FIFA Museum Ambassador Gianluca Zambrotta entertained over 150 guests at this week's History Makers Live Talk at the FIFA Museum with a series of anecdotes from his career. He also had a few tips for ambitious young footballers and a surprise for museum director Marco Fazzone.
What impact can a few cracked and beaten eggs have on winning a FIFA World Cup™? Actually, quite a lot according to FIFA Museum ambassador Gianluca Zambrotta. Together with his friend and teammate Simone Barone, Zambrotta had eaten an omelette two days ahead of the first group match against Ghana at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. They went on to win the game. Reason enough for the two Italians to make eating omelettes a tradition before all World Cup matches. And we all know the result: Italy became world champions.
At the History Markers Live Talk at the FIFA Museum in front of a sold-out crowd, the world champion also highlighted the team's outstanding team spirit. Blessed with superstars like Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti and of course Zambrotta himself, the players not only got on extremely well with each other, but they also subordinated everything to the success of the team. Even today, they are still all in regular contact with each other. As Zambrotta noted, there’s nothing like winning a World Cup to bond a group together!