In the 2006 World Cup Final in Germany, Italy defeated France in a penalty shoot-out to lift the trophy for the fourth time.
8 years have passed since this famous Azzurri victory (and infamous Zidane headbutt ) so Premier Sports Memorabilia decided to track down where the World Cup winning side is now.
1 Gianluigi Buffon
The 35-year-old is still going strong for both Juventus and Italian National Team. The skipper of both club and country led the Old Lady to their 29th Serie A title in 2013. The record nine time Serie A goalkeeper of the season is still well known for his ‘outstanding shot-stopping’ and being a ‘vocal organizer of the defence’.
2 DF Cristian Zaccardo
AC Milan, Italy
Zaccardo is arguably one of the best product of Bologna youth system. He is primarily a right-back and is also capable of playing centre back. He made three appearances for the Italian National team in the 2006 World Cup.
3 DF Fabio Grosso
Juventus, retired 2012
Grosso retired in 2012 at Juventus. He was a significant part of the Azzuri in 2006. The left-back. His ability with the dead ball was quite impressive and he was defensively sound. He won a penalty in injury time against the Socceroos in the round of 16. The 36-year-old then scored the vital goal against Germany in the 2006 World Cup semi-final. He also won scored the winning penalty in the World Cup Final penalty shootout against France.
4 MD Daniele De Rossi
AS Roma, Italy
The 30-year-old midfielder is still an integral part of the AS Roma and Italian National Team. He is regarded as a complete midfielder because of his strength and his ability to pass, shoot and tackle. He was also named the Italian footballer of the Year in 2009.
5 DF Fabio Cannavaro
Al-Ahli, retired 2011
The 2006 World Cup Golden Ball winner ended his career at UAE Football League club Al-Ahli in 2011. He is now the global brand ambassador of the club and also their assistant manager. Over the years, Cannavaro also known as ‘The Berlin Wall’ played for some of the biggets clubs in world football, including Juventus, Real Madrid, Napoli and Inter Milan.
6 DF Andrea Barzagli
The 32-year-old centre back was used in two games in the 2006 World Cup. Barzagli is a regular for the reigning Serie A champions Juventus.
Sydney FC, Australia
Del Piero is simply a legend. He is now the captain of Australian club Sydney FC. He played for Juventus for 19 years and holds the club record for 290 goals and 705 appearances. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
8 MD Gennaro Gattuso
Sion, retired 2013
Gattuso took on management after retiring. The aggressive defensive midfielder won everything with club and country but his managerial stints at Palermo and Sion didn’t work out well.
9 FW Luca Toni
The 36-year-old striker plays for Verona. Toni has played for various clubs in Italy and Germany. His style of play is considered unorthodox, yet his strength and ability to head the ball is world renowned. He scored two goals in the 2006 World Cup.
10 FW Francesco Totti
AS Roma, Italy
The 37-year-old has played over 500 games for AS Roma. He is nicknamed ‘The King of Rome’ or ‘The Gladiator’. He is the number goal scorer and most capped player for Roma.
11 FW Alberto Gilardino
The 31-year-old striker scored against United States in the 2006 World Cup with a diving header from a Pirlo freekick. With 5 appearances and 1 goal, Gilardino played an important role in helping Italy win the World Cup in 2006.
13 DF Alessandro Nesta
Montreal Impact, CANADA
Nesta is considered one of the greatest centre backs of all time. His career at Milan was glorious and his partnership with Maldini was legendary.
16 MD Mauro Camoranesi
Racing club, Argentina
The 37-year-old midfielder played for numerous clubs in his career, with Juventus being the biggest. He now plays for Racing club in Argentina.
18 FW Filippo Inzaghi
AC Milan, retired 2012
Inzaghi is one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time, fifth in Italy, with 313 goals scored. He is also Milan’s top international goal scorer in the club’s history with 43 goals. He also holds the record for most hat-tricks in Serie A with 10.
19 DF Gianluca Zambrotta
Zambrotta is an Italian full back who is now playing for Chiasso in Switzerland. He won 98 caps for Italy. Zambrotta was decorated as a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2000.
21 MD Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo, still one of the best players in the world, plays for Juventus. His vision, passing ability is second to none. He was named man of the match three times at the 2006 World Cup, including the final, more than any other player in the tournament. He ultimately won the Bronze Ball for being the third best player at the tournament.
23 DF Marco Materazzi
Inter Milan, retired 2011
Materazzi was at the centre of everything in 2006 World Cup final. A threat in the air, Materazzi was renowned as a prolific goal-scorer for a defender as he broke the Serie A record for most goals scored by a defender in a season in the 2000–01 season.
Here is where the other squad players from the 2006 Italy World Cup squad are now:
22 DF Massimo Oddo
Lecce, retired 2012
20 MD Simone Perrotta
AS Roma, retired 2013
14 GK Marco Amelia
AC Milan, Italy
17 MD Simone Barone
Livorno, retired 2012
15 FW Vincenzo Iaquinta
Juventus, Released 2013
12 GK Angelo Peruzzi
Coach: Marcello Lippi
Guangzhou Evergrande, China