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A fitting final for the World Cup?

paul_fletcher.gif BERLIN - What did you think of the World Cup final?

I thought it was a really enjoyable game in which the momentum changed sides several times and contained no little drama - Zinedine Zidane's red card, his early penalty which brought the game to life, the penalty shoot-out and some truly remarkable celebrations from the ecstatic Italian players.

I spoke to some people afterwards who suggested that the winners were appropriate for the tournament - good but in no way great.

The theory went a bit like this - the tournament threatened to take off on several occasions but never really scaled the heights. The final likewise - a blistering start but then not really turning into what might be termed a classic.

I'm not so sure - what do you think?

italianfinal270.jpg Confusion reigned inside the stadium when Zidane was dismissed because the incident was not replayed on the two big screens.

I got the feeling that any neutrals - and there were plenty of them - suddenly started rooting for the French.

I was watching Zidane through my binoculars (a bit nerdy I know) in the minutes before his dismissal. Gianluigi Buffon had a long chat with him, then stroked his head in a most tender manner. Maybe some people were pressing his buttons - who knows?

Being an Englishman I can fully sympathise with the manner of their defeat. Certainly, I take no solace in any (well most) other teams losing on penalties.

I watched the France team as the Italians made their way onto the podium to collect their trophy and saw Fabien Barthez make his way back to the dressing room, unable to watch Fabio Cannavaro lift the trophy.

He was not on his own and one can only imagine what was running through Zidane's mind in the dressing room.

My seat was quite close to the area in which the Italian substitutes went through their warm-up routines.

Alessandro del Piero spent the entire second half until his introduction going through his various loosening-up routines and seemed to be completely in his own zone.

A group of Italians warmed up together. Del Piero was on his own, regularly looking towards the bench and making various gestures with his hands that suggested he thought his introduction was an extremely good idea.

Talking of Italian gesticulating I was slightly taken aback by the team's celebrations.

Having never witnessed a team win the World Cup before I suppose it might be par for the course but they seemed to rejoice by shoving each other to the floor in a somewhat rumbustious manner.

Lots of players celebrated by grabbing each other's heads and Gennaro Guttoso hardly looked unhappy at losing his shorts - wandering around with the barest of briefs between his crown jewels and a world audience of millions.

Even though we are talking about Italians it was obvious that the players could not find a suitable physical gesture to express the joy they felt.

I guess it was refreshing to see highly-paid, internationally famous players celebrating in such a pure, unadulterated manner.

And who knows - one day it might be England!

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  • 1.
  • At 02:21 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • a. simpson wrote:

Well its over and done. Well done, Italy, congratulations team France. BUT: Where was Blatter, the FIFA top banana, when the cup and the medals were handed out to winners and runners up? Amazingly, although it had been FIFA´s event, the UEFA president and Blatter's critic and rival did the honors instead. Diarrhea? Security scare? Or could big B. not bear the thought of leaving the political glitterati in the stands without his glorious presence even for this unique sparkling moment of duty?? Not that he was missed, really. Just normally he seems to bask in the spotlight wherever possible, unless critical tv-interviewers try to talk to him on camera.....

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  • 2.
  • At 02:26 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • ali akbar wrote:

Zidane is undoubtedly the greatest footballer of our generation not only for his skills and genius on field, but that he has won everything there is to win in football. He was about to write the most outstanding chapter in football history with another worldcup win.

What he did CANNOT BE DEFENDED and even though it was not the first time he did such a thing, I believe the italians must have said something to tip him over after all.

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  • 3.
  • At 03:20 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Sascha wrote:

It was certainly full of entertainment in a way.

I just don't like 4-5-1. Nearly everytime a lonley forward gets the ball, he has to wait until the midfield arrives or has to outplay 5 defenders. Then play against Italy, best defence in the world or France, second best. Not that great.

There was a time when the teams tried to score goals, tried to score the MAXIMUM of goals. Now it's all about minimum and defending.

Italy made it somehow through to the final, benefitted from some dubious decisions on and off the filed, was great against Germany, but outplayed from France (in the second half). France totally dominating from the 70th minute until the end and then Italy wins.

Zidane certainly was provoked, Materazzi too should have seen red.

Congrats anyway.

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  • 4.
  • At 03:34 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Justin Jones wrote:

I would say this was a most fitting end to the World Cup, as the most symbolic event was Zidane's red card, and not the Italian victory. This World Cup was polluted with thousands of these things and its no surprise that it also ended with one. Including the final, this World Cup was about the best finally performing like they were expected to. Granted, England couldn't get past the quarter finals, but it was better than last time right ? What I mean is, perennial favorites finally made it deep in the latter rounds like they were supposed to. Perhaps it was to make up for the disappointment of Greece beating all the favorites and winning Euro 2004 to the disbelief of everyone outside of Athens ? Apologies to all Greece fans, but even you can admit that was the most unlikely of all outcomes for that tournament !

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  • 5.
  • At 03:36 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Andy Morgan wrote:

Well, another World Cup passes and what a world cup it has been.
Most of the fancied favourates bowing out in the quarters or before (Holland,Brazil, Argentina, England).
I have been fortunate to watch the majority of the games, as my wife has just given birth to my third child, so it's a great thing Paternity Leave !!
It has been a good world cup, the first round games were all exciting and threw up a few surprises. Quality goals, excitement, controversy, dispair, frustration. The second round games were good too, but the quarters where where the finals came alive. Germany knocking out the Argies on pens, the fight afterwards !
England's loss to Portugal contributed to me having an extreme headache on the following sunday, that I had to watch the highlights of both the Eng-Portugal and the France-Brazil game the next morning whilst feeding my newborn daughter.
Italy thrashing the Ukraines, who is another team who I thought would fair well, but didn't deliver.
All in all an excellant world cup, but so sorry for Zidane for the way he finished his int career, what an idiot. Sacre Bleu !!!!!
Congratulations Italy, Look forward to seeing all the Italian players from the top 4 teams in Italy playing in the English Premiership after they get relegated into Seria B & C !!!!!!!!

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  • 6.
  • At 04:32 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Remo wrote:

It's one thing to see Rooney, a young emotional lad, suffer a brief lapse of control---it's one thing to see De Rossi lash out with an elbow while contesting a header...However, Zidane!!!! Years of experience, team leader, rock upon which this French team has been built!! Beyond comprehension...he can be allowed no excuse. Tomorrow, he can stand before the microphones and say what he pleases. No-one can be blamed but Zidane. He's been there before..the tugging, the pushing, the posturing, the psychological games...that's part of the game! Shut up and play..you're ten minutes away from penalties...your area of expertise and you selfishly lash out in such an obvious manner. Damn the videos, the fourth referee, the whatever...how in blooody hell did you think this was going to turn out. This was the most deserved red card in the entire tournament. Simply stupid. Such a great career and such a pathetic way to finish the international part of it.

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  • 7.
  • At 05:04 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Bernie wrote:

I agree with Remo on Zidane but go a lot further. Both the Rooney and De Rossi red cards were also deserved and also thoroughly inexcusable regardless of age or situation. But Zidane's was far worse. Not so much for what he did but for what it means to his own career, to his team and to all the French supporters. It was an act of treason for all of those.

He also paved the way for a thousand lesser players to feel justified doing similar things.

After the way he and the team performed against Brazil I had a team to support after seeing England go out. But after seeing what Zidane did it was all I could do to sit and watch the rest. I don't think I will be alone in remembering this tournament for that one act.

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  • 8.
  • At 05:27 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rodney Dean wrote:

I was pulling for Italy before the game started. I am neither Italian, nor French.

Zidane's penalty kick was just magnificent.

His bestial attack on Materazzi was shocking. If it weren't live, I would have thought it was a great job of video editing. No excuse, no matter what anyone says.

What's even more pathetic is how his teammates responded (from a foxsports.com link):

beginQuote
"When I see this, I want to smash his face," France defender William Gallas said."

"The expulsion did not weaken us, because with 10 men, we wanted to win even more," Gallas said.

David Trezeguet, who missed the decisive penalty, also refused to blame Zidane, saying he could only be provoked by unspeakable rudeness.

"He can leave with his head held high. The other one (Materazzi), even if he has won the cup, cannot. Because there is more to life than soccer," he said.
endQuote.

What a bunch of losers, the French. Nobody's blaming him. "He can leave with his head held high." Ha. Well, he didn't. He left with his head as low as his boots. "... there is more to life than soccer." Well, DT got that one right. He needs to tell that to Zidane, who looked like his intention was to make sure Materazzi would never play football again or better yet, be scarred for life outside of football. Materazzi, on the other hand, did leave with his head up high.

Well done, Italia!

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  • 9.
  • At 05:29 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Wes wrote:

Congratulations to Italy, they deserved to win. It was an entertaining match especially for us neutrals and could easily have gone either way in regulation time. Italy defended well but they could do that comfortably against a team playing with just one forward.

I think Marco Materazzi had a very good tournament but its interesting to note that had Nesta been fit he may not have had a kick at all maybe in the whole tournament.

Disappointed with Zidane. He would surely have got a standing ovation had he finished the match on the pitch even with France losing. You don’t expect that kind of behaviour from such an experienced player on such grand an occasion.

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  • 10.
  • At 06:42 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • lex baars wrote:

Wonderful final game, it had passion, intrigue, cunning and great refs. What more can you ask for.

ps. hats off to france for knocking out some great teams along the way and you shouldn't judge zidane's great career on one isolated incident, he'll always be great in my books.

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It was a great world cup final.My congratulations to American coverage of the month long fiesta.The Azzuri played fervent football.Les Bleus were equally impassioned.Brazil does not scare anyone anymore.Now about Zidane and Materazzi.Zidane was smiling as he walked away then turned around and let his horns go.I want to know what Materrazi said.I am still stunned at the incident.FIFA must visit the whole incident.

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  • 12.
  • At 06:59 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • zodingi wrote:

Baars, true zidane will always be a great footballer, but i totally agree with remo-- zidane should have known better. Being such an experienced player he knew the consequences. David Trezeguet, hahaha-- he should swallow back his words.

I love the Italian team. The best team won!

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  • 13.
  • At 07:09 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Kai wrote:

Congrats italy!
But it's a shame the way the final went. After Zizou went off the field the final was practically over and I knew italy would win. He played so many years way up high in a sphere where noone on this pitch could compete with.
France was in total control of the game and I bet with him on the pitch for the last 10 minutes it would've been a hard ride for italy to the penalty shootout.
And no, he was not a professional in this second where he just ticked out and made the headbutt. There's no excuse for this, but what I think would be better for coming tournaments is that if players try to make someone really angry on the pitch verbally, they should be send off as well. I do not know about what Materazzi told him, but I saw several occasions in this match where he was spreading stuff out to Zidane. And in the end, we're all human.
And I ask everyone here how you'd react if someone says over 120 minutes constantly stuff like "motherfu**er" or probably more private insults in a game where your nerves are close to tear apart anyways.
This is not an excuse for his behaviour, but I think sometimes such psychological breakdowns can be stopped before when people who insult others get send off the pitch or booked for it.
Despite all the really nice behaviour of fans of every country during this worldcup I will still remember a bad side of it as well. players diving around to get freekicks or penalties. players diving and screaming as if they are dying and 2 minutes later after they saw the opponent booked running on the field like a young rabbit. referees who made good games, but even more who made many many misstakes by falling for diving, theatre or not being able to handle the game. I saw as well a national newspapers' influence on FIFA worldcup decisions.

But at least one thing outshined all the bad on the pitch. The Fans of every country and the peaceful behaviour from day one til the end.
If you ask me for the world cup winner? It'd be the fans who came to the worldcup from all around the world. that'd be even more fair anyways =)

So long

Kai

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  • 14.
  • At 08:08 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • wi ku mu wrote:

italy stole this from zidane.... france was dominating so much play from second half thru extra time.... materazzi is a thug defender.... i will believe he was instructed by coaches before and during the match to provoke in any way possible the french players.... we have seen this tactic before from italy and even other teams.... materazzi is no saint.... suspended from his own league play for punching a player...
zidane snapped. bad judgement but not unwarranted action.... come on people please .... try to imagine yourself in the same spot. would you walk away like a gentleman every time some SH*T was said or thrown at you???? most of us would not and could not take such abuse.... i absolve zidane personally, y'all can call me a dumb american, no matter... i just saw one of the best players i'll ever see play his last game for his country and he get's red and italy gets to coast thru to PK's???? shame sham sham sham

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  • 15.
  • At 08:44 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • KM wrote:

Ironically the better team lost. That is the irony in football sometimes.

Watching the recorded game at home I noticed Materazzi pinching Zidane in the chest before Zidane head buts him.

I can't defend Zidane but Italian tactics were quite disgusting. First Zidane had his arm twisted, the ref did not call Italian fouls on the French and finally Zidane gets pinched in the chest by Materazzi. He was clearly provoked. Still Zidane should have kept his cool.

KM

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  • 16.
  • At 08:48 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Jay Bee wrote:

I was a neutral; who supported France in this game, and I felt they were more deserving of winning until just before the end when Zidane went crazy. I can't believe the people who want to exonerate Zidane for his behaviour. The guy is a filthy idiot who deserved the red card no matter what the provocation was. Slagging off your opponents is just a part of sport that sportspeople have to get used to. If he's so thin-skinned about insults, he should never have been playing professional sport in the first place. A sad end to a brilliant career.

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  • 17.
  • At 08:50 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • rathdinen wrote:

I read it somewhere that Zidane was called 'Harry Potter', and it has never been so eeriely fitting. The temper. The inexcplicable tragic fall...

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  • 18.
  • At 09:08 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Jackie Pike wrote:

Congratulations to Italy! Forza Azzurri!

The biggest winners in World Cup 2006 were the FANS. We saw amazing performances, we often rooted for the Underdogs, we empathized with the disappointments, we laughed at the handbags, and shook our heads with "too early an exit."

Some teams were a revelation, while others were awfully disappointing.

The Final was very special because the two teams did struggle -- like all the rest -- which proves that ANY team is capable of reaching the final.

(they just have to break down the Italian or French defenses)

France and Italy deserved to be in the Final. No team is perfect and that's what makes this sport so lovely.

Zizou Zidane is pure class and anything else just shows he is as human as the rest of us. He graced us with his presence by coming out of retirement and proving to the world it was worth it. Everyone knows that Zidane is mesmerizing - even at 34. WE WILL MISS HIM.

As some of the greatest players announce their retirement (Figo, Roberto Carlos) it is the young stars that we await to see again with great anticipation.

Germany was second-best, not only for having such great sportsmanship, but fantastic team unity and wonderous displays of individual talent. Indeed they were the best surprise and all of their games were fantastic.

Congratulations to Portugal for a very nice run. They did not let themselves be intimidated by opposition and this is a remarkable quality. Fans and players should be very proud.

Argentina was not too far behind. They did exit a bit too early, but they played in my favorite game, Mexico-Argentina. The most experienced team won, but the star of this match was Benito Archundia, who should have refereed the Final.

Thank you BBC for all of the news, 606, Blogs, and ....

now let's focus on the Prem!

VIVA FORZA AZZURRI! Bravo Les Bleus!

Hasta pronto, hasta el año 2010.

"One day an Underdog will win and the whole world will rejoice."

---Texan Proverb

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  • 19.
  • At 09:26 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Moondog wrote:

Do you really think that Materazzi wasn't provoked in some way too..

Do you think Zidane didn't say something offensive to Matterazzi

the difference is that the italian didn't react in such a violent manner..

please stop defending ZZ for something that Matterazzi may have said..

Zidane is a great footballer but a total
idiot..

Italy won this because they know how to defend, they have no great strike force so they made the best of what talent they had available,,it was clever tournament by them and they deserve the cup.

I thought Thuram was astounding last night, but Gattuso and Cannavaro just embodied the spirit and workrate deserving of world champions..

Well done Azzurri,

CAMPIONI DEL MONDO

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  • 20.
  • At 09:33 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • sujay wrote:

one of the great sporting tournaments of the world gets over. only tournament to excite so much passion in so many countries of the world. a tournament known for non performance of big leaguers like ronaldo, ronaldinho, gerrard, lampard, the czech team and the finale of zidane being sent off. but also to be remembered for the brilliance of cannavaro, gattuso, klose, the resurgence of germany and italy as great footballing countries. every worldcup demolishes some reputations and builds some. above all it only had one lesson for us- never write off anyone. its good for the game that it produced unlikely countries as finalists. its good that brazil didnt win as it would have stamped the element of predictability in the game. and who likes predictability in football, or in any game? not me at least.

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  • 21.
  • At 09:38 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Joao Pedro wrote:

well and how about that ?

and the french coach called us, Portuguese, among other names, savages? Ohhhhhh! that "eye to eye" contact between Figo and the english player was an affection gesture compared to the knock out by Zidane!

Oh and he also said the the Portuguese used to dive to get a fault?! Ahhhhhhh! I wonder what does he have to say about that excelent performance from Malouda? In a diving contest at a Swimming Competition that would be what? An 8.0, 8.5? What?

And Trezeguet? As he plays in Italy, he missed the penalty, so that he Italian fans wouldn't kick him out like some of you , and I repeat, some of you, not all, arrogant british fans are trying to do with Ronaldo!

This world cup was a laugh, if it weren’t for the excellent hospitality shown by the Germans!

The best game in this world cup was the 3rd and 4th place Game, and that’s a fact!

Justice is done, not all, but some!

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  • 22.
  • At 10:05 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Clare Forrester wrote:

France was amazingly dominant in my books and should have won. I dont think that ZZ's ejection cused them to lose, however, Matterazzi deserves a special prize for his successful provocation tatics. The French clearly came prepared to outplay them in every other department. Pinching a man on the nipples, when his blood is alredy boiling and especialy if he is homophobic, would have been pure genius.

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  • 23.
  • At 10:25 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • sandhya wrote:

Here is footage of materazzi's history of violence and dirty play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpG4AHlZrL4&search=materazzi

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  • 24.
  • At 10:37 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • ablowna wrote:

Shame on Italy!. I really beleive they robbed France by unfair means. I am neutral, but the way France played they stole my heart, especially Zidane. He played a fantastic game and the rest of France. What he did for Materazzi was inexcusible, I think Materazzzi and rest of Italians were provoking him and French players constantly. Being human,Zidane lost his cool. But for me he will remain the greatest player of this generation and I absolve all his faults. Italians succeeded in playing negatively and unfairly. FIFA officials should look into this matter and Materazzi should be suspended for what he did.

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  • 25.
  • At 11:00 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • FC73 wrote:

The Italia win because is the BEST TEAM!
France attack was much better then Italian attack but Italy defence was much better then france attack!
Italy taked ONLY 2 goal in this WC! One on Penalty and one on autogoal!
No one was able to beat italy defence and goalkeper in this WC!
I never seen something like this!
Maybe it's not the better game we can see. We love brazilian samba players. But this time defence win!
Italy is the best!
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  • 26.
  • At 11:11 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Honest Al wrote:

What kind of message does Golden Ball Zidane send?

Hypocracy is the human condition!

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  • 27.
  • At 11:20 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Big Sut wrote:

Were half of you watching the same world cup as me?

For me the World Cup has been a bunch of overpaid self loving boys prancing around and where possible diving about with the occassional bit of football thrown in between.

The quality of the football for the tournament as a whole was shocking with some of the most boring matches ive ever watched. For the most what it lacked for me was Passion on the pitch. To the credit of all the fans from every nation they more than made up for it off the pitch and without the usual trouble.

To sum it all up:

Brilliant hosting by Germany
Fantastic support by all nations fans
Rubbish, boring and passionless football from the top countries
Some really passionate football from the lower ranked countries
Bye bye Sven and about time too
Hopefully bye bye Beckham from the squad aswell
This Blog site rocked ;o)

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  • 28.
  • At 11:21 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Daripa wrote:

Sascha.... unbelieveable. Did you lip read what Materazzi said to Zidane? How can you say Materazzi deserved to go, too? Backchat between players goes on all the time. If red cards were issued for that, there'd be no players left on the field.

Whatever was said does not excused what happened afterwards. If it was a young, inexperienced and hot-headed player, you could perhaps see why but someone of Zidane's years and experience should be above reacting to taunts. Cost his side the World Cup. End of story.

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  • 29.
  • At 11:25 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Tonester wrote:

If it turns out that Materazzi called Zidane a "terrorist" - as I heard reported on Five Live earlier this morning - then where does this leave FIFA's excellent Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign?

Wouldn't it be a bit embarrassing for FIFA if a World Cup winner had insulted someone's racial background?

This isn't to condone Zidane one bit, because it was disgraceful & really sad. But Cantona's reputation has recovered sufficiently after his martial arts display at Palace so that he's fronting the Joga Bonita ads.

We'll never know for sure, but for once it would be good to see if Zidane publicly explained what happened (rather than waiting for the lucrative book deal). After all, he's got nothing to lose now.

It was the most depressing part of a depressing evening - Italy played for penalties from the start of the second half, and once again a team playing for penalties comes out on top. How can this be remembered as a good World Cup Final when one team's simply defending so that they win on kicks after 120 minutes. It's depressing. FIFA should reinstate the Final reply they had in the 1930s - it would focus the players' minds if they had to replay the match two days later.

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  • 30.
  • At 11:27 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • FCm wrote:

The reception of the trophy and the celebration had none of the dignity it usually has.

It was a pity. About the only thing that was badly organised in the whole WC.

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  • 31.
  • At 11:29 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Glenn wrote:

So what if Zidane was provoked - this happens at all levels of the game, from pub football to professional. You just get on with it and try to get the better of your "taunter", by showing him up on the field. What Zidane did is was thuggery and should be punished as such (despite his announcement of retirement, FIFA will need to set a ban and it should be severe!!).

By the way, according to German radio a Brazilian TV station has used a lip-reader to try to decipher what happened.... apparently Matterazzi said something derogatory about Zidane's sister (could fit nicely to the little "nipple tweak" and the smiling Zidane shortly before the head-but). This is one of the most common and simple wind-ups.... and something Zidane must have heard hundreds of times before.

Overall, I'm pleased Italy won last night and that Germany won on Saturday. France were the better team last night, but over the quarters and semis I would give it to Italy. Congratulations!

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  • 32.
  • At 11:32 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Gordon Reid wrote:

Materazzi made the most of it.Head butt to the chest doesnt hurt that much surely.He must be a right wimp.At least Scotland will have a chance of beating France in the European Championship qualifiers if Bartez is still in goal.

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  • 33.
  • At 11:38 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Manfredi wrote:

I don't understand how can some people say that the best team did not win? France played very well in the second half but they rarely threatened to score. France went ahead with a very dubious penalty (am I the only one who thinks Malouda dived egregiously?), Italy scored one, hit a post and had a goal disallowed (maybe offside but not sure it was).
France only clear chance to score in the whole game was ZZ header in extra-time (great save by Buffon).
In the last 2 games France managed to score only with 2 penalties, you could clearly see them playing for 2 days, keeping possession and never scoring a goal.
I personally think Italy was a deserving winner, even leaving aside ZZ disgusting headbut. And for those that try to excuse him saying he was provoked...please give me a break, all good players are goaded, kicked and insulted by defenders for 90 minutes every single game they play. A really great player responds by ridiculing the opposition with his play, a stupid one lashes back with his head.

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  • 34.
  • At 11:41 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Sascha wrote:

What Materazzi did is considered FURBO in Italy. They clever play. Winning at all costs, fairness not included. You can see Materazzi squeezing Zidanes nipple just a sec before.

Only Zidane got punished.

Both did a great disservice to their team. Italy is now world champion, Materazzi, too. Shame on him.

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  • 35.
  • At 11:42 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • mr wrote:

Imho this time the strongest defense won the cup. Sad enough that it was not the best football-playing team.

But its not only Italy to blame for this boring cup. Most teams play a 4-5-1 system, which really enforces such boring games. What else can the only striker do, except for waiting for the others or outplaying the whole defense alone?

Its time to bring back a more offensive style into the game. In most games i witnessed the defense had problems with passes from the sidelines. So why not start playing like 3-3-3 or such?
A 3-men-defense with a defensive midfield player, two central players and 3 strikers. or at least a 4-4-2?

Just count the goals scored this WC. The number will be terribly low.

Unfortunally the Italians won the Cup and many Nations will probably now start to adapt their System and play even more defensivly...bright future, isn't it?

Really sad to see the old words come true:
"Offense wins games, Defense wins championships"

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  • 36.
  • At 11:43 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Joy Boy wrote:

OK, everybody saw Zidane's actions which undoubtedly deserved a red card - which he got, let's not forget. And if his international career wasn't over anyway, he would have been banned for several competitive matches.

But for Lippi to claim that the Italian team did 'nothing' to Zidane is absolutely laughable. Only the man himself and Matterazzi know what was said, but the sad truth is it is unlikely to ever come out, and Materazzi will get away with it.

Zidane should not be exonerated, but at the same time you cannot say he should not react under any provocation - that means you're giving licence to anyone to say whatever they like to another player as long as it's not physical contact.

It's a shame, because even if you get a dull final, the least you should be able to expect is one largely free from cynical 'gamesmanship'. And if you watch the replay closely, Materazzi DID make contact with Malouda, enough to make him trip over his own leg. Whether or not that makes it a penalty is up to the ref.

Thanks Italy, for another demonstration of how to win a game at any cost.

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  • 37.
  • At 11:44 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Mika wrote:

Many people on here sugest that goading with insults is normal practice in football and as such, players should just live with it. That may be the case - but if so, why is it that although anti-opposition chants are standard among fans, clubs are heavily fined if their fans shout out *racist* chants? Some things, clearly, are not acceptable. I'm reserving final judgement on both Zidane and Materazzi until we hear exactly what it was he said/did, if we ever do.

Having said that, in the meantime I think Zidane is a brilliant player - surely no one can dispute that - and should have been able to control himself for just ten minutes longer to end the game well. But the Golden Ball is fully deserved.

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  • 38.
  • At 11:44 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Daripa wrote:

So you'd red card a player for tweaking a nipple, eh?

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  • 39.
  • At 11:44 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Sascha wrote:

Frane played in the second half and from the 70th to 120th minute circles around Italy, that's why we think the best has not won. But then... nobody pretends penalty shoot outs let the best team win. Lucky Italy!

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  • 40.
  • At 11:45 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Michael C wrote:

Materazzi made the most of it?????

Maybe in Scotland that might be a gentle tap, but it looked pretty vicious from what I saw!

Oh and btw, many of the italian players advertise underwear, so I've already seen a poster of several players incl Gattuso in their briefs...

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  • 41.
  • At 11:49 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Wolf wrote:

I have to say, I've hardly ever been so troubled by a footballing incident. I'm neither French, nor interested in Real or Juventus, but for years I've felt that he is the most outstanding footballer I've ever seen. The most beautiful to watch, graceful athlete who always looked like he was caressing the ball rather than kicking it.

I was really looking forward to seeing him at the end of his career reaching the pinnacle of success again. So when he headbutted Materazzi, I was crestfallen. I was actually glad that the 4th official saw it, because as much as I love his football, it would have been terrible if he got away with that. It was violent - something I really didn't expect from Zidane.

Materazzi is complete thug, Italy's answer to Vinnie Jones - and then some. I shouldn't say this, but on that level I actually don't mind him tasting a bit of his own medicine. Italian football for me has always had that air of violence, dirty tricks and an underlying sense of malevolence, on and off the pitch. I remember Mark Hughes saying the only time he was actually scared on a football pitch was when he played against Baresi and Gentile...

I have absolutely no doubt that he said something evil to Zidane before the incident. But of course that happens all the time and it's completely inexcusable to react in any way, particularly like that! I just really hope that he will be remembered as a beautiful footballer, rather than a violent one.

Oh, and I think France were all over Italy in the second half and if they'd had a better coach (can't stand Domenech), he wouldn't have insisted on playing with a single striker upfront when Italy were dead on their feet. What a missed opportunity!

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  • 42.
  • At 11:50 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Daripa wrote:

I agree that France were the better team and Italy, certainly the dullest to have won a World Cup. If Zidane had stayed on the pitch though, it might not have got as far as penalties. For all the talk of how he was provoked, Zidane, I believe, cost his country the World Cup. Was that REALLY worth a violent reaction to provocation?

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  • 43.
  • At 11:50 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Francesco wrote:

abowna:

Shame on what? The penalty wasn't a penalty because if you look it carefully there's no contact between Materazzi and the French. A well executed dive. Now, French were playing better in the second half and in the extra time. Did they score? NO
We lost a world cup at the penalties and was no shame for Brasil to win it. Why should it be a shame for Italy?
Zidane well diserved a red card, nobody forced him to headbutt Materazzi. And it is not the first time he does that (Juventus supporters still remember that match). Besides everybody is accusing Materazzi for I don't know what. Sorry, yes, he is to blame for having stood in the way of the god of football when he was trying to hurt somebody. Zidane did magic in this worldcup but the shame is on him and not on Italy that he lost control.

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  • 44.
  • At 11:52 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Richard B wrote:

Made the most of it or not, a headbutt cannot be condoned. I think that Materazzi should be sanctioned though (I thought yellow during the match) since that reaction does not happen for no reason.

And I really hope Italy get knocked out early next time. I hate their football because it is boring, despite having some truly brilliant players.

The implicit rules change this caused is also extremely interesting ... will video now be considered as standard for investigating infractions?

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  • 45.
  • At 11:54 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Francesco wrote:

ablowna:

PS yes FIFA should immediately write a new rule that states that if you receive a headbutt from a player that is considered god, you should be sent off immediately.

And because of this, the world cup should be reassiged to France.

Rooney, De Rossi, Zidane and Frings all deseved their reds. Why should zidane be any different?

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  • 46.
  • At 11:56 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • niall bennett wrote:

A bad finish to a dissapointing world cup overall. The level of football played was not that great and the defensive tactics of teams dominated the tournament - so it is appropriate that italy win because their game is about closing the game down and stopping goals. That is exactly what they did in the final (after they equalised) and unfortunately played for penalties - a sad way for any tournament to finish. Also the bad sportsmanship displayed by italy runs true to form (watch totti when he plays) - no excuse for zidanes actions but insulting and inciting players has no place in sport - it is disgraceful and you have to condemn it or else you don´t really believe in fair play. But the end justifies the means for many and sadly that means less attacking football, conservative coaching and negative games. That is not how to win fans and I have not seen a "classic" match in this world cup. Germany are one of the few teams who played positive, attacking football - they want to score goals, and credit has to go to klinnsman for his coaching. Unfortunately when you meet a team like italy the attacking game is cancelled and winning becomes more a matter of luck than skill. I think some rules changes are definitely needed to encourage attacking football and a good start would be making a 0-0 draw worth zero points. Too many matches were spoiled because one team or another didn´t believe they could score so they sat back, defended and figured "either we fluke a goal or we get a draw, as long as we don´t let the other side score". The swiss team were one of the worst for this but other examples were trindidad & tobago, and (strangely) argentina. What was the argentine coach thinking against germany when he took off his main midfielder in the second half? Also their 0-0 result against holland was predictable. So good teams are victims of this style as well and italy are the masters of it. We need changes or we face more of this in the future - in which case I won´t be watching.

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  • 47.
  • At 11:59 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Stu T wrote:

Well the world cup is over. Congrats to Italy. But the biggest losers & worst performers by far are FIFA. What a shameful performance from the sport's governing body. More diving than the olympics and almost all unpunished, despite ample and obvious video evidence, especially Malouda in the final.

One of the worst refs in the tourny gets the final, despite having a shocker in the quarters (or was it just that he was an Argentine refereeing England - strange that FIFA thought that was fairplay).

Then he misses the Zidane incident and, horror of horrors, FIFA goes to video evidence from the 4th official before the ref gives him the red card. Of course Zidane's a thug and deserved to be sent off. FIFA probably will conduct a meaningless panel where he gets a 6 match ban (having retired, lol), but since when did FIFA suddenly change the rules and allow video replay evidence during a game?

All that diving, dodgy penalties, etc. could have readily been prevented by video replay evidence, but apparently that was not allowed (nor was Figo's headbutt punished further). It also appears that the journalists weren't allowed to change their votes on player of the tourny. What a travesty and shame on FIFA to have to name a violent thug the winner of the Golden Ball!

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  • 48.
  • At 11:59 AM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Jack wrote:

3 World Cups played in, 2 red cards, what a fine example set by Zidane. Good player, but not one of the greats. Pele, Maradonna, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Best. They were legends. Maradonna and Best weren't always angels, but they're always remembered first and foremost for their unbelievable talent. Not so sure after this moment of total idiocy that Zidane will be able to say the same.
Shameful defence of Zidane by his teammates, and even more pathetic and childish behaviour from the French supporters. I think they will all be embarrassed by their behaviout when they see the replays today.
Well done Italy, the best team in the tournament.

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  • 49.
  • At 12:00 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Ben wrote:

Zidane is a legend...no matter what. he is a human being who played with soul and heart! I for one beleive that for him to do what he did he must have been provoked harshly, when abused by someone we all have a limit and just because he is/was a proffessional football player does not mean he cannot react. He was playing his last match after an outstanding career for the country he loves and was pushed to far by Materazzi when his emotions were running high. He isnt a saint and reacted, personally i would have preferred it if he didnt react and could have walked off the pitch with out the controvesy, but thats neither here nor there now and i will always think of Zizou as a great player, and even applaud his actions last night. Still credit where credit is due well done Italy but you know France were better, and thats coming from and englishman

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  • 50.
  • At 12:02 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Baz wrote:

For me, the enduring memory of this World Cup will be that, on the whole, the fans were better behaved than the players. Quite a refreshing change!

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  • 51.
  • At 12:11 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • John Lonergan wrote:

Italy won the cup. Simple. No point in whinging about it now. I live in France and as soon as the french team got over their first round woes and began to play well almost every french person I met were back to their old ways of arrogance. Even the possibility that they could lose any of the knocked out matches were looked on as absurd. Many french were celebrating victory since friday or saturday night. And now they have lost and they don't blame the manager or Zidane or their team but ONE player from the Italian side.Gallas said that Materazzi MUST have said something, eh! yeah Gallas, d'oh, what do you think? of course he did, don't get carried away Gallas, you're not sherlock Holmes, we all know this happened but what was said by ZIDANE? Alot of dirty insults are thrown about on the pitch all the time, people say things about your wife, your mother your racial background etc. but zidane should have known better, his emotions got the better of him and he screwed up. Maybe he's not the polished pro that he was always made out to be. And what about that early penalty?, anybody watching the replays will see that no penalty should have been awarded, but it was and the italians got on with it and came back with a goal. As far as I could see through the knock out games, France only got through because of some unsavoury playacting by Henry (I'm sure you all saw) which led to penalty. Sure, the french team played well in about 3 of their matches in this world cup but where have they been for the last number of years?, I'm happy that they didn't slip in and steal it because quite frankly they didn't deserve it. And who was it that said Zidane can hold his head up high and Materazzi should feel shame, what a joke. I think Zidane could write the book on shame right now.
I've always loved the Italian people and know them alot longer than I know french people, so tough cookies France, FORZA ITALIA. (But at least French wine is still the best)

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  • 52.
  • At 12:12 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Tunji wrote:

Golden Ball Winner! Zidane remains the best player of his generation ... without a doubt! Obviously it's a shame that he lost his cool. Not the first time it's happened but over a career spanning 20 years he has been remarkably restrained over the years in the face of all manner of provocation.

I doubt we may ever get to know exactly what Materazzi must have said to Zidane but I will always remember Zidane for his great football skills.

And Puhlease! Get real! English press already making comparisons to Rooney's sending off. No comparison .... provoked vs unprovoked.

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  • 53.
  • At 12:12 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Tim wrote:

I cannot believe the attitude of people toward this incident.

First of all Zidane is too blame, he reacted when he should have been able to control himself. He is experienced and has been in these situations before. It is inexcusable.

On the other hand, anyone who has actually played football at any level, will know that taunting whispers and derogatory comments are common place. You just ignore them. Obviously it is not a nice part of the game but it happens.

Anyone who suggests that Materazzi should be sent off has surely never played football. If the referee was to send off a player for what he did, there would be no player left on the pitch at half time, let alone final whistle or extra time!

Hopefully South Africa 2010 will have more fair play and be overall more enjoyable to watch (not that this tournament has been all bad!)

Tim

P.S. On the subject of punishments and suspensions, I'm not sure what I think about Rooney having the same punishment as Maxi Rodriguez received for throwing punches! Any thoughts? Thank you.

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  • 54.
  • At 12:17 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • AV wrote:

The Italians provoked the French all the time.
The French instead were like tender kittens who deserved no such treatment.
Poor French, don't cry, the bad Italians are gone now.
With the World Cup in their hands.

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  • 55.
  • At 12:17 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Wayne wrote:

I enjoyed reading the blog until the last line about England. I hope England never win it again. Eventhough the team never perform throughout the whole tornament everyone in England were sure they were going to win. Once they were knocked out the blame game starts and instead of blaming it on the poor performance of the team its C. Ronaldo that is the target. Will this be added to the list of football incidents the English never get over ? will be like maradonna's goal in 86, and Ronald Kooman's free kick that he shouldn't have scored becuase he should have been sent off. I say stop blaming other and take responsibility for your own failing and let go of the past, then maybe the English wil have a team that can win.

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  • 56.
  • At 12:18 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Praveen wrote:

I think we can all safely say that was the best WC final 4 a long time.I've been an AZZURRI fan all my life & just could not contain my joy after the penalty kicks.They had come so close to glory at EURO 2000 when France snatched an equalizer in the 94th minute.What sweet revenge it must be for the AZZURRI.Oh,by the way any comments on Zidane being given the Golden Ball.I personally would have gone for Cannavaro,Buffon,Thuram or Pirlo.

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  • 57.
  • At 12:19 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Tim wrote:

I wish people would understand that taunting comments and wind-ups are common in football and have happened forever at all levels. Anyone who suggests Materazzi be punished is being ridiculous.

Such comments are common and they need to be ignored by the targeted player, someone as experienced as Zidane should automatically be able to ignore them! They should phase him.

I would also like to point out that in no way can the French be innocent, I'm 100% sure they would have taunted the Italian players also!

Tim

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  • 58.
  • At 12:20 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Alex wrote:

Dear Monsieur Z Zidane,

Are we considering a future in wrestling?

Mr McMahon would take you up on any offer you made. Materazzi is no push-over at all!

All the best in your prospective profession!

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  • 59.
  • At 12:21 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Ølle wrote:

If the incident was not replayed on the monitors in the stadium, why did "all of them" scream at the exact same moment the home viewers were shown the replay for the first time?

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  • 60.
  • At 12:25 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • themarquisofsad wrote:

When you consider the limited number of syllables uttered by Materazzi, and after some careful attempts at lip-reading, several of us have considered the possibility that he called Zidane a 'terrorist' -

All things considered, that just might explain if not excuse the fury in his response.

If this can be proved - which I very much doubt - what might Materazzi be looking at in terms of punishment? Can he retrospectively be realistically be asked to take any responsibility for what he said?

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  • 61.
  • At 12:25 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Oaky wrote:

I can't believe the hard time Zidane is getting. Yes he deserved his red card, but his act was in no way dangerous, so in my book we can immediately class a large number of fouls as much worse. What about Figo's head butt which was to another guy's head and not his chest ? Did he get the same treatment as Zidane - of course not ! It seems to me that because Zidane was such a great player and it was his last game, people feel they need to be hypocritical about it. Personally, I think that Ronaldo's preprepared dive following the corner in the Portugal-France match was much worse.

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  • 62.
  • At 12:28 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Tim wrote:

EDIT:

Such comments are common and they need to be ignored by the targeted player, someone as experienced as Zidane should automatically be able to ignore them! They shouldn't phase him.

Sorry!


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  • 63.
  • At 12:30 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • bernan wrote:

The referee must at least defend good players against violent acts. Not every Italian players were violent, but Zidane, and Henry, and Vieira were clearly targets yesterday.
The same referee of Portugal - England, and the same finish for Rooney and Zidane. No excuses for these players, because they have to show the best attitudes for all the kids watching them on TV. But for me the referees were the big problems of this world cup.
The French penalty is very generous, but another one should have been given to french a few minutes later. And for me the second Italian goal was OK. So in fact I'm more disapointed for Zidane than for the cup because even if France dominated during 90 min, we didn't score. And both teams deserved to win.
Congratulation Italy !
A french fan.

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  • 64.
  • At 12:31 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • SR wrote:

I can't understand anyone who condones Zidane's headbutt. He's a veteran player for his country, he's the captain of his team, it's his last match with 10 minutes to go, his team are on top and he could still hold the World Cup, and he can't control himself? With the Rooney incident there may have been a shadow of a doubt about his intentions, but how could Zidane have thought he could get away with it? He is walking away, then he turns and goes for the Italian. Name calling and winding the opposition up may not be 'fair play' but it must be something you expect, and can deal with. Silence Matterazi by scoring a goal! We could all see he was capable of that. It's such a shame. He was a marvel to watch.

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  • 65.
  • At 12:32 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • nick wrote:

First of all, congratulations to Italy! Either team could have won last night.

I am still in total shock about Zizou's antics last night, while what he did warranted a red card or even a jail sentence, I do not think he should have been sent off as neither the referee of assistances saw the offence.

Rules were obviously broken by consulting and relaying video evidence to the referee, in Zizane's defence, perhaps they should stop the game and employ a lip reader to see what the Materazzi said? and decide whether or not he warrants a card too?! Reviewing the video would have also shown that Zizou was also pinched (I saw lots of this at the world cup, especially when players are huddled together for corners and free kicks).

I do not want to see a precedent set, as the day the game is officiated by video, will see football as we know it is, ruined.

Let's not let a moment of madness from Zizou take away the fact that he has been one of the best players ever, and we will not see a player of his calibre again.

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  • 66.
  • At 12:35 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • RB wrote:

One of the things that clearly needs a change in the future is the way referees interfeer in the matches results by taking wrong decisions. Many teams were victims of poor referee judgment. And other benefited from it! When will FIFA change this and use electronic means or images to improve the work of referees? Are we sure that if the right decisions had been taken the final winner was Italy? I also find it surprising that a player that did what ZZ did (red card in the final match) can be considered by FIFA the player of the world cup... what a message to send to young players! Congratulations to Italy!

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  • 67.
  • At 12:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Elena wrote:

Hello everyone! As Italian you cannot image how happy I was yesterday night to see for the first time in my life (I was 4 in '82!!!) Italy's triumph.
Most of you are right, from the 2nd half France played better, but, to be honest, I think Italy deserved to win this worldcup. Why?
1: We played well or at least better than France since the beginning of the worldcup.
2: The penalty gave to France at 7th minute!!! for which fault??? (the same for the penalty they got against Portugal!) ... France is always lucky with these stuff;
3: Better FAIRPLAY! ... we always put the ball on the side when one of the french was on the floor (when one of the ours was on the floor they were saying "let's go"...); + they learned to be good "actors" as well ... falling down and rolling very easily especially in the goal area! The French coach was rude all the time against Italy (and not only against us!)
4: Nobody scored us with exemption of 1 own goal and 1 penalty!
5: We scored 5 penalties/5!!!!
6: We are a TEAM ,not a group of people depending from 1 person (see ZiZou&France!)
Furthermore, In 98 and 2000 France defeat Italy because they were lucky! Now it was our turn!

FORZA AZZURRI

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  • 68.
  • At 12:37 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Ron wrote:

Well I've seen every World Cup since 1962 and this one is no different to the recent trend, poor by comparison to some of the great tournaments of the past.

I don't think it has anything to do with defensive football being more dominant but more a fear of losing being greater than the desire to win for many teams resulting in a relatively poor knockout stage. In the past sweepers were used but that is outdated today.

For me the dissapointment has been FIFA itself and it's organisation of the tournament. Double standards regarding retrograde punishment of players, inability to live up to the promise to clamp down on players influencing referees, inability to tackle the issue of diving which was given a virtual endorsement by Sepp Blatter (I used to dive myself as an amatuer he said), and the dubious appointment of some referees for certain matches.

I guess the real winners were the sponsors who reached a larger audience than ever before but was football truly the winner? Not in my opinion.

Oh for the days of Eusebio and others. Now that guy really was a footballer to be proud of and such an incredible sportsman who should be an example for all time of what that concept means and I'm English.

The next World Cup in South Africa, I don't know if I will bother to watch and that is the first time I have said that since 1962.

Congratulations to Italy but it is a sad day for football when the majority of praise is in regard of their defence.

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  • 69.
  • At 12:39 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Deeosito wrote:

Good on you mr. Lineker. "The german's were great hosts of the tournament, but at the end its their neighbours who won the cup". nice ending sentence ...

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  • 70.
  • At 12:42 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Glen wrote:

I really don't see how people can say Italy were the best team in the tournament. Did they score 6 against Serbia and Montenegro? Did they play Brazil of the pitch in the quarter final game?
They had a good first game where it looked like they could go up a gear but it never really happened. True the German Italian semi-final was fantastic but I really think that the current Italian squad represents whats wrong with football currently. Take De Rossi elbow on McBride, the dive in the last minute v Australia. I noticed not one Italian player shook hands with the French team after they won. There was no shirt swapping. Are we really to put this team on a pedestal and tell the world they are deserved champions?

As for Zidane I do feel it's a terrible shame his career ends this way. I don't think there is anyone out there who is a true fan of the game would want to see such an astounding player go out like that. And unfortunately it is what this game will be remembered for. Yes he did wrong and his actions were inexcusable but doesn't Materazzi also have a responsibility here which he failed in provoking and insulting another player?

I am very happy for Lippi who is a fantastic coach but it is imperative for the game of football that the cheating/diving/racist insults is removed. It is a cancer in the sport no one wants to see, if it continues football will loose it popularity, it's a tarnish on the beautiful game.

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  • 71.
  • At 12:44 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Zidane fan wrote:

The dirtiest team won. I really wonder if Materazzi feels proud.
If you're a footballer and desrespect Zidane on his final game, then you respect nothing. And you don't deserve any respect either.

A sad sad day for football.

History will judge all and maybe just maybe the darkest moment of Zizou's carreer will add to his legend.

Oh and a side comment on Justin Jone's post. Being a greek living on athens I must tell you that none of us believes we are a big team or talented or whatever but on that particular tournament we were indeed the best team by far I think. Oh and we did play more spectacular football than most of the teams in this world cup *coughs* italy, england, portugal *coughs* =P let us rejoice for our first and final euro-trophy!

Zidane est encore le maitre!

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  • 72.
  • At 12:44 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • AB wrote:

The sad thing about this world cup is that not great play and scoring goals wins games, but unfair play. Diving, provoking cards, or get players banned before the game (e.g. Frings). What happened to fair play?

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  • 73.
  • At 12:45 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • bernan wrote:

The referee must at least defend good players against violent acts. Not every Italian players were violent, but Zidane, and Henry, and Vieira were clearly targets yesterday.
The same referee of Portugal - England, and the same finish for Rooney and Zidane. No excuses for these players, because they have to show the best attitudes for all the kids watching them on TV. But for me the referees were the big problems of this world cup.
The French penalty is very generous, but another one should have been given to french a few minutes later. And for me the second Italian goal was OK. So in fact I'm more disapointed for Zidane than for the cup because even if France dominated during 90 min, we didn't score. And both teams deserved to win.
Congratulation Italy !
A french fan.

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  • 74.
  • At 12:45 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Paolo wrote:

This was not the first time Zidane had issues with discipline. He was suspended for France's final group match in this World Cup after receiving yellow-card warnings for fouls in each of France's first two matches. During group play of the 1998 World Cup, he received a two-game suspension for stamping on the back of a Saudi Arabian player. In 2000, he was barred for five matches after head-butting an opponent while playing for Juventus of Turin in the Champions League.

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  • 75.
  • At 12:47 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Dean wrote:

I'm already sick of the inexcusable and shame comments.
None of us know what was said to ZZ, so none of us know how we would react.
Perhaps in mitigation for ZZ, I can say that I know people can use words like other people use their fists. If a person like that is exploiting the situation, should we let them get away with it?
The hypocrites amongst us would say that violence is inexcusable, but I've seen situations where it was just rightfully deserved.
I will reserve judgement on ZZ until I find out what actually happened. In the same vein I will also reserve judgment on Materazzi.

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  • 76.
  • At 12:52 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • montana wrote:

i am mystified by some of the comments here

what exactly do you all mean when you say the best team lost? do you mean the team with the best players? for me that was argentina and they didn't make the final

do you mean the team who put in the best perfomances? the game of the tournament was the italy germany semi final, both teams played extremely well that night, and italy's win, imo, was the best performance of the tournament

or do you perhaps mean the team that played the best in the final? football finals are littered with examples of teams who play poorly and win, go back and watch the final of euro 2000, italy france, you will see the better team on the night lost

actually in last night's final for all their possesion france only created one real goal scoring chance, that was ribery's shot that went wide, zidane's header was straight at buffon and he rightly saved it

the truth is that both italy and france were outdone by their own managers, at half time lippi changed the system even though italy were playing better, and domenech was wrong to play only one up front when france were in the ascendency

the bottom line is that neither side did enough to win that game, even if zidane had stayed on it's unlikely france would have scored, the match would still have gone to penalties, trezeguet would still have taken a penalty and still missed

as for italy playing for penalties, that's just nonsense, they played defensively because france had so much possesion, they had to defend

if you all take off your anti-italian blinkers for a second you will see that last night's final was just one of those games that ended up going to penalties, irrespective of what happened in the previous 120 mins, and italy won the spot kicks

in fact when a final goes to penalties you may as well forget everything that happened in the whole tournament, it all becomes null and void

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  • 77.
  • At 12:54 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • The Blade wrote:

What a poor final. Did Italy actually have a shot at Bartez other than the penalties. People who found the match full of passion, intrigue etc were watching a different match to me. Two sides with one forward only on the pitch, the Italians virtually putting 9 men behind the ball from the start the second-half. whatever happened to 4-3-3 and attacking play. Now at the highest level every team is too scared to lose matches and often play for the penalties lottery (why ?). The games are only made interesting only by the bad sportsmanship of the players and the inability of the referees to clamp down. Well done Italy but you are not a great team and Zindan what a stupid thing to do even if you might have been provoked.

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  • 78.
  • At 12:59 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Mark31 wrote:

The majority of people posting on these blogs clearly have a limited knowledge of football, winding up the opponents has been going on in every single match since the game of football was invented.
Does Materazzi feel proud?
You bet your ass he does!! he scored the equalizer and a penalty.
Put it this way if it was England instead of Italy, would we be saying the same nonsense? ehm no

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  • 79.
  • At 01:05 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • littlesaint wrote:

Well done Italy. Pleased with the result, because was only wee when Italy won last time. But does Di Rossi deserve a winner's medal? After all he was suspended for most of the knock out stages after an appalling incident, comes on late in the final, and Italy win. What message does that send out?

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  • 80.
  • At 01:05 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Ron wrote:

A final thought in regard of the BBC. I've always watched events on BBC, maybe it was the commentators I preferred or maybe the lack of adverts but, no more.

The chances of England ever winning a World Cup again is pure fantasy. True we will still have some reasonable players in four years but after that? There are so many foreign players in the premiership that in 8 years time England will be selecting its players from the lower levels. As an example consider Robinson. He looked far from the rewuired article in my opinion but where are the alternatives? At one time all English premier goalkeepers were better than most foreign goalkeepers but now the rest of the world has gone past us by a long long way. The same will be true of other positions over the comming years. So lets be realistic and forget England ever winning the world cup. I've spent far too long dreaming and they always turn into nightmares.

Again, congrats to Italy. Despite their internal problems they showed fighting spirit. If only England had a tenth of their spirit.

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  • 81.
  • At 01:06 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Simon wrote:

I just can't beleive that FIFA have allowed Zidane to win the golden ball after his sending off. His head butt was a disgrace no matter what the circumstances he should have known better than to react like that. He lost France the world cup and deserve to spend his retirement rotting in shame!!!

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  • 82.
  • At 01:12 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • PC wrote:

I'm an Ireland supporter who usually stays neutral and wants to enjoy a good match (although I hoped England would do well this time around and rooted for them against unsporting Portugal). I loved Les Bleus' win over Brazil in Paris in 1998, and thought Italy gifted them victory in Euro 2000. The comments of French players, coaches and supporters, however, have led me to strongly take the Italian side.

Most of you are jumping to conclusions about the use of video replay! The 4th official is not allowed access to video replays, only the 5th official is. Some sites are reporting that the 4th official saw Zidane's headbutt live...so we'll have to wait to find out if video replay was used.

That said, I'm all for the use of video replay in football as it is in rugby.

"Maybe Zidane was provoked by a racial slur." Really? And how should Ireland's (half black) Paul McGrath have reacted when bananas were thrown onto the pitch by Northern Ireland supporters in an away fixture? Headbutt half the stadium?

Henry's dive vs. Spain (clutching his face after a light Puyol forearm across the chest) to win a crucial free kick that Vieira heads in. Malouda's dive in the final from the Andriy Shevchenko school. The French cannot complain about diving, whereas I struggle to remember a significant Italian dive in the final. Italy vs Australia? When you watch replays, Neill's left arm comes up to impede Fabio Grosso's left leg. Neill had also sat down in the path of the attacker, something you simply cannot do, especially in the penalty area. A 50-50 call that former refereeing great Pierluigi Collina has said on TV would have to go in favour of the attacking player because the defender's been beaten and made himself an obstacle.

Juve's Del Piero is referred to by Roma fans as "gambe di cristallo", or "crystal legs" because of his tendency to collapse under the slightest of challenges. I've also seen Teutonic blueprint Michael Ballack making an absolute meal out of minor challenges, and the list of dives this season, both in club and international competition, is massive.

Solution? Video replays as standard, like rugby. And long suspensions and massive fines for offenders. Cheating should not be tolerated, and I would argue that diving influences outcomes more than if an entire team were on performance enhancing drugs.

Whatever they decide to do, FIFA needs to sort this out, otherwise we'll continue to have the best team in the tournament, the winners of the world cup, denounced as cheats and liars, when in fact this time around Italy actually had a net advantage over France this tournament when it comes to dubious play: they simply dived less than the Coqs.

As for penalties, how quickly we forget France revelling in having knocked out Italy on penalties in 1998, or Brazil having won the cup in 1994 on penalties (again vs Italy). The French players, coaches and supporters (and anti-Italian "neutrals") should just shut their hypocritical mouths.

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  • 83.
  • At 01:12 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • L wrote:

ZIZOU we still love you, and you are far best the GREATEST player in the world, you are a model for many footballers in the world and you will still inspire millions in the world "expect the last gesture of your career" but we all know that Materrazzi was provokative justice should be done, and footy is about talent not physcological modul, its a sport not a sceince, any way Congra Italy........they deserve it as they worked hard for it.....but Zizouu you are far the best once again "Merci Zizou"

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  • 84.
  • At 01:17 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Vince wrote:

I notice a headline that says "
Gallas claims Zidane was provoked".

Yet in the text of the article he only says,

"I didn't see it but sometimes football is not only with the ball. Sometimes when you have a player who is very clever and says something to you then maybe you are angry and want to 'kill' that player; Maybe, and I say maybe, he has made a mistake."

He never calims Zidane was provoked, only says it is a possibility. It seems to me that this is a (blatant?)journalistic distortion.

Gallas also said, "When I see this, I want to smash his face,"

It seems we are moving AWAY from responsible play with this sort of reporting.

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  • 85.
  • At 01:19 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • cameron wrote:

ZiZou

we all love you and the world will remember you as one of the greats that football has ever seen, graceful, elegant, superb.....we still love Maradona like anything (remember the direct kick in 1982 followed by a red card/unprovoked), you could have punished materazzi and his likes by being a lil patient and winning the game in their face, you're human just like us, frineds of soccer, just be in his shoes for that match and imagine, its easy to criticize, and media friends, pls check to what materazzi said and did, you and only you can dig it out for us, and we deserve that truth
long live all the fans, long live soccer, long live Zizou!

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  • 86.
  • At 01:20 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Federico wrote:

classical...predictable..Zidane being a great star is excused. A full Pardon! thats great! I'm italian and i loved Zidane.. the best player of our time..but i was shocked by his violence.
it's a free world so go on and defend him, if that's your opinion..but i think you've lost a bit of perspective. and deep down you know you are wrong. I don't hate Zidane..a great player..but i'm very dissapointed. That single act ruined the game.

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  • 87.
  • At 01:21 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • cameron wrote:

ZiZou

we all love you and the world will remember you as one of the greats that football has ever seen, graceful, elegant, superb.....we still love Maradona like anything (remember the direct kick in 1982 followed by a red card/unprovoked), you could have punished materazzi and his likes by being a lil patient and winning the game in their face, you're human just like us, frineds of soccer, just be in his shoes for that match and imagine, its easy to criticize, and media friends, pls check to what materazzi said and did, you and only you can dig it out for us, and we deserve that truth
long live all the fans, long live soccer, long live Zizou!

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  • 88.
  • At 01:23 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rob Cieka wrote:

Fantastic! We had all the drama of a classic football match. And Zidane? What a way to bow out! He'll always be a legend.

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  • 89.
  • At 01:25 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • loyika wrote:

Mr Materazzi and Zizou might have acted irresponsibly, but Comon, if there is one player that rarely blows his cool its Zidane, there are some players that you just know can blow their top, Totti, Ronney, Eric Cantona, Vinnie Jones, Figo and so on, but Zizou must have really heard something so horrible that would have made him sooo mad to behave in that way. Not justifying his actions, but honestly anyone should respond that if a racist comment was made, then Zidane should not respond back.

We all don't know what was said, but i feel Fifa should investigate, and if a racist slur was said then Materazzi should also be suspended.

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  • 90.
  • At 01:27 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • James wrote:

The final was a reflection of the tournament as a whole. Explosive start with interesting refereeing, but then fell into torpor after the sides punched themselves out (Italy after 45 mins, France after 65 mins).

The tournament will be remembered more for the fans and organisation than anything on the field.

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  • 91.
  • At 01:29 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • G wrote:

with all the furore over zidane i think the congratulations and focus should be on cannavaro.

He's been fantastic all tournament (probably his last world cup?), hasn't put a foot wrong and been an amazing leader on the pitch.

And it was great to see italy dispell their penalty demons
(note to england fans...it counts more to lose on pens in the final...)

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  • 92.
  • At 01:31 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • ZZ wrote:

Kudos to Zidane. He has done what any football loving person wanted to do since the first time Italy played at this World Cup.

The Italians have the best defense no doubt about that but in addition to that they are playing the most uninspired football possible. Greece won it the Euro that way because that is all they can do but Italy won the WC the same way because wanted to.

I would love to see an Italian team at some stage that would focus more on playing the game and not destroying it.

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  • 93.
  • At 01:31 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Keith wrote:

My son (12 years)is a football player, Zidane fan and watched the game last night. Thanks for the message FIFA. Headbutt, Redcard = Golden Ball. Great!!!

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  • 94.
  • At 01:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Jason wrote:

Some very poor refereeing at times, to an otherwise enjoyable World Cup. FIFA must ensure that their rules are followed *consistently* by *all* refs. I.e. Zidane's incident should be punishable by a red card, but yet again, so was Figo's incident against Holland. I don't see why Figo should get away with it. That was a bad decision back then. So in the same respect either Zidane should not be send off unless Figo had been send off during that match. It is the inconsistencies in decisions taken by refs that spoil the game sometimes. I think Zidane should have kept his nerve regardless what the Italian told him. It must have been something bad for someone to react like that. There should be an investigation to examine both sides, not just Zidane. Since when verbal abuse is acceptable on such an event? We are not talking about third division football here! And yes, Zidane's Golden Ball award was absolutely fair.

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  • 95.
  • At 01:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Stelios wrote:

Only Italians were happy last night. The rest of the world could not celebrate the end of such a nice tournament, and that was not because of Italy did or did not disserve to win. I still believe that Italy would have won the game in the penalties even if Zidane was there. Materazzi did not show any respect to a final game of a legend. What he said seems that deeply offended the principles of Zidane.

The fame of Zidane will explore during the next years after his retirement. He is a legend as a footballer player. With unique and strong personality also exposed outside the era of sports. The moment of his personal tragedy in the last day final will add to this fame even further.

I think last night we watch the end of a carrier for a truly Football legend,


Stelios (Greece)

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  • 96.
  • At 01:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • oeso wrote:

it's true that zidane deserved the red card, but I do feel more sympathy for zidane than for the "victim", and i think this sort of sentiment from a fan is excusable since it won't change the fact that he's sent out and the italians won the game...
I just hope zidane will never say what happened at that moment--if he was really provoked or something. cause now he should know how stupid an action like that was, and i just hope that a great player like him won;t try to fiind any excuse for that.

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  • 97.
  • At 01:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Wills wrote:

France and Italy are really good teams. Italy picked up this world cup because of their Hardwork. Italy taught good lesson to Germany which didn't have the quality to reach even Quarter Final. Germany should be defeated by Argentina in the Quarter final itself. All german fans should say the same. If we watch the activites of France capitan, ZZ from the beginning of the match with Italy, he was frustrated and lost hope. So he behaved irresponsibily which yeilds defeat for his Team. No doubt, ITALY team is best in this world cup. Congrats ITALY !

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  • 98.
  • At 01:37 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Stelios wrote:

Only Italians were happy last night. The rest of the world could not celebrate the end of such a nice tournament, and that was not because of Italy did or did not disserve to win. I still believe that Italy would have won the game in the penalties even if Zidane was there. Materazzi did not show any respect to a final game of a legend. What he said seems that deeply offended the principles of Zidane.

The fame of Zidane will explore during the next years after his retirement. He is a legend as a footballer player. With unique and strong personality also exposed outside the era of sports. The moment of his personal tragedy in the last day final will add to this fame even further.

I think last night we watch the end of a carrier for a truly Football legend,


Stelios (Greece)

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  • 99.
  • At 01:37 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Theo wrote:

I agree absolutely that there can be no excuse for Zidane's action. You don't go through 15 years of professional soccer without being insulted for everything and anything on the pitch. Zidane's shame was above all a shame for his team, who had to live with that afterwards.

That said, I truly think the the French played better and it was a royal shame that they didn't score another goal, but that's football.

Somehow I'm glad that the cruft of French football will not be aroubd for the Euro 2008. The French team has a lot of extremely promising young players, such as Ribery and Malouda, and if they carry on in future like they did in the last 10 minutes of the game, they have an excellent chance of maintaining a good standard in future. I also hope that Domenech stays, because he has obviously had a good influence on the team, even if he wasn't able to control the one big ego left - Zidane.

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  • 100.
  • At 01:37 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Josiah wrote:

It was a pretty spectacular game!

Congrats to Italy who were the better team on the night.

The game was great but was overshadowed by the Zidane headbutt.

If you wanna see more about the world cup or soccer news check out my blog at: https://the-soccer-locker.blogspot.com

You'll love it! :)

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  • 101.
  • At 01:38 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • kiprono Rugut wrote:

Zinadine Zidane remains the best player ever lived ,Red card or not

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  • 102.
  • At 01:41 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Lauti1970 wrote:

If racist comments, winding up opponent players and diving to get an advantage is now common on the football field as we have seen, then why wasn't anything done to stop it. I am watching the games to see great football and great goals, but if it continues like this I might switch and watch golf or tennis instead. As to Zidane, I think he deserved the red card for what he did. Such a reaction to offencive words by another player is inexcusable, although I will not hold it against him when judging his whole career. He has provided wonderful football over the years and all of us should look back at that and have a smile when we think about how the "man that dances with the ball" has outplayed many of the greatest players in the last 10 years. What a shame it has ended like this. Anyway. Thanks Zizou

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  • 103.
  • At 01:42 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Stelios wrote:

Only Italians were happy last night. The rest of the world could not celebrate the end of such a nice tournament, and that was not because of Italy did or did not disserve to win. I still believe that Italy would have won the game in the penalties even if Zidane was there. Materazzi did not show any respect to a final game of a legend. What he said seems that deeply offended the principles of Zidane.

The fame of Zidane will explore during the next years after his retirement. He is a legend as a footballer player. With unique and strong personality also exposed outside the era of sports. The moment of his personal tragedy in the last day final will add to this fame even further.

I think last night we watch the end of a carrier for a truly Football legend,


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  • 104.
  • At 01:43 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • gerry mac wrote:

firstly anyone who defends zizou lives in fantasy land, to react in such a fashion was stupidity. the only thing i would say is at least he was a man about it and didnt swing a hand bag or wait till hes was on the deck and stamp on him like that coward wayne rooney.

to the clowns in previous comments who questioned if derossi should have got a medal would you have taken the same stance if rooney and the golden generation got there.

are we refering to england as the golden generation because there piss!!

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  • 105.
  • At 01:47 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Simon wrote:

I think the football in this world cup has sent a really bad message to kids around the world. Everyone knows kids in the playground copy their heros in the world cup, (I for one spent 8+ years trying to recreate David Platt's volley in 1990!)
What are they going to copy from this tournament? There was little skill and tricks, not many goals in the "knock-about" stages (new title!).
It seems to me they will think stamping, elbowing, headbutting, taunting opponents & diving are all part of football?
Most of this has been excused, the rest has been ignored.
I think this World Cup has been bad for football.

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  • 106.
  • At 01:48 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Simon Watson wrote:

It's a great shame to see player of Zidane's quality end his career in this way. He must be held responsible for his actions.

That said, if he was provoked by racist abused then FIFA must come down heavily on the person responsible!!

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  • 107.
  • At 01:49 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • colin wrote:

so he got a red card, big deal, at least he does not, dive, cheat, roll, act, wave yellow cards, bitch to ref's. He is still the best player planet earth has ever seen. I think only Pele can compare with him. Please do not compare that cheat come drug addict maradona.

We say farewell to Zidane and to football, with zidane gone, i am not sure if i will enjoy another game of football without him. I hate cheats, and that is what football has turned into within the last 20 years, courtesy of Italy, ronoldo, Henry, Ballack, Nedved , ect... they all cheated to get free kicks, my not my Zidane, a last action Hero in football, what will become of football now that he is gone? Let us switch our love of sport to Rugby and Cricket.

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  • 108.
  • At 01:51 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Ringhio wrote:

An Italian FAN at the Olympic Stadium:

Berlin – 109th minute: Zidane is off, not a single glimpse at the cup as he walks by. Undoubtedly he has been the best, and like almost every time in football he has paid for a moment of pure madness. We look at him from the top of our stands, and a horde of French supporters is shouting abuses of every kind at the Italian defender Materazzi, as if it were him to head butt Zidane.

The blues have lost; someone up there has not liked the aggressive and negative support shouted against us. It was the sign that luck for Italy was shifting, three times out of World Cups at penalties (1990, 1994, 1998) this time was someone else’s turn to cry. An awful second half performance, the extra time played only with the strength of our nerves: of the players on the field, and maybe of a Nation which too many times has seen the dream vanish and this time has hanged on it by the skin of their teeth.

Les Italiens! they screamed in my ears all night as if it were a crime to be Italian. I did not have the courage to reply to anything as they hidden their faces in their hands. But I wanted to tell them, these are the Italians: people who can wait, people who can suffer, people who are capable of creating a masterpiece out of a horrible year for our football or out of a bad day on the pitch.

The gods must have sympathy for people like us who can take on insults without replying with arrogance. It’s a quarter to midnight: in the Stadium there are still few Azzurri shirts, no more Blues. Platini, who claimed he didn’t know who Grosso was, will now remember him finally: unlike him the boy has won a world cup. And all the French people in the Stadium tonight in Berlin will remember that long walk to the penalty spot; that walk which started from Palermo and ended in the back of the net under the blues supporters side.

FORZA AZZURRI, we love you.
Thank you Germnany, well done France.

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  • 109.
  • At 01:51 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • b4mutton wrote:

I'd ike to put right the fact that Zidane didn't headbutt - he butted. A headbutt is a butt to the head and is pretty nasty. Zidane's butt seeemed to be an angry response to something.
That being said, it seems to me that football's priorities are going haywire. The qualities that are now clearly required are a) being able to take penalties and to be able to hold out long enough in order to use this skill when the game is over b) pretending you have been fouled c) exagerating any pain caused by an opponents tackle and d) provoking an opponent into getting themselves a card.
Somehow Zidane being sent off after openly reacting to something and the better side ( even with 10 men ) losing on penalties sums up modern football

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  • 110.
  • At 01:51 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Nick Pearson wrote:

I am amazed at the French coach's whinging about Zidane's dismissal (the Italian guy dived, Zidane was provoked, the fourth official used a video replay to make a decision). The fact is that Zidane deliberately head-butted an opponent and that is a red-card offence in any language on any continent. Period. By trying to defend the indefensible the coach himself is as guilty of bringing the game into disrepute as Zidane is for letting his self-control evaporate in a moment of madness

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  • 111.
  • At 01:53 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • montana wrote:

zidane

let me start by saying i believe zidane is one of the greatest footballers i have ever seen, but i have always suspected he may have had a tinge of craziness in his personality

genius is often tinged with madness, look at maradonna and the drugs

the bottom line is zidane committed a red card offence and was rightly sent off, sadly it came in his last game and one of the biggest games of his life and in spectacular fashion

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  • 112.
  • At 01:55 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • The Rev wrote:

What am i going to watch on TV now 'til the end of August :-(

Again, as for the red card. No arguments. He's a great player yes but you can't drop the cannister on someone and not expect a red card!!

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  • 113.
  • At 01:57 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Paul wrote:

Come on. The Italians showed great spirit. The real problem here is cross cultural. The Italians are "ott" - that's why we love their food, clothes and country. They are very "artful" and "passionate" people. Don't worry - if they had lost, they would have cried as hard as they rejoiced. Zidaae is a marvellous player - so what. Football is "team" game. Well done Italy. By the way the Italian- Germany match wasn't so bad was it??????
By the way, the Italians SCORED a goal, and at the right moment - don't think the French did (penalties aren't the same).................

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  • 114.
  • At 01:57 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Morten K wrote:

If Zidane was provoked with racial taunts(which is more than likely), then the reaction is totally excusable. Should have hit him in the head with that headbutt, in that case.

Some things are bigger than football and the world cup. Final, tv cameras, spectators be damned.

Saying that nothing could excuse such behaviour is being out of touch with what is right and especially human.

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  • 115.
  • At 02:01 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Martin Reilly wrote:

The penalty shoot out still doesn't feel right. Why can't we get the game settled by removing player every 5 minutes from the start of the extra time period. The game continues until a goal is scored to decide the tie. It wouldn't go on forever. After 20 minutes of extra time both teams would have only 8 players each. The game would be so exciting and we would be rewarded with a goal to settle, COME ON FIFA. Let's do it.

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  • 116.
  • At 02:01 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Anonymous wrote:

Everyone is saying now that Zidanes red card will be more remembered that his influence in getting France to the finals, as well as his remarkable career as a whole. Yes it was a foolish thing to do whih he is probably regretting. But does it matter? The game was going to penalties anyway, and if he had taken one and scored then they would still be out bcuz in no doubt Trez would have still taken one and missed. Italy won and deserved 2, but through the tournament Zidane rolled back the years and gave the best display ive ever seen from him, i watch La Liga all the time on Sky Sports so ive seen him in a Madrid shirt and he has played ****, but here he bowed out a Star and will be remebered for his performances. In 15 years when Rooney hangs up his boots do you think people will remember the 2006 World Cup when he got sent off? No, and why? Bcuz England didnt win, so no-one will remember this bcuz it doesnt matter. Zidane the greatest since Pele, i salute you Sir!

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  • 117.
  • At 02:02 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Vigges wrote:

With his last stroke Zidane has unwittingly sacrificed the good of his team for the good of the game. Whatever was said to him must have been repulsive to the extreme for Zidane to have reacted as he did and I think it will be a defining moment in football. I get the feeling there was interference from officials other then the ref or linesman in the decision to send him off. Are we now going to get football games where the decisions made are 95% correct rather than what we have now. The game is horrible to watch, really embarrasing, and the funny thing is it can be sorted so very easily.
A great footballer and one we will never forget after last night.


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  • 118.
  • At 02:03 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rob Parker wrote:

Zidane is the greatest player of his time but rules will be rules. After all Ronaldo lost his young player award because of his simulations but Zidane can do what he did and still win...

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  • 119.
  • At 02:03 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Martin Reilly wrote:

The penalty shoot out still doesn't feel right. Why can't we get the game settled by removing player every 5 minutes from the start of the extra time period. The game continues until a goal is scored to decide the tie. It wouldn't go on forever. After 20 minutes of extra time both teams would have only 8 players each. The game would be so exciting and we would be rewarded with a goal to settle, COME ON FIFA. Let's do it.

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  • 120.
  • At 02:04 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Geraint wrote:

A dull final, full of diving and amateur dramatics, sums up about 90% of the competition. Only one game stood out in this WC and that was Italy v Germany, thanks to the refereeing.
FIFA's answer to the yellow cards? make it more difficult to be suspended.
FIFA's answer to discipline? - criticise the refs, not the players.
FIFA will kill this competition to an even more meaningless level of cheating and boring defensive matches.
Great organisation though, well done Germany. If the London Olympics are half as successful, we'll be lucky.

Beautiful game? Don't make me laugh.

By the way, why don't somebody run a competition for the World Cup. You know, best dive, worst goalkeeping blunder, best theatrical thrashing on the floor, most ungentlemanry conduct and so on. There'd be lots of interest and many contestants from all nations...

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  • 121.
  • At 02:05 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Mamoudou wrote:

Just pick this one from Le Figaro website, zidane was Insulted as a terorist by materazzi

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  • 122.
  • At 02:05 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Phil wrote:

Italian's are funny. Yes, that was no penalty in the 7'th, but how conveniently they forget that Matterazzi uses his left hand on the french defender's (was it Viera) left shoulder to stay up in the air an extra split second, enough to help him head the ball. Watch the replay that zooms in the front of the players invloved.

Bitter taste overall. We all lost a God whose statues we were ready to build and stories eagerly wanted to say to are grandchildren. Additionally, we can't be happy for Italy because unlike the admirable way they played in some earlier games after the 46th minute they were non-existant.

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  • 123.
  • At 02:08 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Matt Akers wrote:

Why are some so opposed to the use of video evidence in deciding the outcome of incident's like Zidane's? The world cup - and indeed any tournament - should be decided on who plays the best football, within the rules, and not what the referee or his assistants happen to see with no electronic assistance. If technology can be used to assist, and remove any element of doubt, then surely that's a good thing? And if that includes electronic tracking of the ball and the players, so be it.

I'm also surprised more people weren't dismayed by the shambles that was the awarding of the cup itself. The winning team should wait until their captain is actually handed the cup before fondling, or kissing, or putting hats on it. Show a bit of respect, please.

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  • 124.
  • At 02:10 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • tehoco wrote:

"I think some rules changes are definitely needed to encourage attacking football and a good start would be making a 0-0 draw worth zero points."

That is missing the point a bit. I think, the group stages were ok in terms of positive play. The problem really started in the knockout stages where there was hardly any goal. The same you can observe in the champions league. Group stages are ok, but knockout stages favour safety-first football. It might be a solution to get rid of the knockouts and have 3 successive group stages. E.g.

a) 8 groups, first 2 go through
b) 4 groups, only first goes through
c) 1 group, first to be champion

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  • 125.
  • At 02:13 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • cameron wrote:

ZiZou

we all love you and the world will remember you as one of the greats that football has ever seen, graceful, elegant, superb.....we still love Maradona like anything (remember the direct kick in 1982 followed by a red card/unprovoked), you could have punished materazzi and his likes by being a lil patient and winning the game in their face, you're human just like us, frineds of soccer, just be in his shoes for that match and imagine, its easy to criticize, and media friends, pls check to what materazzi said and did, you and only you can dig it out for us, and we deserve that truth
long live all the fans, long live soccer, long live Zizou!

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  • 126.
  • At 02:15 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rooney's Left Foot wrote:

On the Italy celebrations: I thought they were superb. Hard to imagine how it must feel to reach the highest point you've strived for all your life, and dreamed of since you were a kid, but their joy was a highlight of this fine tournement.
Pity it was only a penalty shoot-out and not a real victory. Maybe they should have played on til someone scored? On Zidane's headbutt, I wasn't even slightly surprised that he would do such a thing because he's done similar things all through his career. People kiss his arse though because he is such a great player. It is interesting to see that Buffon's complaints to the officials have not been blamed fro the dismissal!! Finally on England one day winning the World Cup again? With the likes of Crouch and Carragher in the team? hahaha....... Get real! ps I am English.

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  • 127.
  • At 02:22 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Sree wrote:

Zizou is the only guy who has entertained people around the world with his skills after maradona

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  • 128.
  • At 02:24 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • G wrote:

I am abit taken back by FIFA's decision to award the golden ball to Zidane despite his vioent display in Sunday's final; not because I don't think he deserved it but because it was a case of blatant differential treatment when Fifa representatives site C Ronaldo's behavior during the game with England as an influencing factor in not giving him a very much deserved "best young player" award and then award the golden ball to someone who violently attacked another player -- not just possibly appealed for a red card. In the end I can only justify this by thinking FIFA simply caved to public pressure against C Ronaldo - which English fans primarily placed through ridiculous online campaigns and overexaggerated booing - as opposed to the Zidane's high standing with the fans.

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  • 129.
  • At 02:28 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Kentish73 wrote:

Without knowing the facts as to what provoked Zidane into his last, horrific/tragic act, I defy anyone to condemn or defend him. Until the truth is revealed, what is left is a feeling of great sadness that one of the truly great players in the game literally bowed out in this fashion.

As for the tournament as a whole, the second best team won - both on the night and across the four weeks. France shaded it last night, but paid for their failure to support Henry in the second half.

That is not to begrudge the Italians, who have contributed hugely to the competition. Neither should we be suprised - their results leading up to the tournament were excellent - beating Holland and Germany in hugely impressive fashion. The featured in the finest match of the competition in the semi final. Much like Brazil, it is hard for neutrals to begrudge them.

Only Argentina threatened threatened to transcend the norm. They took one negative half step back in the quarter final, and paid dearly for it.

Great goals all round though, and I shall miss the daily coverage. I shed a silent tear as the credits rolled. I won't miss the woeful analysis on ITV - Andy Townsend and Ian Wright have little or no place on TV, and El Tel needs to be put out to pasture. But sniping aside, four years feels an awfully long way away this morning.

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  • 130.
  • At 02:29 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Anthony wrote:

If Matterazzi has a responsibility as someone said above, then surely C. Ronaldo also had a responsibility for getting pushed by Rooney?

I know alot was made of Rooney's 'stamp' but he had been fouled twice in quick succession by the Portugeese! I'm sure it was the push and the language Rooney used that got him sent off, not a questionable 'stamp'!

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  • 131.
  • At 02:34 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • ZZ sei grande, su' ... forza wrote:

i'm Italian,
... i think ZZ is one of the greatest ever,
and i don't like at all what Materazzi did.

i could understand what ZZ did,
however it was a big mistake.
i agree that Materazzi should have been sent off too.

still, Lippi has been a great coach,
and Italia has deserved,
think of their team spirit
and of their semi-final against Germany in Dortmund.

comunque,
ZZ sei grande, su' ... forza.

p.s.:
it's such a pain to see Materazzi
and Del Piero on the pitch.

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  • 132.
  • At 02:34 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Gattuso's underpants wrote:

Can't believe ZZ won the Player of the Tournament award.
What a nice example to set kids who will now think headbutting is an acceptable part of the game.

Italy deserved to win-France didn't. End of story.

And have you ever seen a better set of 5 penalties? No? Didn't think so!

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  • 133.
  • At 02:35 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • joe wrote:

Well Done Italy!!

A great end to the tournament for a team coming from a turbulent end of season back home.

Zidane.....well what a shame that such a great career had to end that way but his actions are inexcusable. Everybody knows verbal provocation goes on in almost every match but the good players just block it out and carry on, you would expect a lot better from Zidane after alll his years of experience at the highest level. I find it almost laughable how his teammates and coach try and defend his actions, if it was anybody else they would have been condemned, he ruined any chance they had of winning and to see how they react is so childish.

It takes a big man to admit you're wrong and so far Zidane hasnt!

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  • 134.
  • At 02:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • SuperJim wrote:

Big Sut, you hit the nail right on the head there.

too much posturing, preening, diving, and abuse from the alleged best players in the world. overpaid jesse-boys !

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  • 135.
  • At 02:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • sediar wrote:

First of all well done Italy 4 finally learning 2 win a penalty shoot-out(are u watching england?)but i must say france played the better football in the second half and extra time which is shown by the fact barthez didn't have 2 make a save during the actual match and the italians only looked dangerous from set-pieces and long balls up field (so thats why lippi had a season ticket at the reebok stadium)zidane was the best player on the pitch up until his imitation of an angry rhinoceros, and as 4 the early penalty it was a dive, but in the second half there was a tackle in the box by materazzi (i think) on malouda in which the italian made no contact on the ball so up 2 a point justice was done. but it is still a bit of a shame that defensive astuteness won the day over attacking creativity but in the end of the day the french had the players and time 2 score another but failed so well done italia...

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  • 136.
  • At 02:38 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Keith wrote:

Football was the real loser yesterday, the World Cup had plenty of false starts (Argentina - Serbia, Argentina - Mexico) but the semi-finals and final were an anticlimax.

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  • 137.
  • At 02:40 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Richard wrote:

All these posts seem to assume that only Materazzi made comments to Zidane and not the other way round. Professional sport in this age has incorporated seldging to a high degree by all players. So both French and Italians insulted each other but only Zidane lost his cool.

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  • 138.
  • At 02:41 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • kamran wrote:

Soccer friends,

i would like to propose a grand farewell to Zizou, maybe a series of three matches with a decent team with a befitting farewell, thats the least we can do for him,

French Football Association, dont let us down.

love you Zizou1

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  • 139.
  • At 02:42 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Dave wrote:

It was a largely unsatisfying final. Started well with good attacking play from both teams. Not certain about the penalty (probably not) but it seemed inevitable to me that Materrazi would come up with the equaliser. He just seemed to be the centre of the game so often. Italy played well throughout the fisrt half and France played the better football in the second half and in extra time.

The Zidane moment was very strange. It seemed to me that it was not done in the heat of the moment and doing it so visibly, increased his chances of being sent off. I just wonder if he wanted to be remembered in such a controversial way. He has been the greatest player in the world for the last 10 years or so and I cannot see any other reason why he would have done this. The Italians have always been known for gamesmanship, like many others, but Zidane played club football in Italy and should not have been surprised by that.

The final lost a bit of gloss after that but the Italians took their penalties well, as did the French. I guess it was just that close between the two teams.

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  • 140.
  • At 02:43 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • OJ wrote:

Revealed, what Materazzi said to Zidane:

https://tinyurl.co.uk/5jzf

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  • 141.
  • At 02:43 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Phil Morgan wrote:

An average final - was it a record for so few shots on goal? Italy were brilliant in the semis, but let even a 10 man, very average, French side dominate them in the final. What have we learned? Cheats prosper and England will never win anything unless they can put out 10 outfiled players who are comfortable in possession of the football (as the genuine quality sides do). Most of our players want to get rid of the ball as soon as they get it, and our skill level is still way below that of the emerging nations. Poor coaching in the UK at all levels must be the problem, and will have to be sorted if our National team is ever to live up to the hype.

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  • 142.
  • At 02:46 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • marco wrote:

why zidane..??
cos he s son of algerian immigrants ??

for all the men here who s putting your hand and write out loud..poor zidane...haha..i guess you just simply jealous never know what is a real sport mean..(you probably in your whole life just sitting down in your fat ass with potato chips :P


viva la france


last
Viva Zidane

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  • 143.
  • At 02:47 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Vince wrote:

I notice a headline that says "
Gallas claims Zidane was provoked".

Yet in the text of the article he only says,

"I didn't see it but sometimes football is not only with the ball. Sometimes when you have a player who is very clever and says something to you then maybe you are angry and want to 'kill' that player; Maybe, and I say maybe, he has made a mistake."

He never calims Zidane was provoked, only says it is a possibility. It seems to me that this is a (blatant?)journalistic distortion.

Gallas also said, "When I see this, I want to smash his face,"

It seems we are moving AWAY from responsible play with this sort of reporting.

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  • 144.
  • At 02:47 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • chelsea wrote:

What a deception!!!! this competitions. I'm neutral,before the competitions began, i thought it was going to be full of surprises,but i should say i'm disappointed from what it turned out to be.

Never been a French fan, but to tell the truth, they deserved winning the this worldcup. Most people thought and hoped they got kicked out of it at the 1st round, but they went in giving their best and suceeding in being 2nd in their pool not their best i guess, went on defeating other great nations in football like Portugal, Spain, Brazil, etc,then got to finals.

On the other hand,the Italians had it all easy from start to finish and yet not demostrating anything wonderful in their style of play, with their bunch of attackers the took along.What a deception!!!! They had Australia, Ucraine, Germany on their way to finals.Boasting they had it though all through. I thought the French were cunning, till i met Italians, these people are the greatest hypocrits and cunning set of people, in and out of the football pitch.

In years back, they had been noted for their violence during tournaments, in the case we had during this finals,we shouldn't forget Thierry Henry was knocked down at the 1st minute of play ,already giving us an alight of how the game could turn out to be. I do not addmit Zinedine Zidane's action on the pitch, but frankly speaking, that video should be reviewed because it seemed he was grossly provoked verbally during play, pushing him to commit such an action knowing he was almost "out" of international football .I don't think it was something said to him lightly that would provoked him to such an extent, do what he did and maybe it wasn't the 1st or the 2nd time it was happening.Too bad, he did it.

I still say the French team was a better one and deserved winning than the italian team.

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  • 145.
  • At 02:47 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • OJ wrote:

Revealed, what Materazzi said to Zidane:

https://tinyurl.co.uk/5jzf

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  • 146.
  • At 02:50 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Enrico wrote:

I am of Italian descent but was born in the UK. I supported England until they were knocked out and then naturally Italy. Regardless of this I simply admire good/great football no matter which teams produces it, and I abhor cheating (which is ruining the game) by any team, even England or Italy.

I think people need to step back a little and try to be objective. It wasn’t the greatest World Cup but it was certainly one of the best staged, and the Germans are to be commended for their efforts and the wonderful interaction they brought about with the fans through the special fan areas etc.

On the whole I found the games enjoyable and despite many comments thought that most teams tried to play attacking football - some of you have short memories, I can recall many world cups, and finals, where negative play dominated.

I disliked some of Italy’s tactics but on the whole I actually thought they dived/simulated etc far less than many other top teams (France included). Also, people seem to be forgetting that Italy put on the performance of the tournament in the wonderful game with Germany (who I also thought showed great spirit and were a credit to the home nation).

Certain commentators got it right when they pointed out how Lippi has done a marvellous job in the face off domestic adversity, and did what Sven could never hope to do in a million years, namely engender a wonderful team spirit and make very sound player and substitution decisions! Yes, just to avoid doubt, I loathe Sven and his greed-driven, amoral conduct - good riddance (and the FA should be ashamed too)!

Let’s make one thing clear - no one knows what Mataerazi said!!! Zidane is being painted as this innocent victim but he also has a history of violent and abusive behaviour too, and no matter what was said, the reaction was a disgrace. When players get paid the money they do, and enjoy the fruits of fan support, I believe they have a higher duty of care - would I be similarly defended if I head butted someone in the street for an (alleged because we don’t' know) comment? Do we know that Zidane didn't said anything abusive during the match - until the facts are know, no one is in a position to criticise Materazzi.

I feel for the French team but I do not see that they were any more deserving than Italy. Italy dominated the first half and then fell back into old habits of defending in the second, but like many others have said, each team plays to its strength and available resources, and Italy's is incredible defensive fortitude. And, they showed incredible mental and technical skill in the penalty shoot out. They were deserved winners, but equally I would have congratulated France if they had won and Zidane had not acted as he did.

Let’s celebrate the World Cup – I for one enjoyed it. The hosts and fans were wonderful and on the whole most teams tried to play attacking football. Germany – Italy was an incredible game and the final had great tension of not the greatest football. Zidane remains one of the true greats but he, and the French team, should take responsibility for his actions and apologise. Hopefully in time he will be remembered for the right reasons, but he is a grown man in control of his actions, enjoys a wonderfully privileged lifestyle, has a high degree of responsibility as a consequence, and should face up to what he has done. This will help to put the incident into context against his great career and finally put it to rest. Continued excuses by him or his team mates will achieve the opposite effect.

Don’t deny Italy their moment of glory; don’t forget France enjoyed theirs in the past. Its an imperfect world so lets at least focus to the positives. For what its worth I’m looking forward to the Europeans and the next World Cup. In closing, football could learn a few lessons concerning sportsmanship and respect from Rugby Union – only the Captain should be able to speak to the referee for example. I remember a great quote: Football players spend the whole game pretending they are injured; rugby players spend the whole game pretending they’re not!

And finally, I see no problem allowing Refs to penalise diving. Some say they can’t be sure etc, well they can’t be sure when they give yellow cards for other offences, but that is their job, they are required to make spot judgements and I see no difference in assessing a dive to assessing a foul – diving needs to be stamped out (sorry Wayne, no pun intended)!

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  • 147.
  • At 02:51 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Brian wrote:

Though a Portugal fan I very please to see Italy win. With the state of Italian football at stake this shows the importance of Italian Football and most importantly the quality. The English meadia constant rant of Portugal was tiring simply put the English wewe poorly put together and poorly managed. I think the foul by Zidane is just on of this things even the best slip up, we should not look at that one moment and judge a wonderful player. In my mind Zidane is right up there with Pele probally better.
Going back to Portugal I hope Christano stays with Manu he needs that guidance from Sir Alex going to Real Madrid will destroy his career all i can stay Sir Alex can work it out.

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  • 148.
  • At 02:51 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Austen wrote:

The World Cup reminds me of a casino. All the losers think they were robbed and swear they will do better next time. And the final was no exception.

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  • 149.
  • At 02:52 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Brian wrote:

Though a Portugal fan I very please to see Italy win. With the state of Italian football at stake this shows the importance of Italian Football and most importantly the quality. The English meadia constant rant of Portugal was tiring simply put the English wewe poorly put together and poorly managed. I think the foul by Zidane is just on of this things even the best slip up, we should not look at that one moment and judge a wonderful player. In my mind Zidane is right up there with Pele probally better.
Going back to Portugal I hope Christano stays with Manu he needs that guidance from Sir Alex going to Real Madrid will destroy his career all i can stay Sir Alex can work it out.

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  • 150.
  • At 02:53 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Enrico wrote:

I am of Italian descent but was born in the UK. I supported England until they were knocked out and then naturally Italy. Regardless of this I simply admire good/great football no matter which teams produces it, and I abhor cheating (which is ruining the game) by any team, even England or Italy.

I think people need to step back a little and try to be objective. It wasn’t the greatest World Cup but it was certainly one of the best staged, and the Germans are to be commended for their efforts and the wonderful interaction they brought about with the fans through the special fan areas etc.

On the whole I found the games enjoyable and despite many comments thought that most teams tried to play attacking football - some of you have short memories, I can recall many world cups, and finals, where negative play dominated.

I disliked some of Italy’s tactics but on the whole I actually thought they dived/simulated etc far less than many other top teams (France included). Also, people seem to be forgetting that Italy put on the performance of the tournament in the wonderful game with Germany (who I also thought showed great spirit and were a credit to the home nation).

Certain commentators got it right when they pointed out how Lippi has done a marvellous job in the face off domestic adversity, and did what Sven could never hope to do in a million years, namely engender a wonderful team spirit and make very sound player and substitution decisions!

Let’s make one thing clear - no one knows what Mataerazi said!!! Zidane is being painted as this innocent victim but he also has a history of violent behaviour too, and no matter what was said, the reaction was a disgrace. When players get paid the money they do, and enjoy the fruits of fan support, I believe they have a higher duty of care - would I be similarly defended if I head butted someone in the street for an (alleged because we don’t' know) comment? Do we know that Zidane didn't said anything abusive during the match - until the facts are know, no one is in a position to criticise Materazzi.

I feel for the French team but I do not see that they were any more deserving than Italy. Italy dominated the first half and then fell back into old habits of defending in the second, but like many others have said, each team plays to its strength and available resources, and Italy's is incredible defensive fortitude. And, they showed incredible mental and technical skill in the penalty shoot out. They were deserved winners, but equally I would have congratulated France if they had won and Zidane had not acted as he did.

Let’s celebrate the World Cup – I for one enjoyed it. The hosts and fans were wonderful and on the whole most teams tried to play attacking football. Germany – Italy was an incredible game and the final had great tension of not the greatest football. Zidane remains one of the true greats but he, and the French team, should take responsibility for his actions and apologise. Hopefully in time he will be remembered for the right reasons, but he is a grown man in control of his actions, enjoys a wonderfully privileged lifestyle, has a high degree of responsibility as a consequence, and should face up to what he has done. This will help to put the incident into context against his great career and finally put it to rest. Continued excuses by him or his team mates will achieve the opposite effect.

Don’t deny Italy their moment of glory; don’t forget France enjoyed theirs in the past. Its an imperfect world so lets at least focus to the positives. For what its worth I’m looking forward to the Europeans and the next World Cup. In closing, football could learn a few lessons concerning sportsmanship and respect from Rugby Union – only the Captain should be able to speak to the referee for example. I remember a great quote: Football players spend the whole game pretending they are injured; rugby players spend the whole game pretending they’re not!

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  • 151.
  • At 02:54 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • jennifer conway wrote:

Of course Zidou should be sent off BUT I and many others want to know what Marco M said to him to warrant a visibly fully conscious act of agression! Was it racist...? If so it is time that FIFA et al. got their acts together about racism on the field not only off it. If it was racist (which strikes many as likely) it would be tragically ironic that Zidane, who carried the emblem of anti-racism onto the World Cup playing fields,were felled by such primitive cat calling. Clearly the manager knows what was said....time for the fans to know so that such acts of physicalAND primitive provocative taunting do not go unpenalised.
Zidane has put up with racist attacks from many corners both in his private and his public life. He remains one of my heroes....alongside the Dalai Llama!!

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  • 152.
  • At 02:54 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • rezza wrote:

At Zidane after Golden Ball award why not provide to him Fair Play award as well

Shame on FIFA

Italy 4 Stars

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  • 153.
  • At 02:54 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Jorge wrote:

Nice one!!! Zidane gets the best player of the tournament trophy after headbutting Materazzi!! Yet C. Ronaldo looses Best Young Player of the tournament trophy because he dives too much. Nice going FIFA!!! I guess violence is more excusable than diving!!

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  • 154.
  • At 02:55 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • jennifer conway wrote:

Of course Zidou should be sent off BUT I and many others want to know what Marco M said to him to warrant a visibly fully conscious act of agression! Was it racist...? If so it is time that FIFA et al. got their acts together about racism on the field not only off it. If it was racist (which strikes many as likely) it would be tragically ironic that Zidane, who carried the emblem of anti-racism onto the World Cup playing fields,were felled by such primitive cat calling. Clearly the manager knows what was said....time for the fans to know so that such acts of physicalAND primitive provocative taunting do not go unpenalised.
Zidane has put up with racist attacks from many corners both in his private and his public life. He remains one of my heroes....alongside the Dalai Llama!!

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  • 155.
  • At 02:56 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Remo wrote:

Ok--enough spin from the one sided viewers. Who cares what Matterazzi said? That goes on everywhere at every position in virtually every sport. This is not a beauty and the beast battle here. This is a STUPID reaction from a man who should have known better. A blatant head butt at that moment in the pursuit of the ultimate soccer goal is beyond qualification. And for those of you who like this beauty and the beast approach to the Zidane/Matterazzi conflict consider this. Sinde 2000 Zidane, excluding this World Cup, has received 26 yellow cards and three red cards. In the same period, playing defence Materazzi, excluding this world cup, is at 41 yellows and 2 reds. Certainly comparable--certainly to fellows who have seen their share of adversity. However, in this case, in that moment--congratulations to one and goodbye to the other.

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  • 156.
  • At 02:59 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • DP wrote:

I am still trying to figure out how much superior was France throughout
the game and that they should have won. Let's get to the facts:
1. The penalty simply did not exist (People tend to forget that and no one mentions this on their game comments)
2. Italy created the most dangerous opportunities:
a) Materazzi's goal
b) Overruled goal by offside (few, few inches ahead)
c) Luca Toni's header on Barthez post.

France had a late header from Zidane and a few Ronaldinho tricks form Henry, nothing concrete. Well deserved title for the italians.

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  • 157.
  • At 03:01 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Michael wrote:

To Stu T (#50): The referee did NOT use a video replay. The 4th referee clearly stated in interviews that he SAW it happen and then informed the referee. BTW, that's what he's there for.
To all: Zidane already had several incidents like this, so this shouldn't come as a surprise to all. What did Materazzi say? Well, let's see if we ever find out. Everything that he supposedly said is just the invention of some media so far. But no matter what, a professional player like Zidane should be able to ignore that. All players in all sports do things like that every day. So all here who now say that the Italians play dirty should first check out their own teams, because I bet they do it too. Why Zidane got the golden ball? Well, the media vote for the player who gets it and voting (for whatever reason) starts before the final and ends at midnight after the final. Last time it was even ending before the final. That's why Kahn got the award even so he let a ball slip through in the final. So blame FIFA for the confusion (which we should anyway do, because their performance was the worst in the whole tournament). So how about all "fans" of the loosing teams stop the bashing of the winning teams and rather try to get their facts straight. We Germans lost against Italy and I think it was one of the most exciting games of the tournament and they deserved to win. And now we're even (1990 we won in Italy)...

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  • 158.
  • At 03:01 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Mr C wrote:

What I love reading is how the totally uneducated in football claim there were no classic game sin this world cup! Did you not watch Germany Vs Italy in the semi-final? Is a classic game only one which is high scoring? The football - yes football - played by both teams in that semi-final was fantastic, and look at the way Italy played. They were so attacking - that the Germans had to start playing on the counter-attack for most of the game. The Italians passed the ball out of their own penalty box, kept possesion and control, and were so fluid it was unbelievable. And as for boring Italians, I think you'll find that only Germany scored more goals than them in the tournament - mmmmm, very boring indeed!!!!! Only defensive minded - totally lacking attack! Maybe look up from your beer glasses, appreciate good football doesn't have to mean loads of goals, and look at the stats! Then try and engage your brain to think before you write. And as for Zidane, inexcusable - he might have been taunted, but if you think it was only the italians doing that - then my friends I suggest you write to Santa Claus for your christmas presents, the easter bunny for your easter eggs, and leave those teeth under the pillow for the tooth fairy too!!!!

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  • 159.
  • At 03:04 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • mwalula wrote:


zidane is the best player after pele and maradona. we love u zizou!its sad that he was to end his football like that. but maybe that wat happens to great players even maradona finished bad in us 94.zizuo we miss ur football skills bye bye zizuo.
well done auzzurri

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  • 160.
  • At 03:06 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • jennifer conway wrote:

What did Marco M say?? Many of us want to know why he clearly made a visibly considered (not senseless at all!)attack on Marco M.......was it a racist taunt? Zidou has had to put up with too much racist attacks both private and public. IF Marco M taunted in such a primitive manner, it may be time for FIFA et al. to penalise not only the physical aggressor, but also the taunter - particularly as this World Cup took on an anti-racist platform. Tragic irony if Zidane fell victime to it.
So certainly a justified red card but Marco´s role needs clarification in consideration of unacceptable on field behaviour.

Zidane remains a hero. He made a choice - an unnacceptable one for football - and took the red card with dignity and no excuses. Quel homme complex et formidable!

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  • 161.
  • At 03:06 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • mastermind wrote:

Blatter is not a great president. He is not suited for the job. He does not play football. The world cup 2010 will be a desaster. Zidane's red card was not a problem but the penalty by Trezeguet. He missed in the champions league final against Dida. Barthez is worse than Coupet.

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  • 162.
  • At 03:06 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Steve Smith wrote:

What on earth must Matarzzi have said to Zidane? What ZZ did was terrible, but what invited such an action? ZZ should have risen above it - he was a great player with many years of experience.
About England though. One of the worse thing about the English is their memories. They have so many of them that they forget about now. England thought they were great because they beat Germany in a friendly a few years back and because they won the World Cup in '66. These things drag them down. Better that they had not won so that they can think about the now and the future.

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  • 163.
  • At 03:10 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rupert McClean wrote:

Loyika (comment no. 93). I love how you care so much about racist slurs but open your post with "Mr Materazzi and his Italian mafia crew...". Maybe that's what Zidane said last night to provoke Materazzi?

evviva, evvivaaaa!!

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  • 164.
  • At 03:13 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rolf Habich wrote:

What a sad end. The better team lost.

The French were even denied a penalty, but that was after they had got the first one - and no ref in the world gives a second penalty in a match of this category, unless someone gets virtually killed.

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  • 165.
  • At 03:19 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Francesco wrote:

@ Loika (93)
It is NOT the first time Zizou headbutts opponents. It already happened in Champions League when he was playing for Juventus.
He's not a saint, he's probably the best player of the last 10/15years, but he's no saint.

Stop accusing Materazzi (who's no saint either) and accept that human beings sometimes make mistakes (although they are grat at playing the ball) and have to pay for it.

I've see so many high elbows from the French defenders that I am astonished that none of them was captured by your moral-ethic detector (also the French dive that got them the penalty).

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  • 166.
  • At 03:21 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Dan wrote:

I thought this was the worst World Cup I've seen. And I'll give you my reasons. England. Beckham. Sven. Lampard. Owen. Tactics. Heat. Ronaldo (fat). Ronaldo (thin). Referee's. Switzerland v Ukraine. Zidane's headbutt.

I think that's all.

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  • 167.
  • At 03:22 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Stewart Ward wrote:

This world cup has simply highlighted what football has become. A business. Results matter, they make money. With business comes politics and lies. FIFA and UEFA are rife with it.
Players with an ounce of talent are grossly overpaid, because the media will blow them out of proportion and then they see the way to make money from it. Some are happy to cheat to achieve what they want. The truly talented come with the flaws that taint so many geniuses, and are often vilified for it, because headlines make money.
I read how people defend all of this with excuses about this and for that, but lets be honest with ourselves, it simply reflects today's society. If you thought this was an entertaining world cup, then maybe your happy to accept this as sport, but me, as a lifelong player and football fan, I'm afraid the game I love is gone.

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  • 168.
  • At 03:27 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rooney's Left Foot wrote:

This blog has been hijacked!
Italy celebrations were joyous and wonderful, even if a penalty shoot-out is no way to decide such a match.
Zidane was a great - up there with Best, Maradona, Pele, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Platini, Zico, Garrincha, Baresi and Banks (2 defenders and a keeper - but try and get the ball off em!) What he did yesterday was totally in character. Pity he wasn't smart enough to wait another half an hour.
And England are not good enough physically or psychologically to compete at the top level, and will probably never win the World Cup again.

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  • 169.
  • At 03:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Francesco wrote:

Was Materazzi provoked by Zidane?
Maybe he called him "Mafia" or "Pizza" or "Spaghetti". FIFA should investigate......

Why do you think Zidane did not provoke Materazzi in the first place? Why do you think Materazzi provoked him? Prejudices: Materazzi is the bad Italian cheater and Zidane is the crystal clear French god of football.

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  • 170.
  • At 03:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • giancarlo neri wrote:

a few facts, my friends:
Italy has won 4 world cups, been in the final six times, in the semi-final
7 times, in the quarter-final 8 times.Italy has lost one of each on penalties before (1994,1990,1998)and, each time,it has not blamed the referee, fifa, the opponents, bad luck or the russian mafia: it has always blamed itself and its players for not being determined enough to win on penalty shots. When Italy goes to the world cup finals it never boasts about winning (Germany, England, Argentina)or thinks it has the best team anyway (Brazil, France, sometimes even Spain and Holland).I have been following the world cup since 1966 (Italy was kicked out in the first round by a north-korean dentist, Pak Do Ik...)and I know that with Italy anything can happen: we can win it all and we can be sent home early in shame. So we don't boast, we don't brag, we don't win the first game 8-0 to show the world how good we are and then we go home to whatch that great game on tape while the others play for the cup.We wait and see... we try to stay in and we usually play better and better as the tournament progresses.Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.We are especially proud of our players this time precisely because they won with their hearts this time, they played well at times and poorly in some games but they never gave up! If Italy is so bad, by the way, how come the only goals the opponents could score were one by our own defender Zaccardo and a penalty shot by Zidane that was a patent DIVE? Grosso didn't "dive" against Australia, by the way:he had the ball, he tricked the defender into an early tackle, the defender fell and prevented Grosso from shooting, a clear scoring chance, that's a penalty!I am an artist but I've played football all my life,and professionally too, that was a penalty, period. Thank you, see you in South Africa...

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  • 171.
  • At 03:41 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Emil wrote:

This is funny, you condemn materazzi for watherver he said to Zidane, however you keep insulting italians with mafia corruption etc etc etc..

Zidane is not new in filthy action, in 2000 he got disqualified for 5 games for a similar action..

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  • 172.
  • At 03:41 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • David wrote:

I didn't watch that much of the final because I had become disillusioned with the appalling level of gamesmanship in this year's World Cup. From Zidane being 'provoked' into a head butt and C Ronaldo's love of diving and pleas for Rooney's dismissal to Henry's feigned injury it seems that cheating is now a permanent and expected part of professional football.

Those involved in the game must be careful that football's appeal does not decline the same way as other sports have done once the public realise that cheating is common (such as professional cycling, ie Tour de France). Formula 1 clearly has more than one problem, but it seems unavoidable that this sport has also suffered through M Schumacher's willingness to ram his opponents if it is in his interest to do so.

Nothing will change unless those involved throughout the whole game have the will to confront cheating and label the perpetrators accordingly ie as cheats. Of course, this will never happen as the only thing anyone with authority in football is interested in is money.

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  • 173.
  • At 03:46 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • John wrote:

Hi zizou, You were the most discraceful player on the night, I am very dissapointed with you and matterazi, but fair enough no one knows what occured, but head butt to chest is not acceptable, cruel act, I hope you realized your dreams of writing history and winning 2nd world cup is gone because of your foolish act, when you look back at the mirror think carefully that your team made to the final, would they ever have a better oppurtunity than this.. Its a pity.

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  • 174.
  • At 03:48 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Donlin wrote:

Guess what Italy is good but Zidane is great. I think we all human and what Zidane did could have fallen to anybody. I don't want to say a lot but both Zidane and Metarazzi know better. I was disappointed at the replay of the whole incident I couldn't imagine him doing it but end of it all it's a psychological reaction, I wonder what Marco said to upset him, but there is no smoke without fire. Zizou, it's bad reaction but you are the best in football

Congratulations Italy!!!

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  • 175.
  • At 03:50 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • JCR121UK wrote:

Every talks about Zidane losing his self control, which for a man of his experience is inexcusable, however, here's another angle on this. What on earth must have Materazzi said to evoke this sort of reaction from one of the World's greatest players?

No doubt Zidane will have to give some explanation to FIFA for his actions and I strongly hope that whatever Materazzi said is made public and that FIFA recognise that such behaviour also deserves some penalty.

Football is a physical game and definately needs a set of rules to prevent the misuse of this physicality. We hear that FIFA are looking a diving and other acting upon the pitch, which is long overdue, but FIFA should look to clamp down on the often unheard insults insults that cause players to react in such a manner.

Zidane's reaction was full of anger, but it was also one of human nature. Materazzi's provocation was contrived and scheming. I ask you - who is the real bad guy!!!!!!

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  • 176.
  • At 03:50 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Donlin wrote:

Guess what Italy is good but Zidane is great. I think we all human and what Zidane did could have fallen to anybody. I don't want to say a lot but both Zidane and Metarazzi know better. I was disappointed at the replay of the whole incident I couldn't imagine him doing it but end of it all it's a psychological reaction, I wonder what Marco said to upset him coz he is a great player too, but there is no smoke without fire. For Zizou, it's bad reaction but he is the best in the world

Congratulations Italy!!!

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  • 177.
  • At 03:51 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Alan wrote:

No question about the merits of Zizou's sending off in this case, but there could be a move to reduce provocation in future - how about Big Brother mikes for all players? Technology should make them unobtrusive enough by South Africa 2010 and the promise of post-match review by officials and corresponding sanctions could reduce use of sledging.

Second, there has to be more use of post-match video analysis to penalise dives and other simulation with retrospective yellow cards (or red for two offences in the same game).

Third, how about bonus points for any team winning by two goals or more in the group phase - or even the second goal counting as an away goal (i.e scoring double in the event of a draw) in the knock-out phase? Perhaps that would prevent England and Argentina et al defending in depth if they ever get a goal up!

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  • 178.
  • At 03:52 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • giancarlo neri wrote:

a few facts, my friends:
Italy has won 4 world cups, been in the final six times, in the semi-final
7 times, in the quarter-final 8 times.Italy has lost one of each on penalties before (1994,1990,1998)and, each time,it has not blamed the referee, fifa, the opponents, bad luck or the russian mafia: it has always blamed itself and its players for not being determined enough to win on penalty shots. When Italy goes to the world cup finals it never boasts about winning (Germany, England, Argentina)or thinks it has the best team anyway (Brazil, France, sometimes even Spain and Holland).I have been following the world cup since 1966 (Italy was kicked out in the first round by a north-korean dentist, Pak Do Ik...)and I know that with Italy anything can happen: we can win it all and we can be sent home early in shame. So we don't boast, we don't brag, we don't win the first game 8-0 to show the world how good we are and then we go home to whatch that great game on tape while the others play for the cup.We wait and see... we try to stay in and we usually play better and better as the tournament progresses.Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.We are especially proud of our players this time precisely because they won with their hearts this time, they played well at times and poorly in some games but they never gave up! If Italy is so bad, by the way, how come the only goals the opponents could score were one by our own defender Zaccardo and a penalty shot by Zidane that was a patent DIVE? Grosso didn't "dive" against Australia, by the way:he had the ball, he tricked the defender into an early tackle, the defender fell and prevented Grosso from shooting, a clear scoring chance, that's a penalty!I am an artist but I've played football all my life,and professionally too, that was a penalty, period. Thank you, see you in South Africa...

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  • 179.
  • At 03:57 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • aloha wrote:

@ 178: Don`t be too proud of the four stars. I personally think it is a disgrace to a great footballing nation that the players still wear the star for 1934 WC on their shirts.

If the FIFA had any honour that whole WC would have been annulled years back.

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  • 180.
  • At 04:00 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • azzuro wrote:

Well, it's the morning after here in Berlin and I'm still screaming Campioni del Mondo!!!! I'm so happy to have witnessed a second WC win in my lifetime it's hard to describe the sheer joy. I've read many of the comments here, I can only say I was disgusted by what Zizou did being the best player of his generaation and even more so by the racial abuse of the French fans against us Italians after the sending off. It makes it all the sweeter given our recent history in football (Trezeguet missing the penalty to repay the golden goal of euro 2000)to defeat France this way. To the arrogant aggressive French fan who told me we would be crying after the match, who is crying now, hahahahah. We are the champions, none of your German, English, French whatever excuse making and envy is going to erase our 4th World Cup! SUCCAAAA!

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  • 181.
  • At 04:01 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Ben Dover wrote:

Why are people talking about Zidane "scarring Materrazi for life"? That's an absolute joke. All he did was touch him in the chest. Zidane is not an idiot as many others have called him. He is the most intelligent player we have seen for the last 20 years and has huge amounts of experience. He was provoked by something, something that we will all find out within a week's time. Then everyone will shut their faces and start saying that Zidane is a genius and a great man once again.

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  • 182.
  • At 04:01 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Jim wrote:

Should great players react to provocation? the late Jimmy Johnstone of Celtic played against Rangers many times. In one such match he was hacked down by John Greig four or five times in a row. Each time he just got up, received the ball from the free kick and ran at Greig again. Finally in exasperation, he said to Greig "Are you trying to intimidate me?". That is the mark of a truly great player.

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  • 183.
  • At 04:06 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Flabiosa wrote:

Materazzi should have seen red..no doubt, because it is believed that he insulted Zidane's descendary...him being of Algerian origin, I think he might have been(or his parents) called a 'harki', which meant that he approved french colonisation. personally, I think it was a really good head butt. Well, if u decide to go out like Zidane did(he must have been sure that he was going to get a red card), that's just the way to do it...bad luck Materazzi..I hope you still have butterflies in your stomach. Let us not reflect on this incident when we think of Zidane...remember him for his great achievements...Zidane is a living legend...

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  • 184.
  • At 04:18 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • singhs wrote:

Two things....Zizou is a gerat player and the better team lost the cup! Having said that, Zidane should have know better. Finally, Materazzi gang and C.Ronaldo et al. are in the same category- drama queens!

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  • 185.
  • At 04:21 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Carsten Jancker wrote:

Post No. 178: That's cute, actually Germany has won 8-0 in 2002 in the first game (great entertainment, a pitty for the Saudis though) and then met Brazil in the finals. You are right, you never win the first game in style, but you are wrong, too: That doesn't always bring you further than those who don't refrain from playing entertaining football - where were you in the finals then?

Actually I thought that Italy's football wasn't bad (good games against Ukraine and Germany (you outplayed us and deservedly went to the final), satisfying final), but I simply do not understand the Italian belief that a 1-0 is better than a 3-2 when it's mostly not.

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  • 186.
  • At 04:29 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • kenyarunner wrote:

Indeed, I agree with you I watched the movements of the Italian Materazzi he kept talking and holding the shirt and daunting him all the time. It was clear that the Italian had bad intention.

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  • 187.
  • At 04:30 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Moondog wrote:

REVEALED: WHAT MATTARAZZI SAID TO ZZ.

"Hey Zizou.I hear that someone said that you wouldn't even get into the England first eleven"..


Now if someone said that to me ..I'd go mad too..!!!

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  • 188.
  • At 04:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Aristides47 wrote:

Why can't I bring myself to celebrate Italy's victory? The French team was superior.
Why can't I not find words to trash Zidane for his action? He is only human; I have seen all sorts of video clips about the incident and two things are abvious: the players had a "close encounter" and exchanged words; Zidane was ready to move on and play, Materazi kept taunting him.
Some of you have said that the taunting and psychological games are a part of the game. I say that it is also a part of life and in real life sometimes people kill for prolonged and excessive abuse. I don't defend Zidane; I applaud him!

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I was really trying to look for the "best" team that should have one this cup (but didn't) and really couldn't find it. Italy did what they had to do, depending on the needs of each game. One man down to Australia, they defended. Against Ukraine, they attacked. Against Germany, they desperately went for the goal and against France, they levelled and then played the "catenaccio". If France were so much better, then wouldn't have surrendered the 1-0 lead.

Therefore, congratulations to the Italians, French and Germans for their teams' delivery. To the Argentineans for their show and to the English for being loyal fans in spite of their poor team management.

Cheers.

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Bubba @ 183 I love you! Best comment on the whole blog.

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  • 191.
  • At 04:44 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • I <3 Gattuso wrote:

I admit that I was rooting for Italy, but deep, deep, deep down in my heart I wanted Zidane to go out in a blaze of glory and win it all. He is and has been a spectacular player to watch. When he head-butted Materazzi, I was appalled. I felt so hurt. It was a feeling of total disallusionment; a moment where a man who I viewed as a noble, old-school soccer-playing, no-diving, no histrionics leader sink to his lowest. To make matters worse, he was the captain. His actions were unforgiveable, but not only because of what he did but also because of the circumstances. He himself as well as his team and country down. As a captain, he should have had the self-restraint to not respond, or respond less intensely. Why go for a head-butt? Why not just a push? You'd get a yellow and still feel some sort of pride for standing up for yourself. But on a different note, if you're going for a red anyway, why not aim for the face? The face is so much more delicate and mushy compared to the sternum. ZZ could have easily drawn blood and REALLY taught Materazzi a lesson. I'm an Italia fan and I don't even like Materazzi. I mean granted he scored the tieing goal but he lacks the charisma that Gattuso, Cannavaro, and del Piero have and frankly feels like a one dimensional bowl of bland oatmeal to watch.

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  • 192.
  • At 04:48 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • miriam wrote:

Ali G: "Is it becuz I is black?"
Zidane: "No, it is becuz I is black...

Oh, wait - I forgot, I'm the same colour as Materazzi.
I have to change my racism excuse tout de suite.

The end.

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  • 193.
  • At 04:49 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • jt wrote:

its great tat Italy managed to overcome its domestic scandals to win the World cup but if u were a cynic (like me) u would wonder if Italy at all deserve to play with players likely embroiled in corrupt practices. If u were a cynic (like Lippi) knowing that Italy's weak spot was penalties to train your players specifially for penalties so tat they aim directly into the centre of the goalmouth where it has been statistically proven to be most likely to work. (check replays of the Italian penalty shots if you don't believe this). If you were a cynic and master tactician you would know that France has been steadily building up a huge momentum and hunger to win thanks largely to Zidane and that the best way to unstabilise that is to get him taken off. Also if you were a master tactician and investigate ZZ's career you would know tat he can be provoked and tat Portugal's obvious dives and accusations are too crude.
tat's just my cynical side of course but who knows what really happened or Italy got lucky again. (witness their cruisy route to the semis)

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  • 194.
  • At 04:50 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Don Cunningham wrote:

Isn't football the only sport where the spectators have to sing to amuse themselves while the game is in progress. It's so boring, all that midfield play.

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  • 195.
  • At 04:52 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Mahesh wrote:

I don't think Italy deserves to win the cup.

Except for last 15 minutes of the first half, they were looking lost.

They don't have sportsmanship. The win against Australia in the pre-quarterfinals was the most dubious one. That was probably the most controversial penatly given in the whole touranament.(sic)

Sometimes teams which plays bad wins and vice versa.

That's life....

Nevertheless, Zizou continues to shine as always. It's a treat to watch him play and that's what's most important for me as a FAN from a Nuetral country.

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  • 196.
  • At 04:57 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • footiefan wrote:

Personally, I think that Materazzi was outright rude and v.bad play. And as for pinching him...Materazzi is such a disgrace.
I'm not saying that Zidane was right to headbutt Materazzi, and I agree that it was a red card- although how can Materazzi feel completely happy?He rudely insulted Zidane, but I doubt he has the scruples to really care.
And also the Italians, they were happy but not exuberant as the usual WC winners.

Zidane to me is still a brilliant player who had to suffer these racist insults. I agree that it would be so much better if he left Materazzi alone, but that was the final tether. A shameful end, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't a brilliant player.

I thought France were the stronger side too, the Italians were visibly struggling. With their best players off France were brilliant.

An overall okay World Cup, could have been better- disgraceful behaviour from certain players and teams. Fantastic hosts though and brilliant fans.

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  • 197.
  • At 04:59 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Anonymous wrote:

Personally, I think that Materazzi was outright rude, and plays dirty. And as for pinching him...Materazzi is such a disgrace.
I'm not saying that Zidane was right to headbutt Materazzi, and I agree that it was a red card- although how can Materazzi feel completely happy?He rudely insulted Zidane, but I doubt he has the scruples to really care.
And also the Italians, they were happy but not exuberant as the usual WC winners.

Zidane to me is still a brilliant player who had to suffer these racist insults. I agree that it would be so much better if he left Materazzi alone, but that was the final tether. A sad and shameful end, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't a brilliant player.

I thought France were the stronger side too, the Italians were visibly struggling. With their best players off France were brilliant. I don't believe that Italy deserved to win- football wise, but they won.

An overall okay World Cup, could have been better- disgraceful behaviour from certain players and teams. Fantastic hosts though, and brilliant fans.

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  • 198.
  • At 05:04 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Michael wrote:

It's amazing how people react in this blog. They call Zidane a disgrace and Materazzi a disgrace and maybe Italy, Portugal, Ballack, C. Ronaldo and so on. Guys, wake up. The only disgrace to this sport I see is actually your attitude here. Maybe you should learn from us Germans. When we lost in the semi-final, I saw not one or two fans walk over to the Italians and congratulate them, I saw hundereds do so. If your team looses, they loose because they don't take their chances. Not because of red cards, dives or whatever. Example? England played much better without Rooney, so what did the whole incident have to do with England being kicked out? Another example? France made it to the penalty shoot out even so they were only 10. Both teams lost because of bad penalty kicks, not because of the red card. So stop spreading rumors about what Materazzi has said (because none of you knows), or about the 4th referee using video evidence (because he didn't, but actually saw what happened) or even suggesting that Italy bought this title (sorry, but all conspiracy theories are just showing that those who even bring them up are brainless idiots; and BTW, no player is charged in Italy). Congratulate the winners, because they deserved it, and try again in 4 years (where Germany will win their 4th... :-)

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The WC in 1934 was played and we won it, why are you wearing your star then? Did you actually score a goal?

This Wcup goes with the ones in 2002, 1998, 1994 and maybe 1990. Not great wcups. The best wcups I witnessed are in 1982 and 1986.

You can say that we are cheaters,divers, mafiosi and we play catenaccio but you will not that the wcup away from us - you are just jealous, enjoy your star - Arrivederci.

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  • 200.
  • At 05:16 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Royston Vasey wrote:

A great stadium, and nice to hear Motson and co remind us of a darker past from when it held the olympics in 1936 and the treatment towards Jesse Owens.... wonder why there was no footage of the English national team standing in a line, arms raised saluting AH though?

Come on BBC - where's the impartial reporting of things? Cover up of the seedy history here - in for a penny, in for a pound I say - if Motson's gonna drag up the Jesse Owens thing, he might as well mention another of our countries shameful acts (interesting that the US team refused to perform such an act)

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  • 201.
  • At 05:20 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • I <3 Gattuso wrote:

In addition to my previous post, I would just like to say that I think ZZ is a magnificent player and deserves his accolades. However it wasn't until this blog that I had ever heard him be referred to as a "god." I think that's a bit of a stretch.

It comes down to this:
In this day and age, with sports being more about money and sponsorships than anything else, we football lovers are looking for our own Bests, or Peles, or Beckenbauers, to restore the honor and glory to the game.

Of this we should be very wary; that is, worshipping those who truly do not deserve it in a futile grasp at what football once was. As idealistic as I am in many respects, I'm afraid that those glory days are long gone.

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It is interesting to see how people chose to bend reality to fit in with their preconceptions instead of accepting what happened. If this had been any other player (Beckham's red card against Argentina?), the world would have blamed Zidane for being irresponsible and a thug. But since the world and the media are engaged in a Zidane love-fest, people are now trying to put the blame on the Italians.

Facts:

1) Zidane is the best midfielder of his generation. No doubt about it.

2) Banter on the football field is more common than you think. Or I guess you have never seen players go down in a tackle, shout at each other and then go back to playing football a minute later. It's part of the game. Not pretty, but part of the game. If you want to remove it that's a different story (and I might be with you on it) but please do not think of this as one-off - players are taunted and insulted by the opposition all the time.

3) If you look at this legally, Zidane literally assaulted Materazzi. Which legal system allows you to respond to insults with a headbutt that knocks down the other person? You would imagine that if this was outside the stadium Zidane would landed a few punches as well.

I respect Zidane, and love the dude but please, do not let your love for the player blind you to what actually happened yesterday. The whole French team is doing it, the french supporters are doing it and it's in really bad taste.

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  • 203.
  • At 05:21 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Antonio wrote:

total WC tournement :
better Italy than France
Final
Better France than Italy

for 188
If you want to be fair also remember how many other WC should have been
annulled then...
1966
1990 etc etc.....

ZZ did yesterday what already did in the past:
1) To play worderful
2) To loose his temper
Congratulation for 1)
blame without any justification for 2)
Does not matter what Materazzi did...
He is supposed to be a professional
Remember that all the big players are treated like this and upset all matches and only few of them has reacted and none in a WC final

Someone forgot about the treatment reserved in the European cup to Totti by the Danish (Civilized) defender and How after he was disqualified for the whole tournement because he spit
with images provided by the Danish television which knowing the lack of brain of the Italian player followed him all match ?
Did Totti reacted again ?
Zidane has done in the past and did it again
No excuse, just blame, and shame on who gave him any praise and price

Big Shame on FIFA... what an example
and they have a full web site for fair play .....

Big shame on Blatter ... after what he said on Italy before the WC he did not have the face to be there

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  • 204.
  • At 05:24 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • C.C.Nail wrote:

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  • 205.
  • At 05:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Mahesh wrote:

I don't think Italy deserves to win the World Cup.

Sometimes a team which does not play well, wins...

that's life and let's accept it.

To me, as a FAN from a South Asian Country, Zizou still shines as always.

It'a always a treat to watch him play and enjoying the game is most important to me.

French team played better in the second half and in the extra time.

Italy's much talked about defence was breached a number of times.

Red/Yello cards, it's all part and parcel of the game.

I don't know what traspired between Zidane and Materrazi, but if what has been quoted so far (rather filthy abusing) is true and if Mr. Marco Materazzi happens to say all of that in this part of the world, he would have been facing much serious consequences.

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  • 206.
  • At 05:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • TG67 wrote:

You are very mistaken about the conversation between Buffon and Zidane. If you could lip read Italian through your binocs you would have realized that the Italian keeper was telling Zizou that he had nearly caught him out and congratulated him on his effort...so much provocation. It was Materazzi who said something but Zidane, as a role model for million of children (including my own), should never have reacted like that.

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  • 207.
  • At 05:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Cuore Italiano wrote:

WOOO HOOO !! about time Italia!! and can I say a few things?!
1. That was NEVER a penalty!
2. Italy didn't play their best, but still played better overall than France in the game and the whole tournament!
3. they did not cheat like Gallas says! tsk the French are such bad losers
4. the French did not deserve to win, they didn't even score a 'proper' goal !!
5. I think ZZ should find his new career in Spain in bull fighting as the bull!!
and finally..
THE BEST TEAM WON! End of !!!

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  • 208.
  • At 05:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Francesco wrote:

The best comment from England fans I heard about the number of stars is: with too many stars you look like the McDonald's emplyee of the month.

I guess in South Africa if we will be there we'll look a bit like that.

But who cares

CAMPIONI DEL MONDO

PS all the rest is rubbish

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  • 209.
  • At 05:41 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • bonkers wrote:

"There are some things more important than football."

That's what David Trezeguet said about Zidane's headbutt.

Do you want to know why? I think its because Materazzi aimed a racist slur at Zidane.

Is it really honourable to place the desire to win a silly gold-plated little trophy designed by some commercial marketers ahead of the honour and pride in one's heritage?

Football is only a game, there are certainly some things more important than football - even the world cup.

In a way I am proud of Zidane - in some strange sense, he had his priorities right. He had courage and loyalty to his racial background and would not allow it to be cheaply insulted at any cost - even if it meant ending his career in shame.

He placed the honour of his family and people above his personal sporting ambitions - and in my book, that's something noble.

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  • 210.
  • At 05:42 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Francesco wrote:

The best comment from England fans I heard about the number of stars is: with too many stars you look like the McDonald's emplyee of the month.

I guess in South Africa if we will be there we'll look a bit like that.

But who cares

CAMPIONI DEL MONDO

PS all the rest is rubbish

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  • 211.
  • At 05:43 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Matt wrote:

I don't think anyone deserved to win this tournament or player of the tournament because the quality of football was poor even though there was some good goals scored. I think something bad must have been said to Zidane for him to react like that and the only thing I think he should've done different was wait until the after the game to do it.

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  • 212.
  • At 05:57 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Brian wrote:

It is sad, yet instructive. Everyone should get off their high horses and realize the important lesson here in self control for all of us, and then it won't be in vain.

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  • 213.
  • At 05:59 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Schweini 7 wrote:

All of us who have watched the game and followed ZZ's career know that he has a temper on him - this is the same with many great players, Maradona being the most notable. However, is a professional and an idol to millions - no matter what is said to you on the field the sign of a truly great profession is rising above and not taking the bait. Racism on the pitch, whether we like it or not, will always be there - especially where the Italians and Spaniards are concerned. The modern game being what it is, players will say anything that might wind up an opponent to put him off his game. Whether this is referring to one's origin or the size of one's genitals, it will go on. It's not nice, but there's little we can do save putting microphones on the players or on the referee like in rugby matches.

That said, if Zidane was really insulted and felt that he needed to let Materazzi know what he thought, he should waited. He should have waited until after extra time, after he had slotted in his penalty, after France had won the trophy. He could have then nutted the guy in the tunnel out of the way of the camera. I could see why Zidane reacted the way he did just by looking at Materazzi's gangster face.

I do like Zidane, and was mad at his sending off. Yes, he deserved it and I am not going to offer him any excuses. But it goes without saying that the Italians have a reputation that precedes them for this sort of thing, and they will never change.

If only the German defence could have held out for two more minutes, this World Cup would have been a true celebration; as it happens, a scandal-ridden country now has its grubby paws on the most coveted trophy in professional sport.

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  • 214.
  • At 06:11 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Valeriu wrote:

Overall, this year's World Cup was a joke! Before the final, I even swore that if the French would win, I'll never watch football again!(Grazie Italia!) So disappointed that the best team didn't win this competition(that's Argentina!), so disappointed that the English team made a joke of themselves(thank you Mr. Eriksson!), so disappointed that the Spaniards can't shake off the "perennial underachievers" tag, so disappointed by the likes of Ronaldinho, Robinho, Adriano and comp. and so disappointed by Zidane's act of thuggery last night! Thank you Zizou for what you did for France and Real, but that is just a disgusting way to finish your carreer! And, btw, Materazzi didn't do anything special, 90% of the players nowadays do that, you just have to focus on your game and not let go of your street combat skills! I am totally disgusted by the french officials, players and media reaction to Zidane's act... Once more, integrity and honesty is not something the french have; great job by defending Zizou and lashing on the italians! I hope that there will be a least a decade of drought for the french football so that all of you can learn what modesty is!(god, how I wished last night to hear Thierry Gilardy's comments... I bet he was speechless.. or praising the great french team and thumping the italians, as usual) Then, shame on Fifa and on those who just sit and don't do anything to strip Zidane's from his award; yes, he was one of the best players of the tournement, but that all changed when he headbutted Materazzi(don't the journalists who voted him feel any kind of quilt for giving him the award and not to the outstanding Cannavaro???)
And, in the end... someone here had a funny idea("is it fair that De Rossi should be world champion after getting a red card for that elbow in the match with the USA?") No, it isn't, so let's just strip the title from Zidane's 1998 World Cup as well! lol!!!

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  • 215.
  • At 06:25 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • MP wrote:

You people really make me laugh... If the "little drama" as you call it involved a Portuguese player, it would be major news. As it is, you sympathise with the French; unbelievable!
Zidane is a thug that should be arrested for assault. Instead of apologizing to his teamates and his Country for possibly costing his team the world cup (you never know what the outcome could have been if he had played on) he blames the victim. Regardless of what Materazzi said to ZZ, there is no excuse for that kind of behavior.
As for BBC, you really should try to be a bit more objective in the future.

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  • 216.
  • At 06:29 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • espa wrote:

'footie fan', a little bit misleading that one mate. One for the Trade Descriptions Act don't you think.

Please tell me of 'these racist insults' you speak of. Zidane's footballing stature is unquestionable but he's violently lashed on a number of occasions. He's no saint and nor is Matterazzi (who i'm sure WILL be completely happy, being a world cup champion and all) but I can't believe how many people are defending his actions and deflecting the blame towards Matterazzi.

In regards to the game Italy dominated the 1st half and created many chances, whereas France merely dominated possession in the latter stages. Whenever France threatened they were continually thwarted by a very special defence. Maybe it was a special defence that defeated a blunt attack but to say the French were robbed is very shortsighted.

Also, how can you question the exuberence of the Italian celebration?. It was the most honest and pure release of emotion I've seen from recent world cup winners. Very refreshing.

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  • 217.
  • At 06:29 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Rob Wallace wrote:

All in all, this tournament was a bit hit and miss...but undoubtedly entertaining.

Argentina showing some class in the group stages...

German with their attacking philosophy were a pleasure to watch...

England looked as if they'd rather be somewhere else...

I feel sorry for C. Ronaldo is a way. Every team, whether club or international, hassle the referee and try and influence his decision..it's just a shame that C. Ronaldo did it against the country where he earns his money. Rooney deserved to be sent off though..

Cannavaro for me was the player of the tournament, and i was a bit disappointed to see Zidane win the official accolade.

Cannavaro shone in every game, whereas Zidane was poor in the group stages, fantastic against Brazil, suspended for another game, and decent enough in the final until his moment of madness.

Winning the player of the tournament was obviously just a nod to the great players great career...

And in Materazzi's defence...whether he said something supremely insulting or something trivial; Zidane is a world class footballer, being paid unbelievable wages at the top level of the game. He is supposed to be a professional footballer. He cannot take the law into his own hands.

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  • 218.
  • At 06:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Ramesh wrote:

The world have finally awakened from an illusions created by a clown, better personafied on the football pitch as a Zidane....how many were there gushing "what a GREAT PLAYER" he was....he showed what a great player he was and what sort of greatness and sportmanship values that had been running in his system....to cheat

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  • 219.
  • At 06:35 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • brad wrote:

After 107 international matches, i am quite surprised to hear that you guys are castigating the One Guy who made football soooo much watchable. Among all the hypes and hooplas, Zizou was the one real star, who was in all honesty played, for most of the career, the way the game should be played.

France to be played beautiful football and they deserved the cup. The only thing great about Italy was that they accepted that they are second best and played with in their limitation.. Shrewd, but i am not sure whether this reason justifies them being world champions.

Materrazi pinched Zizou in his nipples...
It would be great if English press don't offer their word of wisdom.. Considering the fact tat they backed an mediocre team to win the wrld cup, is a good enough ex for their hypocricy... They would keep talking abt 1966 till 2066... Even God cannot save the queen and her country men...

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  • 220.
  • At 06:38 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • max wrote:

I'm sorry so many france supporters feel robbed, but they lost the game fair and square. Zidane or not they were not going to score again anyway and the penalty they got (and a couple of other such decisions earlier in the tournament) was lucky for them. How many times did henry dive in this tournament? I can't believe all the whingers on this board bemoaning France's "unfair" loss. Get over it YOU lost the match and YOUR captain lost his head. ITALY won despite all the pressure and all unfair whistling from the french supporters who didn't see zidane's head butt. Also for those who complain about Italy's boring style - sorry but did you forget that they scored more goals than France in this world cup? Also they beat germany 2-0 with two fantastic goals in an open and attacking match which all the pundits said was the match of the tournament. So just GET OVER IT and celebrate Italy's won ;o)

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  • 221.
  • At 06:46 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Gama Albuquerque wrote:

DISGUSTING ! So Zidane can do this because he was provoked, but Holland didn't provoke Portugal at all ! So Zidane gets the award, but Ronald doesn't because Ronaldo had no fair-play but Zidane had a lot ! So it was fine for the Italians to point the red card to the referee but the Portuguese could not do the same with Rooney ! So Ricardo defended 3 penalties but Buffon got the award for the best goalkeeper! FIFA is completely corrupt !
Ah, Portugal got the award for the most entertaining team. How come what is entertaining football is considered cheating, poor, a disgrace and so on ? Absolutely rotten all this affair. I bet there is no more than one Portuguese player in the ideal eleven, if that many...

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  • 222.
  • At 06:47 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • mario from pittsburgh wrote:

I think that of the four teams that made the semis, Germany, France and Italy equally deserved the title. I am not totally convinced on Portugal. For Italy, it came out on luck.. the luck of that goal at 119' against Germany.. the luck of the penalty kicks. But they were not more or less deserving than the other teams.
As far as Zizou, well.. his acts speak alone. There is plenty of trash talking going on and the best way to reply is with smarts not actions.. if Materazzi had offended my mother (or sister), I would have replied with an equally ironic comment and walked away. Use of witty sarcastic remarks is what makes stupid people snap.. in this case, the french comes out at the loosing end.

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  • 223.
  • At 06:57 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Pundit wrote:

Well done to Germany for staging such a marvellous World Cup. So good a time did you provide that you even had the English cheering you on (after England went out).

Congratulations too to the Italian team for winning an exciting match. Not a goal-fest, certainly, but a nail-biter up to the end.

Commiserations to a French team which fought well and hard. And congratulations to both finalists - and, come to think of it, third and fourth places - for exceeding expectations.

I'm afraid that the Portuguese team were rightly tarnished by their lack of sportsmanship, and inability to keep on their feet. I know that they think that this reputation is an English invention, but it was not English fans who were constantly booing Ronaldo in the games against France and Germany. Many people throughout Europe were thoroughly sickened by the sight of a player trying to get his (club) team mate sent off.

Whether he stays in England or goes to Spain, young Ronaldo is probably going to get a lot of stick from opposing fans next season (as did Beckham after the 1998 World Cup). His true character will have to emerge and the heckling will either make him (as it did Beckham) or break him.

As regards England, they did not live up to the massively over-hyped expectations. English supporters don't seem to "do" good teams. England, in their eyes, is either "the best team in the world" or "will never ever win another World Cup". The fact is that the English team contains a nucleus of good and very good players who, if they can play together as a team, are capable of playing well against any team. But the same could be said for quite a few other teams as well.

As it is, the English players didn't quite gell. Notwithstanding this, however, they went through the World Cup undefeated - having won 3 and drawn 2 - and conceded only 2 goals (both in the same game).

As for those who believe that we will never win because there are too many "foreigners" in the Premiership, that might come as a surprise to the Italians, whose top league has long been a mecca for overseas players.

Nor do I remember the English team thriving during that (quite recent) period when there were very few top overseas players in the top division - when English clubs were banned from European competition.

As regards ZZ ... what can you say?

Radio 4 had a good suggestion as to what might have been said:

Materazzi: We'll give you E50 million to head-but me and get sent off.
ZZ: Make it E100 million and I'll think about it.
Materazzi: Done ... but not in the face.

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  • 224.
  • At 06:58 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • JC wrote:

Winners take it all. Whatever I could say, we have lost and no one will care. I am very sad today for several reasons. The main being probably the way Zidane ended his career. Italy have always been the perfect example of what I hate in football. And be sure that it will last for long! It's funny to see how political correctness made its way into football. If you walk in the streets with your family and get insulted what are you supposed to do ? Smile and leave as a coward ? Zidane just reacted as a human being. With all the weakness of a human being. And Materazzi becomes a victim and a hero! It may have costed us the victory but I respect what ZZ did. Italy worthy winners ??? You cheat against Australia, you beat Ukraine while others play Brazil and Spain, you spend 2/3 of the final at 10 behind the ball and you deserve to win ???
Enjoy it people! If they manage to win playing this way, be sure they will do the same again and again!

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  • 225.
  • At 06:59 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • carmine wrote:

Face it....There were only two non-controversial plays in the game. Italy's goal and the penalty kicks.

I hear alot about Italy cheating and that Matterazzi provoked Zidane.

Regardless, Zidane on the biggest stage and in the biggest game of his life, the one that would cement his legacy....lost his cool, and may have cost France the cup and that is a big shame.

The score should have ended in regulation with Italy winning 1-0. For those of you who disagree, look at the replay on worldcup.com and see the French player go untouched on the play that resulted in a mis-called penalty kick.

Forza Italia

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  • 226.
  • At 07:11 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • dapo wrote:

Zidane was the best of his generation and for me, the best since Diego maradonna. What he did was unacceptable but he was only human and could pushed only so far. As for all you whiners, zizzou will be remembered for his genius on and of the ball and his leadership. Let he without sin cast the first stone. There goes a great man, whence comes another?

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  • 227.
  • At 07:13 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • wayne wrote:

Zidane's true colours have finally been shown to the entire world.
He is a violent coward. Some people are trying to excuse his behaviour. He will try the same thing. He will probably claim that Marco Materazzi said something racist, because that's the one thing that could make people forgive him. He will never admit having made a mistake, and he will never apologize. He can claim whatever he wants, he can lie, but after all:

There is only one witness to what one player may have said to another.
There are one billion witnesses to an act of physical violence on another player.

Nothing he claims will change the fact that he is a violent and unbalanced loser.

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  • 228.
  • At 07:14 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • SJM wrote:

Well I have to say I was rather disappointed. You cannot condone Zizou's actions of course, and you can't make an opinion based on what might have been said. Even Materazzi, whatever he might have said cannot be completely condemned; Zidane should have known better and saved it for later on. It was sheer lunacy, idiocy, whatever one might call it, but I dont agree with certain people who said that ZZ is s 'disgrace'.

No, in my mind, what was disgraceful was most of the Italian team. Hats off to guys like Buffon, Gattuso, Cannavaro, guys who made an effort to play the game the way it was meant to be played. Yes, it is everywhere now but if I was on the pitch I might have been tempted to punch Luca Toni (what a sham to see him on picked for the 'All-Stars', he did absolutely nothing the entire tourney) in the face for the amount of times we went down theatrically when he felt any French defender within a hundred yards of him in extra time alone (if the refs had stuck to the script he would have collected his two yellows long before and we wouldnt have had to put up with any more of that crap). Del Piero doing a spread eagle in the corner when replays clearly showed that the French players were at least a foot away from him. Grosso, being able to easily hurtle over Lucas Neill but instead dragging his back foot over Neill's prostrate body to earn a last gasp penalty (why is it considered 'clever play' to 'earn' a penalty?). Some may say that the first Malouda penalty was speculative. There may or may not have been contact as it was tough to tell from the angles given. However, he was definitely brought down later by Zambrotta (I think in this case the replays were pretty conclusive), which wasnt called so no one can really complain too much. It cannot possibly be perfect, people will always have something to complain about, but all in all, I thought the reffing has decent.

But what was this garbage that the Italians refer to as football? In the first half they played well. For the last hour they sat in a defensive shell and lumped it long to Luca Toni to bring the ball down (or himself down theatrically, if he saw fit). In other words they played for penalties. And that is why Italy will always be near the bottom of my list. They cheat more than any other team (well with the exception of Portugal, though more than Portugal sans Ronaldo), and they play the most negative brand of football imaginable. I am a supporter of the game of football and that is why I cannot be a supporter of Italy.

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  • 229.
  • At 07:23 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • burrito wrote:

I am French but not stupid enough to complain about the red card to Zidane : it was completely disserved.

But I really think that most of you are too tough towards Zidane... Are you human? Do you have any idea of what he was told at this very moment? Do you know that some insults are more harmful than being stabbed in the chest? I have a strong idea of what "these words" were but I am not going to describe it, pretty soon we'll have an "official" version and I hope that some of you will feel ashamed.

Some people thinks that "these provocations" are part of the game. I disagree. There is no honor in beating someone with such means, but no one got a red card for that. We saw in this world cup a lot of players falling "by themselves" in the penalty area. This is also not acceptable but again, no one got a red card.

Yeah, maybe Zidane is an idiot who does not know how to hurt people with insults, an idiot who still have his honor and would never let a silly young racist tell him what he wants....

As far as I'm concerned, I congratulate the Italians for their world cup, they played well and can celebrate this fantastic moment. I also say MERCI to Zidane, he did his best for the last time, he proved he was human and this is why we'll always love him.

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  • 230.
  • At 07:25 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • C J wrote:

I'm just so glad this world cup is over. Football these days is all about pathetic, posturing posers prospering from preening, play-acting and plunging, along with retarded ruffians rashly roughing their rivals.

(Come to think of it, that's what it's always been about, which is why I don't watch football...)

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  • 231.
  • At 07:29 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • carmine wrote:

Post 90. That was the best post of the blog. I would also remind everyone to look at the replay that resulted in the first penalty kick. A flop befitting an academy award!!!

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  • 232.
  • At 07:31 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Skain wrote:

Italy deserved the World Cup, they were more consistent than many teams & though many say France played better i beg to differ, Italy was more dangerous than france ever was & besides, France only started to play in round 16 against Spain. Zidane's head butt is disgraceful & will mark this final forever, he has no excuse, as for the provocation, everyone does it but the fool is who falls for it.

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  • 233.
  • At 07:33 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • mike wrote:

Zidane -- dives like crazy (verbal warning from the ref in the France-Portugal game that should have been a yellow card, at least five blatant dives in the final), has a mediocre tournament with just one good game, his long-standing violent tendencies predictably flare up once again -- result: everybody looking for excuses, FIFA gives him the Golden Ball.

C. Ronado -- is viciously and intentionally attacked and injured by the Dutch, is vilified by the Anglo-French press for diving (when he actually had fewer dives in the tournament than either Zidane and Henry -- certainly didn't win bogus pens like the French did) and protesting to the ref (just for a short protest standing up for his team mate -- when Hargreaves' yellow card for harassing the ref is ignored), plays several great games and is far and away the best young player in the tournament -- result: everyone gleefully joining the vile lynch-mob, FIFA denies him the Young Player Award.

Great going on fair play, FIFA!

Great going on fairness, objectivity and basic human decency, BBC!

I guess this is the message FIFA and the BBC want to give to kids -- if someone taunts you, violence is the answer -- or at least excusable.

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  • 234.
  • At 07:41 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Andrew Wright wrote:

I am not an 'azzuri hater', I think their semi final was superb.
But I do think that some of the nastiest features of the game and its surrounding setting are at their worst in Italy and its a tragedy that they won.
First, the racism on the terraces is notoriously foul. And if stories I hear are true its shared by not a few players. I am no patriot, being a Brit, we have had major problems with this too but thanks to the left the worst is behind us. But when people say Zidane ahs a temper, which he clearly does, tell me how many times it has been responses to cynically calculated racist abuse by players unable to match him with pure football? This is certainly the case with the Saudi Arabia sending off (dont tell me they are Arabs too and not racist, just listen to how Saudis talk of their migrant workers).
Getting back to Italy, the notorious cynicism of gamesmanship and negative defensiveness--which is even more of a crime when you can play with such fluency as we saw in the semi--is not purged from Italian football. Indeed instead I think the big money and the histerical tabloid veering from hero worship to savage pillorying makes players and managers more vervous and cynical. We Brits are the wrots in terms of press I think (they probably scared off Scolari), and I know form personal experience just as a teacher of football apprentices, that a lot of the old lags in the game are also rottenly corrupt. But again the Italian game seems to have raised this to an amazing intensity.
so its not anti-Italian snetiment so much as respect for the dignity and elegance that Zidane represents in the game and the that Italy showed so many of the nasty things, and for the fact taht France quite simply outplayed them in that final, for that reason I am very sad that a bunch of cheating crooks proveked the best player in the world and stole the world cup. Even their celebrations had a certain grossness and lack of dignity about them.
Much has been made of their team spirit--and certainly the the tightness of collective play is the one thing they showed more of than France--but frankly that just seems to mean they think they can insult not only Zidane but all of us and get results by hook or by crook. Have they no shame?
Italian football needs to acquire some dignity and put this crookedness, gamesmanship and racism behind it. It has no monopoly on these things, but it is in a bad way. LUckily--and you cant say this for England I am afraid, its clear that the culture also produces fantastic technique and flair.
Anyone who both loves footbal and who knows there are also more important things will see that what Zidane represents on both counts is the superior example to the 'results at any cost mentality'. If it really was a racist taunt he comes out of it a hero, if more people had responded in such ways to the scum that followed Hitler the game would not have been played in a stadium where once that monster ruled. Zidane's anger was not undignified; Materazzis sly calculated racism was.

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  • 235.
  • At 07:44 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • ric wrote:

The world cup final was one of the worst I've seen. Zidane.....? It cetainly gave the press a lot to talk about and it was such a sad moment to see a player like him walk off the fiel like that. When I saw the images of him passing by the cup with his head down I almost went into tears. To me he will always be remembered for the way he changed football, his influence to other players and his great leadership...what a legacy....and what a sad way to end it.

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  • 236.
  • At 07:50 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Chris Marche wrote:

If I were Zidane and the red mist had now past, I would also be deciding what I claim the insult was that provked me.
And obviously the worse I make it the more sympathy I would recieve.

Let me see now, he insulted my mother, my sister, he called me a terrorist ? Which would get me the most sympathy votes.

And meanwhile while I was taking this abuse throughout the game, all I was doing was being Mr Nice, I would never dream of saying bad things.
Although I do occasionally stamp on players (Saudi Arabia, two WC ago, and I was banned for five games for head butting someone else in Germany when I played for Juventus. But apart from that I'm really nice, its that cheating Italians fault, I'm just the poor victim.

Give me a break, he's just as loony as Rooney just older, and therefore even less excuse.

As for the Italians winning because of dirty tricks and cheating rather than skill, qualities we don't approve of here in England. Yeh right, watch how half their team will be snapped up by Premiership clubs, starting with Gatusso for Man U,
I can't wait... perfect replacement for Keane, we need him. Cannavaro would be good too, although I think Chelsea will get him.

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  • 237.
  • At 07:56 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Pine wrote:

- Zidane is sent off for the reason he is sent off and still gets the Golden Ball. Cristiano Ronaldo does not do anything against the rules but does not get the deserved best young player award. Only some need to give an example.

- Buffon pressed the ref before Zidane was sent off. Of course no one will say that Buffon sent Zidane off. However, everybody knows that it was Cristiano Ronaldo that sent Rooney off.

- Only the Portuguese are considered to be a bunch of agressive and slimy cheaters/divers, despite the fact that the behaviour of the french and italian teams is obviously similar... But being the french and italian teams, well... You know.

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  • 238.
  • At 08:12 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Chris Marche wrote:

"I think Materazzzi and rest of Italians were provoking him and French players constantly"

The honest innocent French on the other hand never said or did anything wrong, no fouls, no dives, no goading.....

Oh come on, have you ever actually played football, I mean really played, not just watched it on TV.

If indeed Matarazzi di say whatever he will be accused of saying, and it seems pretty obvious he did say something, but do you you think that was just out of the blue that there was no exchange, just a one way conversation?

What innocent fantasy world do you live in.
PS The Ester bunny does'nt exist either.

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  • 239.
  • At 08:36 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • dapa wrote:

I found the final very boring and not entertaining at all. I personally enjoyed the small final much more and I think that Germany played the best football in the tournament. They should have been the winners!

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  • 240.
  • At 08:41 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • nED wrote:

The Real Winner in this Word Cup is FIFA. A Multi-Billion Euro Organization with huge influence and absolute power. Most dominant Euro teams played a : low scoring, boring football. Typical, we scored a goal, let’s sit back and defend it, or let’s wait for the penalty shots, mentality. It is not fun watching nor entertaining.
The Word Cup has become a circus of Yellow and Red Cards. A whistle is blown every 10 seconds. I would like to see players play with passion and use their talents to play football not acting.
The French team was not really French. Most of their players are African.
Zidane is a looser. I don’t care if someone called him a pussy, violence is not tolerated.
The Italians are such a drama queens, so desperate to win.
In overall, a show not worth the money.
I find the African players very passionate and athletic. It’s fun to watch.
South and Latin American teams played a very entertaining football, as well.
Football should be beautiful to watch not boring, like nowadays.

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  • 241.
  • At 08:44 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Starr wrote:

What I don't understand is why no media has replayed the footage prior to Zidane's headbutting? It replayed once during the match and one could see (about 10 seconds prior to the incident) that Materazzi had grabbed Zidane with one arm around the chest. Did he do something physical to him as well as verbally provoke him? I just think it's very biased to show video of the headbutt without seeing what took place before. Plus I remember seeing occassions of Zidane helping up or rubbing an Italian player's head friendly. I find it quite hard to believe that a player such as Zidane who manages overall to let things rollover him and knowing this was going to be the highlilght of his career, would have, completely out of nowhere, randomly headbutted anyone. Besides, we have all seen that when a player has been wronged he is quick to raise/wave his arms to call the attention of the referees. Unless I'm mistaken, I did not see Materazzi doing this, which to me indicates that he knew he had done something wrong first (maybe even knew he deserved it) and wasn't suprised by Zidane's retaliatory action.

In addition, while Zidane's removal from the match certainly affected the play, he shouldn't be the sole blame for France's loss. Why hasn't anyone questioned Domenech's decision to substitute out his other star players? It's the finals of the World Cup! Why would you take them out?

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  • 242.
  • At 08:44 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • rara wrote:

In that game...
Materazzi is clever. He knew the soft spot of the opponent team. He know who, how and when to strike that spot. But, it´s scheming and cunning way to beat an opponent in a sport game.

Zidane is indeed a great football player. He is a genius and master of the game. But, his human nature still cloud his excellence in the sport game.

Zidane´s reaction was a mistake, and shameful, while Materazzi´s provocative action was wrong and disgraceful.

In the sports arena, Zidane showed an devilish reaction to a devils´(Materazzi)provocation.
Both showed their unsportmanship.

But despite that incident, between the two players, I can still admire Zidane as football shining star. But, I couldn´t afford to give regard to Materazzi as a crafty football star.


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  • 243.
  • At 08:48 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Italo Canadese wrote:

Anyone who has seen a Stanley Cup (ice) hockey final being played would be by now in stitches at reading some of the above comments.

At most, in hockey, that head butt would have brought a 5 min misconduct penalty.

The player who goaded the offender into delivering such a head butt would have been given the game puck.

For the americans reading this, just cast your minds eye to what happens on the *line* during the snap of the ball in U.S. Football.

What zidane (small z now) was pretty nasty but in my mind his image wont be tarnished. He's a tough player - and clearly the italians new how to push his buttons.

Do you not think that one of his former Juve teammates shared their thought about his volcanic temper around the locker room.

Stop wanting angels to kick that ball around. Soccer is a sport played by tough sportsmen. If everyone was a gracious player, no one would watch.

In professional sports, poise is as important as talent. Last night, Zidane left his poise in his other shorts.

Viva Zidane.
Viva Matterazzi.
Viva Zidane's sister - she really get's around if you know what i mean. Kidding!

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  • 244.
  • At 08:48 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • gaz wrote:

i just spent the last 40 minutes reading all of the posts published in this blog. my reaction? well, i'm totally astonished about all this hatry and insults towards italians. you all seem to take zidane's side on the basis of the fact that any kind of verbal abuse should not be allowed. i totally agree! then what on earth are you all doing? some of you described italians as cheaters, as dirty players, as a discrace of football. most of you take for granted that materazzi has racially abused zidane. says who? do you not think that zidane could've said something to materazzi? no one knows what has really been said and stop jumping to conclusions and being so judgemental!! according to people in brazil, materazzi called zidane's sister a prostitute. according to a nordic paper, a pig. according to some english papers, a terrorist or doped. some other papers also suggest that materazzi insulted zidane's mother. the media are having fun, and you guys are all falling for it!!! zidane is indeed a fantastic player, but his football skills do not justify his behaviour and don't make him innocent, no matter what materazzi said or did not say. so why don't you stop pointing fingers and try making some honest comments that go beyond your admirations for zidane's skills. congratulations italy, a great team victory. well done france.

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  • 245.
  • At 09:04 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • wed wrote:

If a player can't take hearing the taunting, they can wear earplugs. The mentally tough player will ignore the comments, or use the angry energy to play harder.

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  • 246.
  • At 09:13 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • JakeV wrote:

Excellent post by Enrico-- he said everything I would have wanted to say.

By the way, a while ago someone named "Blade" wrote this:

"What a poor final. Did Italy actually have a shot at Bartez other than the penalties."

If you're still reading, Blade, you might want to recall that Italy actually scored a goal. I think that qualifies as a shot T Barthez.

Also Toni hit the crossbar. And Toni later put the ball in the net on a play that was at the extremely close to being onside. And Pirlo took a long distance shot that just missed (though it looked like Barthez had it covered).

All things considered the Italians had about as many good scoring chances as the French did, even if the French dominated possession in the second half.

Sometimes it seems that people have bought in to the "Italians don't try to score" idea so completely that they are incapable of recognizing Italian attacks and scoring chances when they occur.

Not that it was a wide-open attacking game. Of course it wasn't. But the fact of the matter is that for the Italians (and arguably for the French as well) defense was their strong suit, the area where they had the solidest players. I don't see why it should be startling or disturbing that a match between two strong defensive teams resulted in a defensive game.

A team that doesn't try to play to its own strengths is a team that will fail. Would the complainers rather see a team play stupidly but entertainingly, accentuating their flaws, minimizing their strengths, and going down in spectactular fashion? Or do they think any team whose strong suit is defense is just inherently evil and deserves to lose? I don't get it.

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  • 247.
  • At 09:14 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • megafrankb wrote:

It's a disgrace that FIFA has awarded Zinedine Zidane 'Best player' for the 2006 World Cup. This was clearly a politically motivated decision taken shamefully even before the final was over. If FIFA wanted to pay homage to Zidane as one of the best players ever, they should have presented him with a different, AD HOC accolade prior to his retirement.

Whilst no one doubts Zidane's outstanding talents displayed throughout his international career as a footballer, he was surely not the BEST player of THIS tournament. He missed one match by suspension and lacked brilliancy and consistency in others. Furthermore his temperamental character, shown in his shameful exit during the final with Italy, not to mention similar incidents during his time at Juventus, does not bring any good to the beautiful game.

In my opinion others deserve the Golden Football award: i.e. Cannavaro having played every minute of every match at an outstanding level, demonstrating not only his substantial footballing abilities but also adopting a fair approach in each match. He has been an excellent ambassador to the game an perhaps best depicts the fighting spirit, passion, determination and correctness that every player should display.

If the intention was to render the defeat 'less sour' for the French then Zidane's decision to retire at the end of the tournament is not and adequate justification for this award presented by FIFA as it brings no justice to Cannavaro who, he too, will retire most probably before the next World Cup in 2010.

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  • 248.
  • At 09:38 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Didi wrote:

First of all congratulations to Italy.
Since my team usually exits after first round (if they qualify at all),I tend to root for Italians. Have been rooting for them since 1990 World Cup. Only occasionally I root for the French. However yesterday I rooted for the French to win WC. I wanted Zidane to win his last game and the Cup. Having said that, I just knew that it was going to end with Italian victory. I just had the feeling.

Both sides played well and the dreaded penalties were approaching. And then Zidane does the most stupid thing I've ever seen him do and gets the red card. I couldn't believe it. My heart sank, I knew it was the end for the French. And I agree with everyone who has said that Zidane let down his whole team, his country and in the end himself. He deserved to get a red card and I think he knew it immediately after doing what he did. What I just want to point out is that he was provoked by Materazzi. And I know that eveyone will say it's a part of the game, he should have held it together, be a pro,etc. But what I want to point out is, why should any player,let alone a player like Zidane, suffer constant racial and nationalistic insults (I am sure that's what happened here). Granted headbutting Materazzi is not a right way, but Zidane is only human. He exploded as we all would, especially on such an emotional night for him. And anyone who hasn't walked in his shoes shouldn't judge him. If Materazzi really called him terrorist, he should be punished. And until FIFA really starts dealing with rampant nationalist and racist slurs, we will keep seeing this sort of behaviour.
In the end, to everyone who thinks that Zidane didn't deserve to be named best player, I say STOP. Apart from this red card, Zidane has been the best all around player in this tournament and that's a fact. He has led the French to the finals and that is not a small deal, when you consider how they were ranked before the start of the WC. He is a true legend, one of the greatest of the game, despite this red card. He is a legend with a stain, but so what? Does he have to be perfect to be the best? Azzuri are not perfect, but have become the champions, deservingly so (just think of the game against germany). And Zidane is the best player of this WC and deservingly so (just look at the the finals, minus red card). So once again congratulations Italy, congratulations Zidane, sorry it didn't work out for the French.

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  • 249.
  • At 09:40 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • anonym wrote:

materazzi deserved that headbutt. shouldnt have provoked zidane in the first place.

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  • 250.
  • At 09:46 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Sasa wrote:

Dear fans of France and Italy, I'm sorry, but the final just was weird and mediocre,with unfair scenes and the Italians making their typical'oh-I'm hurt so bad'- faces after falling on the ground without reasons. France was just unbelievably slow in the first half...yaaaawn...so- just forget the final...the match worth being called a final was the 'litle' final Germany-Portugal ! That was real football ! And the celebrations for the team shown in my hometown Stuttgart were gorgeous ! Is there still any person to say Germans can't party ? :)
I really hoped to see a good final- but it was very disappointing..I'm so glad I watched the little final and the party going on there and afterwards the whole night through in Stuttgart. Whoopee !!!Thanks to Jürgen Klinsmann !

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  • 251.
  • At 09:47 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Sean wrote:

I do not see the Zidane red card incident as others do. I was in fact so proud of Zidane. I am not a Frenchman nor am I a great Zidane fan, but it was indeed a great thing he did. Here he was being watched by billions of people and yet he chose to act as he did. Why? He acted as a man and not as a footballer. He re-acted courageously to the acts of a cowardly man who was also acting outside the domain of football. These cowards get away with it all the time. There is no protection from their cowardly words. The referee's authority does not reach to that domain. So who stands up for Zidane but Zidane himself? Those who call his act as shameful are limiting their understanding to football alone, but Zidane was not understanding his act within the terms of football nor did he act as a footballer. He acted courageously and most probably with the knowledge that he would be misunderstood.

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  • 252.
  • At 10:07 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Maddog wrote:

Here we go again we all make rash assumptions about the facts of the Zidane dismissal but if we are honest with ourselves an insult about our mothers or wifes would have brought the same reaction if not worse. Just because he is well paid soccer player does not change the fact he is human with the same weaknesses as us mortals. well done Zidane thank you for all the pleasure you have given us.

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  • 253.
  • At 10:14 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Brian wrote:

Quit blaming Italy for poor judgement on Zidanes part, I play, my children play, we all know that when a player gets in your head-you are finished.If you people think that was the only trash talking going on during the game you should take up watching chess. Zidane, while certainly a great player should know that tactic, who, while playing the greatest tournament in the world, would fall for such a simple ruse, he should have taken it to the net, won the game and walked off the pitch a winner. Instead he fell for it, and let down his team, country and left a loser and thug.

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  • 254.
  • At 10:20 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Huw Spanner wrote:

I am very intrigued by everyone's reaction to Zidane, including my own. It strikes me that we don't just admire him for his extraordinary skills - Maradona had even greater skills, but I don't remember anyone describing him as a great human being. Maybe there is something in Zidane's face that deceives me, but he seems to me a man of some dignity and grace.

He had a much harsher upbringing than I did, or anyone else I know. He is said to be able to let most provocations wash over him, but should we not allow that there are some insults that some men cannot accept? I don't believe, from what I have seen of him, that he is an obviously violent man.

Not being given to violence myself, I'm interested to know just how violent it is to headbutt someone in the chest. I guess it is not as bad as butting someone in the face, as Figo did (you could break their nose), or punching them in the head - or even as treading on their balls, as Rooney appeared to do. My guess is that Zidane gave Materazzi a shock and a bruise, and probably winded him; but all this talk of 'unpardonable' violence seems to me way over the top.

To be honest - and this is what intrigues me - I find that my regard for Zidane as a human being makes me admire him the more for this. It didn't seem to me a petulant or childish reaction, a silly lashing out; but a considered response to a final insult - to his honour? to his family's honour? to his race? - that he was not prepared to take, whatever the cost. And after all, why should we expect men to grin and bear every insult?

Personally, I was more disappointed that a player as talented as Henry should stoop as low as to pretend to have been hit in the face by Puyol. And I would be more disappointed to hear that Zidane stooped to diving or to insulting his opponents. Maybe he did. Maybe I am just being naive. Maybe Stanley Matthews did it and Bobby Moore and Ruud Gullit and all and nobody has ever had any honour or integrity. I don't know. But something about Zidane makes me want to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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  • 255.
  • At 10:20 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • KM wrote:

Materazzi the nipple pincher decided the world cup final. What a shame!

Zidane's act was uncondonable. You CAN NOT act like that in any sport at any stage. And I will not defend Zidane's act from any angle. But Materazzi is not innocent either. He was pinching Zidane's nipple just before the head-butting incident.

What will Materazzi do next time he is playing against a player like Zidane? Will he start pinching his groin to elicit a response?

The whole incident was utterly disgusting, the provocation and the reponse.

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  • 256.
  • At 10:34 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • alanjbreese wrote:

A very disappointing tournament. Cheating & diving, poor refereeing. Entirely appropriate that the master cheats of all time are world champions. Please get the act together and play proper football, or be consigned to irrelevance and contempt.

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  • 257.
  • At 10:46 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • rio 2 wrote:

why do u english ppl try ur best to make other teams and players rubish and try to make the england team best ?? how come no one said anything about ronney when he pushed his man-u team mate C.ronaldo and because of that england got knocked out of the WORLD CUP !!!! how come no one said nothin about ronney or englands very very poor performance ???? y is it when other top players like zidane or ronaldinhio make mistakes u keep on about it why cant u c the good side the good stuff they showed the world. and now when C.Ronaldo is leavin man-u all the english newspapers are trying there best to ruin his career!!!!

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  • 258.
  • At 10:50 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Qwami wrote:

Congrats Italy..well done!!

Zidane is a great player and a good man. No man in the name of sportmanship should stand and be insulted about his/her race, mother or father!Not for all the Gold in the world...what you did Zidane is Honour..cowardly men like Materazzi stand behind the ref in soccer and be abusive!!

We love you ZZ...BTW where is Blatter?

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  • 259.
  • At 10:52 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • carmine wrote:

These two previous posts miss the point entirely.

Zidane acted like a brute and an idiot. I'm sure he was enticed and like dumb prey he walked right into a well placed, well timed trap....Forget "Well he acted like a man and defended his honor"...That is EXACTLY what the Italians thought he would do.....

He walks away from the sport disgracefully while the Italians go home as champions.

I LOVED Zidane before this and thought his football skills were incredible. But ask yourselves....would this have happened to Michael Jordan? Or Pele?, or Lance Armstrong?.....These fantastic atheletes would have never let their emotions or the opposition get the best of them....Zidane does not belong among these men in the pantheon of sport.....He is relegated to being one of the supremely talented thugs that are now the norm in sport....

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  • 260.
  • At 10:56 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • John Maserati wrote:

I'm no lip reader but if I had to guess what Matterazi said it would be something about France's team being a collection of arabs and blacks. Can someone please point out where all the French players were on the pitch?

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  • 261.
  • At 10:59 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • andrew wrote:

Frankly, I think there are way too many incidents like Zidane's and Rooney's. This isn't a boxing match (and even if it were it wouldn't be allowed). No matter what anyone said to him, if Zidane did something like that in any other public place (bar, street, whatever), it would be criminal. Maybe that's how this should be addressed, getting the local police to take overly violent players off the field in handcuffs and let them watch the game from the local jail. Peronally, I think both Rooney and Zidane deserve lifetime bans from the sport (including a ban from coaching)

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  • 262.
  • At 11:00 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Flabiosa wrote:

Let me start off by showing my sympathy towards the fans. They have been everywhere. Supporting their respective teams even when the chips were down. Hats off to them! Well, when you think of Zidane, you think of millions of fans. I can see many of us anxiously waiting to know what the trouble was when it had started. Only one thing was in most of our mind. "Lord, let it not be Zidane, anyone except Zidane." And Lo and behold, the gentleman on the field gets booked. The one who bags the first prize for hooliganism helps send the gentleman off the field. Let me make it clear that Zidane was no gentleman at that time. But just think of it everyone, I agree with most of your comments, how many of us are likely to lose our heads during pressure situations. Should it be our dignity or should it be for the team. This is a very difficult situation for Zidane. He does what every human being is bound to do, choose Option A....Congrats to Italy, they kept their nerve during the penalties, I enjoyed the world cup but I feel that this year's world cup missed a Maradonna of 1986, missed a Garrincha of 1962, missed a Ronaldo of 2002, it even missed a Zidane of 1998. It could have gone either way if you look at Zidane's case. That great man has nothing left to prove. However, the nicely timed headbutt will scar his career. All that ordinary, rupulsive people like you and me could hope is that Materazzi felt that head-butt really bad!

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  • 263.
  • At 11:04 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Leech wrote:

World Cup's best defense and second best attack..how does it sound to you,poor babies?

Now spell with me: C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N..
..done? Good kids...

..now try this: F-O-U-R-T-H T-I-M-E

oookay babies,good job...now go sleep and dream a World Cup...

..and remember: envy is so baaad...

bye bye,losers ;)

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  • 264.
  • At 11:06 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • Allan wrote:

If the report on Channel 4 News is correct, then Materazzi's actions are despicable. To insult someone's mother who is seriously ill is beneath contempt- the lowest of the low.

Has professional sport now sunk so low that people will do this kind of thing to win?

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  • 265.
  • At 11:07 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • haman wrote:

World Cup's best defense and second best attack..how does it sound to you,poor babies?

Now spell with me: C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N..
..done? Good kids...

..now try this: F-O-U-R-T-H T-I-M-E

oookay babies,good job...now go sleep and dream a World Cup...

..and remember: envy is so baaad...

bye bye,losers ;)

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  • 266.
  • At 11:15 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • SAVVI wrote:

I think in this World Cup, justice was done for all the times that Italy have gone out of major competitions over the last 12 years, mainly due to bad refereeing and bad luck (Toti red cards, disallowed goals, dubious referee decisions – i.e. penalties awarded to the other teams, match fixing 2-2 draw between Sweden and Denmark Euro 2004) etc. They were given a dubious penalty against Australia, but arguably the Aussies failed to score playing with 1 extra man for 40 mins. So justice was done, as the red card was shown for a simple foul!

In this competition Argentina and Spain played the best and most amazing football; closely followed by Germany and Italy, who played good enough throughout the tournament and peaked at the right time. England for me played the worse. Not even 1 decent game (blame the WAGs and Sven). Brazil such a disappointment! Everyone saying that Ronaldo was fat. At least he scored 3 goals…what about Ronaldinio?

Italy V Germany (semi) the best game by far and these teams should have met in the final as they steadily improved as the tournament progressed. Germany paid the price for wanting penalties in extra time, but who can blame them? They have such a good record. France did quite well against Spain and Brasil, but hello? They were defending after they scored that penalty against Portugal in the semis (Ricardo was very close to saving) and could have lost that game if the Portuguese had a more experienced striker to finish the game.

In the final, Italy played better in the 1st half, France in the 2nd. Some feel that the best team did not win…well does anyone remember the Euro 2000 between the 2 teams? Italy played amazing football for 93 minutes, but France won that game. 1998 Word Cup: Italy went out on penalties…I think it’s quite appropriate that Italy would win in penalties (burying those demons from the past) and David Trezeguet (the one who scored the golden goal against Italy in 2000) would be the one missing the penalty.

In the final: Malouda dived and was awarded a penalty! But the Italians got on with it and scored. They also hit the post and a goal was disallowed as an offside (not sure as I haven’t seen the replay). Buffon also made a brilliant save to Zidane’s header!

Fifa Golden Ball award to ZZ? Are we serious?! ZZ is for me possibly the best European footballer ever (maybe same class as Pele and Maradona) and a pity that Best never completed at this level. But in this World Cup (with the exception of the Spain and Brasil games), he was mediocre at best and his temper was always in question (see how he foolishly was booked 2wice early in the tournament). Cannavaro (closely followed by Grosso and Gatusso), on the other hand, was quite outstanding throughout the tournament and deserved the Golden Ball. As the journalists’ voting was for emotional reasons (ZZ’s last game) and it took place at half time, I think FIFA should have the guts and award the Golden Ball to Cannavaro (a true captain not an idiot like ZZ) or Gatusso or Klose.
ZZ’s headbutt was disgusting…it’s a pity that a footballer with such class whatever Materazzi said to him (if he actually said something to him, as Materazzi had a much better game to ZZ up to that point), to resort to something so vicious and violent…all players are insulted in games in all sports…what about the millions of kids around the world idolising him and wanting to copy him…Why find excuses for him and not Rooney, De Rossi, Figo or Klose? What makes him so special? A captain of the national team and one of the most (if not the most) celebrated footballers in the world. Disgrace…Same goes for Ballack and his diving…Figo and his headbutting…At least Cannavaro was always outstanding and always acted as a true captain should!
FIFA Fair play? For the record (quote from BBC website), ZZ got a two-match ban for stamping on Saudi Arabia skipper Fuad Amin in the group stages of 1998 World Cup. Deschamps put his indiscretion down "to his Mediterranean character, which he cannot always control". ZZ explained: "'My nervousness and my conduct were due principally to the pressure I have been under. I will learn." Two years later, in his final season at Juventus he got a five-match ban for headbutting Jochen Kientz during a Champions League game with Hamburg. Common practise I would say.
Also disgraceful and utterly pathetic that ZZ’s teammates, coach (lost France the game with his formation and substitutions) and Chirac (maybe he’s thinking of losing some votes) and the French public applauded him. But what was all that about? And everyone blaming Materazzi. Because he smiled? And lip reading, Materazzi supposedly called him a terrorist…If that was the case, why didn’t ZZ come out as a man and say it? Oh, come on! Even senior French players said prior to the final that they were playing for themselves not the country, as racism in France is huge…(Le Pen comments, Ribery converting to Muslim, too many black players in the team) Who is racist I might ask? PLEASEEEEE The least ZZ should do, is publicly acknowledge that he was wrong and refuse to accept the award…
Materazzi diving? Malouda should be sent off for diving! The way Toti was sent off 4 years ago. Why everyone is talking about Ronaldo and the Portuguese? What about the Dutch? Henry? Ballack? Shevchenko? At least Ballack and Schevchenko will be playing for Chelsea next season, so diving is allowed if not compulsory there (see Drogba, Terry and Robben). But for Henry I was very bitterly disappointed as I’m an Arsenal fan.

BTW Alan Shearer berating ZZ on live TV for his moment of madness when a couple of days earlier with his comments tried to escalate violence between Ronaldo/Rooney incident. Shearer – you are just pathetic. And you should be ashamed of yourself…Double standards it seems to justify and explain this year’s yet another disastrous showing and disappointing performance …And Rooney is soooo overrated… Noone blames Lampard, Rooney, Gerrard… It seems that Ronaldo is this year’s scapegoat…

And FIFA have definitely lost the plot…
referees showing 3 yellow cards to 1 player, 16 yellow cards in one game….
ticket allocation saga…
favouritism to the Swiss throughout the competition maybe because the Blatter is Swiss (thank god they couldn’t score, so justice was done there)….

And why didn’t the excellent Mexican referee (from the Italy v Germany semi) was not chosen for the final?

Well done to Germany for organising an excellent World Cup!!!

Well done to Ronaldo for breaking the record when everyone was calling him fat!

Well done to France for getting so far when even their own countrymen were booing them before and during the earlier stages of this World Cup.

Well done to the coaches of Italy and Germany, best examples of what might be achieved via collective effort and team work, made their teams believe that they could win, despite not having the best teams…and defending without giving the ball away (i.e. England) but actually creating chances in counter attack.

And well done to Italy for winning it! At least they cannot complain anymore of missing out on penalties or of dubious referee decisions going against them.

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  • At 11:23 PM on 10 Jul 2006,
  • SundayComix wrote:

Thoughts from NYC on the 2006 WC Final.

At a minimum, these things are very clear:

1) France outplayed Italy, overall. This was somewhat debatable during the first 45min, but quite clear after that, and it became increasingly so as the game wore on through regulation and through extra time. Here in New York, even many Italian supportors at different venues, and in different parts of the city conceded that point. This seems to be the general consensus also from the news reports around the world.

2) There was a second penalty on Malouda which was not called, but was in plain sight of everyone, including the referee. It was also obvious that there was no whistle distinctly because Malouda was also the player involved in the foul which resulted in the first penalty. So perhaps, things averaged out in the end where refereeing was concerned. The offside call in the 61st minute was correct. Some Italians were off (and then running) behind the defense line as the ball was being kicked. On this overall topic however, refereeing in general, this was one of the very worst parts of this entire tournament. Too many missed calls, bad calls, and inconsistent calls for the whole month.

3) Zidane's temper outburst was caused by some extreme provocation which we may never fully come to know. The incident did have some effect on the team, but it WAS NOT the cause of the loss of the game. The PK shootout endding was pure chance, especially in this case, where all 8 shots between both sides were well taken.

4) Zidane's attack was inexcusable, and a sad, disappointing end to a great story. In his position as captain, it was a letdown to his teammates, and recalls Diego Maradonna's violent retaliation on an opposing player which also resulted in a disgraceful send-off from the world stage, close to 20 years ago. In his position as an inspirational, near-iconic leader, Zizou's action was demoralizing and shameful the French people in general, and to many, many others who draw community and spirit from the sport of football. In time though, history will still show his significant contribution to football. No one expected France in 1998, and certainly, no one expected them anywhere near 2nd place in 2006. In spite of the mark at the end of his story, Zidane will be remembered as one of the best playmakers in the game; most of all, a player with great vision, and command of game rhythm.

5) As France grew increasingly dominant toward the end, Italy did well to play with the intention of ending in a penalty kick shootout, which they had obviously practiced. During the shootout, from both sides, no one wilted under the pressure. Trezeguet's kick was not poor, just unlucky. As much as I would have liked France to win based on better play overall, the Gods of Football gave the nod of luck and chance to Italy. Despite my disappointment, well done, Italy. And very well done to Italy's team captain, and especially to Coach Lippi, who more than anything, brought a very strong sense of "It's-Us-Against-The-World" mentality to his players throughout this entire tournament.

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