When Zidane had the “glands” against Domenech in 2006

Zinedine Zidane and Raymond Domenech in 2006. Overview

The former number 10 of the blues had not digested any decision from his coach.

In the fascinating interview given to L’Equipe on the occasion of his 50th birthday, Zinédine Zidane talks about his return to the national team in France in 2005 and the World Cup that followed. On his desire to find the blue shirt hanging after Euro 2004, he explains: “He (Domènech) came to see me. OKAY. But it was my desire to return that made me come back! Period (…) There were other more irrational elements … But to stay with the rational, it’s me. Our discussions with Lilian (Thuram) and Claude (Makelele). This lack of blues. I go back, put on my T-shirt and leave. This is wonderful.»

If his return brings a wave of enthusiasm within the tricolor group and among the fans of the World Cup in Germany, his start to the tournament is difficult. “It is complicated. I am sanctioned by the third game, which is decisive against Togo (2-0). We have to win, he says. We started badly. I go out in the second game against South Korea (1-1) …»

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A coach who has a hard time understanding: “he (Raymond Domenech) takes me out to take David Trezeguet (90th + 1). But who will write it down, David? It was not clear. I have glands and let him know. There are many things that had also happened before. Stories told about my return that were not true. I decided to plot mine right now. We even decided to track our stuff together. And he was going to do it. It was launched“.

Rumors that executives took over the locker rooms during the tournament were true. “We had grabbed the keys. 100%, confirms “Zizou”, 16 years later. We were among us, every day before a match. We had found a place for ourselves. It was exceptional. We brought divers from Berlin because they were the best! Magnificent moments, for four hours at the table. There was a real cohesion. It was in a slightly lost inn, a few miles from our hotel. A fabulous atmosphere. “

Injured against Brazil

Before the sad episode of the header in Materazzi and the defeat in the final, Zidane and the blues are having a great time against Brazil. Definitely the best match of the No. 10 in selection. “One of my best blue matches, in fact. I play injuredtrust. In fact, I hurt Spain. I was hurt by scoring the third goal at the end of the game. I have a lump in my thigh. Hardly anyone knew. I take exams. I am told that I will not play against Brazil … I say: “What? There is no doubt that he cannot play against Brazil! ” The medical staff did everything for me to play because I really wanted to play this game. And I played! Every game could be my last. I had this in my head that it was impossible for me not to play against Brazil. I wanted to enjoy every second.»

The party that follows is memorable, shy Zizou lets himself go to the Frankfurt dressing room: “me, get on a table and dance, it really has to be outstanding! As soon as there are two people, I can’t do it anymore … So in front of forty, it really has to be euphoria. When we see the images that came out, we see the atmosphere between us. It’s magic. (Franck) Ribéry with Jacques Chirac, it’s huge! Franck addressed the president as if he were a friend of the neighborhood. We laughed. I could not believe it!»

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