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Sunday July 5 2020
Agent: 'Conte convinced Hakimi'

Achraf Hakimi’s agent explains it was Antonio Conte who convinced the player to leave Real Madrid for Inter. ‘He talked to him about the project.’

The 21-year-old right-back spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund, but has now signed for Inter at a cost of €40m plus bonuses.

“Zinedine Zidane is the reason for Hakimi’s transfer to Inter,” agent Alejandro Camano told Moroccan newspaper Al Mountakhab.

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Wednesday July 1 2020
Zidane explains Hakimi sale

Zinedine Zidane has discussed Real Madrid’s decision to sell Achraf Hakimi to Inter. ‘There are two sides to consider: the economic one and sporting one.’

Hakimi has spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund and applied the finishing touches to his €45m Inter transfer yesterday.

The move has concerned some Madrid fans, given his potential and versatility, but Zidane believes both parties stand to benefit.

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Tuesday May 26 2020
Greatest French XI in Serie A 1970-2020

Following his pick of the greatest Argentinian and Brazilian XIs to grace Serie A in the last 50 years, Richard Hall looks at what France brought to Italy’s top flight…

GK: Sebastien Frey (Inter, Verona, Parma, Fiorentina, Genoa)

Sebastien Frey was iconic for anyone watching football in the late 1990s and the early 2000s. His shock of dyed blond hair made him instantly recognisable and it is easy to forget how good he was. His composure, athleticism and good footwork did well for him at Inter, Parma, Fiorentina and Genoa. It was perhaps for the Viola that he was at his absolute best.

RB: Lilian Thuram (Parma, Juventus)

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Friday May 22 2020
Ancelotti: 'Zidane changed me'

Carlo Ancelotti says he learned how ‘the club has to work for the manager’ at Juventus and that Zinedine Zidane ‘changed my idea about football’.

Ancelotti managed Juve between 1999 and 2001 with little success, but his tenure was notable as he had Zidane at his disposal and it acted as a springboard to two Champions Leagues with Milan.

The Frenchman would later assist his mentor at Real Madrid, before eventually replacing him as their coach.

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Sunday May 3 2020
Materazzi: 'Zidane, racist abuse and insults'

Marco Materazzi reveals what he said to Zinedine Zidane before the headbutt, but shows a lack of understanding when it comes to racist abuse. ‘Fines are so self-righteous now.’

The former Inter defender has always been a controversial figure, none more so than when he was knocked down flat by Zidane during the 2006 World Cup Final.

Speaking in an Instagram Live chat with Nicolò De Vitis, Matrix gave a slightly different version of what he said to Zidane.

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Sunday April 19 2020
Report: Juventus call in Zidane

Reports in France suggest Juventus are back in contact with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, urging him to take Maurizio Sarri’s job from next season.

This is certainly not the first time that Zidane has been linked with the role, especially as he played in Turin from 1996 to 2001.

According to le10sport.com, Juve have been sending out signals to Zidane’s entourage, recognising rumours he is not getting along with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.

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Thursday April 16 2020
Materazzi: 'Balotelli deserved beating'

Marco Materazzi reveals the brawl with Inter teammate Mario Balotelli in 2010 started on the team bus, defends Jose Mourinho and slams those who criticised him after the Zinedine Zidane headbutt.

The World Cup and Treble winner sat down for an Instagram interview with chef and Nerazzurri supporter Davide Oldani today.

He was asked about the infamous incident after the 2010 Champions League semi-final between Inter and Barcelona, when substitute Balotelli threw his shirt to the ground, was chased into the dressing room and pinned to the wall by Matrix.

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Friday April 10 2020
'Didn't talk to Zizou after Italy red'

Former France defender Willy Sagnol has revealed how he did not speak to Zinedine Zidane for two years after his red card against Italy.

Zidane infamously saw red for headbutting Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup Final, with Italy going on to win their fourth title on penalties.

Now, Sagnol has confessed to ‘smoking 250 cigarettes in 10 minutes’ after France’s defeat in Berlin and falling out with Zizou.

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Saturday April 4 2020
Zidane always was a hot-head

Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi wasn’t the only blot on his otherwise-perfect copybook, as Livio Caferoglu explains.

When you think of Italy’s World Cup conquest in 2006, the first image to come to mind should be Fabio Cannavaro standing aloft with the trophy in his arms and confetti raining down behind him. Instead, for 99 percent of those who watched the Azzurri beat France on penalties in Berlin, it’s Zinedine Zidane planting his shiny bald head into the chest of Marco Materazzi.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Lippi: 'Stunned by Zidane headbutt'

Marcello Lippi is using the lockdown to watch the 2006 World Cup games and all his Finals, including the defeats. “I was pretty stunned by Zinedine Zidane’s” headbutt on Marco Materazzi.

The former Italy coach spoke to Rai Radio 1 from his home in Viareggio, where he is in self-isolation during the coronavirus lockdown.

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