I'm not going to dignify Zinedine Zidane's headbutt to Materazzi's chest with much of a post. Anyone in their perfect senses who saw it was shocked and immediately understood that Zidane's career had ended in the most profound disgrace (even the despicable BBC commentators who kept saying over and over again, up to that point, that France should win de World Cup because Zidane was the best player in the world and that he was retiring and that HE just HAD TO go out in glory, and that France had played better than Italy during the tournament(!!!), understood that there was no excuse possible for such madness and they just had to shut up - good rinse!).
I am, however, writing this because I'm truly appalled at the fact that Zidane went on to win the Golden Ball in spite of it all (it's a prize awarded by journalists, but still...). I know that the voting for the trophy (best player in World Cup 2006) took place before Zidane's insanity, but desperate times deserve desperate measures and the Golden Ball should have gone to whoever came in second in the vote (did this not happen just because it was an Italian, Fabio Cannavaro, who came in second??).
Anyway, everyone (again, journalists...) seemed to be so utterly convinced that France was going to win the tournament, I'm really beginning to wonder whose "big game" was spoiled when they didn't.
And another thing, by the way: Italy DID deserve to win the World Cup.
P.S. - And once again it was demonstrated that no other goalkeeper in the world stops penalty shots like Ricardo.