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Massimo Oddo

Massimo Oddo, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, (born 14 June 1976) is an Italian professional Association football who plays as a Defender (association football) for Serie A club U.S. Lecce, on loan from A.C. Milan. Massimo Oddo was part of the Italy national football team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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Massimo Oddo biography


Massimo Oddo, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, (born 14 June 1976) is an Italian professional Association football who plays as a Defender (association football) for Serie A club U.S. Lecce, on loan from A.C. Milan. Massimo Oddo was part of the Italy national football team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Massimo Oddo started Massimo Oddo career at Renato Curi Angolana of Serie D, and moved to A.C. Milan youth team in 1993. After spending two years on the bench, in hope of more playing opportunities Massimo Oddo moved to Serie C team U.S. Fiorenzuola 1922 on loan. It was followed by other three Serie C groups (A.C. Monza Brianza 1912, A.C. Prato, Calcio Lecco 1912). Massimo Oddo returned to promoted, Serie B team Monza in 1998, and left a year later for S.S.C. Napoli (in a co-ownership (football) deal). Massimo Oddo made Massimo Oddo debut in Serie A when A.C. Milan finally sold Massimo Oddo to Hellas Verona F.C. in 2000. After two successful seasons with Verona, S.S. Lazio got hold of Oddo.

At Lazio Massimo Oddo had the opportunity to play in the UEFA Champions League in the season 2003–04 and the UEFA Cup competition in the seasons 2002–03 and 2004–05. The team made it to the semi finals in 2003. Moreover, Massimo Oddo third season with Lazio earned Massimo Oddo the Italian Cup winner title. Massimo Oddo became the captain of Lazio for the first half of the 2006–2007 season following the departure of Fabio Liverani to ACF Fiorentina.

On 23 January 2007, it was announced that Milan and Lazio had reached an accord for Oddo's transfer to the Rossoneri, after a long period of negotiation. The overall price was €10.75 million (cash plus Pasquale Foggia, who had been on loan at the club since the start of the season) and Oddo waived some of Massimo Oddo wage, made the deal worth €12 million in total, Massimo Oddo signed a contract until 30 June 2011. Months later, Oddo was the starting right back in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final and helped Milan gain their seventh European Cup in a 2–1 win over Liverpool F.C., as well as the club's fifth UEFA Super Cup in August when they had to face 2006-07 UEFA Cup winners, Sevilla FC.

Since arrival of Gianluca Zambrotta, Oddo had to compete with Zambrotta on the right back position, On 28 August 2008, Oddo moved to Bayern Munich on a one-year loan with the option of making the move permanent, however, at the end of the 2008/2009 season, the German club confirmed that it would not take that option, and Massimo Oddo has since returned to Milan, which Zambrotta moved to left back and Oddo competed with Ignazio Abate for the right back position.

On 21 July 2010, Massimo Oddo added one more year to Massimo Oddo current contract to last until 30 June 2012. a day after, Zambrotta also signed a new deal.

After being mostly frozen out of the Milan squad during the starting part of the 2010–11 Serie A season, Massimo Oddo made Massimo Oddo season debut against S.S.C. Napoli after an early first half head injury to left back Luca Antonini, furthermore Massimo Oddo provided two assists one to Robinho for the opening goal and another for Zlatan Ibrahimović.

On 31 August 2011, Oddo joined U.S. Lecce on a season-long loan.

International career

Oddo made Massimo Oddo national debut in 2002, as part of a reformed squad after the unsuccessful 2002 FIFA World Cup performance of the Azzurri.

Massimo Oddo was a starter at seven Euro 2004 qualifying matches. During the main competition in Portugal, Massimo Oddo played as a substitute in one game against Bulgaria (22 June 2004), and supplied an assist, which helped Italy win the match. Subsequently, Oddo was a member of Italy's winning squad during the 2006 FIFA World Cup championship as back up to Gianluca Zambrotta.

Oddo scored Massimo Oddo first international goal for Italy from the penalty spot in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match on 7 October 2006 against Ukraine.

Honors and awards

Club

Lazio
- Coppa Italia: 2003–04 Coppa Italia

A.C. Milan
- Serie A: 2010–11 Serie A
- UEFA Champions League 2006–07 UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Super Cup: 2007 UEFA Super Cup
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2007 FIFA Club World Cup

International

- 2006: FIFA World Cup (Italy)

Personal life

Oddo's father, Francesco Oddo is a former footballer. After leaving school, Massimo Oddo attended university to study law but left without graduating. Oddo did return to university in 2007 but Massimo Oddo undertook a course in sport management.

Oddo is married to Claudia Crivelli and the couple have two sons, Davide (born 30 November 2003) and Francesco (born 27 December 2008). Massimo Oddo is a trained barber and styled many of Massimo Oddo Italy national football team colleague's hair at the World Cup 2006, earning Massimo Oddo the nickname the Barber of Berlino.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massimo_Oddo

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