Marco Materazzi: “Italian football is corrupt”

January 7, 2015 16:10
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Former Inter defender Marco Materazzi gave a long interviewed to German Bild Zeitung where he was asked about everything ranging from if he’d like to work in Germany as a coach to the incident with Zidane.

“Of course I’d like to work here. The Bundesliga is together with the Premier League and La Liga the 3 best league’s in Europe. Since the 2006 World Cup in Germany, they’ve been planning great things, something the arrival of Guardiola to Bayern Munich as well as the national team becoming World Champions attest to.”

“Years ago my agent told me that I was wanted by Kaiserslautern however back then I didn’t want to leave Italy. I would have distanced myself from the national team if I had moved. Other than that I also have a responsibility towards my family, my father was a coach when I was a child and I had to move to different cities. This isn’t the best thing for a family despite the interest for the Bundesliga. After Berlin I had many opportunities to leave for a different club and make more money, but I stayed with Inter and we won everything. I only want to win, in football money and enjoying myself aren’t my main priorities.”

Then Materazzi spoke about the state of Italian football today and he wasn’t exactly positive: “Italian football is corrupt. Aside from the Juventus Stadium all the stadiums are old, there’s violence. In Germany however it’s all different, as opposed to in Italy serious measures are taken in Germany to reduce the violence.”

Finally a word about the infamous incident with Zidane during the final of the 2006 World Cup final: “It happened, it was an emotional reaction. We’re speaking about things that he and only he knows about. Eventually, he reached out his hand. I held his hand and I didn’t let go until he looked me in the eyes. It was very beautiful for me, I don’t know how it was for him.”

By Nima Tavallaey Roodsari
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