The day Zidane subdued both Ronaldinho and Ronaldo

World Cup history has seen countless performances of a top person, but the moment Zinedine Zidane led France to defeat Brazil in 2006 is still considered unique.

Until now, the Germans still call the 2006 World Cup a “magical summer”. Not only is it a time when German football has transformed itself from a shaggy image to an exciting attack under Juergen Klinsmann, but also because nearly a month has witnessed a series of parting moments of a series of superstars in the calendar. Use the most attractive playground on the planet.

From Ronaldo “fat”, Juan Roman Riquelme to Ruud van Nistelrooy, Francesco Totti, David Beckham, Alessandro Nesta all played the last World Cup history  in their careers on German soil.

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The one who was the most brilliant in that World Cup history was one of such names. That is Zinedine Zidane.

The 2006 World Cup was the last tournament in Zinedine Zidane's illustrious career.
The 2006 World Cup was the last tournament in Zinedine Zidane’s illustrious career.

Return of the legend

The 2006 World Cup was not exactly what Zidane intended. When France Tel was defeated by Greece in the quarter-finals of EURO 2004, Zizou announced his retirement from international competition. His decision did not shock many people when France Tel had 4 consecutive years could not achieve success in the big tournaments.

“This is the end. It is important to know when you should stop, “he admitted.

At the age of 32, Zidane understood his physical limits and decided to dedicate the rest of his career to Real Madrid. He also wants to “rest more.” The new French coach, Raymond Domenech, said: “he  thinks he needs to leave to give the stage to the young players.”

Zidane returns and accompanies Thuram, Makelele. France from the stage of elimination progressed to the 2006 World Cup finals.
Zidane returns and accompanies Thuram, Makelele. France from the stage of elimination progressed to the 2006 World Cup finals.

Farewell to France, therefore, was an act for the family part of Zidane.

But the French team immediately struggled in the absence of a conductor. Les Bleus started his European qualifying round of the 2006 World Cup with poor performance. Whether it is Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry or rising star Franck Ribery, France is constantly held by Israel, the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland.

In September 2005, France entered the series of mortal matches in the final rounds when standing in the fourth position. The prospect of not being able to participate in the World Cup history appeared in front of the French. In desperation, Coach Domenech begged for Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane at the age of 33 nodded. He was accompanied by other teammates such as Claude Makelele or Lilian Thuram. With Zidane as the soul, France won 3 of the remaining 4 matches to take first place in the last round, winning tickets to Germany.

France was relieved, Zinedine Zidane was not Eric Cantona or David Ginola to make the World Cup slip.

Zidane’s magic

The forces and faith for France and Brazil are quite different before the quarter-final of the World Cup. Brazil was very strong with the best player in the world, Ronaldinho. Besides Barca’s superstar also has Kaka, Ronaldo “fat” with the players 4 years ago put Selecao to the world championship.

France, meanwhile, was criticized for its lackluster play in the group stage despite Zidane. The 3-1 victory over Spain in the eighth round did not ease doubts.

However, he alone will cause all prejudices to be suppressed.

Zizou only needed 34 seconds after the referee blew the whistle to signal to the audience about a bursting competition day. He received the ball bouncing from the middle of the court before using his right foot to keep the ball standing still on the ground, his left hand pinning Ze Roberto. In the blink of an eye, Zinedine Zidane pushed the ball with his heel to escape. He continued to turn a beat to pass to Gilberto Silva and opened the ball to attack for France.

Ronaldinho once overcame countless opponents during his prime by going the same ball. But the Brazilian superstar rarely creates a sense of serenity with no extra movement as Zidane did. Zizou’s way of gliding with the ball made not only the viewers watch live, through the small screen and even the commentators were stunned.

They almost cheered Zidane’s name throughout the match, despite the other side of the front line, the magician Ronaldinho still present.

During the 90 minutes, Zinedine Zidane made all of Brazil’s efforts to stop himself meaningless with superhuman technology and superior vision and regulation.


France did indeed go to the final match as Zidane desired. Before that, he played great in the semi-final against Portugal of Luis Figo, Deco or young star Cristiano Ronaldo. Even the final against Italy still witnessed the superb performance of No. 10.

However, Zidane’s headbutt hit Marco Materazzi’s chest in extra time prevented France from winning the 2006 World Cup when they lost to Italy on penalties.

But the legacy of Zidane has not collapsed after this historic headbutt despite the press and French media pointing the nose towards the Algerian player after a unique cool.

Zidane can not win the World Cup, but the legacy he left can never forget.
Zidane can not win the World Cup, but the legacy he left can never forget.

But there is no shortage of Zidane supporters. 61% of L’Equipe readers said they forgave him for that action. 52% admit that they understand Zizou. The then president of France, Jacques Chirac, gave a wish to the national team, but most of it was for him.

“I know that everyone is feeling sad and depressed, but what I want to tell you is that the whole country is extremely proud. You honor the image of the country with its special qualities and great fighting spirit. That’s your strength not only in difficult times but also in times of victory. ”

The controversy is pushed further. Zidane’s headbutt sparked a moral argument perhaps the biggest in football history. “What would you do if your parents were offended? Watching or raising fists? ”, A series of sociological investigation forms were executed just by his headbutt in the World Cup final.

Years have passed since the summer of Germany when Zinedine Zidane overshadowed all other famous stars with world-class performance and endless controversy after the final, the French still adore him.

The excellence and controversy of Zidane contributed to mend the dull social conflicts in the heart of France. Football in general or the World Cup, in particular, is more valuable after his last world cup: they will have a true good-evil superstar model, talented enough to subdue the best people in the days.

At the end of his career, and there is plenty of controversies to make the whole world forever remembered by unimaginable decisions.

In 2014, the Vaudeville Smash band combined Les Murray to produce a song called Zinedine Zidane. The lyrics are very simple: “Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juan Veron, Van Basten but the best of all – Zinedine Zidane“. So, from the current generation to the past, from Rooney, Bale, Hazard to Diego Maradona, Pele, Johan Cruyff, all are behind him.

This song is recognized by Billboard as one of the 10 unofficial songs of the 2014 World Cup, attracting tens of millions of views on social networks, and is rated “one of the best football songs from ever before. “

It was eight years after Zidane last burned at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. That song, with its influence, can also be considered as one of the legacies of the French legend to the present.

Zinedine Zidane, simply, will never be forgotten.
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