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Zinedine Zidane; header, expulsion and a goodbye

The end of the race Zinedine Zidane can be summed up with a header, expulsion and a bye; the figure of '10' in France he hung up his boots in


The end of the race Zinedine Zidane can be summed up with a header, expulsion and a bye; the figure of ’10’ in France he hung up his boots in an unexpected way that will be remembered forever as one of the epic and embarrassing at the same time. Undoubtedly It was not the farewell that ‘Zizou’ wanted.

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As everybody know, on July 9 during the 2006 World Cup in Germany; France and Italy played the final, a match that was already known to be Zidane’s last as a professional, since he had already put an end to his career at club level wearing the Real Madrid shirt.

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The Zidane debacle

It is so the end of Zinedine Zidane’s career was with a header, expulsion and a goodbye; the other protagonist (or antagonist) of this story was the Italian central defender, Marco Materazzi.

The goal scorers in regular time saved an unforgettable story for extra time. It was the 110th minute when these footballers made words and after the discussion, Zidane gave Materazzi a header in the chest.

The whistler Horacio Elizondo decided to expel with the red card and thus, passing by the World Cup, without being able to lift; Zidane’s career is over.

What was said?

What Materazzi said…

“Zidane’s header? He did not expect it at that moment. I was lucky I didn’t wait for that episode, because if I had been prepared, we would both have ended up in locker rooms. We had a contact in the area. He scored the goal for France in the first half and the coach (Marcello Lippi) asked me to score for him. After the first crash I apologized to him and he reacted badly. In the third match I frowned at him and he told me: ‘I’ll give you my shirt later’. I told him that he preferred his sister to his shirt”.

“I said some stupid words to Zidane that could not provoke such a reaction. In any camp in Rome, Naples, Milan or Paris, you hear much worse things. I spoke of his sister, but not of his mother as I have read in some newspapers. My mother died when I was 15 years old, so I would never have sunk so low as to insult her mother.”

Zidane’s response…

“That particular day, my mother was very tired, she didn’t feel well. I was with my sister on the phone several times during the day. I know that my mother is not well, she is not too serious either, but she is still a concern. I was still focused (in the Final), but it’s all things that come with pressure, this and that. He (Materazzi) did not tell me about my mother, he has already said that he did not insult my mother and it is true, but he did insult my sister, who was with my mother at the time”.

“In the field there are insults, everyone talks to each other, sometimes badly, but you do nothing. That day, what happened happened. He provoked something by talking about my sister Lila, it was just a second and I was disconnected. But then you have to accept it, I’m not proud of it, but it’s part of my career”.

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