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“Zidane’s headbutt? I wasn’t expecting it in that moment,” he told Spanish outlet AS in an interview, “I was lucky enough that the whole episode took me by surprise because if I had expected something like that to happen and had been ready for it, I’m sure both of us would have ended up being sent off.“There had been a bit of contact between us in the area. He had scored France’s goal in the first half and our coach (Marcello Lippi) told me to mark him. After that first brush between us, I apologised but he reacted badly.“After the third clash, I frowned and he retorted: ‘I’ll give you my shirt later’. I replied that I’d rather have his sister than his shirt.” The two men were at the centre of the final from the off. It was Materazzi’s foul on Florent Malouda that allowed Zidane to open the scoring with a Panenka penalty.The defender made amends for his earlier mistake when he equalised 12 minutes later by heading in from Andrea Pirlo’s corner.Read Also: Real Madrid listening to offers for out-of-favour strikerZidane’s moment of madness came in the 110th minute of the game, with the Real Madrid manager’s final moment as a footballer seeing him walk past the World Cup trophy with his head down, and Materazzi put away his country’s second penalty in the shoot out as Italy were named champions.There’s a good chance Materazzi didn’t end up with Zidane’s shirt after all, or his sister’s. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It’s the first time the former Inter defender has confirmed exactly what he said. There has been many rumours about it in the past and last year he would only go as far as confirming it wasn’t about Zizou’s mother.“My words were stupid but did not deserve that reaction. In any neighborhood of Rome, Naples, Turin, Milan Paris, I hear much more serious things.“I talked about his sister not his mother, like I have read in some newspapers. My mother died while I was a teenager, I would never insult his.” A sculpture of the famous moment in Paris in 2012. Loading… Marco Materazzi has finally given the full story to what happened when Zinedine Zidane headbutted him in the World Cup final, nearly 14 years after it happened.There’s few more iconic World Cup final moments than Zidane’s final ever moment as a player in the 2006 final, when he was sent off for landing a headbutt in the centre of Materazzi’s head.Over the years there’s been lots of rumours about what happened and what the Italian said to cause the reaction and he’s now revealed all, talking about the fact they’d clashed several times before the eventual moment of madness from Zizou. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyHe Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth
With the Vince Vaugh-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy “The Break-Up” leading the way with a $39.2 million opening last weekend – $1 million more than originally estimated – movie ticket sales have exceeded last year’s totals for 10 out of the last 11 weekends. Add that to four out of the current top five films, “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Over the Hedge,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Mission: Impossible III” all having reached the $100 million mark domestically, and it would seem that the industry is rebounding from its historic box office slump of 2005. But is there really that much to celebrate? A year ago, the industry was mired in a record losing streak in which weekend revenue fell behind 2004 totals for an unprecedented 19 consecutive weekends. So this year’s crop of films has not exactly had to live up to very lofty comparisons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It’s a little bit encouraging but not something we should jump for joy over,” warned Gitesh Pandya, editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com. “We have more films this year and they are better films from the standpoint that they are what people want to pay money to see.” Pandya said that for most weekends this year, the box office revenue is still not matching overall grosses from 2004 when Hollywood had a record summer ($3.96 billion). Compared with 2005 totals, year-to-date revenue is up by 4.65 percent but attendance is up 1.5 percent. And when 2006 is compared with 2004, 8.18 percent fewer people have bought movie tickets so far this year and revenue is 2.27 percent lower despite average ticket prices being 40 cents higher. While 2002 still holds the all-time record for movie attendance, 2004 was the year of record revenue ($9.4 billion). By this time in 2004, “The Passion of the Christ” had earned most of its $370.3 million take domestically, “Shrek 2” was on its way to a $436.5 million finish and “The Day After Tomorrow” ended up grossing $186.7 million overall. Last year’s big hits were far fewer by the time June had rolled around although “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” had the second-biggest opening weekend in history and went on to gross $380.3 million domestically. Other $100 million-plus hits during the first five months of 2005 were “Madagascar,” “The Longest Yard” and “The Pacifier,” but there were far more disappointments. “Compared to 2004, we may not look so great but we are certainly in a better place than we were a year ago,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. The optimism will continue this week with Friday’s release of the Pixar Animation Studios release “Cars” while the fright flick “The Omen” opens today and could enjoy significant success, according to several box office pundits. [email protected] (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!