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In FIFA history: ‘The Zidane Head Butt of 2006’

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Until today, there is no account of what conversation went on between the two

June 17, 2014 2:54 by



This is a moment that many aren’t likely to forget, France shakily enters the 2006 World Cup and tensions are high.

In an attempt to increase team (and supporter) morale, the coach of the national team at the time, Raymond Domenech, convinced some historic players to take to the field one last time.

This included characters such as Claude Makélélé , Lilian Thuram and, the infamous, Zenadine Zidane.

The formerly retired football star released a statement in 2004 announcing his retirement.

He said: “I have thought long and hard over this decision. I think that at a given moment you must say ‘stop’ … There have been some great players who retired in 2000 and 2002, other players are doing it and now I’m doing it.”

Two years later, he was back, with a bang.

In the final match of the tournament, between France and Italy, as the game came to a tense end, long-time French football hero, Zenadine Zidane, lost his cool.

He and Marco Materazzi, a defender for the Italian national team, were jogging down the pitch, during a break in game-play seemingly having a conversation.

Out of nowhere, Zidane rams his head into Materazzi’s chest, and the rest is history.

Soon after, the football star was handed a red card.

Zidane resumed his retirement after the incident.

Until today, there is no account of what conversation went on between the two, though some speculate that Materazzi insulted Zidane’s mother and sister.



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