Zinedine Zidane recalled his header at Marco Materazzi at the 2006 World Cup. He admitted that he was not proud of the incident.
However, he was forced to leave the field early because he was given a red card for headbutting the Italian national team defender, Marco Materazzi.
In fact, his performance in the final was opened with a sweet. Zidane, who knew he was going into what could be the last match of his professional career, opened the scoring for France from the penalty spot.
Unfortunately, he was burned with emotion and headbutted Marco Materazzi. France eventually lost to world champions Italy on penalties, after the score remained 1-1 until added time.
After 16 years, Zinedine Zidane admits that he regrets the controversial incident.
“I’m not completely proud of what I did, but it’s part of my past,” Zidane told Telefoot, as quoted by Football Italia, Monday (20/6/2022).
Zidane spoke on television as part of the event ahead of his 50th birthday. He also spoke about the Panenka penalty that put France ahead in the final, before Marco Materazzi replied.
“I thought once or twice about how to take the penalty. In front of me was a goalkeeper who knew me very well. So I had to think of something,” he said.
“Besides the effort, obviously there is technique. I’m not sure it’s madness. You can miss a penalty, but at that time that was what I had to do,” he added.
Zidane’s Career Notes
ZIDane ended his career with 108 caps with the French national team, scoring 31 goals. In addition to his World Cup victory at home in 1998, he won Euro 2000 with Les Bleus, as well as the 2001/2002 Champions League as a Real Madrid player.
After leaving Real Madrid for the second time in 2021, he has been linked with the vacant coaching position at Paris Saint-Germain, but the Ligue 1 champions now appear to be looking for someone else as Zidane lacks interest.
I want to be a coach again
According to recent reports, PSG have reportedly signed Christophe Galtier as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor. The French coach was in the position of coach when Lille won Ligue 1 in 2021. He also led Nice to control of the Champions League tickets last season, but was eventually thrown into fifth position.
Zidane still wants to return to being France coach, but his destination is not yet clear.