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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 11/07/2006

Zidane, a mirror of the World Cup

Writer Georg Klein admires Zinedine Zidane for head-butting Materazzi. ""What he did was effectively to destroy a legend. He has not shattered the media story about the Frenchman of Algerian descent who was a talented football player. He has burst the bubble of culture. As we watched the long slow-motion repeats we saw that the field of our European civilisation is not laid out to meet everything life throws at us with only good and bad words. A clever, well-respected and now wealthy man opted, on the basis of his experience, for the abrupt violence of the head-butt. Zidane might have spared Materazzi's nose, but he spared himself nothing."

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