Marco Materazzi

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane fighting for future in PSG Champions League tie

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory as a player, but his extraordinary career has to a large degree been defined by the Champions League.

His magnificent volleyed goal for Real Madrid in their 2002 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in Glasgow is one of the greatest to be scored in a European Cup final.

‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.

‘I’ll Headbutt Somebody On The Pitch Like Zidane’ – Gianluigi Buffon Plans To Retire In Style As And When The Time Comes

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Having already been on this Earth for 39 wholeyears, Gianluigi Buffon has reluctantly acknowledged that he might notactually be able to play on forever.

Indeed, Buffon is all set to makethe 1,000th appearanceof his career when Italy play Albania on Friday evening 220 for Parma, 612 for Juventus and 168 for the Azzurri.

Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters Supporters Given 35,000 Zinedine Zidane Masks To Goad Rival Coach Marco Materazzi

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Over in the Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters fans are reportedly gearing up to don thousands of Zinedine Zidane masks to goadthe managerof their rival club,who just so happens to beMarco Materazzi.

Zidane and Materazzi famously clashed in the final of the 2006 World Cup, culminating in the former introducing his cranium to the latter's breastbone with significant vim and vigour.

Marco Materazzi Uses ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ To Troll Zinedine Zidane All Over Again! (Video)

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We're just about as sick of these increasingly tiresome Ice Bucket Challenges as the next man, but Marco Materazzi's is definitely a cut above most of them...

Too soon?

Qatar Buy *That* 15ft Statue Of Zinedine Zidane Head-Butting Marco Materazzi As Part Of World Cup Hype Campaign

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By Chris Wright

Qatar are definitely getting their priorities right as the country prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. They may have inhospitable climates, no stadiums, insufficient infrastructure, allegations of Nepalese slave labour to deal with and absolutely zippo in the way of footballing pedigree, but what they do have now, thanks to a significant investment by the country's Museums Authority, is a five-metre-tall statue of Zinedine Zidane's headbutt to Marco Materazzi's sternum yeah, the one from outside the Pompidou Centre that everybody in Paris hated.

Do You Remember: Italy v Germany – World Cup 2006

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Nearly everyone in the world of football will remember Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final in Berlin. The Frenchman, arguably the world's best player at the time, finished his career in spectacular fashion, sending Materazzi to the pitch with a powerful headbutt to the Italian's chest.

Marco Materazzi Goes On Vacation

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And this is where he went. Obviously.

That statue is a great deal larger than it appeared in other photos, too. Zidane must love it, surely.

Paris installs slightly homoerotic statue of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi

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Statues are usually commissioned to celebrate the high-points of a successful career, not the low-points. But Paris has installed a sculpture commemorating Zinedine Zidane's World Cup final red card. The statue shows the precise moment he headbutted Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final.

La estatua de Zidane y Materazzi

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26.09.2012 - Si Julio Argentino Roca fue inmortalizado (en escultura) montado a caballo cuando nunca supo montar, por qué no habría lugar para inmortalizar a Zinedine Zidane en su más famosa acción antideportiva?

"Esta estatua se enfrenta a la tradición, que consiste en hacer estatuas en honor de algunas victorias.

Zizou Gets A Parisian Statue!

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Not the one he was hoping for.

Life tip from Zizou: bad decisions are okay, but make them in private. Not, you know, at the World Cup Final or something.

Basically anything at an event that can be set to Pavarotti is a no-no.

The Zidane-Materazzi Headbutt Becomes Art

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Well, this was sort of inevitable, no? (Alright maybe not.)

As part of an exhibit in New York, Algerian sculptor Adel Abdessemed made a statue of the most infamous moment in football of the last decade, perhaps longer: the love dance between Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi.

Terrifying ‘Zidane’ Float At 128th Nice Carnival Will Haunt Your Slumber For Eternity (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

It was the 128th Nice Carnival this weekend (like you need telling!) and this year's theme was 'King of Sport', which featured as it's centrepiece a vast float which rumbled through the city at night, depicting amongst others; Â Barack Obama, The Pope, the Dalai Lama and, towering over them all, an intensely evil-looking, up-lit effigy of Zinedine Zidane complete with a World Cup in hand and a huge red lump on his forehead, presumably as a result of boshing Marco Materazzi with it.

Rafa Benitez

Spanish Media Firing Warning Shots Towards Ronaldo

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The ramifications of the managerial change at Real Madrid continue to be felt across the Spanish capital.

One of the reasons why Rafa Benitez was fired was his inability to get along with the alpha dog in the dressing room Cristiano Ronaldo. Rafa has a history of falling out with important players at his previous clubs.

Rafa Benitez congratulates Jose Mourinho on having the worst season of his career

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"This has been my worst season because it's the first season in which I have not won an important title." That is what you said after losing Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final, Jose. I am already having this stitched onto a pillow to put in my hotel room. It makes me very happy. Like Batman movies and funny hats.

Marco Materazzi keeps Rafa Benitez feud going with fat jokes

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Last week, baffling Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez called full-time antagonist Marco Materazzi a liar nine times in a span of 30 seconds during his press conference. This was a reaction to Materazzi quotes published in France Football about how much he doesn't like Benitez from their short time at Inter together, how Benitez has written rules "like the highway code" and Benitez took down pictures of Inter's old manager -- including treble winner Jose Mourinho -- at the club's training complex.

Marco Materazzi says Rafa Benitez ‘afraid of his own shadow,’ made him toss Mourinho picture

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Rafa Benitez's brief stint as Inter manager in 2010 was doomed as soon as his treble-winning predecessor, Jose Mourinho, said that Benitez wouldn't do better than him and that Rafa's trophies belonged to him. This came after reports that Benitez made the club take down pictures of Mourinho, which former Inter defender Marco Materazzi now confirms.

Indian Super League

Indian Super League soccer games now available legally in USA via NGSN

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NGSN, the relatively new legal soccer streaming service in the United States, has added the Indian Super League to its growing portfolio of soccer leagues and competitions.

The league is now accessible to soccer fans in the United States who want to watch live and on-demand games from the league that features an array of stars and well-known coaches.

Indian Super League soccer games now available legally in USA via NGSN

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NGSN, the relatively new legal soccer streaming service in the United States, has added the Indian Super League to its growing portfolio of soccer leagues and competitions.

The league is now accessible to soccer fans in the United States who want to watch live and on-demand games from the league that features an array of stars and well-known coaches.


Zidane & Materazzi Go On Tour

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Foreign workers shine a bronze sculpture by French Algerian born artist Adel Abdessemed during its installation on the Corniche in Doha after it was bought by the Qatar Museums Authority. The statue, titled ‘Coup de Tete' immortalizes the headbutt given by the French former football champion Zinedine Zidane to Italian player Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final in 2006.

So what did John Terry say to Anton Ferdinand?

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Here we go again with lip reading. The 2006 Zidane headbutt to Marco Materazzi's remarks and more recently, the Sergio Busquets incident with Marcelo in last season's El Clasico which had oral motor pundits giving their versions what was said.

This time it was John Terry, never the modicum of respectability, and marginally deserving of England's captaincy exchange with Anton Ferdinand during the QPR match landing him in trouble.

Inter Milan

Mourinho Could Re-join Chelesa With Materazzi

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It is already well known that Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho could re-join Chelsea this summer, but Italian source SportMediaSet claim that he could be bringing former Inter Milan and Italian National Team star Marco Materazzi with him.

Speculation has surrounded both the Real Madrid manager's future as well as the future of Chelsea Football Club.

Rafa Benitez made Marco Materazzi throw out pictures of his ex-Inter Milan managers

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Rafael Benitez's approach to managing Inter Milan was akin to that of a jealous partner, according to revelations from Marco Materazzi. The retired defender claimed Benitez forced him to throw out photos of happy times with his 'exes'. The ex-Liverpool boss made Materazzi ditch pictures of him with Jose Mourinho and Marcello Lippi which were [.

Messi, USMNT trio among stars playing in Miami World Soccer Masters friendly

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A collection of some of the U.S. national team's top talent and the world's greatest soccer players will be gathering in Miami in a month for one star-studded all-star friendly.Â

Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, Jozy Altidore, Lionel Messi and Didier Drogba lead a cast of 42 players who will participate in the World Soccer Masters exhibition match June 23 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, according to a Fox press release.

Marco Materazzi: Stompin’ In His Air Force Ones

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As illustrated footballers go, Marco Materazzi's near the top of the heap somewhere. The man just loves his ink, and increasingly so, it seems, as he grows closer and closer (one would think) to leaving the pitch behind. Lots of standard, if cliched, stuff.

But I bet you didn't expect him to display a few pairs of Air Force Ones in the colors of Perugia and Inter.

Rinaldi Reminisces: Milan Inter

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Serie A Weekly is proud to present another episode of this beautifully written feature from well known and respected journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi The Milanese derby's darkest night It is one of the most iconic snapshots of the Italian game. Inter's Marco Materazzi leans on the shoulder of Milan's Manuel Rui Costa as the pair of them gaze in disbelief or bemusement at what is unfolding before.

Serie A

Snapshot: Just Marco Materazzi Sitting On The Zidane Headbutt Statue…

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By Chris Wright

When in Paris, do as The Matrix does...

Via @iomatrix23

Marco Materazzi on Chiambretti Night

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Another Serie A player was on our favorite Italian television show recently, the infamous Marco Materazzi from Inter (and the Zidane head-butt) was on Chiambretti Night on February 4, 2011:






Lionel Messi

Away Days: Miami

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Back in June I had the privilege of representing FOX Soccer at the World Soccer Masters in Miami a charity event hosted by global icon Lionel Messi and his cast of all-stars. Essentially the two teams were composed of the world's best players that were not currently featuring in Euro 2012. See how many of these guys you can name, if nothing else it's a good exercise in international soccer knowledge.

Messi disputará la Copa del Mundo Maya ante las estrellas de Mexico

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Lionel Messi estará presente en México el próximo 16 de junio para disputar en el estadio Andrés Quintana Roo la Copa del Mundo Maya 2012.

Los equipos a enfrentarse serán los Amigos de Lionel Messi (Estrellas de América) y las Estrellas de México.

El equipo de Estrellas de México será dirigido por Ricardo Ferretti, técnico del actual campeón Tigres de la UANL, mientras que el equipo de Amigos de Messi lo dirigirá Dunga, exDT de la selección de Brasil y capitán del Scrath du Oro campeón del mundo 1994.

Messi visitará Cancún en junio

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Lionel Messi jugará un partido en Cancún, en el marco de la Copa Mundo Maya 2012, a disputarse en el estadio Andrés Quintana Roo el próximo 16 de junio, anunció el club Atlante.

Además del futbolista de Barcelona, acudirán otras figuras como Javier Mascherano, Gabriel Milito, Diego Lugano, Dani Alves, entre otros.

Tigres UANL: Felinos presentes en Copa Mundo Maya

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Se presentó ayer en conferencia de prensa la Copa Mundo Maya que se realizará el próximo 16 de junio en Cancún, Quintana Roo. Se jugará un partido con figuras internacionales en busca de atraer la atención a nivel mundial del Caribe Mexicano y promocionar el turismo. Se hará un partido de Estrellas de América vs Estrellas de México en el estadio donde juega el Atlante, teniendo participación Damián Álvarez y Lucas Lobos, respectivamente.

The Rest

Marco Materazzi Nike Tiempo ’94 Mid 3 For 23 Pack

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Let’s read way too much into a photo of Sergio Ramos hugging Jose Mourinho

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During Real Madrid's first training session since coming up a goal short against Bayern Munich hearing Jose Mourinho's strongest hint yet that he'll be leaving the club at the end of the season, Sergio Ramos gave his manager a hug. Perhaps this is just Mourinho's way of lifting morale, but the embrace has drawn attention as it brings back memories of Mourinho's tearful hug with Marco Materazzi just before he left Inter for Madrid in 2010.

Mario Balotelli’s only regret

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Mario Balotelli has been a magnet for controversies both real and fictional in his short career, but there is only one that he regrets. And it has nothing to do with fireworks setting his bathroom on fire, wearing a Milan shirt while he was with Inter or losing a fight with a bib.

From Football Italia:

Balotelli has caused controversy many times in his career and was asked if he had any big regrets.

Convocatos Italia Eurocopa 2012

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Lista definitiva de ItaliaPorteros: Marco Amelia (Livorno), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Sevilla).

Defensas: Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Fabio Grosso (Olympique Lyonnais), Marco Materazzi (Inter de Milán), Christian Panucci (AS Roma), Gianluca Zambrotta (FC Barcelona).

Zinedine Zidane's headbutt immortalized

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The most iconic moment of the first decade of the 21st century now has a permanent home. Alright, that's a bit hyperbolic, but its true for us soccer fans, eh? Zizou's flesh and blood takedown/ dissection of Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup finals is embodied in a resin remake by Algerian sculptor Adel Abdessemed in an exhibition that recently concluded at the David Zwirner art gallery in New York.

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Marco Materazzi Celebrates Winning the Coppa Italia by Soaking TV Announcers

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Inter did not win the Scudetto this season, but they did beat Palermo 3-1 to win the Coppa Italia on Sunday.

Marco Materazzi will schlecht spielen und am Ende weiterkommen

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Wir wollten schlecht spielen, aber auch den Pokal nach Hause mitnehmen. Hoffen wir, dass es wieder so kommt. Also lassen wir van Gaal einfach wieder den besten Fußball spielen, aber wir kommen am Ende weiter.

Marco Materazzi, Abwehspieler von Inter Mailand, verhöhnt vor dem Champions League Achtelfinale den FC Bayern München und nimmt dabei Rücksicht auf die defensive Leistung der Mailänder im vergangenen Champions League Finale gegen den FC Bayern.