Reliving Zidane’s Head-Butt That Marked The ‘06 World Cup..In Every Way Possible (GIFs)

It was the moment that saw the historic career of Zinedine Zidane come to a rather painful conclusion.  Having scored his team’s lone goal in the 2006 World Cup final against Italy, Zidane and his French International squad found themselves tied 1-1 in extra time when the unthinkable occurred.

After being the victim of a verbal insult from Italian defender Marco Materazzi, Zidane turned around and delivered “the headbutt heard around the world.”  The image of his head driving into the chest of Materazzi would forever be entrenched in the minds of French and Italian soccer fans everywhere.  In fact, memories of the image have extended beyond the two European countries to become one of the most memorable moments in World Cup history.

Zidane would be sent off with a straight red card, the Italians would win the title in a shootout, and the rest is history.  As for the image of Zidane’s noggin blasting into the Italian crest on Materazzi’s jersey, it would be recreated in just about every manner possible, and has even inspired a commercial for, which has since been pulled from Austrian television airways due to its portrayal of violence.

If they thought that was bad, I wonder what the Austrian television police would think of these images?