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Luciano Zauri (born 20 January 1978) is an Italian footballer who plays for Sampdoria, on loan from Lazio.

He is a versatile and powerful full back. He is right footed but is particularly noted for some excellent performances at left back. He is also adept at playing as a holding midfielder.

Career

Atalanta

Zauri made his debut in Serie A in the 1996-97 season with Atalanta in a 4-0 loss at home to Roma.

He spent the following season with Chievo Verona before returning to Bergamomarker with Atalanta in 1998-99. Zauri then spent the following five seasons with the Orobici, three of which were in Serie A and two in Serie B. Over this time, he established himself as one of the best full backs in Italy.

Lazio

In 2003, following Atalanta's relegation, Zauri, along with teammate Ousmane Dabo, was sold to Lazio, Lazio paid €5.65 million to acquire Zauri. With Lazio, Zauri won the Coppa Italia in 2004.

He became a regular at the capital club and has evolved into a leader. In January 2007, following the sale of World Cup winner and captain Massimo Oddo to Milan, Zauri was chosen as the new captain.

Zauri played a pivotal role in helping the club reach the UEFA Champions League and scored his first goal in the competition in the 1-1 draw away to Olympiacos. His old contract with Lazio expired in summer 2007, and then he was offered a new 5-year contract.

In summer 2008 he was loaned to Fiorentina with the option to buy out the player. He played all 10 European matches for Viola.

The 10 July 2009 Zauri moved to Sampdoria on a loan deal with the option to buy out the player.

International career

Zauri has won five appearances with the Italian national team. He made his Azzurri debut on 5 September 2001 against Morocco. He then played the first match after the 2002 FIFA World Cup, a friendly match against Slovenia. He also played twice at UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches as a starter in October 2002. However, after he played the friendly match against Turkey on 20 November 2002, he never played for Azzurri again, although he was called up to the first match after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a friendly match against Croatia, by new coach Roberto Donadoni.

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