French football

The day Zidane ended his career on a whiff – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith


July 9, 2006: The day Zidane ended his career on a whiff
Almost 13 years ago, Zinedine Zidane played the last match of his career in the World Cup against Italy. Back to this incredible meeting inscribed in the legend of French football.

On July 9, 2006, the French team contested The 2006 World Cup final against Italy. This match is also the last meeting of Zinédine Zidane's career that announced his retirement before the competition. Eight years after the coronation against Brazil on July 12, 1998, the Blues playmaker dreams of repeating the same performance (he had scored two of the three goals in the 3-0 win over Brazil). Zizou must soon repeat the feat: the scorer in the first place, he will be on the verge of fooling Buffon again, with his head, in extra time. A few minutes later there is another, more violent impulse, which will end Zizou's dreams. In the 107th minute, frustrated by the provocations from Materazzi, the French captain comes out of the hinges and will strike a ball in the upper body of the opponent. A gesture synonymous with a red card and the end of Zidane's career. An outing the more cruel as it is finally Italy that gets the title, on penalties.

This event in the 2006 World Cup final was not the only twist in the match. From Zidane's panic, Trezeguet's shot in the gruesome penalty shootout, through the injuries of Vieira or Henry and the equalization of Materrazzi, revives the highlights of this meeting, still in French football history.

team Composition

France : Barthez – Sagnol, Thuram, Gallas, Abidal – Makélélé, Vieira (A.Diarra, 56.) – Ribéry (Trezeguet, 100.), Zidane, Malouda – Henry (Wiltord, 107).

Italy : Buffon – Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Materazzi, Grosso – Camoranesi (Del Piero, 86.), Gattuso, Pirlo, Perrotta (De Rossi, 61.) – Totti (Iaquinta, 61), Toni.