Sunday, July 09, 2006

And the question is...

...what the HELL did Materazzi say to Zidane to get that reaction?!?

This, incidentally, has to go down as the most wistful image of the tournament. Zidane, walking past the World Cup on his way to the dressing room. Just sad.


Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

I think he just snapped. Like a cat will sometimes go off on you and out of the blue, bite. He was under so much pressure. And the Italians love to do psychological warfare - how else to you explain their repeated divings? It has to be a psychological tactic.

But I am sorry it happened, Zidane should have waited to whup the guy's ass outside the stadium, not done it at the game. Unfortunately, he just snapped, probably not knowing the wildness of what he was doing. A sad way to go, and so sad for the team. It was all downhill for the French after that. Sigh.

6:31 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

I watched the game with tons of French people in Los Angeles and even they booed when Zidane did what he did. They cheered when he got a red card.

There is hope for the French, given their taste for fair play.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

A snap of youthful exhuberance? The guy is 34 years old!!

My hunch? Racist abuse. Still, a despicable headbutt...but something harsh must've been said.

6:43 PM  
Blogger JPJP0883 said...

please! i don't even support france but i always thought of zidane as the gentleman of football.... and yes he snapped and yes he got the red that he deserved but please! don't say things like
"A sad way to go, and so sad for the team. It was all downhill for the French after that. Sigh"
After all if france goes to penalties even with zidane on court trezeguet would still be on the 5 player list for penalties.... would it be different?? i say no!! 'cause i already knew he would fail the penalty after the long run he took and the speed and strengh..... i knew it before he touched the ball so please don't make of zidane the reason france lost, in my opinion if they need zidane all the time then they don't deserve even to be second.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

Sure, jpjp, but the Zidane red-card incident was so damn bizarre you can't expect us not to write about it...c'mon!

6:53 PM  
Blogger JPJP0883 said...

no no please not that quico! i am just quoting mora leon when he says is all downhill.... i do beleive this has to be written about since i dont condemn zidane for france loosing but i do think is.... childish?? or..... i don't know?!?! wtf was that???
i would like to be able to read lips and play materazzi over and over again and see what he says!! after all zizou played in italy for many years and at least he must know how to swear!!!

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Escualidus Arrechus said...

Racist abuse? It's possible. But I'd rather not pre-emptively tarnish someone's reputation like that. So far, I've read that supposedly Materazzi tweaked Zidane's nipple, or that he said "puta madre" to him, but until one of the two speaks out, we won't know for sure.

Even if Materazzi did shout racist abuse at him, given then current "wipe racism" mood at FIFA, all Zidane had to do to get revenge was expose the guy in the press. Instead, he's gone out looking like the villain of the piece, and rightfully so.

7:55 PM  
Blogger ow said...

Part of it was probably frustration. Just minutes earlier he almost scored on a header that the Italian goalee made a great save with. That goes in and France probably wins and guess who is the probable hero. The difference between being the hero and being the goat is centimeters. What happened with Zidane today is the perfect illustration of that.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

How UTTERLY pathetic. Domenech blames Materazzi for play-acting in the incident and says the defeat cost them the World Cup. That is more disgusting that Zidane's headbutt.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Francisco said...

says the red-card cost them the wc, I mean...

6:36 AM  
Blogger JPJP0883 said...

he is just trying to save himself... somehow... eventough domenech is not to blame! is he? i really don't know..... is trezeguet to blame! is he?? or is it just bad luck!?!?
anyway what is done is done and what domenech said made things for him from... whatever it was to worse...

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zidane is not blameless, but considering their professional records I have little doubt that Materazzi (a dirty, insulting and violent player--much more so than Zidane ever was) is the one that deserves much more derision and disrespect that Zidane.


6:20 PM  
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9:49 PM  

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