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Two-footed tackle: Welcome to Euro 2008

David Hirshey and Roger Bennett share the many reasons for Americans to revel in Euro 2008. Diary

Updated: June 9, 2008, 3:13 PM ET
By David Hirshey and Roger Bennett | Special to Page 2

How tough can a sport be that bills itself as "The Beautiful Game"? That question was answered with a resounding thud when Zinedine Zidane tattooed Marco Materazzi's chest with his face in the 2006 World Cup final. It may have been The Cheap Shot Heard Round The World, but Zidane's headbutt had more American fans talking about soccer than any ball Beckham could ever hope to bend.

Whether it's blood sport you're after or simply an irresistible mix of athleticism, passion, jingoism ...

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