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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Call this art? Zidane's infamous World Cup final headbutt captured in bronze statue

By SPORTSMAIL REPORTER

Immortalised in Bronze: A statue depicting Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Italy's Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has been unveiled outside the Pompidou museum in Paris

Zinedine Zidane's infamous World Cup final headbutt on Marco Materazzi has been immortalised by a five-metre high bronze statue in the heart of Paris.
The shocking incident, in the 110th minute of the 2006 World Cup final with Italy, ended the legendary Frenchman's international career and the red mist moment has been captured by Algerian-born artist Adel Abdessemed.

Moment of impact: The statue, by Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed, captured the red mist moment from the 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France in Berlin

The statue has been unveiled outside the famous Pompidou art museum and shows the grimace on the Italian defender's face as Zidane plants his shaven head into his chest.
Zidane had been planning to step down from the national team after the tournament but he bowed out early - and literally - after Materazzi allegedly made a derogatory remark about his sister.
It meant Zidane, one of the most gifted midfielders of his generation who shone for Juventus and Real Madrid and helped France to World Cup glory in 1998, missed the penalty shoot-out in which Italy won.

This is the end: The incident marked the conclusion of Zidane's illustrious international career

source: dailymail



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