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(Inside World Soccer)   One of the greatest moments of World Cup history has been memorialized in statue form   (insideworldsoccer.com ) divider line
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2013-10-03 12:05:03 PM  
Hey, subs: FTFY.

/Not safe for speakers or prolonged sanity
 
2013-10-03 12:12:18 PM  
I disagree with those who say that was a blight on his career, or a downer to end his career on. I think he did it perfectly.
 
2013-10-03 12:24:09 PM  
It guaranteed Italy would win. Oops, I think I just broke my spinal cord. Anyone have any magic water?
 
2013-10-03 12:29:58 PM  

Slaxl: I disagree with those who say that was a blight on his career, or a downer to end his career on. I think he did it perfectly.


I saw it live, and it was a thing of beauty.
 
2013-10-03 12:57:57 PM  
I was kind of hoping for "The Hand of God" but I'll accept this.
 
2013-10-03 01:04:35 PM  
World Cup history has had great moments?
 
2013-10-03 01:11:05 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Slaxl: I disagree with those who say that was a blight on his career, or a downer to end his career on. I think he did it perfectly.

I saw it live, and it was a thing of beauty.


Jealous I am.
 
2013-10-03 01:13:10 PM  
i.usatoday.net
 
2013-10-03 01:21:12 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Slaxl: I disagree with those who say that was a blight on his career, or a downer to end his career on. I think he did it perfectly.

I saw it live, and it was a thing of beauty.


You know, there's something to be said with finishing with an iconic gesture, whatever that may be.

And Zidane was capable of heading a ball with power and accuracy. I don't know how far he could hit a soccer ball with his head, but it would be "quite a few meters". Imagine what it would be like for someone like that to try and put your sternum between your shoulder blades.
 
2013-10-03 01:25:04 PM  
The headbutt is one of those fighting tricks that yell "fark the rules, and fark you!", and it's just one step below crotch-punching and knives.
 
2013-10-03 01:26:12 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Slaxl: I disagree with those who say that was a blight on his career, or a downer to end his career on. I think he did it perfectly.

I saw it live, and it was a thing of beauty.


Only the Italians thought it was awful.

The French liked it
The British liked it
The Germans liked it
 
2013-10-03 01:29:22 PM  
i was hoping it was that when i clicked
 
2013-10-03 01:29:23 PM  

CygnusDarius: Marcus Aurelius: Slaxl: I disagree with those who say that was a blight on his career, or a downer to end his career on. I think he did it perfectly.

I saw it live, and it was a thing of beauty.

Only the Italians thought it was awful.

The French liked it
The British liked it
The Germans liked it


I was rooting for Italy and I thought it was beautiful too.
 
2013-10-03 01:30:09 PM  

Scoop84: [i.usatoday.net image 245x333]


Thought the article was going to be about this, too.
 
2013-10-03 01:31:54 PM  
Nadie_AZ: : It guaranteed Italy would win.

Yep. He mentally lost control and allowed the grass divers to take him out of the game. It is a monument to his failure, in western terms. But he played a huge role in getting the 2022 games moved to that godforsaken hellhole, so they built a statue of him and said that it was because he was heroically defending his sister's honor.

/And for years to come, this statue will inspire Arab men to kill their in-laws
//And heroically beat their wives
 
2013-10-03 01:33:13 PM  
The five-metre high bronze statue - named "Coup de Tête" or "Head Butt" in English - was sculpted by Algerian artist Adel Abdesseme...

"Coup de Tête" sounds so much better than "Head Butt".

Scoop84: [i.usatoday.net image 245x333]


Oh boy; now she's wearing only quadruple the clothes that beach volleyball players do. Grr-row.
 
2013-10-03 01:45:22 PM  

varmitydog: Nadie_AZ: : It guaranteed Italy would win.

Yep. He mentally lost control and allowed the grass divers to take him out of the game. It is a monument to his failure, in western terms. But he played a huge role in getting the 2022 games moved to that godforsaken hellhole, so they built a statue of him and said that it was because he was heroically defending his sister's honor.

/And for years to come, this statue will inspire Arab men to kill their in-laws
//And heroically beat their wives


Or maybe it'll inspire the use of headbutts as an acceptable response to pretty much any argument.
 
2013-10-03 01:50:55 PM  
assets.espn.go.com
 
2013-10-03 01:52:55 PM  
If you're a star player, and you get yourself ejected in a championship game that your team goes on to lose, you did something wrong, no matter how cool the ejection-worthy hit looked.
 
2013-10-03 02:13:54 PM  
Wow.

It's exactly what I thought it was.

Hahahahaha.
 
2013-10-03 02:14:47 PM  

Dafatone: If you're a star player, and you get yourself ejected in a championship game that your team goes on to lose, you did something wrong, no matter how cool the ejection-worthy hit looked.


The exception is Marco Materazzi.

That guy is a complete piece of sh*t, and though France lost the World Cup, they still won something that day.
 
2013-10-03 02:16:54 PM  
And best of all, Italy's performance at the World Cup in 2010 was nothing short of dreadful and paved the way for one of my favorite lines ever uttered by a football announcer.

"Italy, from World Cup heroes to World Cup zeroes".

Manifique.
 
2013-10-03 02:23:57 PM  
I don't get it. If memory serves the game was tied when he did that, got red carded and France went on to lose being a player down.

I mean, i guess you'd think it was cool if you're into American Football style violent contact sport stuff, but it cost his team the WC Final. Surely he regrets that?
 
2013-10-03 03:11:16 PM  

jjmartin: I don't get it. If memory serves the game was tied when he did that, got red carded and France went on to lose being a player down.

I mean, i guess you'd think it was cool if you're into American Football style violent contact sport stuff, but it cost his team the WC Final. Surely he regrets that?


It ended in a shootout, but France lost the shootout 5-3 so unless you forsee his participation bringing up the performance of the second guy that missed (presuming he replaces one of the miss goals with a made goal) it didn't matter.  Some things are better than winning.
 
2013-10-03 03:22:42 PM  

Rev.K: Dafatone: If you're a star player, and you get yourself ejected in a championship game that your team goes on to lose, you did something wrong, no matter how cool the ejection-worthy hit looked.

The exception is Marco Materazzi.

That guy is a complete piece of sh*t, and though France lost the World Cup, they still won something that day.


Marco DID make a few entertaining commercials about objects hitting his sternum repeatedly too, so there's that too.
 
2013-10-03 03:22:51 PM  
Italy's play during that World Cup was atrocious, and Materazzi is a piece of shiat who deserved that headbutt a million times over.
 
2013-10-03 03:23:25 PM  
The only way it cost them is that it allowed the lazy Italian squad to loaf around and wait for PKs.  Italy never really had the ability to launch an effective assault against the French defense.
 
2013-10-03 03:26:59 PM  
Vuvazela?

Okay i'll get mt coat and leave.
 
2013-10-03 03:42:53 PM  
I would have preferred a Bradford Exchange commemorative plate.
 
2013-10-03 03:45:05 PM  

nelsonal: It ended in a shootout, but France lost the shootout 5-3 so unless you forsee his participation bringing up the performance of the second guy that missed (presuming he replaces one of the miss goals with a made goal) it didn't matter.  Some things are better than winning.


Or France could have scored in the final 10 minutes of the match with a full squad... so no, he cost his team a chance at the World Cup.
 
2013-10-03 04:07:04 PM  
Why?
 
2013-10-03 04:07:30 PM  

skrame: Scoop84: [i.usatoday.net image 245x333]

Oh boy; now she's wearing only quadruple the clothes that beach volleyball players do. Grr-row.


It was an iconic World Cup moment.

Did you find the subject of TFA sexually arousing?
 
2013-10-03 04:32:52 PM  
live4liverpool.com
 
2013-10-03 04:36:46 PM  
If anyone's interested, I'm sculpting some play-doh into a guy diving to the ground and faking an injury while everyone watching gets contagious yawns.  Or I was.  But then I just pounded it into a bland colored pancake and I can't get the smell off my hands.
 
2013-10-03 04:58:21 PM  

poughdrew: The only way it cost them is that it allowed the lazy Italian squad to loaf around and wait for PKs.  Italy never really had the ability to launch an effective assault against the French defense.


So you're saying they couldn't get the French to surrender?
 
2013-10-03 05:29:54 PM  
My first guess was Gand of God. Second choice was Escobar's own goal.
 
2013-10-03 05:38:26 PM  

Rev.K: Dafatone: If you're a star player, and you get yourself ejected in a championship game that your team goes on to lose, you did something wrong, no matter how cool the ejection-worthy hit looked.

The exception is Marco Materazzi.

That guy is a complete piece of sh*t, and though France lost the World Cup, they still won something that day.


See, I would just go with the hit not being ejection-worthy because of who he hit. Many of us will choose to remember it as the moment where soccer became temporarily watchable. BTW, had it killed Materazzi, that would have really been the stuff of legend.

/I mean, more people would be whining and calling for his imprisonment because physical contact has no place in soccer, but in the grand scheme of things, killing a dude with a single head-butt would have been mighty impressive
//maybe the rest of his team should've tried to not suck - IIRC Zidane was the only one to score.
 
2013-10-03 05:51:39 PM  

BumpInTheNight: [live4liverpool.com image 300x300]


I don't knwo who the ball squeezer is but he looks like the dude from Snatch.  Bullet Tooth Tony?
 
2013-10-03 06:03:53 PM  

PawisBetlog: BumpInTheNight: [live4liverpool.com image 300x300]

I don't knwo who the ball squeezer is but he looks like the dude from Snatch.  Bullet Tooth Tony?


Yah Vinnie Jones, before his career as a notorious thug in movies he was a notorious thug in football.  He really is just blatantly wrenching that dude's nuts.
 
2013-10-03 06:12:19 PM  
Good.  The man deserves a statue.

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2013-10-03 06:43:27 PM  

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That's awesome...

http://www.englandfootballonline.com/teamunif/Unif1950A.html
 
2013-10-03 08:23:11 PM  

BumpInTheNight: PawisBetlog: BumpInTheNight: [live4liverpool.com image 300x300]

I don't knwo who the ball squeezer is but he looks like the dude from Snatch.  Bullet Tooth Tony?

Yah Vinnie Jones, before his career as a notorious thug in movies he was a notorious thug in football.  He really is just blatantly wrenching that dude's nuts.


That dude is none other than Gazza, famous fat geordie alcoholic wunderkind world cup crier joker and kebab eater. Who reached #2 in the charts with a song about fog. And is now insane.

And he scored this incredible goal against Scotland.
 
2013-10-03 09:06:29 PM  
I was really hoping it would be a statue of Sepp Blatter accepting a briefcase full of cash...
 
2013-10-03 09:24:03 PM  
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-10-04 12:09:38 AM  

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: My first guess was Gand of God. Second choice was Escobar's own goal.


images3.wikia.nocookie.net
RIP, Zuckuss.
 
2013-10-04 01:24:59 AM  
I'd have gone with Robert Green's howler or the bird sitting on England's net vs. Algeria
 
2013-10-04 01:25:37 AM  
I guess it was actually Algeria's net
 
2013-10-04 03:12:49 AM  
They SHOULD have a statue of that. It's the most entertaining thing that's ever happened in a soccer game.
 
2013-10-04 08:26:57 AM  

Anderson's Pooper: I was kind of hoping for "The Hand of God" but I'll accept this.


Me too.

/sorry England
//How those officials missed that call I'll never know
 
2013-10-04 08:45:21 AM  
That being the greatest moment just proves further how incredibly lame soccer is.
 
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