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2010-09-02 11:30:34

Roberto Carlos' free kick goal against France in 1997's Tournoi de France is thought by many to have been the most skilful free kick goal - from 35m with a powerful curling banana trajectory - ever scored; but by others to have been an incredible fluke. Taken in 1997, a year before the French won the World Cup, Brazilian Carlos's goal held France to a frustrating draw but, now, a group of French physicists "“ perhaps with a nostalgic eye to a happier time for French football "“...

2006-07-09 21:12:10

By Patrick Vignal BERLIN (Reuters) - A golden era ended in traumatic fashion for France when the player who made them the ultimate winning machine, Zinedine Zidane, left the stage in tears after an ill-tempered World Cup final on Sunday. The aging playmaker, featuring in the last match of his illustrious career, was sent off for head-butting Marco Materazzi in the chest in extra time during a rough showpiece encounter that Italy won on penalties. By reaching the final, though, the...

2006-07-09 17:45:42

Deletes reference to Zidane red-card incident being shown on stadium big screen By Mitch Phillips BERLIN (Reuters) - Italy won the World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday when they beat France 5-3 on penalties after the teams finished level at 1-1 in a dramatic final that saw French captain Zinedine Zidane sent off in extra time. After David Trezeguet hit the bar with his spot kick the Italians kept their nerve to end their penalties curse with fullback Fabio Grosso converting the...

2006-07-09 17:48:27

By Mitch Phillips BERLIN (Reuters) - Italy won the World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday when they beat France 5-3 on penalties after the teams finished level at 1-1 in a dramatic final that saw French captain Zinedine Zidane sent off in extra time. After David Trezeguet hit the bar with his spot kick the Italians kept their nerve to end their penalties curse with fullback Fabio Grosso converting the fifth and decisive kick. Zidane, who opened the scoring with a penalty after seven...

2006-07-07 20:07:11

By Mitch Phillips BERLIN (Reuters) - After more than two years of competition featuring 194 teams, 910 games and more than 2,600 goals, the World Cup will be decided on Sunday with either Italy crowned champions for the fourth time or France for the second. A billion people will turn their attention to Berlin's Olympiastadion where two teams drenched in World Cup history will do battle in the 18th final. The match has left bookmakers divided but is littered with fascinating...

2006-07-05 22:18:49

By Paul Radford BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany digested the disappointment at missing out on its World Cup dream and began to look forward to what could be a classic final between Italy and France on Sunday. The French joined Germany's conquerors Italy in the Berlin final with a 1-0 victory over Portugal in Munich on Wednesday and set up the perfect finale for Zinedine Zidane's glittering career. Zidane, who scored twice in France's 3-0 win over Brazil in the 1998 final in Paris, will...

2006-07-05 17:00:13

By Patrick Vignal MUNICH (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane made sure the last match of his glittering career would be a World Cup final when he presented France with a 1-0 win over Portugal in a tense semi-final on Wednesday. Eight years after their Zidane-inspired home triumph, the aging French will feature in the title match of the showcase tournament for the second time when they face Italy on Sunday in Berlin. The 34-year-old Zidane, who retires after the finals, got the winner after...

2006-07-05 16:26:49

By Patrick Vignal MUNICH (Reuters) - The great Zinedine Zidane gave France a 1-0 win over Portugal on Wednesday with a penalty that handed them a place in the World Cup final. Eight years after their Zidane-inspired home triumph, Les Bleus will feature in the title match of the showcase tournament for the second time when they face Italy on Sunday in Berlin. The 34-year-old Zidane, who retires after the finals and will play the last game of a glittering career at the Olympic...

2006-07-05 14:49:03

By Timothy Collings MUNICH (Reuters) - A penalty by Zinedine Zidane after 33 minutes gave France a 1-0 halftime lead in their World Cup semi-final with Portugal at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. The 34-year-old French captain and midfield inspiration shot low to Ricardo's right after the kick was awarded for a foul by Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho on Thierry Henry. Carvalho was beaten by the pace of Henry's movement inside the area and appeared to catch his ankle. The French...

2006-07-01 14:57:43

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - France and Brazil were drawing 0-0 at halftime in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday with the French dominating after the opening 15 minutes. Brazil's best chance came in the 11th minute when Ronaldo connected with a Ronaldinho free kick but his header from near the far post sailed over the bar. Zinedine Zidane, showing touches of his ball artistry, and Florent Malouda were behind most French attacks. Malouda had the best chance for France but headed over...


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