Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue being erected in Doha Corniche | inside World Soccer

A statue of Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi is being erected in the Doha Corniche, a waterfront promenade in the capital city of Doha, the state of Qatar.

This is the statue depicting Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi in 2006
This is the statue depicting Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi in 2006

Photo: Doha News

The five-metre high bronze statue - named "Coup de Tête" or "Head Butt" in English - was sculpted by Algerian artist Adel Abdesseme, and captures the moment regarded as a major blight on the stellar career of Zidane.

The statue, which was bought by the Qatar Museums Authority for an undisclosed sum, will be a permanently installation on the Corniche near Al Mourjan restaurant.

It journeyed there following a successful spell outside the Pompidou centre in Paris, where it was a popular draw for tourists.

"Yes, we expect a lot of people to want to take photos with it, and of it," Jean Paul Engelen, QMA's director of Public Art, told Doha News.

"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."

"Coup de Tête" is being installed as part of the QMA's public art program, which was also behind eL seed's "Calligraffiti" artwork on Salwa Road underpasses, Richard Serra's "7" at the Museum of Islamic Art Park, Sara Lucas' "Perceval" in Aspire Park and Subodh Gupta's "Ghandi's Three Monkeys" at Katara.

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