What's Buzzing:

Dirty Tackle

16-foot version of Zidane headbutt statue erected outside Paris museum as an ‘ode to defeat’

Dirty Tackle

(Getty)

A 5-meter (16.4 feet) high version of Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed's bronze statue of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has been erected outside Paris' Centre Pompidou, one of the world's foremost modern art museums. A smaller version of the statue had previously been on exhibition in a New York gallery, but now it is massive and out in the open for all to admire.

What would a modern art museum in the country that ultimately lost the World Cup final to Italy after Zidane was sent off for trying to ram his head through Materazzi's chest want with such a statue? From ESPN:

"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat," exhibition organizer Alain Michaud told Agence France Presse.

How very French. And unusually human.

(Getty)

And here's the incident that inspired it...

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Player actually admits to handball on goal
Waiters: Yankees owe us between $500,000 and $1 million in unpaid tips
Colin Montgomerie fears raucous American crowd could mar Ryder Cup's return to U.S. soil
omg!: Arnold Schwarzenegger details moment he admitted love child to Maria Shriver

View Comments (751)
  • Player, assistant, head coach: Zidane wins every which way

    Player, assistant, head coach: Zidane wins every which way

    Already one of the greatest players in the history of football, it turns out Zinedine Zidane makes the right moves on the touchline, too. Less than five months after taking over a squad in disarray under Rafa Benitez, Zidane has brought Real Madrid … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Gatlin wins 100 metre, DeGrasse finishes 8th at Prefontaine Classic

    Gatlin wins 100 metre, DeGrasse finishes 8th at Prefontaine Classic

    Canadian sprinter Andre DeGrasse finished eighth in the 100 metres Saturday in the Diamond League's Prefontaine Classic. American Justin Gatlin won the event in 9.88 seconds at Hayward Field. Jamaica's Asafa Powell was second in 9.94, and American … More »

    The Canadian Press - 12 minutes ago
  • Royals win with 7-run 9th but Perez hurt

    Royals win with 7-run 9th but Perez hurt

    Brett Eibner wondered whether anything could surpass the Kansas City Royals' rally Friday night, when they overcome a four-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox in his major league debut. Eibner singled to cap the biggest ninth-inning comeback … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Pelicans' Dejean-Jones fatally shot

    Pelicans' Dejean-Jones fatally shot

    New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday. A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Dallas Police Senior … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Mets find help at first base, get Loney in trade with Padres

    Mets find help at first base, get Loney in trade with Padres

    The Mets have found help at first base following Lucas Duda's injury, acquiring veteran James Loney from the San Diego Padres for cash. Always a fine fielder, the 32-year-old Loney hit .280 with four homers, 16 doubles and 32 RBIs in 104 games with … More »

    AP - Sports - 19 minutes ago