C L O S E R – Zo, zo Zizou?!
Before the WorldCup final on islamicate Zizou was ‘elected’ for President
Cut to 2006, Paris is burning. Young Muslims and Arabs are the target of suspicion, police brutality, and racism. Once again, the French team led by the greatest player of the past 40 years, Zinadine Zidane, are about to unify a country. The timing could not be more perfect. Zidane, the son of Algerian, Berber, Muslim parents, comes out of retirement to send France past Spain and the heavily favoured Brazilians for one final game against Italy. On Sunday, I hope that the streets of Paris burn only with the desire of all French citizens to see France win. I hope to hear millions chant “Zizou for president”. I hope to hear the Marseille being sung by hijab covered women and half-naked drunken louts. Imagine, the French nation actually chanting for a Muslim immigrant to become president. This is why I love the World Cup. Muslims need more heros and role models that are not sitting in a cave somewhere thinking how best to kill lots of people. “Allez Les Bleus” not just for the French, but for all of us Muslims looking for something positive in the news about one of our own that does not include the word extremist or militant.
Allez, Zidane what was burning in your head that must have been so fierce, it looked like the French riots of last year all over again in the back of your mind?Â Forget the fact that Italy has won, forget the fact that the French were better (certainly in the 2nd half), forget the tormenting excitement of the last minutes; we only talk about Zidane being ejected. Yes it is a tragic end to his career, what was he thinking? He should get another red card for just being so stupid and letting his team down. And Materazzi, if ever gets out what you said, you should be expelled as well for unfair play, provoking one of the best players of the last ten years and probably for your remark itself as well.