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Outside the Centre Pompidou in Paris, a couple of Gaulois-smoking workmen were in the process of cementing a new sculpture in place.
They informed us that it represents the French football player Zinedine Zidane (very French-sounding) headbutting the Italian Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final in 2006.
The sculpture is approx. 5 m high, and is made by an Algerian sculptor, Adel Abdessemed.

I think that ZZ on the left is short-sighted and is merely trying to read what is embroided on Marco's commerative final shirt...what do I know?


Many thanks for all recent comments - they are appreciated.

Malc

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 Sep 2012 - 11:49 AM
Focal Length:82mm
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Take that!
Username:saltireblue saltireblue
Uploaded:24 Oct 2012 - 4:52 PM
Tags:Black & white, Football, Ouch! that hurt!, Overpaid prima-donnas, Paris, Theatricals
Votes:37
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franken
franken e2 Member 113095 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 5:02 PM

Impressive sculpture that you've captured well Malc.

Ken

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 5:36 PM

I'm sure you're right, Malc, he should have gone to Specsavers.WinkWink
Ronnie.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 5:46 PM

Stunning and fantastic capture and work,Malc,very well done,
saeid

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:03 PM

You must be one of the first to Photograph the Statue Malc, and a very good job you've made of it too.
And if I remember rightly, He was sent off during His last ever game.

John Smile

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:07 PM

saw this in the news..apparently the French aren't too happy - well captured Smile

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom986 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:52 PM

Ah yes, I remember it (the head-butt) well...
Superb image, and I can imagine that this will arouse very mixed feelings in France. ZZ and the French 2006 World Cup team did so much to counter racism in French sport.
Moira

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:53 PM

So unkind of the football ref sending him off for being shortsighted.

Superbly captured image.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41031 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 7:05 PM

What next, a statue of Cantona kung fu-ing the spectator, or Di Canio pushing the ref over. A very controvertial choice I guess but very well captured with the diagonal through the heads.

Dave

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10817 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2820 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 7:17 PM

Very good shot. Strange this unsportsmanlike-like behaviour would be the subject of a sculpture, and on display in Paris. Maybe its Frenach thing...


W

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 7:38 PM

OK, well done in mono!

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 7:39 PM

Great detailed image.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom986 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 8:06 PM

Photographing sculpture is something of an obsession for me. Conveying three dimensions in two, conveying someone else's creative in one's own style... This is special and I really wish I had taken it.
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 8:16 PM

Isn't he simply trying to avoid looking at his opponent's discoloured teeth?
Excellent choice of pov and fine b&w.
Regards
Bill

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8754 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1587 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:19 PM

I think you have a fine image here, but I am astonished to think that something like this would be worthy of such a wonderful work of artTongue!

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64340 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:05 PM

Good job she explained it. I thought of a completely different explanation. Grin
x

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 7:47 AM

An excellent capture and fine work, but the sculptor is surely glorifying this thuggish behaviour.
Ann

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 2:34 PM

Yes,he was a bit of a hot head Malc, but a great player too.
Just a pity he never had a Scottish granny and he could have played for Scotland !!
Good shot.
Mick.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 2:47 PM

I think your expalantion is more accurate, Malc! Wink A fine capture, and a lovely quality mono Smile
Trev Smile

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nikshot
nikshot e2 Member 5nikshot vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 4:35 PM

I know nothing about football but that is a very fine shot of the sculpture and perfect in Black and white.

Nick

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 8:54 AM

Glad you explained it, Malc i wondered what the heck was going on,and football wasnt part of it,dramatic crop and well chosen b&w . Yes my shot was just up the road from the Rothsay pavilion,and still the same company running the ferries,we loved the place and will be going back ,with the car ,to explore it better,didnt realise the history of the place.Stay well you and Mrs Salty.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
26 Oct 2012 - 5:28 PM

I thought at first it was a boxing match, glad I read your narrative, like it good tones, suits mono, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 4:26 PM

That is so impressive Malc
but begs to wonder...why a sculpture head butting someone?
gives reasons for youngster to followSad
Lillian

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danbrann
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28 Oct 2012 - 2:27 PM

Nutter.....

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43815 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 2:59 PM


Quote: Nutter.....

You referring to me?TongueGrin

Malc

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29 Oct 2012 - 4:03 PM

owwww!!!!!

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 5:19 PM

A crazt moment if football history, will we ever know the real reason behind this?

Dougie

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Glostopcat
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22 Nov 2012 - 8:28 PM

Zut Alors! It does look like Zizou is in need of a trip to Specsavers!

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