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Zizou

This video may have been floating around the internet for ages, with persistent rumors of its existence spliced into clips, but for those of us new to the Zizou and friends doing karaoke in a Turkish steam bath…well, this should either make or break your day.

Being sure the scene for this little clip is set properly, it includes…

– Some men nude, some in towels. – Steam. – A shower. – Laurent Blanc’s blurred-out man parts. – White boy dancing. – At least one world class mustache.

Do you suppose nude dancing, steam bathes and mustaches was the missing… Continue reading

Awards show? Bosh. The FIFA red carpet blows such gilded nonsense right out of the water.

All the superstars of the various bids showed up in Zurich today – well, most of them, anyway – and FIFA rolled out the red carpet with photogs happily snapping away, just in front of the suits holding out collection plates.

The whole thing was simply excellent – they should do this about once a month.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani celebrates Movember with his Madame Toussad’s wife.

Zizou approves of the ’stache. And maybe the wife too. Or that diamond the size of… Continue reading

Though he could probably walk into any international midfield in the world save for Spain, it seems the nature of Zizou’s surprise showing at Clairefontaine was more training for his eventual political career – handshakes, photos, kissing babies, etc. – than training for a surprise return to the football pitch.

But given how the summer went for France, don’t be surprised if Laurent Blanc names him in the starting XI on Friday, completely unbeknownst to Zizou.

Most of the cats who stepped away from the international game in wake of World Cup 2010 were lacking in one key ingredient: effectiveness. There are, of course, exceptions, such as Gio van Bronckhorst, who pulled a half-Zizou and stepped away from the game entirely in the final.

The list of retirees we now know does not include the highest-profile possibility from the champions, Carles Puyol. His perm is giving it at least another two years at the top.

Carles:

“After turning the matter over in my mind a lot, I have decided to continue for two more years… Continue reading

For better or worse (probably worse) the one thing most people know about Zinedine Zidane is that he headbutted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final. But when we asked for your favourite World Cup moments it was Zidane’s other World Cup final appearance that got the most mentions, and what Zizou did with his head in 1998.

As we all know, France beat Brazil 3-0 in that game to win their first ever World Cup. Emannuel Petit got himself on the scoresheet (which seems slightly bizarre in hindsight) but the game was effectively over at that point thanks… Continue reading

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