‘I heard the knock!’ Fabio Cannavaro admits he was close enough to hear Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro waves the trophy after the World Cup 2006 final football game Italy vs.France, 09 July 2006 at Berlin stadium. Italy won the 2006 football World Cup by defeating France on penalties. AFP PHOTO ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images
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Fabio Cannavaro may have been captaining his country in the most important game of his career during the final of the World Cup in 2006, but even he let himself get distracted by Zinedine Zidane implanting his head into Marco Materazzi's chest during the 110th minute of the match.

Plenty of stories have since been written about what was said between the two that caused the Frenchman to get to such an angry and violent state, but none have focussed on what it actually sounded like.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future. 

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