Zinedine Zidane vs Marco Materazzi
It’s been 14 years since Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi in the final of the 2006 World Cup.
The Italians met the French in the final in Germany.
Zidane broke the deadlock with a 7th minute penalty after Materazzi fouled Florent Malouda in the box.
However, Materazzi levelled the match in the 19th minute when he headed home an Andrea Pirlo corner.
After Zidane was sent off for his head-butt on Materazzi in extra time, the Italians went on to win the final 5-3 on penalties.
Zidane never pulled on the French international jersey again.
Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt on Marco Materazzi in extra time of the 2006 FIFA World Cup final 🇫🇷🧠🇮🇹
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Materazzi finally reveals what he said to Zidane
Throughout the years, there’s been a drip-drip of information of what Materazzi said to Zidane to provoke that headbutt.
In 2016, Materazzi told L’Equipe that “I talked about his sister not his mother”, however the Italian defender never laid out the specifics about what he said.
Now he has.
As reported in AS, Materazzi told the following story explaining why Zidane lost his head:
Zidane’s head-butt? I wasn’t expecting it in that moment.
I was lucky enough that the whole episode took me by surprise because if I had expected something like that to happen and had been ready for it, I’m sure both of us would have ended up being sent off.
There had been a bit of contact between us in the area [before that moment]. He had scored France’s goal in the first half and our coach told me to mark him.
After that first brush between us, I apologised but he reacted badly. After the third clash, I frowned and he replied, ‘I’ll give you my shirt later’.
I replied that I’d rather have his sister than his shirt.
Materazzi’s artwork of the Zidane head-butt
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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.