I wanted the french to win. I think when they play well, they playe more attractive football than italy. Not to mention it would have been a perfect retirement party for Zizou who has possibly been the best player of the last decade. Definetly the legend of my generation atleast.
Its ashame it had to end the way it did. This is no excuse, because there really can be no justification for what he did, but I get the feeling he had to have been provoked and rather harshly at that. Zidane has been known to lose his temper from time to time( who hasn't?), but usually is a rather calm player. For him to headbutt someone I beilieve is completely out of character for him. He had to have been provoked. However, I dont think any type of provocation warrants that kind of reaction, unless it was very very personal, and outside of football. Maybe a threat, or a racist comment(him being of Algerian descent) are all possibilities I have read about. Or maybe the provocation wasnt that bad at all, but he was just irritated and the fact that it was his last match and the pressure of winning just got to him until he just snapped. Hopefully we will know his rational, or his irrational in due time.
And to blame one single player for a result of a football match is stupid. Theres always something each individual player could have done better to get the result, always one little moment, a bad touch, an intercepted pass, and offsides call, a throw in, any of littlest incedent that could change the game completely. To blame the game on one player is ignorant and childish.
And personally, I have watched about 95% percent of the Arsenal games over the last four years. Thierry Henry is no diver. He plays just about a fair a game of football as is played these days. And trying to justify someones diving by pointing a finger at another is presschoolish. Just stop doing it. Its as simple as that.
Congrats to Italy, it was a pretty even game, i think the french had the better of the most part of it though. But Italy with there outstanding organization and defense, you can't say they were too unworthy of the title. I thought there were better teams in the Tournament who didnt make it to the final who were better than both Italy and France.....Argentina anybody?
lets keep the game beautiful.