Zinedine Yazid Zidane, was a soccer player for the national French team and is now an assistant coach and sporting director for Real Madrid. He is known as one of the best ever soccer players in the world and was brought to the attention of everyone in 2006 when he head-butted an Italian player and was red-carded off the field. France lost the World Cup to Italy that year. However, the head-butt became his signature in that it showed, to those of us who paid attention, his integrity and honor. Because of his high profile status as a top player, the Italians, of course, had it in for him in a big way during the game. Understanding that the French and Italians are major rivals for anything from wine to countryside, lovers and soccer, one can see why the Italian’s went so zealously after Zidane in that last match. After an entire match full of insults, innuendos, and general verbal bullying, the last straw happened when Marco Materazzi insulted Zidane's sister, and I mean really insulted her, just to goad Zidane into doing what he did. It worked. Zidane had had enough. We were in France watching the game on TV when it happened and boy did it set off a reaction all over the country. The general feeling the next day was that Materazzi got what he deserved and Zidane was a hero, even though they lost the game. It was awesome! If you watch the video below, you'll see what I mean!
|The man himeself
|I took this one day when I happened to look up and there he was!