From the Detroit Free Press:
French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane is once again being mentioned in transfer rumours to make his debut on the US soccer scene. Zizou, as he is known the world over, retired from club soccer in 2006 and retired from international soccer immediately after the 2006 World Cup. That was the World Cup, of course, that ended with Zizou being issued a red-card for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi and being forced to watch his country lose the World Cup Finals on penalty kicks.
Ever since the end of the World Cup and the implementation of MLS’ “Beckham Rule“, Zidane has been rumoured to be coming to the US. He has been linked to the LA Galaxy, the Chicago Fire, and even Red Bull NY (who had 2 designated player slots available). However, all of these deals fell through either due to financial constraints or to the fact that Zizou never really wanted to play there in the first place. However, sources close to the Detroit Free Press have indicated that talks are heating up again, and Zizou is very close to signing a deal which will bring him to the Midwest.
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for the Maestro to arrive!
HT to Bigus Dickus for snapping this photo of Zizou in action at his new home.