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Revisiting Zidane's headbutt

The National staff  |  October 4, 2013

It's been over seven years since Zinedine Zidane dropped Marco Materazzi with a headbutt in the waning moments of the 2006 World Cup Final. Despite a 12-year international career that included 108 caps for Les Bleus, the headbutt turned into perhaps the most memorable – certainly the most notorious – moment for Zidane.

It's hard to think, at least, that any statues will be erected for his any of the 35 goals he scored for France. The head butt, on the other hand, will soon become a fixture on Doha's Corniche. 

It's a bit funny to note the words of Alain Michaud, who organised the original exhibit of  the state, "Cope de Tere," in Paris. Michaud said, "This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat."

It's almost easy to forget now that, when Zidane put Materazzi on the ground, France was far from defeat. There were still 10 minutes of extra time for Zidane (and a full 11-man France squad) to make a difference, and after that Italy only won on penalties.

France certainly could have benefited from having him around for penalties, given that he did this earlier in that match to provide them their only goal.