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Monday, March 12, 2007

Zidane Says No

Tomorrow night in Manchester, at the storied Old Trafford, a friendly game will take place to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The game was organized by UEFA, who are the European governing body of the sport of soccer.

Many great players were invited to make up the Europe XI to face Manchester United:

Goalkeepers:

Iker Casillas, Gregory Coupet, and Oliver Kahn.

Defenders:

Eric Abidal, Jamie Carragher, Fabio Grosso, Paolo Maldini (injured), Marco Materazzi, Carles Puyol, and Lilian Thuram.

Midfielders:

Gennaro Gattuso, Steven Gerrard, Florent Malouda, Luis Miguel, Juninho Pernambucano, Andrea Pirlo, and Gianluca Zambrotta.

Forwards:


Henrik Larsson, Amantino Mancini, Robbie Fowler, Ronaldinho, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

One famous name, among a few others, will be missing. Or rather, he refused the invitation from UEFA: Zinedine Zidane. He was in Thailand a few weeks ago on a good will mission. He plans to visit Iran. But he will not appear in Manchester tomorrow night. Because he can not forgive nor forget. And refuses to recognize that his failure of self-control created the entire situation. He blamed Materazzi's verbal insults for his vicious head butt in extra time at the World Cup Final. The brilliance of Zidane evaporated in one fiery moment. He was ejected from the last competitive game of his tremendous career.

Marco Materazzi, no angel himself, has tried many times to reconcile after their incident at the World Cup Final. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has tried in vain to bring these two men together. UEFA has now thrown its hat into the ring. But Zidane, a very proud man, will not appear on the same field, much less the same team, as Marco Materazzi. He refused to be coached one last time by Marcello Lippi, his former coach at Juventus FC.

"But the former Juventus player rejected the opportunity despite having the chance to work under Marcello Lippi, his former Delle Alpi tactician, for another 90 minutes. 'UEFA sent the invite, not me,' said Lippi who will take charge of the European XI side. But it came back negative at the last minute.' ” (1)

Mohatma Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye blinds the world."

Warren Buffett said, "
It takes 20 years to build a reputation, and 5 minutes to lose it. If you think about that, you will do things differently."

Reference

Zizou Rejects Matrix Linkup: Football Italia, 12 March 2007.

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