5
Jul

What’s in a name? Brazilian boy named after multiple French legends

Being named after one of your parent’s heroes is hardly a new phenomenon.

World Cup hero James Rodriguez was famously named after fictional secret agent “James Bond,” while soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) was named after American inventor Thomas Edison. So, it’s a normal practice, we’re sure you will agree.

However, being named after five — yes, FIVE — separate legends?That seems a bit much.

It is, however, every day life for seven-year-old Brazilian youngster Zidane. Or, to give him his full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos.

Phew!

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The boy’s father, Petrucio Santos, is to blame for the 10-word-strong name. With Zidane born so soon after France’s victory over Brazil at the 2006 World Cup, Petrucio showed his appreciation and love of the country the way he felt best.

Petrucio, a shopkeeper from Maceio, told G1:

"I was won over by the friendliness of French people. I decided to learn the language to be able to speak it without sounding ridiculous if I visit again!"

Spare a thought for little Zidane though, who doesn’t even know most of his own name. "I don’t know [the rest of my names] yet. I never learned them," said the confused young boy.

As well as Zidane, Henry and Barthez, Petrucio included tributes to Eric Cantona and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari — Silva Santos being the family name.

When asked which player he’d prefer to be named after, it wasn’t Neymar, David Luiz or Thiago Silva on the young lad’s lips.

"I would have loved to be named Luiz Gustavo," little Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierr … ahh, we give up.

(HT: G1 Globo)

18
Jun

World Cup fever reaches the fine world of pizza cuisine

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World Cup fever has now reached the pizza oven.

What better way to celebrate the tournament than taking a cheesy bite out of a pizza decorated with some famous World Cup scenes?

Pizza Express put together some pretty impressive creations, including England lifting the World Cup in 1966, Paul Gascoigne crying at Italia 1990, Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and Zinedine Zidane’s 2006 head-butt.

Take a look:

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(h/t Who Ate All The Pies/Metro)

(Images: Pizza Express)

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.

11
Dec

Great players take each other to school

Even some of the greatest players in the world are made to look like fools at times.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Alessandro Nesta and many more are given a some footballing lessons by their fellow greats. Nutmegs, rainbows, cuts and flicks are just a small part of the arsenal these players use to trick their illustrious opponents. Sit back, relax and enjoy watching these seemingly untouchable soccer stars get taken to school.

(H/T r/soccer)

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

5
Jul

The All-Time Best XI? You decide

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The debate over whether Diego Armando Maradona or Pele (or Lionel Messi) is the greatest player in history is tough enough, but to pick the best 11? Now that’s difficult.

That said, UK-based magazine, World Soccer, set out to do just that, polling former players and journalists to come up with a starting 11. 

While the team is a bit muddled, with a few players out of position, we’re pretty sure they’d get the job done, especially with Coach Ferguson on the touchline.

What do you think about the list? Are there any obvious players missing?

(H/T 101GreatGoals)

27
Jun

We all have our favorite moments throughout the history of soccer. For some, it’ll be a last-gasp or incredible goal, or for others, an outstanding piece of skill. It could even be a comeback victory, or a dramatic promotion.

What Richard Swarbrick, of the upcoming Fantasista footballing art movement, has done is capture a select few of these moments and put his own unique spin on it.

Take a look at the excellent video above, which includes moments from Cruyff, Zlatan, van Basten, Gascoigne, Higuita, Pele, Maradona, Zidane and Baggio.

You can check out Richard’s spectacular portfolio - including the famous 'Gareth Bale v Inter Milan' piece - here, there and everywhere.

9
Jun

Highlights from Real Madrid-Juventus legends game

One of our favorite parts about the dreaded summer break in soccer: nostalgic all-star games! Today, past Real Madrid and Juventus greats faced off against each other in the “Corazon Classic,” a star-studded affair that included the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved, Edgar Davids, Luis Figo, Fabrizio Ravanelli, and Roberto Carlos. There was no shortage of moments that made you wish we were back in the late ’90s-early ’00s.

First there’s Luis Figo being all vintage Luis Figo:

Then Zidane decided to casually carry the ball on his head for a moment:

Sighhh. Time to break out the old Panini sticker books and soak up the nostalgia.

The end result? Real’s oldies won 2-1.

13
Apr

Zinedine Zidane just keeps adding to his already full list of duties.

He is the director of football for Real Madrid, while getting his coaching badges and of course the ever-taxing task of just being Zizou. But now he’s added “part-owner of a French fourth division club” to his resume.

How did a lowly side like Rodez Aveyron Football catch the attention of the soccer legend? A bold approach and a little bit of luck.

Zidane was in Rodez, his wife’s hometown, visiting his in-laws when the club’s cash-strapped owners found out he was in the area.

From the BBC:

"Some people came to see me about their ambitions for Rodez football club and it seemed interesting. Things needed to be done and I wanted to help out," said Zidane.

"I come from the streets, a difficult neighbourhood. I have never forgotten my roots. It’s not because you work for the biggest club in the world that you forget everything beforehand. It’s thanks to my in-laws that I have discovered this club and family. I love this region and spending time here and I feel at home."

He hopes to help the club climb back up to the second division. Good luck, Zizou!

Via Dirty Tackle.