Christian Zaccardo Palermo Against West Ham Match Worn 2006 UEFA CUP Football Shirt
Christian Zaccardo (un-signed) match worn shirt from the UEFA Cup match West Ham v Palermo at The Bolyen Ground Wednesday, 13 September 2006, when palermo defeated West Ham by 0-1. Palermo were a top-eight team in Italian football league Serie A.
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Shirt has lots of holes and a few rust marks from pins that held the shirt in a frame which has now been removed from.
West Ham were beaten by a talented and disciplined Palermo side in their Uefa Cup first-round, first-leg tie at The Boleyn Ground on 13th September 2006.
They were caught out when Andrea Caracciolo guided in Aimo Diana's cross, just minutes after Carlos Tevez had missed a similar chance.
Tevez and fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano were making their first starts for West Ham but their obvious influence could not prevent defeat.
Marlon Harewood should have, but he hit the post with a close-range shot. That was the closest West Ham came to scoring an equaliser which would have been reward for their passionate display.
The Hammers' second-half rally book-ended their performance as they had started the match in similar fashion.
Tevez, who some felt was not as lean as he could be when he made his debut on Sunday, certainly had the appetite to show his class from the kick-off.
Within a few minutes his neat flick and turn bamboozled Mattia Cassani and the Palermo man was booked for his crass intervention.West Ham paid the price as a virtually identical attack from Palermo saw Diana deliver an exquisite centre and Caracciolo convert with his knee.
Palermo defeated West Ham 0-1.
West Ham: Carroll, Mears, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Konchesky, Benayoun, Reo-Coker, Mascherano, Bowyer (Etherington 59), Zamora (Cole 78), Tevez (Harewood 78).
Subs Not Used: Green, Sheringham, Mullins, Collins.
Booked: Reo-Coker, Etherington.
Palermo: Fontana, Cassani, Zaccardo, Barzagli, Pisano, Diana, Parravicini (Guana 54), Simplicio, Di Michele (Capuano 80), Caracciolo, Bresciano (Biava 90).
Subs Not Used: Agliardi, Tedesco, Dellafiore, Brienza.
Booked: Cassani, Pisano, Di Michele.
Goals: Caracciolo 45.
Ref: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden).
Cristian Zaccardo, (born 21 December 1981) is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a defender for Maltese Premier League side Hamrun Spartans. He mainly plays as a centre back, although he is also capable of playing as a full-back or in midfield. He began his club career with Italian club Bologna in 2000, and remained with the club until 2004, aside from a loan spell with Spezia. He subsequently moved to Palermo, where he came to prominence during his four seasons at the club. In 2008, he moved to German club VfL Wolfsburg for a season, where he won the 2008–09 Bundesligatitle. He returned to Italy the following season, joining Parma, and in 2013 he moved to Milan, before joining Carpi in 2015; he spent the 2016–17 season on loan with Vicenza in Serie B. In October 2017, he joined Maltese side Hamrun Spartans. At international level, he represented the Italy national football team on 17 occasions between 2004 and 2007, scoring one goal; he was a member of the Italian side that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
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