Happy Birthday to Massimo Oddo, who turns 41 today!

Happy Birthday to Massimo Oddo, who turns 41 today!

Massimo Oddo was born in Pescara on 14th June 1976. He spent his youth years at the Renato Curi academy, before joining the AC Milan youth set-up. He had his first taste of professional football at Fiorenzuola (Serie C1, the equivalent of the English League One) during the 1995-96 season. After playing for a long time in lower leagues for Monza, Prato, Lecco and Napoli, Oddo made his Serie A debut with Verona in 2000. He quickly stepped up and became one of the best full-backs in Serie A. He then played for Lazio, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, before ending his career at Lecce.

Oddo made his debut for the senior national team aged 26 in a friendly against Slovenia held on 21st August 2002. He then took part in the 2004 EUROs under head coach Trapattoni and in the triumphal 2006 World Cup in Germany with Marcello Lippi at the helm. Oddo scored his first and only goal for the Azzurri in the same year he won the World Cup. As a matter of fact, he netted one against Ukraine on 7th October. Oddo won his last and 34th cap on 6th February against Portugal.

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