As the world-cup mania ended in a match full of drama, L’Equipe’s editorial was noted saying: “What should we tell our children and all those for whom you have become an example for ever,” it asks. “How could that happen to a man like you?”

There are a lot of things to say, really. For instance, that not all fairy tales have happy endings, or that in sports, and in life, there is no certainty, no script … But probably the biggest thing they can tell the children of France, and indeed of the world, is that football is not life, and life is surely more than football.

Maybe we’ll never know why Zizou did what he did, or maybe we will. Maybe what he did is a suicide as far as sporting wisdom goes, and was a sheer stupidity as most of us would like to believe, and yet I don’t know. After all who’s to say what is legitimate sledging and what is not, and who’s to decide what price is too high to pay for sporting greatness, or too low? Zizou has made his decision for himself. If he threw it all away, recklessly, maybe he is rich enough to throw it away.

There, then, is another lesson for the children — that at times honor (in your own eyes) comes without a price tag (dishonour socially, or in other people’s eyes). Some, or even most, are probably wired to be pragmatic, and to survive. Some are born reckless, and try taming themselves, in vain. Who’re we to judge? Red card, fairenuff. Rest is between Zizou and life.


9 thoughts on “Zizou…

  1. anonymous says:

    hmmmmm….a totally different take, but really nice. I liked where u said that sometimes honor in ur own eyes comes without a price tag…so very true.

    btw, where have u been recently? Or is world cup the real culprit? 🙂


  2. asuph says:

    honor is rarely professional 😀
    yeah, i know there are thin lines. i am undecided myself… it was a nasty head butt for sure…

    anyways, thanks for commenting. nah w/c is not the culprit… was busy, and managing my time pretty badly at that… and then there are times when u don’t want to say a thing. or want to, but find nothing to say.


  3. anonymous says:

    >football is not life, and life is surely more than football

    couldn’t help but recollect Shankly’s quote that was recently reported as being voted the most popular…

    Shankly struck a chord when he said: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”



  4. anonymous says:

    ‘Rest is between Zizou and life’ – Nice line asupha!

    Thing is i admire Zidane for his cool and his game…36 is ol and at that age, he still shines. Nothing fancy, his basics are better than Ronaldinho’s antics. But im not going to condone his header for the very reason taht it didn’t fetch France a goal!!! The pressure exerted in that one head butting could’ve ripped any ball through the nets. but alas he found solace in burying it in an italians’ chest.

    i dont think there’s any legit sledging! but yeah acceptable there is depending on each’s level of taking shit. like one dude remarked if in criket people started hitting instead of batting for sledges thrown their way, Australia would need a new team each year. anyway zidane did what he did and i think the italian dude got a nice chest rub in the process. Somehow it didn’t seem like a final for me…the last one…

  5. Pseudozarathustra says:

    I really liked your comment. And I quite agree and disagree at the same time. There is truly no script in sport – even though a lot of us would like sport to be predictable. As well, I quite agree that we are not the one’s to judge whether the price was too high.
    However, there is a deeper logic in Zidane’s deed. What made him such a good football player, was his entire inpredictability. And this same inpredictability got him the red card – and he seemed to have known, what he did. He made us aware, that football is not just the civilized sport we want it to be, rather it has underlying vital drives, that keep the game alive. Without the “all or nothing”, football would loose its appeal. I only can quote the Liverpool manager quoted above: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”
    It is more indeed.

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