January 6 is a special date in the Spanish calendar.
On the Twelfth Night (known as Epiphany), Spaniards celebrate the Three Kings’ arrival with parades and sweets, cakes and presents. It kicks the English tradition of hoovering pine needles and failing to keep New Year’s Resolutions to the kerb.
The sixth day of 2002 saw something different, some extra added spice to the sacred date. In the country’s capital, a prophet called Zinedine Zidane blessed the Bernabeu crowd with a goal of such balletic grace that worship was the only natural reaction.
Overstating things? Perhaps. But Zizou always had that impact on those who saw him play.
Read the full article on Zidane’s magic goal here.
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