Like Zidane's headbutt in the 2006 final, Nigel De Jong's unpunished kick to Xabi Alonso's chest in the 2010 final has become an indelible image stamped on World Cup history. And yes, that was a pun.
With Spain and the Netherlands starting their 2014 World Cup campaigns against each other in a rematch of the 2010 final, that image has been kept at the forefront of everyone's minds — even Xabi Alonso's. Adidas convinced him to take part in a photoshoot that plays off that moment with Xabi wearing a chest bandage imprinted with De Jong's bloody footprint. Thought it was meant in jest, it's still a curious decision from the sportswear company that is one of the primary sponsors of the World Cup.
Alonso told Marca that it took him a few days to recover from the kick and that he only realized how bad it was after he saw the replays on TV. After seeing these photos, De Jong might try to make sure the next one is more immediately recognizable.
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