccardo has the names of his two sons Niccolò and Ginevra Zaccardo tattooed on his left arm, while on his right arm a tattoo of his wife Alessia Serafini.[10] From 6 March 2008, Zaccardo became an honorary citizen of Pollina, in the province of Palermo.[10]

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ AscotSportal.com
  3. ^ "Wolfsburg sign a world-class player". Bundesliga.de. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Zaccardo al Parma" (in Italian).  
  5. ^ "ZACCARDO PROUD TO JOIN MILAN".  
  6. ^ "Coni: Consegnati i Collari d’oro e diplomi d’onore ai campionissimi". coni.it (in Italian). 23 October 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Zaccardo Sig. Cristian - Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana". quirinale.it (in Italian). Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Italy – C. Zaccardo". soccerway.com. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Barbara Carere (2 June 2011). "... Cristian Zaccardo". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Cristian Zaccardo". informazione.it (in Italian). Retrieved 25 February 2013. 

External links

  • C. Zaccardo – profile at A.C. Milan official website
  • Zaccardo's profile (from US Palermo official website)
  • Personal website


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