Coup de Boule (Jacques Derrida)
In the waning moments of the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin, between France and Italy, Zindine Zidane, the French captain, headbutted – the famed coup de boule – an Italian player who had insulted him. To this day, Zidane has never revealed what it is the Italian, Marco Materazzi, said to him, producing the most enduring secret in football history. This chapter explores xenophobia, the anti-Islamic politics that have obtained, especially since 9//, in Europe, the politics of immigrant, the myth of equality (especially for immigrants) in republican France, and the special status of Zidane as a voyou.
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