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Insider reports are that ticket sales were pathetic, and that's why the match has been cancelled. The publicity campaigns were launched too late as no one knew whether this would happen or not until two weeks ago (see my post on the second page of this thread - that's when it was confirmed!). They said the odds were that no more than 10,000 people would've turned up to it.

Zidane postpones trip
30/05/2008 11:25:00 AM
French football superstar Zinedine Zidane has postponed his trip to Australia for family reasons.

Zidane was to have been joined by French 1998 World Cup squad members including Marcel Desailly and Robert Pires in an exhibition match at Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday against stars from Australia's 1997 World Cup qualifying squad.
 

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Zidane denies agreeing to Aussie exhibition match

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NOUMEA (AFP) — Three-time world footballer of the year Zinedine Zidane on Friday denied that he had ever agreed to travel to Australia for an exhibition match.

Organisers had claimed that Zidane was due to lead a team featuring his French 1998 World Cup-winning teammates, including Marcel Desailly and Robert Pires, against an Australian All-Stars team on Sunday.

But the 35-year-old football star pulled out of his Australian visit on Thursday, citing personal reasons, a spokeswoman for the event said.

"Zinedine Zidane regrettably has had to cancel his upcoming Australian tour due to personal reasons, with a view of rescheduling at a later date," event managers Octagon Sports Marketing said in a statement.

An Octagon spokeswoman said she believed many people would have sought refunds if the match had gone ahead without Zidane.

"It would be like going to see L.A. Galaxy without (David) Beckham," she said.

Former France captain Zidane insisted however that he had never "definitively agreed" that he would participate.

Zidane arrived with other members of France's 1998 squad in the French territory of New Caledonia on Wednesday, where they were expected to play in an exhibition on Saturday.

In a statement Zidane said that his "agreement (to compete in Sydney) was subject to contractual commitments which the organisers did not respect".

And the France star warned that he was considering taking legal action "to prevent the abusive use of his name in the future by unscrupulous promoters to create media hype".

Zidane retired in 2006 after a long and distinguished international career with France and at the club level with Real Madrid and Juventus.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i6EEZveudIDRJF6EaTRiK2mgIxCQ
 

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French maestro gives an A to Z of teamwork

By Paul Willis

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Zinedine Zidane is sure of the quality most necessary to create a successful team: mutual respect.

It is a telling observation from a man whose incredible achievements on the football pitch were only slightly marred by explosions of rage that often seemed to be provoked by a perceived lack of respect from others.

"When you have 23 players (in a football team's squad), everyone has their personality, one is stronger, one more shy, one more reserved, one more arrogant," he tells CNN. "But the most important is respect between all of us."

The French maestro, who hung up his boots two years ago, certainly enjoyed the respect of his teammates.

Former coaches and fellow players speak in reverent tones about him.

In large part, this is due to his sublime talent -- few would argue with the summation that he was the most gifted footballer of his generation.

Yet this immense ability was accompanied by a shyness and humility notoriously absent among many of today's top sportsmen, and by an intense professionalism that bordered on obsession.

Aimé Jacquet, the coach of the French national team that Zidane guided to victory in the 1998 thanks to two headed goals in the final against Brazil, says the player was gifted with "an internal vision."

"He can make the ball do whatever he wants. But it is his drive which takes him forward. He is 100 per cent football," he told the British newspaper The Guardian.

It was this dedication that allowed the French-born son of Algerian immigrants to escape his tough upbringing in a deprived suburb of Marseilles and make it on the big stage.

Starting out as a 17-year-old for French side Cannes, Zidane went on to play for Bordeaux, the Italian team Juventus and finished his career at a Real Madrid side packed with many of the world's top talent.

Under the tenure of President Florentino Pérez the club made a host of big-name transfers including Portuguese international Luis Figo, Brazil star Ronaldo, Zidane and David Beckham.

Zidane says great teams need clear and defined leaders that the players can rally behind. At Real he identifies former teammate and current club captain Raúl González as such a player.

Nicknamed the Galácticos, the Madrid team frequently underperformed, however, under the sagging weight of expectation and an excess of big egos.

Zidane didn't allow Real's inconsistencies to hold him back, however. By the end his career, he had won almost every major honor in the game including the World Cup and European Championships with France and the crown of FIFA World Player of the Year a record three times.

In 2004, Forbes magazine named him the 42nd-highest paid athlete in the world, with earnings of $15.8 million a year.

"People tell me today, 'yeah, it's easy for you' and I say no, because when I started no-one knew me. I had the skills of course but I made that path myself, and for everything you have to do that."

And it is this same mental toughness that has allowed him to shrug off the taunts of the racists and emerge a national hero in a country whose immigrant community has enjoyed an uneasy relationship with the state.

Zizou, as he is known affectionately in France, has tried to stay above the murky world of race politics, only once being drawn into defending his Algerian heritage after a small-minded attack on his father's war record.

This came after the World Cup win over Brazil, when a member of the far right political party the Front National suggested Zidane's father was "a harki" -- an Arabic word for Algerians who fought alongside the French in Algeria's bloody independence struggle.

After a 2001 friendly match between France and Algeria had to be abandoned when angry young French Arabs invaded the pitch, Zidane was forced to break his silence, publically repudiating the libel.

He still seems reluctant to be turned into a spokesman for France's North African community -- he tells CNN he would prefer to be thought of as an "example" for immigrant children rather than as a hero.

Even so, his heritage is clearly something he remains deeply connected to. So that when he was famously sent off in the final of the 2006 World Cup after a headbutt on Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the last act of his career, it was an alleged slur against his family that provoked the attack.

The headbutt was shocking but not entirely unexpected. Throughout his career, Zidane was prone to flashes of temper on the pitch -- he was sent off 14 times in his years as a professional footballer.

Nevertheless, it was an ignoble end for such a prodigious talent. Zidane has refused to apologise to Materazzi because he says that would be like condoning the Italian's comments -- exactly what Materazzi said is still in dispute, and two years on, he remains philosophical and largely unrepentent about the incident.

"When people say I shouldn't have finished the World Cup on that note, I don't look at it that way," he says. "My career is much more than that moment."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/05/29/zidane.profile/
 

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Unauthorised biography’s manuscript disappears

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PARIS, May 29: Thieves have made off with the manuscript of an unauthorized biography of retired French football legend Zinedine Zidane, that deals with several sensitive issues, including doping, the weekly Le Point reported on its web site, today. The biography was stored on two computers that were taken within three days of each other from the residences of the book's publisher and of a journalist who was helping the author, Mr Besma Lahouri, with its final edit.
The first theft occurred on 1 April, when Mr Christophe Deloire's home, the book's publisher, was burgled. Three days later, the home of a journalist identified only as Ms Anne B, was broken into and the laptop containing the entire manuscript except the chapter on doping was stolen. According to Mr Deloire, "The police don't think this is a coincidence."
In addition to doping, the book also discusses Zidane's advertising contracts and his financial investments. According to the report, pressure on the publisher and author began to grow in December last year after the sports daily L'Equipe reported that the biography was in the works. "Almost overnight, my research became much more difficult," Mr Lahouri said. "Several people I had interviewed called me and said they did not want their names and their statements used in the book." For Mr Deloire, the sudden pressure was also surprising. "I am used to publishing controversial books, but I've rarely seen anything like this," he said. Even before the computer thefts, publication of the book had been pushed back from 23 May to 24 September. In January, L’Equipe asked Zidane about the biography. The former Real Madrid and France star replied, "I have never wanted one."


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I miss Zee Zee
 

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No, why?
 

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イラ;7740844 said:
just wondering. lol
The closest I've been to Vampires - recently - was when I watched the music video to Morning After Dark by TimbaLand featuring Nelly Furtado & SoShy.

It's fair to say the visuals were an almost needless diversion from the song which was the thing.

Is there anything I am missing from True Blood?
 

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:howler: See Deka, this is the sort of great thing that came out of this show. I think in the opening credits you see this dirty road sign where the message reads "GOD HATES FANGS". The marketing for the show has IMO been brilliant. Anyway, the show is definitely different than Six Feet Under on some levels. Still there are these great "big" themes that are in the background and foreground. Basically you have the modern day World, but Vampires have outted themselves to society in part due to a Japanese company making a synthetic blood beverage called True Blood. So you have things like a Vampire Rights Amendment, the religious right in America being against Vampires, etc. On top of that though there are other surprises along the way (more than just Vampires exist) and it's all set in swampy Looseeanna. It's part drama, part horror (though not too scary), some blood, some sex and a little comedy thrown in.
i was writing something then my browser crashed. couldn't be bothered doing it over.
 

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What I like about the show, well, some of the things, the setting is perfect. Very thick and dense, as I've said, it feels like an extra character. You feel very close to the characters too, Sookie, she has a very interesting ability which allows for writing that comes across as bold, direct, different, fresh. From another angle.

The show made me think, in certain situations, what it would be like to be there amongst them. lol
 

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イラ;7740998 said:
What I like about the show, well, some of the things, the setting is perfect. Very thick and dense, as I've said, it feels like an extra character. You feel very close to the characters too, Sookie, she has a very interesting ability which allows for writing that comes across as bold, direct, different, fresh. From another angle.

The show made me think, in certain situations, what it would be like to be there amongst them. lol
Usually struggle to make the time to commit to shows on the tube (saw The Wire on DVD, though).

How you've characterized the writing does make me curious.

To be honest it sounds like it would not be that difficult for the swamps to draw you closer to someone like a Sookie as you've described her.

Do think the show would have been hurt if Sookie was much less obviously appealing?

Have you seen any other films/shows that feature the Louisiana Swamps?
 
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