No countries for old men

June 24, 2008
By Norman Hubbard
(Archive)
It is Zinedine Zidane's fault. His startling, if brief, renaissance two years ago fostered the idea that footballers could reverse the ageing process and that an injection of experience was essential in the international game. Euro 2008 provides a very different conclusion. As in much else, Zidane represents an anomaly. Few others are capable of leaving such an imprint on a major tournament (not to mention Marco Materazzi's chest) in their mid-30s. Three weeks in the Alps suggest that no one else ...

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