Zizou – we still love you :)

So finally world cup fever is over and we have a newly crowned world champion. Congratulations to Italy. I think Lahoris are getting to know football much better now as compared to 4-5 years back and I am hoping someday we might also be playing in world cup. I see some really good football pitches developed in Lahore recently so signs are good.

Me and a few other die hard football fans arranged a projector TV screen at a friend’s place in Model Town to watch the final last Sunday. Well, I don’t know whats with women all around the globe, they tend to support Italy no matter what (ok ok I know the reason but c’mon it’s football we are talking about not some hot models :P). So anyways most of my friends were also supporting Italy. I think this was the most exciting world cup final that I can remember. Goals talking points, hard tackles, great players all around the pitch and the sending off. It had everything.

Well whatever people say about Zidane being silly or a moment of madness, I think such a great event and such a great player didn’t deserve this kind of incident. That fool Matterazzi must have said something real serious to provoke him. The way I see it, there were signs towards the end of the match that Italy are going to win it especially when Zidane’s header was miraculously saved by Italian goalkeeper. A French victory would have been like a fairy-tale and perhaps, way too perfect ending of a great man’s illustrious career.


Anyways, I will remember Zidane for all the beautiful things he did on football pitch and not because of one stupid incident. It’s amazing the way he inspired millions of people all around the world. I am thousands of miles away in Lahore but I have been following Zizou for last decade or so and loved the magical momnets he produced on football pitch. Surely, the greatest player ever to play modern football.

Zizou, not just France but millions of football fans all around the world love you.

10 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    Thanks Darwaish :)


  2. hameed (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    Forza Azzurri!!

  3. Yasir (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

    yar, clear side le rahay ho France ki. ye to ziadti hai bhai!

  4. Omer Pervaiz - Opee (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    Yasir :-O

  5. Sara (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    i am hearing reports that Matterazzi actually said some racist remarks (muslim terrorist???) and said bad words about zidane’s mother. thats really disgusting. i am a huge italian supporter but if thats true i think he should be banned for life.

    And yes, zidane’s definitely one of the 3 greatest footballers this planet has seen

  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:01 am

    I also read about Matterazzi calling Zidane a terrorist and used a very obscure word about his sister…

    But does that justify Zidane’s behavior??

  7. Tariq (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    Imho this time the strongest defense won the cup. Sad enough that it was not the best football-playing team.

    But its not only Italy to blame for this boring cup. Most teams play a 4-5-1 system, which really enforces such boring games. What else can the only striker do, except for waiting for the others or outplaying the whole defense alone?

    Its time to bring back a more offensive style into the game. In most games i witnessed the defense had problems with passes from the sidelines. So why not start playing like 3-3-3 or such? A 3-men-defense with a defensive midfield player, two central players and 3 strikers. or at least a 4-4-2?

    Unfortunately the Italians won the Cup and many nations will probably now start to adapt their system and play even more defensively…bright future, isn’t it?

    Really sad to see the old words come true:
    “Offense wins games, Defense wins championships”

    Btw, here is footage of the thug materazzi’s history of violence and dirty play.


  8. suh (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    zidane is an idiot, totaly idiot, great career comes to a disgraceful end.

    italy totaly deserved the world cup, they looked great throughtout the tournament.

    there is alot of media rubbish in what materazi has said to zidane but we will never know, even if zidane says something thats one person. so we not not buy it. but zidanes behaviour throughout his career has been a disgrace, it was the second time he has headbutted someone, zidane is a hot headed fool.

  9. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    Zidane’s spoken about the ‘headbutting’ incidence for the first time. In an interview Zidane said:

    “Yes. They were very hard words. You hear them once and you try to move away.

    But then you hear them twice, and then a third time… I am a man and some words are harder to hear than actions. I would rather have taken a blow to the face than hear that.”

    He also accepted his reaction was not approriate but also that he didn’t regret it.

    “I can’t regret it because if I do it would be like admitting that he was right to say all that. And above all, it was not right.

    We always talk about the reaction, and inevitably it must be punished. But if there is no provocation, there is no reaction.”

  10. chibbi chopra (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 2:05 am

    he is the greatest football pitch has seen. no doubt. i going to miss him dearly :(.

    shuutaaap all of you against him!

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