According to the legend, Zinedine Zidane would have waited for his recital in the World Cup against Brazil, on July 1, 2006, to deliver his first (and only) decisive pass to Thierry Henry. A big mistake.
Zinedine Zidane almost never played in the quarter-final against Brazil at the 2006 World Cup. Consequence of a pain felt during his “jubilee” against Spain. “I actually hurt myself against Spain. I hurt myself scoring the third goal at the end of the match. I have a lump on my thigh. Almost no one knew. I take exams. They tell me that I’m not playing against Brazil… I say: “What? It’s out of the question that I can’t play against Brazil!” The medical staff did everything for me to play because I absolutely wanted to play this game. And I played! Every game could be my last. I had that in my head so much that it was impossible for me not to play against Brazil. I wanted to enjoy every second”he recently told in the columns of The Team.
Zinedine Zidane is finally present and delivers without doubt his greatest match with the France team. A high-flying performance crowned with a decisive pass. While the Blues have been struggling against the Brazilian defense for almost an hour, the hero of the 98 World Cup final is once again relying on a set piece to make the difference. But this time, the native of Marseille is in the pass and finds Thierry Henry at the far post, who shoots Dida from close range.
France-Denmark, the forgotten decisive pass
While playing his last career matches, Zinedine Zidane finally fixes an aberration: this decisive pass, his 28th with the Blues, is indeed his first for Thierry Henry. So much for the urban legend. Because “Zizou” already has a decisive pass for Titi on his counter. At Euro 2000, during the show of force of the Blues against Denmark, the former Monegasque had indeed taken advantage of a service from the French No. 10 to score the break goal against Peter Smeichel.
Launched in depth, Thierry Henry had certainly delivered a run of fifty meters with the ball in his left lane before concluding the action of his special with a cross shot in the opposite side netting. And hit the ball four times. This sometimes encourages statisticians not to grant the decisive pass to the passer. But the assist appears well on the UEFA website and is one of the 28 offerings distributed by ZZ during his rich career in blue. The two men had also fallen into each other’s arms while the young striker celebrated his goal at the corner post.
In total, Zinedine Zidane has therefore delivered two assists to Thierry Henry during their 57 matches played together. Against four for Nicolas Anelka and three for Youri Djorkaeff and David Trezeguet.