Football legends: Zinedine Zidane. The last blow to the head

Футбольные легенды: Зинедин Зидан. Последний удар головой
What is actually said legendary Frenchman Marco Materazzi in a controversial episode of the final of the 2006 world Cup?

Футбольные легенды: Зинедин Зидан. Последний удар головой

Zinedine Zidane gets a red card for head-butting Marco Materazzi


The 2006 world champion was decided in a penalty shootout, most of the time was scored two goals. Goalscorers: Zidane and Materazzi. Yes, they are. I think many just do not remember that members of one of the most scandalous episodes in modern history of the world Championships scored in this match both goals.

But little doubt: everybody remembers how in the 110th minute of the match in extra time Zidane struck with the head of the Italian and got a red card”, — said Georgy Cherdantsev, a sports commentator and the author of the encyclopedia of football “world series History” (published by AST).

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Live Canal+ the former captain of France explained the reasons for his action. According to the Frenchman, the Italian defender rudely insulted his mother and sister, and he repeated his words several times. Zidane said that the incident occurred after Materazzi grabbed his shirt. “I asked him to stop to cling to my shirt, explaining that after the match so he can give her.

After this he several times uttered the insults to my mother and sisters. I tried not to react, but the words can sometimes be more hurtful than actions. His words deeply offended me, and I could not resist, it all happened very quickly, but I’m not going to apologize to Materazzi for what hit him. If I apologize, it turns out, he had a reason to insult me and my family? No, I can’t apologise, said Zidane. I just reacted to his words.”

This legendary French footballer said that he apologizes to the millions of children who watched the final match France — Italy on TV: “My actions cannot be justified. I want to report it openly and honestly because understand that the game is watched by millions of fans, among whom there were many children.”

During the interview, Zidane asked the question, and were insults Materazzi racist. The Italian defender who provoked Zidane to the punch, admitted that he was wrong in hitting your own words of the Frenchman. But at the same time rejected all accusations that he called Zidane a terrorist and insulted his family.

It was immediately after the match, and Materazzi for a long time did not explain what happened. He even published a book, “What I actually told Zidane”, in which he led 250 version of the phrase varying degrees of witty. A year after the incident, Materazzi still decided to answer the question, what he said to Zidane.

Футбольные легенды: Зинедин Зидан. Последний удар головой

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In an interview with the Italian magazine “Sorrisi & Canzoni” Materazzi admitted that the phrase sounded so: “Preferisco la puttana di tua sorella” (“I prefer your bitch sister”). This is in response to the proposal to give Zidane after the game Materazzi shirt. If this is true, it is clear that Zidane grew up in the Muslim quarter of Marseille, a native of Algeria — could not forgive such an insult. In his homeland, in the Marseilles district of La Castellane is definitely not wondered what Zidane hit Materazzi-and he did.

Immediately after the final match for the analysis of video recordings of the incident were involved in the speech recognition, but a final decision has not been published. In this episode of 20 July 2006 investigating the event contraindicatory Committee FIFA has banned Zidane for three games and fined 7.5 thousand Swiss francs and Materazzi for two games and fined on 5 thousand francs.

Since immediately after the match, Zidane ended his football career, disqualification were replaced by three days of community service, during which Zinedine Zidane taught a young generation of football. Until the CDC analyzed the videotape was invented, and even managed to fly up to the top of French music charts hit “Coup de Boule” (“headbutt”), which was recorded within 30 minutes to two prompt French producer.

The song under African melody with recitative “Zidane hit him” has sold 60 thousand copies within just one week after the world Cup final. For Zidane, one of the best players in the history of football, the match against Italy was the last in his brilliant career, and the episode with Materazzi did not prevent him to receive the “Golden ball” as best player of the world Cup.


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