All entries for Wednesday 05 July 2006
July 05, 2006
Every game he plays in this World Cup could possibly be his last, but I for one hope Zidane can go all the way and end his career on the biggest high possible. Without doubt Zidane is one of the greats of the modern game, but it looked like his genuis had faded. At Real Madrid (and in France's opening games) he looked laboured, static and disinterested.
Suddenly, however, the old genuis had returned and his performances against Brazil and Spain have been extrodinary. I thought it was a massive mistake for Domenech to build his team around Zidane, but it has all come good just at the right time.
The great thing about Zidane at his peak was that he would always exceed your expectations. The hype was never too great. Think, for example, of the 2001 Champions League Final where he scored one of the most spectacular goals in the history of the competition. Zidane would never let you down, and it seems that for his final matches he has regained that magic.
If Zidane stays on form I am in no doubt that France will be lifting the Jule Rimet trophy on Sunday night. As one of my all–time favourite players I really am hoping he can.