Zidane Head Butt Story: Italy Marco Materazzi Reveals What He Said to Zinedine Zidane Before 2006 World Cup Final Head Butt
It was a headbutt no Football fan will ever forget.
Zidane Head Butt Story : 2006 World Cup Final, France best player Zinedine Zidane was shown a red card after headbutting Italian player Marco Materazzi in the chest. It was a moment France will never forget, and Italy wound up winning the match in penalty kicks.
11 years ago, a seismic headbutt shook up the world of football.
In the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin on July 9, 2006, with France and Italy locked at 1-1 in extra time, the great Zinedine Zidane — playing in his last-ever match as a player — wandered past Azzurri defender Marco Materazzi.
Marco Materazzi has revealed what he said to Zinedine Zidane during that infamous World Cup final in 2006,
France, led by Zidane, played Italy, led by Fabio Cannavaro, in the final and the score was 1-1 after 90 minutes, thanks to, ironically, goals from Materazzi and Zidane.
Five minutes into the second half of extra-time, Zidane head butted Materazzi in the chest and was shown a red card as a result. Italy went on to win 5-3 on penalties for their first World Cup since 1982.
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Materazzi told French daily L’Equipe he used “stupid words” to rile Zidane.
“If you go to a football pitch in the suburbs of Rome, Naples, Turin, Milan or Paris, you’ll realise that what I said was quite soft compared to what you hear there,” he said.
“What annoyed me most was that some supporters or journalists said that I insulted his mother. I would never have allowed myself to offend his mother, because I lost mine a long time ago.”
Rumours have long been circulating that Materazzi said something insulting about Zidane’s family, but claimed that he would have never have insulted the Frenchman’s mother, as his own mother died when he was 15-years-old.
But the defender has said that he said something about the French captain’s sister that provoked him into the head, but that saw him on the receiving end of the most famous red card in football.
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Zidane Head Butt this dismissal saw Zidane join Rigobert Song as the only two players to have been sent off at two different World Cup finals, and only the fourth player to be sent off in a World Cup final, the first time any player had been sent off in extra time in the final.