Zidane wants Barthez against LA Galaxy

13th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

SYDNEY, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - French World Cup winner and former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez may join Zinedine Zidane in the David Beckham extravaganza in Sydney in November, reports said Monday.

SYDNEY, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - French World Cup winner and former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez may join Zinedine Zidane in the David Beckham extravaganza in Sydney in November, reports said Monday.

Barthez is said to be keen to join his friend and former France team-mate Zidane in a one-off guest appearance for Australian A-League club Sydney FC against Beckham's LA Galaxy here on November 27, the reports said.

Reports last week said Zidane's agent was talking with promoters to play against his former Real Madrid colleague Beckham.

It is believed the Frenchman, who retired after being sent off in the 2006 World Cup final loss to Italy, will receive in excess of 300,000 dollars (250,000 US), which will go to his charity, the Zidane Foundation.

Zidane's interest in playing against Beckham was officially confirmed Sunday along with a request to find a place for Barthez.

"Zidane's people got back to us on Saturday and confirmed he is interested in playing, but he produced one from left field when he asked about Barthez," an agent involved in the deal told Monday's The Australian newspaper.

"No financial details have been mentioned and we will know more after a meeting in Paris on Wednesday."

Barthez, 36, is without a club after playing 14 matches for Nantes last season.

The keeper, capped 87 times for France, quit Nantes for safety reasons following a violent post-match run-in with a group of disgruntled supporters.

It followed an incident when five supporters accosted him in the stadium car park after a game, insulting him and then attacking his car as he tried to drive away from the scene.

Barthez was regarded as a controversial choice as No.1 keeper in front of Gregory Coupet for last year's World Cup in Germany, but answered his critics with a series of brilliant displays before France lost to Italy in the final.

AFP

Subject: French news

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