Oct 5 2013, 7:28am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Qatar Museums Authority has bought the famous 16.4-feet statue called “Coup de Tête” or “Head Butt” for an undisclosed sum. Gulf has bought this statue for the preparation of 2022 World Cup. It was created by a French artist Adel Abdessemed who was born in Algeria.
This 5 meter long Zidane headbutt statue shows the 2006 World Cup moment when the French footballer Zinedine Zidane head-butted the Italy player Marco Materazzi. In his last match, which is the final of Football World Cup 2006, Zidane fought Materazzi. He was given red-card due to his head butt. After he went off the field, France lost the match in minutes. Italy beat France and wins the 2006 Football World Cup tournament.
This statue was very popular in Paris. Jean Paul Engelen, QMA’s director of Public Art, told Doha News, "Yes, we expect a lot of people to want to take photos with it, and of it. It’s an impressive piece. It’s a huge sculpture, and it’s done in the same style as Greek Mythological statues, but this glorifies human defects instead. It shows that although we sometimes treat footballers like gods, they’re not - they’re just human beings.”
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