For those of you who have been following the furor surrounding the expulsion of French star Zinedine Zidane from the World Cup Final, this compilation of career highlights does a pretty good job of indicating just how good he could be. The first few minutes devoted purely to his ability to keep possession of the ball surpass the usual goal-directed clips. As a native of the United States, I think it's intriguing that his misdeed may have done more to keep soccer on people's minds than in-game heroics might have. I mean, the World Cup ended on Sunday and its still getting prominent coverage. Perhaps it's for the wrong reasons, but I at least get the sense that more and more Americans are starting to understand what a huge deal futbol is everywhere else in the world. I mean, I already had that impression during the games I watched in public places. But the Zidane story's legs have powerfully reinforced it. I should also add that the Luc Besson-penned film, District B-13, which I saw last night at the Loft, was the perfect post-World Cup viewing, since it offers a dystopian vision of the sort of housing projects Zidane grew up in, together with a grim portrait of the Establishment's attitude towards them. It was hard not to think of him as I became absorbed in the picture's comic-book narrative.