1) The last time Italy won the World cup (in 1982) the Italian soccer league had a similar scandal about match fixing. 13 players in the squad of 23 were in the 4 clubs involved in matchfixing.
2) Ribery was probably the most exciting and consistent French player in the World cup. Henry was easily the best French player yesterday. I'm sure Henry is a good penalty taker. Why were the two of them taken off in extra time when penalties were obvious?
3) Zidane has a history of madness and 14 red cards. But the cool way he took his penalty and his almost emotionless reaction after scoring a goal and getting sent off seemed too weird. He's their captain and their best penalty taker. With his sending off France had no attack left and seemed in shock.
4) What the hell did Materazzi say to Zidane to provoke him? Racial slurs and abuse are an unfortunate part of international sport. Surely Zidane has dealt with worse through his career. You can't play at this level without being mentally and emotionally tough - which I'm sure Zidane is.
5) The shady way in which Italy got a penaly against Australia seems even worse now. Grosso faked a dive in the last 5 seconds and the referee knew that was the last kick of the game. Down to 10 men against a very fit Australian side I doubt if they could have survived in extra time.
6) How could FIFA give Zidane the golden ball? He was awful in the opening rounds, invisible against Portugal in the semis and pretty bad in the final. He pulled France through against Spain and Brazil but that was about it - apart from the 2 penalties. Cannavaro was the heart and soul of an Italian defense which conceded only two goals in the entire tournament (one penalty and one own-goal). He was rock solid throughout the tournament and easily the player of the tournament.
7) The main referee and the sideline referee didn't see the headbutt. Someone made them see the TV replay. Has that ever happened before in the middle of a football match?
My theory is that the world cup was fixed. After the scandal of matchfixing the Italian fans had only the world cup to look forward to. A loss would have resulted in the fans getting cynical and turned off the game. That would have resulted in huge losses in revenue which the Italian league couldn't afford. I think that's what Materazi must have told Zidane (the match is fixed and that's why Henry and Ribery were taken off) and Zidane had an idea about the whole thing. He probably didn't want to be part of it and decided to go off in dramatic fashion rather than take the loser's medal. The Golden Ball award must be a way to appease him.
PS This is obviously a very outlandish theory so don't read it too seriously. A lot like any theorem I might come up with.