“We had taken the keys 100%,” Zidane tackles Domenech at the 2006 World Cup

Zinedine Zidane detailed the circumstances of his return to the French team in 2005, especially Raymond Domenech, then coach, did not appreciate the communication pendant at the 2006 World Cup, in which the group took the main place.

The French team has a special place in the career and the heart of Zinedine Zidane. World champion in 1998 and Europe 2000, the former Blues leader lived a kind of life in the Blues when he decided to retire from international retirement in 2005, a year after he decided to stop the selection (at the following the elimination of France in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004). In an interview with L’Equipe on Thursday, he said he had engaged in a very quick return to talks with Lilian Thuram and Claude Makelele. Minimizes the part of Raymond Domenech, then coach, in the big comeback.

“He came to see me, he just admits. OK. But it was my desire to come back that made me come back! No.” “There were other more irrational elements,” says Zizou. “But to stick to the rational one, it’s me. is gone. It’s beautiful. “

“Stories told about my return that were not the reality”

One year after his return, Zidane took part in the third World Cup in 2006, which was completed in the final after a very laborious group stage. Sixteen years later, the former Real star remembers not digesting being replaced by David Trezeguet in the second half of the game against my South Korea (1-1). “He (Raymond Domenech) takes me out to get David Trezeguet in,” Zidane recalls. “But who’s going to score, David? It wasn’t clear. I have the glands and I’m letting him know. things that had happened before, stories told about my return that weren’t reality, I decided to draw my stuff at that point, we even decided to draw our stuff together to do. It was launched. “

A kind of self-management that launched the Blues in a beautiful epic with a victory against Spain (3-1) in the round of 16. “We had taken the keys,” says Zidane. “100%. We were between us, every eve of the game. We had found a place for ourselves. It looks like they were the best! Wonderful moments, for four hours at the table. There was a real cohesion. It was in a small lost inn, a few kilometers from our hotel. A fabulous atmosphere. “

There was also this magical quarterfinal against Brazil (1-0) which Zidane described as one of his best matches in the national team. He had even celebrated victory by dancing on a table. “Me, sitting on a table and dancing, it really has to be exceptional,” Zizou smiled. “As soon as there are two people, I can’t do it anymore. When you look at the pictures that came out, you see the atmosphere between us, it’s magic. (Franck) Ribéry with Jacques Chirac, it’s huge! neighborhood. Pe laughter. I couldn’t believe it! ” The story ended painfully with a defeat in the final against Italy and his expulsion after he landed a header on Marco Materazzi.

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