Thursday, September 02, 2021

Zinedine Zidane as Achilles in Roy McFarlane's "New Millennium Journal"

In the sequence "New Millennium Journal" in "The Healing Next Time" (Nine Arches 2018), Roy McFarlane twice figures Zinedine Zidane as Achilles, first in "2002: What we do when things fall apart" as "Achilles gloriously designed, unperturbed, untouchable" when Real Madrid played Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League Final, a player "carrying the duality of the colonised and the colonialist", and then in "2006: New wine in broken vessels" as "Achilles exposed" with France against Italy in the World Cup Final, "provoked by his nemesis" to the headbutt that earned him a red card and expressed an "anger" and "rage" familiar to McFarlane: "We Black knew the point of no return." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 2 September 2021)


Anatomy of a Goal: Zinedine Zidane 2002 Champions Final
Zidane scoring what McFarlane calls "the greatest goal ever" in the 2002 CL Final

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