Zidane’s headbutt, the terrible revelation

Sixteen years later, the bad gesture of Zinedine Zidane during the final of the 2006 World Cup continues to haunt the nights of the former coach of the Blues.

Raymond Domenech played in two World Cups at the head of the France team. For diametrically opposed results. The former coach assures him: he has completely evacuated the fiasco of Knysna. “People often talk to me about it, but for me it’s a thing of the past,” he said in an interview with Olé. Life goes on. » The adventure of the 2006 World Cup and the defeat conceded on penalties against Italy in the final seem to leave him with more regrets. The fault in particular of Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt on Marco Materrazzi during extra time. A gesture always difficult to explain by the former Lyonnais.

“What happened is like when there’s a plane crashing, it’s the little things that add up, he launched, also regretting the absence of the one who could have calmed down the tricolor playmaker. You don’t have to change a lot. What happened was a disaster, and it’s not really explainable. Before there was no problem, the team was fine, everything was fine. No one can say exactly why this happened. »

If only I could have talked to him more

And Raymond Domenech can even less explain it as he never spoke about it with the first concerned. “It’s his story, he’s never told anyone about it, and he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore, it’s his past. People talk about it. With him and with us. But no one will know what went through his head “, he explained, convinced that today’s players are better prepared than in the past to face this kind of situation: “If there had been someone throughout the competition, we didn’t know what would have happened, someone who could have talked to Zidane all the time to take the pressure off, because that was his Last match. The pressure was too much for Zidane. »

Sixteen years later, Raymond Domenech still has regrets. To the point of having nightmares. “Sometimes at night I wake up and I think to myself: if only I could have talked to him more, earlier, to explain to him what was going to happen, but I couldn’t imagine what happened”he continued.

And the former coach to recall that Zinedine Zidane could have escaped the patrol if the fourth referee had not seen the images on television. “It was the first time that we used video to referee. The referee hadn’t seen anything, nor had the assistants, the only ones to have seen him were Buffon, Zidane and “the other” (Materazzi). The fourth referee saw what was on TV and told the referee. In 2006, it was the first time that VAR existed.he said, adding: “He couldn’t use it. I tried to welcome the fourth referee, to talk to the referee, but he wouldn’t listen to me. If people had understood everything I said to the referee at the time, he would have been banned for ten years.

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