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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台七月-French Have a Word for Zidane: Pourquoi?

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A French soccer legend got a hero's-welcome-home today whether he deserved it or not. Zinedine Zidane and his teammates-the World Cup runners-up, made a brief appearance in Paris with French President Jacques Chirac before a flag-waving crowd. Chirac told Zidane he is, quote "a virtuoso1, a genius of world football". But in yesterday's World Cup final, Zidane's behavior was less than brilliant. He delivered the most memorable2 moment when he head-butted an Italian player. The French star was thrown out of the game. It was his last match before retirement3. France lost to Italy on penalty kicks. So, how was France responding to the disgrace of its star in the World Cup final? Francois Picard is website news director for Eurosport, that's a cable sports channel.

--Hello, Monsieur Pickard, thanks for joining us.
--Hello, Michele.

--What a way to go out?
--Oh, it was, it was incredible because Zidane was in the same game both sublime4 and then this inexplicable5 gesture in extra time. I don't think anybody here understands exactly why he snapped.

--And, just you know, for those who didn't see it on television, perhaps you could ~ur~ recreate that moment for us, tell us what happened?
--Okay, they're playing the Italians in the final. The Italians dominate the first half, but then, but Zidane scores on a penalty. And so it's Zidane who puts them in the lead. The Italians equalize. The match goes to extra time. And we're in the 110th minute, and after (it) what seems like a harmless play behind the goal, Italy defender6 Marco Materazzi says something to him and Zidane turns around, and head-butts him in the chest.

--What was amazing about this is he, he took two steps and then he turned around?
--Yeah, it's, what's amazing is that he is a 34 year-old veteran who has seen it all and done it all. Now, usually people who get wound-up by what they call in NBA trash-talking are, you know, 20-year-olds or people who are more hotheaded and here, em. it's just incredible that whatever Materazzi said, now, Zidane played in Italy before, so he speaks Italian. But whatever he said to him, that Zidane would snap at that particular moment.

--Lots of speculation7 today about what he might have said.
--Yeah, the word that's going around and Materazzi has denied it is that he called him an Arab terrorist. I mean, I~until Zidane speaks and he's promised to do so in the coming days, we won't know for sure.

--Now it seems that the fans and President Chirac were pretty kind to Zidane when he returned home to Paris.
--The fans were in a state of shock this morning. It was quite a come down after reaching the final of the World Cup. France is a country where, you know, there's a lot of bad news these days, you know, with high unemployment, we said no to the European Constitution, and football was a reason to cheer and to reach the final and inexplicably8 to have their hero in one minute turn into a villain9. Afterwards ,um,we still had several thousand people, more than 10 thousand who showed up in Paris's Plaza10 de Concord11 to greet the team and to,and to say "thank you" to Zidane for his career.

--What were the headlines like in the papers today?
--Well, that's, when it comes to Zidane, the French press has trouble criticizing him. So~the~ the headlines were circumspect12. You have to understand that Zidane is somebody from a working-class neighborhood of Marseilles, the son of Algerian immigrants, and who's soft-spoken and elegant and graceful13 and a model figure because of the way he plays and the way he~he carries himself, it's a gesture that's completely out of character.

--Francois Picard, thanks so much for talking to us.
--Thank you.

Francois Picard is website news director for Eurosport, that's a cable sports......

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whether... or not:used between two words or phrases to show that either of two things is possible, or used before the last in a list of possibilities or choices;无论是...或... , 是否
deserve:to have earned something by good or bad actions or behaviour;应受,值得
teammate:someone who belongs to the same team as you;队友
runners-up:the person or team that comes second in a race or competition;亚军
flag-waving:the expression of strong national feelings, especially when these feelings seem too extreme;狂热的爱国主义的
head-butt:用头撞人
throw out:to make someone leave a place, school, or organization, especially because they have done something that is against the rules;红牌罚下场
disgrace:the loss of other people's respect because you have done something they strongly disapprove of;耻辱, 失宠, 丢脸的人(或事)
sublime:something that is sublime is so good or beautiful that it affects you deeply;庄严的, 崇高的, 壮观的, 卓越的
inexplicable:too unusual or strange to be explained or understood;无法说明的
extra time:a period of usually 30 minutes added to the end of a football game in some competitions if neither team has won after normal time;三十分钟的加时赛
snap:to suddenly stop being able to control your anger, anxiety, or other feelings in a difficult situation;突然情绪失控
in the lead:领先
equalize:to get a point in a game, so that you have the same number of points as your opponent;扳平比分
wound-up:anxious, worried, or excited;头脑发热,生气,激动
trash-talking:when a sports player or sports fan says rude or unpleasant things to or about a sports player;体育竞技中一方队员对另一方队员说粗口或令人不愉快的事
hothdeaded:someone who does things too quickly without thinking; 鲁莽的, 冲动的, 苍促的, 草率的
villain:a bad person or criminal;恶棍或罪犯
working-class:the group of people in society who traditionally do physical work and do not have much money or power ;工人阶级的
soft-spoken:having a pleasant quiet voice; 说话温和的, 善于言辞的
out of charactor:untypical of someone's character;不符合某人性格的,与某人性格不相称的


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1 virtuoso VL6zK     
n.精于某种艺术或乐器的专家,行家里手
参考例句:
  • He was gaining a reputation as a remarkable virtuoso.作为一位技艺非凡的大师,他声誉日隆。
  • His father was a virtuoso horn player who belonged to the court orchestra.他的父亲是宫廷乐队中一个技巧精湛的圆号演奏家。
2 memorable K2XyQ     
adj.值得回忆的,难忘的,特别的,显著的
参考例句:
  • This was indeed the most memorable day of my life.这的确是我一生中最值得怀念的日子。
  • The veteran soldier has fought many memorable battles.这个老兵参加过许多难忘的战斗。
3 retirement TWoxH     
n.退休,退职
参考例句:
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
4 sublime xhVyW     
adj.崇高的,伟大的;极度的,不顾后果的
参考例句:
  • We should take some time to enjoy the sublime beauty of nature.我们应该花些时间去欣赏大自然的壮丽景象。
  • Olympic games play as an important arena to exhibit the sublime idea.奥运会,就是展示此崇高理念的重要舞台。
5 inexplicable tbCzf     
adj.无法解释的,难理解的
参考例句:
  • It is now inexplicable how that development was misinterpreted.当时对这一事态发展的错误理解究竟是怎么产生的,现在已经无法说清楚了。
  • There are many things which are inexplicable by science.有很多事科学还无法解释。
6 defender ju2zxa     
n.保卫者,拥护者,辩护人
参考例句:
  • He shouldered off a defender and shot at goal.他用肩膀挡开防守队员,然后射门。
  • The defender argued down the prosecutor at the court.辩护人在法庭上驳倒了起诉人。
7 speculation 9vGwe     
n.思索,沉思;猜测;投机
参考例句:
  • Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的头脑忙于思考。
  • There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人们普遍推测他要辞职。
8 inexplicably 836e3f6ed2882afd2a77cf5530fca975     
adv.无法说明地,难以理解地,令人难以理解的是
参考例句:
  • Inexplicably, Mary said she loved John. 真是不可思议,玛丽说她爱约翰。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Inexplicably, she never turned up. 令人不解的是,她从未露面。 来自辞典例句
9 villain ZL1zA     
n.反派演员,反面人物;恶棍;问题的起因
参考例句:
  • He was cast as the villain in the play.他在戏里扮演反面角色。
  • The man who played the villain acted very well.扮演恶棍的那个男演员演得很好。
10 plaza v2yzD     
n.广场,市场
参考例句:
  • They designated the new shopping centre York Plaza.他们给这个新购物中心定名为约克购物中心。
  • The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen.这个广场上布满了便衣警察。
11 concord 9YDzx     
n.和谐;协调
参考例句:
  • These states had lived in concord for centuries.这些国家几个世纪以来一直和睦相处。
  • His speech did nothing for racial concord.他的讲话对种族和谐没有作用。
12 circumspect 0qGzr     
adj.慎重的,谨慎的
参考例句:
  • She is very circumspect when dealing with strangers.她与陌生人打交道时十分谨慎。
  • He was very circumspect in his financial affairs.他对于自己的财务十分细心。
13 graceful deHza     
adj.优美的,优雅的;得体的
参考例句:
  • His movements on the parallel bars were very graceful.他的双杠动作可帅了!
  • The ballet dancer is so graceful.芭蕾舞演员的姿态是如此的优美。
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