Zidane Goes Mental, Italy Wins!

9 Jul

Bloody hell, what a finish.

Invisible for most of the game, Zidane crowns it with one of the most extraordinary moments a World Cup final has ever seen. Not unprecedented from him, but astonishing nonetheless. France looked to be in control, and he goes mental. Some power behind that headbutt, too. Kapow!

Fair play to Italy, proper test of nerves at the end with their penalty record, but they passed with flying colors. Gattuso was absolutely immense today, surprised he didn’t get MoM consideration: he was everywhere. Another one I’d love at United… perfect replacement for Roy Keane.

Nice to see Henry pick up his loser’s medal, too. Well deserved, a real runner’s up performance from him again today 🙂

This pic says it all, really:

Cheers for the memories Zizou. Truly one of the great players, but also a bit mental at times. Bit of a rubbish way to bow out, eh? Time to reconsider your retirement (again)?


28 Responses to “Zidane Goes Mental, Italy Wins!”

  1. andre July 9, 2006 at 4:05 pm #


  2. Grand Master Thump July 9, 2006 at 5:45 pm #

    Yep first half looked to be lining up a cracker. Though I thought it was going to be crap initially, first 6 mins consisted of Henry pretending to be half dead because he made too much of a meal of a Cannavaro tackle and could not face all the diving jibes, then a bloody french dive for a penalty. At least the Italians could not forget their recent change of culture and came out and attacked. France came out after half time all guns blazing, looked to be a good un, then it kind of fizzled out. Basically Zidane never turned up, Henry had no support and the Italian attack has always been weak.

    Bit of a let down for a final, not the worst by any means, but certainly no classic. As for the World Cup I think any of eight teams could have won it and it came down to the bounce of the ball more than anything, oh and who were the better actors. Italy guilty of conning one dodgy penalty to win a game they were struggling in, France got two very dodgy penalties.

    As for Zidane, well that was just nuts.

  3. paulito July 9, 2006 at 7:44 pm #

    Believe it or not, congratulations to Zidane. If you heard what Materrazi told him, anyone would have do the same thing. He did what he needed to do, there is more to life than just soccer, and it is called honor!

  4. kaimac July 9, 2006 at 9:22 pm #

    What are you claiming he said?

  5. Terry Mc July 10, 2006 at 2:04 am #

    Invisible? Perhaps a little first half, other than scoring an audaciously chipped penalty. But thereafter, hardly – he was France’s best player, exerting an increasing influence on the match when the moment of madness happened. The save he brought from Buffon with a header was one that his own clown of a keep could never match these days … So write it, gloat in it by all means, but don’t rewrite it to fit your version, you devalue your whole blog if you do that!

  6. rantingbrit July 10, 2006 at 2:07 am #

    Yeah Paulito… I’d like to know too… I haven’t read anything online yet about what went down, but you’ve got to think it must have been something pretty inflamatory for him to go that far… That was a full on, no f*****g around head butt (makes a change to see somebody rolling about on the floor with good reason actually…)

  7. elisabetta July 10, 2006 at 2:40 am #

    per tutte le persone INVIDIOSE e RAZZISTE NEI CONFRONTI DELL’ITALIA (for all persons envious and racist towards italy):
    L’italia è forte e lo ha dimostrato a pieni voti,inutili le critiche razziste da parte della Germania che non cambierà MAI ma anche certi inglesi mi stanno deludendo..Zidane è un animale!Anche se Materazzi l’ha insultato, Zidane ha dimostrato di essere un calciatore di basso livello!Non si gioca così..cos’è questa violenza?

  8. Gal McBride July 10, 2006 at 2:51 am #

    I’m sad.
    Zidane is a great player, a great technician.
    I really don’t understand how he misplaced is headbutt 8 inches under pigtalian’s head.

  9. elisabetta July 10, 2006 at 2:57 am #

    i’m sad too GAL MCBRIDE…BECAUSE I MUST READ “PIGTALIAN” ..CONGRATULATION! applause for you!you’re a cool..i’m not feel pig..

  10. elisabetta July 10, 2006 at 3:14 am #


  11. Wild Al July 10, 2006 at 3:20 am #

    Anyone notice how the Italian player tries a convenient kick on Zidane on the way down after he had been “poll axed”?

  12. elisabetta July 10, 2006 at 3:37 am #

    it’s no necessary wild al! zidane made a mistake so it’s right he should pay for it ’cause this is not the way to play since he is a great player!!

  13. Benito July 10, 2006 at 8:15 am #

    You’re right McBride, Zidane was too kind with the italian.
    Proof? He targeted the chest!
    If he was really a thug, he would have sent all the pigtalian’s teeth flying! ROFLMAO!

  14. kaimac July 10, 2006 at 7:50 pm #

    Terry Mc – how many shots on target did he have? How many through balls? How often did he release Henry or beat the offside trap?Until the magnificent headbutt, he was crap.

    Not re-writing anything, just calling it as I see it.

  15. rantingbrit July 11, 2006 at 7:06 pm #

    Oh how I would have loved any MOD official or Tony Blair to have been on the receiving end of that…… please read my latest post at http://www.rantingbrit.wordpress.com


  16. Lorna July 12, 2006 at 9:42 pm #

    Italy won! Great! But waht happend to the French boys???? Thierry, Vieira…. Zidane went and lost his head literally!! I aint hating, i got much luv for the french boys, but that was a lousy show ; and a lousy end to Zidane’s blissful career. As much as he’ll be remembered for the good player he is/was, future generations will know him more as the head-butter@


  17. Lorna July 12, 2006 at 9:47 pm #

    Italy won! Great!!!
    What happened to the french boys???
    And Zidane, what came over him,what a lousy end to a blissful career???
    Future generations will know him as a good player, but they will always remember him as a head-butter#


  18. losova July 13, 2006 at 12:04 am #

    Zidane is a coward. Don’t you all know that this isn’t the first cowardly act this buffoon has done to other players in the past. It’s just a matter of time before FIFA strips the coward of the Golden Ball Award, which he only received because the idiots from an international committee of journalists who vote for the recepient wanted to honor him on his retirement from the game. The award should have gone to the Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro who truely was the best player in the tournament and hopefully he will righfully receive the Golden Ball Award.

  19. Captain sensible July 13, 2006 at 1:05 am #

    Im’ delighted by Z’s headbutt
    Really, this pigtalian (as someone called him) player deserved every ounce of it.
    Too bad he missed the teeth!

  20. rantingbrit July 13, 2006 at 6:59 am #

    Iosova… are you Italian by any chance? You sound a little angry… promoting Italian players over French cowardice… the irony is too delicious for words, thanks for the comic relief.


  21. losova July 13, 2006 at 12:32 pm #

    rantingbrit……. no I am not Italian (lol). What Zidane did was a cowardly act – no if’s and’s or butts (no pun intended). There is always trash talking going on amounst players and the insults and nastiness are for one reason only….. to get the intended player out of “his game.” As stated before, Zidane has a history of violence towards other players and in my book that makes him a coward. Players like Pele, Eusebio, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, etc….. put up with a lot more trash talking, insults and even death threats than the coward Zidane has without blowing a gasket. I don’t remember any of “those” athletes letting their team down when they were needed the most. Even players today such as Z’s teamate Thierry Henry and other players like Marc Zoro, Adriano, David James etc. are subjected to horrendous acts of racism while playing, but they don’t go ballistic. For those posters that claim they are “delighted by Z’s headbutt” and “congratulations to Zidane – anyone would have do the same thing”….. you are lost! Posters like that obviously have never played any sport at any significant level to know that when you’re “out there”, part of your game is to ignore. Granted, Zidane is a great player, but to say he was better than Riquelme, Cannavaro, Ricardo or Klose….. nope.

  22. rantingbrit July 14, 2006 at 9:42 am #

    I understand your point, but your irritation seems to rest squarely with Zidane alone. I dont condone the act itself, however satisfying it might have been to shut him up. In my opinion Matterazi is as cowardly if not more so for resorting to name calling (pussy) instead of just letting his football do the talking, which is after all what you are suggesting Zidane should have done.


  23. losova July 14, 2006 at 4:06 pm #

    Trash talking at all levels I can understand, it’s the physical act that bothers me. We’ll never know what exactly took place anyways. *Changing subject* I read somewhere online that South Africa may not end up hosting the 2010 World Cup as scheduled and that the United States may be the host. That’d be sweet. I attended 3 games during the ’94 World Cup when it was hosted here.

  24. kaimac July 15, 2006 at 1:04 am #

    Yeah, I blogged about that 😉


  25. laurence July 18, 2006 at 1:59 am #

    alll i goto say is ……………….

  26. laurence July 18, 2006 at 2:07 am #

    zidanes gone made and he also smells but im sorry that was uncalled for and it was not nesscory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! losova dream on south africas holding it o ya and do you want a waffle

  27. areskshoste October 29, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    Just went through your pages. I can be sensitive about my pleasurable lecturer Do you want a joke? 🙂 What does a dog get when it finishes obedience school? A pet degree.

  28. losova December 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    laurence – I didn’t say that it was my dream that South Africa wouldn’t host the 2010 World Cup, what I said was that I “READ SOMEWHERE ONLINE” that South Africa may not end up hosting it, and that if the USA ended up hosting it, then it would be sweet. Jeezuz, was it that difficult to understand? Judging by your use of the English language and grammar skills, I guess it was.

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