In Pictures: Zidane’s most infamous strike, immortalized in bronze
October 4, 2013
The statue, which stands five metres, was designed by the Algerian artist Abdel Abdessemed. Zidane is of Algerian descent. Natalie Naccache for The National
The Qatar Museums Authority purchased the piece, which was first displayed in Paris outside the Pompidou Centre. Natalie Naccache for The National
Jean Paul Engelen, the director of Public Art for the Doha Museums Authority, told Doha News, "It's an impressive piece ... It shows that, although we sometimes treat footballers like gods - they're just human beings." Natalie Naccache for The National
Alain Michaud, who organised the original exhibition in Paris, said at the time, "This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat." Natalie Naccache for The National
Zidane was sent off with 10 minutes of extra time left after headbutting Materazzi, who later admitted he insulted Zidane's sister. France eventually lost to Italy on penalties, 5-3. Natalie Naccache for The National.