Farewell, Zizou

Even for a relative football newbie, watching Zinedine Zidane was one of the highlights of this World Cup. Others have described his ball-handling skills far better than I ever could. I was fascinated by his on-field presence. His thin lips, hooded eyes, and guarded expression spoke of intelligence and dedication, and his every movement radiated pure, molten concentration.

A friend recently wrote this email encomium to Zizou to several people, which I’ll now share with the world:

Farewell, Zizou.

You made us believe in magic – and no third-rate provocatore will make us forget that.

No matter who got that trophy – you are, and always will be, the winner.

Other people know how to kick the ball. You made it dance.

Farewell, Zizou.

Yes, the head-butt of Materazzi was uncalled-for, but, as a man who has smashed several expensive tennis rackets to flinders, while screaming obscenities at the top of my lungs, in the presence of children, I understand what adrenaline and competition can do. You can relive the genius’ unfortunate lapse in judgment here, if you must. [Hat tip for everything — SK].

Apologies for the light blogging recently. The semester is coming to an end here in Germany, and that always means a blizzard of last-minute details to take care of. But I haven’t run out of ideas. In the near future we’ll have some very special German words of the week, and some ultra-special German tax jurisprudence. Stay tuned!

UPDATE — According to the Bild tabloid, always a reliable source, Materazzi called Zidane the "son of a terrorist whore." Zidane’s mother Malika: "If he said that, then you should cut his balls off and serve them to me on a plate!" [Bild, 13 July 2006, page 17!]

4 thoughts on “Farewell, Zizou

  1. Allez Le bleu!!

    Although Zidane´s reaction to bulling made me upset,I just have to congratulate him! He showed the whole world state of the art football and perseverance .. something that was missing on Ronaldo and Ronaldinho Gaúcho´s performance. They are depressing ” has been”s


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