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Margiotta to be Venezuela hero Tuesday 10 February, 2004

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Former Azzurrini Massimo Margiotta is about to be given his international debut ¨C for Venezuela.

The hitman was born in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo and holds a passport for both Italy and the South American nation.

Although he has already featured for Italy at Under-21 level, he is still available for a senior international debut with another country.

The Venezuelan Coach has now called him up for the February 18 friendly clash with Australia.

26-year-old Margiotta had already been contacted by his second nation in 1997, but opted to stick with Italy as he was making his mark.

The former Pescara, Udinese and Perugia man made his Under-21 Azzurrini bow in 1998 and notched up one goal in eight games, including the Sydney Olympics.

However, due to a new regulation passed on January 1, he can change his nationality at this late stage of his career.

This isn¡¯t the only possible switch of nationalities, as Massimiliano Vieri has announced his intention to play with the Australian squad.

Unlike his older brother Christian, Max Vieri was born in Sydney in 1978.

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