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.
27
Feb

Dennis Bergkamp to be immortalized with Arsenal statue

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Dennis Bergkamp is set to become the fourth Arsenal legend to receive his own statue outside Emirates Stadium. Originally a rumor, the word seems to be out now after pictures on twitter surfaced of the sculpture.

As you can see, the statue is based on the classic image of him controlling the ball in the air against Newcastle in 2003.

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Bergkamp’s statue is rumored to be unveiled outside Emirates Stadium before the start of the 2013-14 Premier League season, joining the statues of other all-time Gunners Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman.

Bergkamp scored 120 goals in 423 games for the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

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