7
Jun

Zidane, Beckham take on Bale and Moura in “Beckingham Palace”

When you were a kid, your parents probably often told you to never play sports indoors. "You’ll break a window!"

Well apparently David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura weren’t very good listeners:

Broken trophy case? No big deal. Expensive chandelier? Eh, it’s replaceable. Beating the young stars? So worth the damage price tag.

5
Mar

Luis Figo tweets dressing room pic that rivals ‘Oscar Selfie’

On Tuesday, an assortment of football legends assembled in Bern, Switzerland to play ‘BSC Young Boys and Friends’ in the eleventh “Match Against Poverty,” an annual charity game with this year’s proceeds going to the Philippines. The World XI was dubbed ‘Ronaldo, Zidane and Friends’ and featured many of the best players from the past 25 years.

The friendly match came just two days after Ellen DeGeneres broke Twitter with her insta-famous ‘Oscar Selfie.’ So, appropriately, Luis Figo  turned in his own effort, which may have broken the Twitter record for most football legends in one picture:

We spot Ronaldo, Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Youri Djorkaeff, Steve McManaman, Patrick Vieira, Giovane Elber, Fabio Cannavaro and coach Ruud Gullit. Who else can you see?

Image courtesy of Getty

30
Oct

Qatar removes Zidane headbutt statue to prevent idol worshipping

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Image courtesy of Deadspin

The famous statue which immortalized Zinedine Zidane’s fateful headbutt on Marco Matterazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final has been removed from public view in Doha, Qatar just a month after it went on display.

The reason? Idolatry, of course.

The 16-foot bronze monument that was sculpted by Algerian-born French artist Adel Abdessemed appears to have offended many conservatives in the Muslim emirate, who saw it as a flagrant violation of religious tenets.

According to a report by the AFP, Islamic law prohibits owning statues of human beings and animals to avoid the possibility of idolatry (idol worshiping). While some Muslim countries do display statues in public, most conservative Gulf nations, like Qatar, do not. The subtext of that AFP story indicates that had the statue not been removed, it would likely have been attacked (presumably by way of head-butting).

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Image courtesy of Reuters

Recently purchased by the Qatar Museum Authority, Zidane’s head-butt statue will now have a new home, albeit indoors: Doha’s Arab Museum of Modern Art. For those seeking to relive “Zizou’s” magical moment, watch below:

H/T Deadspin

4
Oct

The Zinedane Zidane statue has a strange new home

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The unforgettable and absolutely massive statue that immortalizes Zidane’s infamous headbutt to Marco Materazzi has a new home: Qatar.

According to Doha News, the statue was bought by the Qatar Museums Authority for an undisclosed sum and will be a permanently installed on the Corniche near Al Mourjan restaurant.

Jean Paul Engelen, QMA’s director of Public Art, told Doha News that he expects the sculpture to be popular in Qatar:

"Yes, we expect a lot of people to want to take photos with it, and of it.

It’s an impressive piece. It’s a huge sculpture, and it’s done in the same style as Greek Mythological statues, but this glorifies human defects instead. It shows that although we sometimes treat footballers like gods, they’re not - they’re just human beings.”

The statue itself was always a bit of an odd tribute to a moment we’re sure Zidane himself would rather forget. If the it remains in Qatar through 2022, we wonder if the legend himself will come face to face with his history.
8
Jul

Most Expensive Soccer transfers of all-time

imageWhile it might seem that the transfer fees teams pay for players increase on a yearly basis, the truth is a bit more complicated. As the saying goes, a dollar today just doesn’t get you as far as it used to.

With that in mind, Forbes Magazine recently published a list of the most expensive transfer fees in history, adjusted for inflation. Essentially, a dollar on any given day in the past isn’t necessarily worth as much as a dollar today, as the cost of goods, services, and well, soccer players, constantly shift.

Here are the top 10 transfer fees in soccer history, adjusted for inflation:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), from Manchester United to Real Madrid

    Original Fee: $130 million, Adjusted for inflation: $141 million

  2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2009), from Inter Milan to Barcelona

    Original Fee: $94 million, Adjusted for inflation: $102 million

  3. Kaka (2009), from: AC Milan to Real Madrid

    Original Fee: $90 million, Adjusted for inflation: $98 million

  4. Zinedine Zidane (2001), from Juventus to Real Madrid

    Original Fee: $65 million, Adjusted for inflation: $85 million

  5. Fernando Torres (2011). from Liverpool to Chelsea 

    Original Fee: $79 million, Adjusted for inflation: $81 million

  6. Hernan Crespo (2000), from Parma to Lazio

    Original Fee: $60 million, Adjusted for inflation: $81 million

  7. Radamel Falcao (2013), from Atletico Madrid to Monaco

    Original Fee: $77 million, Adjusted for inflation: $77 million

  8. Luis Figo (2000), from Barcelona to Real Madrid

    Original Fee: $56 million, Adjusted for inflation: $76 million

  9. Neymar (2013), from Santos to Barcelona

    Original Fee: $74 million, Adjusted for inflation: $74 million

  10. Andriy Shevchenko (2006), from AC Milan to Chelsea

    Original Fee: $58 million, Adjusted for inflation: $66 million