Sixteen years later, the bad gesture of Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final continues to haunt the nights of the former Blues coach.
Raymond Domenech played in two World Cups at the helm of the French team. For diametrically opposite results. The former coach assures him: he has completely evacuated the Knysna fiasco. “People often talk to me about it, but for me it’s a thing of the past,” he said in an interview with Olé. Life goes on. “ The adventure of the 2006 World Cup and the defeat suffered on penalties in the final against Italy seem to leave him with other regrets. He was particularly responsible for Zinedine Zidane’s header on Marco Materrazzi in extra time. A gesture that is always difficult to explain on the part of the former Lyonnais.
“What happened is like when a plane crashes, it’s the little things that add up, he launched himself, also regretting the absence of the man who could have reassured the attacking midfielder. You don’t have to change much. What happened was a disaster, and it’s not really explainable. Before there were no problems, the team was fine, everything was fine. No one can say exactly why this happened. “
If only I could have talked to him more
And Raymond Domenech can even less explain it since he never talked about it with the first person concerned. “It’s her story, she’s never told it to anyone and she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore, it’s her past. People talk about it. With him and with us. But no one will know what went through their mind “, He explained, convinced that today’s players are more prepared than in the past to face this kind of situation: “If there had been someone during the competition, we don’t know what would have happened, someone who could have talked to Zidane all the time to relieve the pressure, because that was his last match. The pressure was too much for Zidane.”
Sixteen years later, Raymond Domenech still has some regrets. To the point of having nightmares. “Sometimes at night I wake up and think to myself: if only I could have talked to him more, before, to explain what would have happened, but I could not imagine what had happened”He continued.
And the former coach to remember that Zinedine Zidane could have escaped the patrol if the fourth referee had not seen the images on television. “It was the first time we used video to referee. The referee had not seen anything, nor the assistants, the only ones to have seen him were Buffon, Zidane and “the other” (Materazzi). The fourth referee saw what happened on TV and told the referee. In 2006 it was the first time that VAR existed.he said, adding: “Couldn’t use it. I tried to corner the fourth referee, talk to the referee, but he didn’t listen to me. If people understood everything I said to the referee then, he would be banned for ten years.