Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Zidane Discussed

From WSJ Opinionjournal:


The French Hero who was, ultimately, just a Man.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT

PARIS--Here is one of the greatest players of all time, a legend, a myth for the entire planet, and universally acclaimed. Here is a champion who, in front of two billion people, was putting the final touches on one of the most extraordinary sagas in soccer's history.

Here is a man of providence, a savior, who was sought out, like Achilles in his tent of grudge and rage, because he was believed to be the only one who could avert his countrymen's fated decline. Better yet, he's a super-Achilles who--unlike Homer's--did not wait for an Agamemnon (in the guise of coach Raymond Domenech) to come begging him to re-enlist; rather, he decided himself, spontaneously, after having "heard" a voice calling him, to come back from his Spanish exile and--putting his luminous armor back on, and flanked by his faithful Myrmidons (Makelele, Vieira, Thuram)--reverse the new Achaeans' ill fortune and allow them to successfully pull together.

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Stacy said...

Sure he's a good player, but come on; they're treating him as if he were a deity.

Nice to see ya.

Douglas said...

I was with BHL until he started comparing him with the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.

I had my narrative all ready to go that France would take the cup, and Zidane would enter the soccer pantheon with the other players BHL mentioned. He had played excellently during the matches of this World Cup, capping off an outstanding career.