Marco Materazzi profile
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Agressive, with a good free kick, and a goalscoring record breaker, the 32-year-old is not your typical Italian defender.
Materazzi started his career in the lower leagues, picking up experience before getting a chance to shine when joining Serie B side Perugia in 1996.
"It's not easy to find players like this, but we have Materazzi, who definitely has great spirit."
After being loaned out to Capri in Serie C for part of the season, he made a dramatic move to Everton for £2.8 million and played 33 times for Walter Smith's side.
Always involved, he scored twice and was sent off three times for The Toffees before making a return to Perugia the following year to hand Everton a small profit on the deal.
In the 2000/2001 season, Materazzi broke Daniel Passarella's 11-goal Italian record for a defender (scoring 12 times) and earned a £9 million switch to Internazionale.
A regular feature for Inter, he signed a new contract last year and has also been used frequently by Italy, picking up over a quarter of a century of caps and a place in the Euro 2004 squad under Giovanni Trapattoni.
Reliable, good in the air and a threat from set-pieces - Materazzi will hope to represent the Azzurri with pride this summer.