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Inter Milan - Squad Profiles

Francesco Toldo (goalkeeper)
Born: 02.12.71
Nationality: Italian

Toldo

Back up keeper for Italy at the World Cup finals during the summer, Toldo is the undisputed first choice to start for Inter each week. Signed from Fiorentina in 2001, he is a towering presence between the sticks and as agile as they come.

He confirmed his class with some sensational displays for Italy in Euro 2000 and he went a long way to carrying the Azzurri into the Final. Despite that, he has lost his place to Gianluigi Buffon in the national team.


Group A: Barcelona | Bayer Leverkusen | Inter Milan | Newcastle
Group B: Ajax Amsterdam | Arsenal | AS Roma | Valencia
Group C: AC Milan | Borussia Dortmund | L Moscow | Real Madrid
Group D: Basle | Deportivo | Juventus | Manchester Utd

Fabio Cannavaro (defender)
Born: 13.09.73
Nationality: Italian

Part of the powerful Italian defence that threatened to guide Italy to glory in the 2002 World Cup finals, but the Azzurri ultimately flattered to deceive.

This is his first season at Inter after a lengthy stint at Parma and the bulky transfer fee, around £14million, that was paid highlighted his qualities. A great reader of the game, he has it all as a defender and should make Hector Cuper's side a much more difficult side to break down.

It was hardly a gamble to sign this guy.

Javier Zanetti (defender)
Born: 20.08.73
Nationality: Argentinian

A versatile performer who is at home in midfield or on the right side of the defence and in his lengthy stint in the blue and black shirt, he has rarely had a bad day.

Italian football is full of foreign talent who tend to wander from one club to the next each summer, but Zanetti is settled at Inter and has shown no signs of quitting. Played his part in Argentina's failed World Cup campaign during the summer.

Ivan Cordoba (defender)
Born: 11.08.76
Nationality: Colombian

Cordoba

A first team regular under Hector Cuper, he has plenty of experience in European football and is the defender all strikers want to beat in a one on one. That is easier said than done as this Colombian international is one of the quickest around and only the top sprinters in European football can get past him.

Cordoba has thrived on the responsibility he is given at Inter and is now a Serie A fixture.

Daniele Adani (defender)
Born: 10.07.74
Nationality: Italian

A dashing figure who has plenty of female fans, Adani made his name at Fiorentina and has flourished later in his career. Their financial problems allowed Inter to pick him up on the cheap in the summer and he has been a useful addition to the squad.

Composed on the ball, he can play in any position across the back line and is often used as a man maker. Now a full international with Italy, he missed out on a spot in their World Cup squad.

Marco Materazzi (defender)
Born: 19.08.73
Nationality: Italian

A late bloomer in football terms, Materazzi made his Italy debut in April 2001 after coming to the fore late in his career. Made the cut for the Italian World Cup squad, but the likes of Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro were ahead of him in the pecking order for the starting line-up.

A stint in English football with Everton did not work out as well as either party would have hoped, but he has matured into a fine defender now. His height is a big advantage and he is as steady as they come.

Francesco Coco (defender)
Born: 08.01.77
Nationality: Italian

Another of the Inter contingent who went to the World Cup with Italy during the summer, Coco is back in Italy after a season in Spanish football with mighty Barcelona.

The Nou Camp giants moved to sign Coco after he impressed in a Champions League clash against them the season before and he did well on the left side of their defence.

However, he was never likely to stay away from Milan for long and he is back in the city where he once turned out for the other club, wearing the famous red and black shirt of Inter's local rivals.

Matias Almeyda (midfielder)
Born: 21.12.73
Nationality: Argentinian

Moved to European football with Sevilla mid-way through the 1990s and he made his way to Italy by signing for Lazio. A passionate performer, he sparkled for Lazio under the guidance of coach Sven Goran Eriksson and he was disappointed to leave Rome in the deal that saw Hernan Crespo sign for Lazio.

After a stint at Parma, he has settled at Inter, ironically playing alongside Crespo each week.

Stephane Dalmat (midfielder)
Born: 16.02.79
Nationality: French

A Frenchman who oozes class, Dalmat was a star at Paris Saint Germain before finding his way into Italian football at Inter. Talk of a bust-up with his coach at PSG have never been denied and he has added great strength to this Inter squad in the last year of so.

He lists Lens and Marseille among his former clubs. Has the versatility to play in any position across the midfield.

Luigi Di Biagio (midfielder)
Born: 03.06.71
Nationality: Italian

Di Biagio looks like the sort of rugged character you would want alongside you in the trenches. He has the power and determination to dominate any midfield battle. A member of Italy's World Cup squad, he must have been disappointed by his lack of action in the Far East.

Started in his home town with Lazio, he also played for their cross-city rivals at Roma. A midfielder who chips in with his share of goals. Missed a penalty in the 1998 World Cup quarter-final against France.

Emre Belozoglu (midfielder)
Born: 07.09.80
Nationality: Turkish

Emre

A star of the World Cup with Turkey during the summer, Belozoglu played a full part in their surprise passage to the semi-finals. Started in his homeland with Galatasaray and after impressing for the Turkish giants, the offers started to flow in from Europe's richest clubs.

He took time to settle in Serie A, but after making such an impact in the Far East during the summer, this has been a better season for this talented play maker.

Domenico Morfeo (midfielder)
Born: 16.01.76
Nationality: Italian

This former Atalanta and Fiorentina creator lacks nothing in ability and at his best there are few better in Serie A. Yet his constant transfer has meant he has been unable to settle at one home and that may have affected his form.

Milan, Cagliari and Verona have all benefited from his talents while he has had three stints at Fiorentina. A dangerous winger, he needs to settle at the San Siro and let his football do the talking, not his over active and rich agent!

Sergio Conceicao (midfielder)
Born: 15.11.74
Nationality: Portuguese

Made his name in Italian football at Lazio and he really hit the heights during his time in the capital city. A goal scoring midfielder, he cut his footballing teeth with Porto and it was inevitable that a talent like this would be snapped up by one of Europe's top clubs.

A winger who has the capacity to tear the opposition apart, Conceicao failed to spark in the World Cup finals and that may have gone some way to explaining Portugal's early exit.

Hernan Crespo (forward)
Born: 05.07.75
Nationality: Argentinian

Crespo

Would it be Batistuta, or would it be Crespo? It was the debate that raged in Argentina as the line-up for their World Cup side was debated and in the end the man who goes by the name of "Batigol" got the vote.

Who knows what might have happened had the decision gone the other way as this guy can't stop firing goals. Signed to replace Ronaldo after his controversial departure to Real Madrid during the summer, he scored eight goals in the Champions League.

Bought from cash-strapped Lazio in a deal worth in excess of £14million, Crespo was a bargain. Are Inter missing their injury prone Brazilian now?

Christian Vieiri (forward)
Born: 12.07.73
Nationality: Italian

This guy was made to score goals. Powerful, direct and a striker from the old school, he has been the first choice hit man for Italy for some time and has finally found a home at Inter.

There was a time when Vieiri broke the transfer record with move almost every summer, but alongside Hernan Crespo, he may now finally get the rewards he wants on the field.

Vieiri has played for a host of clubs in Italy and had a stint in Spain with Atletico Madrid. Wherever he has been, the results are always the same.

Alvaro Recoba (forward)
Born: 17.03.76
Nationality: Uruguayan

Caught up in the false passport scandal that affected South American players in Serie A since the late-1990s, he was forced to serve a ban imposed by the Italian authorities.

However, Recoba has proved his resilience by bouncing back to produce some match winning performances for Inter in the last year.

He has been on the books at Inter since 1997 and was in decent form during the first phase of the Champions League. Scored for Uruguay in the 3-3 draw against Senegal during last summer's World Cup finals.