Skip to comments.Zidane sent off in extra time of World Cup final for headbutt
Posted on 07/09/2006 3:34:19 PM PDT by SkyPilot
BERLIN (AP) -- Zinedine Zidane cut short his dazzling World Cup and closed his career with an ugly head butt -- and a loss.
The France captain was given a red card for slamming the crown of his bald head into the center of Italy defender Marco Materazzi's chest after the two exchanged words while walking down the field in extra time.
The game was tied 1-1 when Zidane was sent off, head bowed, in the 110th minute Sunday. Without their sharpshooting captain, France couldn't unlock Italy's defense and went on to lose in a shootout, 5-3.
Zidane's strike was clearly intentional, and referee Horacio Elizondo of Argentina briefly consulted with his assistant referees before showing the 28th red card of the tournament. The previous World Cup record of 22 red cards, set in 1998, was broken before the quarterfinals round began.
Zidane, whose sparkling play carried France much deeper into this tournament than anyone expected, previously said he would quit soccer when it was over. He passed coach Raymond Domenech as he walked off but did not look at him -- then continued past the golden World Cup trophy and disappeared into the tunnel, his head still down.
Earlier in Sunday's match, he had given France the lead with a seventh-minute penalty -- his 31st goal for France and third in a World Cup final. Zidane was treated for what appeared to be a shoulder injury in the 80th minute; trainers took him off but he returned, holding his right arm awkwardly and wincing in pain.
Minutes before Zidane was sent off, France striker Thierry Henry was substituted for in favor of Sylvain Wiltord. In the first half, Henry bumped his head in a collision and crumpled to the ground, then went briefly to the sideline and returned.
Eight years ago, Zidane was red-carded for stomping on an opponent while playing Saudi Arabia. At this World Cup he collected two yellow cards and was suspended for France's third group match against Togo.
Five years ago, Zidane was also red-carded for butting Jochen Kientz in a Champions League match for Juventus against Hamburger SV. A year later, his volley gave Real Madrid its ninth European title.
Zidane headed in two goals when Les Bleus beat Brazil 3-0 for the World Cup title in 1998.
I guess the French coach didn't get the right astrologer for the day...who would have told him not to field Zidane...
Could have fractured the guys sternum.
It was really a cheap shot.
Still, I wonder what Materazzi said that made him suddenly change his tone?
I think Marco deserves credit not only for the goal he achieved in regular play, as well as the penalty kick score he personally made but 'mostly' for his getting France to throw the match by appealing to Zidane's emotional side and getting him to head butt him. What a great italian strategy to remove the #1 French penalty kicker!! Go Italy!!
Instead, he makes an a$$ out of himself and his nation in front of 1 billion people watching around the world.
So typically French.
Hey do you remember what sign of the zodiac he wouldn't let players on the team be under? It was either the sign of Libra or Scorpio.
He called him a Frenchman?????
I tuned in to the World Cup for the FIRST time ever to see that flagrant foul. The guy looks like a thug and everyone is being way to nonjudgmental in the commentary about the guy and his "career". He took himself out and hurt his team. And the sport is boring.
It was unreal. What a way to go.
And I hate celery.
"So typically French."
No, so typically French MUSLIM.
Far from boring for me.
The guy will self destruct with five years. Probably in a bar room brawl.
For those of you who don't know, the French coach is really into astrology and won't let any Scorpios play for him and he isn't much of a Leo fan either. Whatever. His lame god certainly didn't do much for him today.
Celery is just a conduit for peanut butter.
I didn't know that until you said so.
Yup - you're right.
WIKIPEDIA: Zinedine Zidane (Arabic: زين الدين زيدان transliteration: Zīn ad-Dīn Zīdān), (born June 23, 1972 in Marseille, France), popularly nicknamed Zizou, is a French Football player of Kabyle Algerian descent who has starred for both the French national team and for four club teams, most recently Real Madrid.
I bet no one else in the media is reporting he is a Muslim.
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