Friday, June 11, 2010

A Lookback at 2006 World Cup: Zidane Headbutted Materazzi

Just few hours before the official opening ceremony of 2010 FIFA World Cup, let us take a look back at the much-talked incident that happened in the previous 2006 World Cup final match between France and Italy, which was France's Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi. Italy won the 2006 World Cup championship.

There were lots of surprises in 2006 World Cup however the one that was dominating after the event was Zidane's headbutting Materazzi during the final match. I watched the official 2006 World Cup movie last night on television and I was reminded of the said incident. There was a very close match between France and Italy teams both having the same score and would be leading to penalty shoot-out. Just several minutes before the penalty shoot-out, Materazzi said something to Zidane that led him to struck his shaven-head to the chest of Materazzi. Zidane was given a red card and was sent out of the game, the last game in his professional football career as he had announced his retirement before the game. It was at first a mystery on what has Materazzi told Zidane that made him so furious to have acted unprofessional since Zidane, or Zizou, had been known for being a brilliant and cool-headed player.

Zidane had not said anything about what had Materazzi told him, however Materazzi apologized to him several times and revealed what he had said to Zidane. It was,"I'd prefer your whore of a sister", that provoked Zidane to headbutt Materazzi.

Zizou retired of the football game but was left with popularity, reputation and legacy of a great footballer that France and the world has ever had.

For 2010 FIFA World Cup news and photos updates, click here.


winter gurl said...

zizou is the best

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