It may prove to be the most watched event in human history– Princess Di’s funeral and September 11 are the only things that would seem to come close. For decades, people the world over will be able to recall where they were when head-butt happened. (I fall into the “it was mornonic but I still love Zizou” camp, along with my mother-in-law and, clearly, Mrs. Zidane. And I think Materazzi is a punk worthy of a Detroit Pistons jersey.) (Here’s the interview Zidane gave tonight on Canal Plus, untranslated and some English text translation from Down Under– still smarting about The Dive, I hope. [Updated: Indeed, at least some subtle Aussies are still a bit upset, it seems.])
As a global media event, the Internets have been kind to Zidane’s head butt, granting him a media notoriety not seen this side of Bin Laden, Bush or Saddam. Some highlights follow: (A tip of the hat to Ray Cha of the Institute for the Future of the Book for the original YTMND link.)
The Italian football team in training (c. 2004) (thanks, Karim)
Question: how long until the first rap reference to the head butt– and who will it be? My bet is MF Doom, but that’s just me.