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Zinedine Zidane

Zinédine Zidane
Zidane in 2013
Personal information
Full name Zinedine Yazid Zidane[1][2]
Date of birth (1972-06-23) 23 June 1972 [1]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid Castilla (manager)
Youth career
1982–1983 US Saint-Henri
1983–1986 SO Septèmes-les-Vallons
1986–1989 Cannes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Cannes 61 (6)
1992–1996 Bordeaux 139 (28)
1996–2001 Juventus 151 (24)
2001–2006 Real Madrid 155 (37)
Total 506 (95)
National team
1988–1989 France U17 4 (1)
1989–1990 France U18 6 (0)
1990–1994 France U21 20 (3)
1994–2006 France 108 (31)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Real Madrid (assistant)
2014– Real Madrid Castilla

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Zinedine Yazid Zidane[3] (French pronunciation: , born 23 June 1972), nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current coach of Real Madrid Castilla. He played as an attacking midfielder for the France national team, Juventus and Real Madrid.[4][5] Renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll,[6] and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.[7][8][9]

At club level, Zidane won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, two Serie A league championships with Juventus and an Intercontinental Cup and a UEFA Super Cup each with both aforementioned teams. His 2001 transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid set a world record fee of an equivalent €75 million. His left-foot volleyed winner in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final is considered to be one of the greatest goals in the competition's history. On the international stage with France, Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice in the final, and UEFA Euro 2000 where he was named Player of the Tournament. The World Cup triumph made him a national hero in France, and he received the Légion d'honneur in 1998.

Zidane has won the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, a feat achieved only by Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,[10] and the Ballon d'Or once. He was Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001 and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002. Zidane received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament at the 2006 World Cup, and in the final against Italy was infamously sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest. Prior to the World Cup, he announced he would retire at the end of the tournament.

After retirement, Zidane became assistant coach at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti for the 2013-14 season. After a successful year in which the club won the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey, Zidane became the coach of Real Madrid's B team, Real Madrid Castilla.[11] In 2010, Zidane was an ambassador for Qatar's successful bid to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first Arab country to host the tournament.[12]


  • Early life and career 1
  • Club career 2
    • Cannes 2.1
    • Bordeaux 2.2
    • Juventus 2.3
    • Real Madrid 2.4
  • International career 3
    • Euro 1996 3.1
    • 1998 World Cup 3.2
    • Euro 2000 3.3
    • 2002 World Cup 3.4
    • Euro 2004 3.5
    • 2006 World Cup 3.6
  • Retirement 4
    • Charity activities 4.1
  • Coaching career 5
    • Real Madrid Castilla 5.1
  • Reception and legacy 6
  • In popular culture 7
  • Personal life 8
  • Career statistics 9
    • Club 9.1
    • International 9.2
      • International goals 9.2.1
  • Honours 10
    • Player 10.1
    • Country 10.2
    • Club 10.3
    • Individual 10.4
    • Order 10.5
    • Records 10.6
    • Assistant Manager 10.7
  • Notes and references 11
  • External links 12

Early life and career

La Castellane in the northern suburb of Marseille where Zidane was born

Zinedine Yazid Zidane (Arabic: زين الدين زيدان اليزيد‎) was born on 23 June 1972 in La Castellane, Marseille in southern France. Zidane is of Algerian Kabyle Berber descent.[13][14] His parents, Smaïl and Malika, emigrated to Paris from the village of Aguemoune in the Berber-speaking region of Kabylie in northern Algeria in 1953 before the start of the Algerian War. The family, which had settled in the city's tough northern districts of Barbès and Saint-Denis, found little work in the region, and in the mid-1960s moved to the northern Marseille suburb of La Castellane in the 16th arrondissement of Marseille. In 1972, Zidane was born there as the youngest of five siblings. His father worked as a warehouseman / nightwatchman at a department store, often on the night shift, while his mother was a housewife.[13] The family lived a reasonably comfortable life by the standards of the neighbourhood, which was notorious throughout Marseille for its high crime and unemployment rates.[14][15]

It was in Castellane where Zidane had his earliest introduction in football, joining in at the age of five in football games that the neighbourhood's children played on the Place Tartane, an 80-by-12-yard plaza that served as the main square of the housing complex.[16] In July 2011, Zidane named former Olympique Marseille players Blaž Slišković, Enzo Francescoli and Jean-Pierre Papin as his idols while growing up.[17][18] At the age of ten, Zidane got his first player's licence after joining the junior team of a local club from Castellane by the name of US Saint-Henri.[19] After spending a year and a half at US Saint-Henri, Zidane joined SO Septèmes-les-Vallons when the Septèmes coach Robert Centenero convinced the club's Director to get Zidane.[19] Zidane stayed with Septèmes until the age of fourteen, at which time he was selected to attend a three-day training camp at the CREPS (Regional Centre for Sports and Physical Education) in Aix-en-Provence, one of several such footballing institutes run by the French Football Federation. It was here that Zidane was spotted by AS Cannes scout, and former player, Jean Varraud who recommended him to the training centre director of the club.[4]

Club career


"He’d go past one, two, three, five, six players – it was sublime. His feet spoke with the ball"

—Jean Varraud, former player who discovered Zidane.[4]

Zidane went to AS Cannes for a six-week stay, but ended up remaining at the club for four years to play at the professional level. Having left his family at the age of fourteen to join Cannes, he was invited by Cannes director Jean-Claude Elineau, to leave the dormitory he shared with 20 other trainees and to come and stay with him and his family. Zidane later said that while living with the Elineaus he found equilibrium.[13]

It was at Cannes where Zidane's first coaches noticed that he was raw and sensitive, prone to attack spectators who insulted his race or family.[20] His first coach, Jean Varraud, encouraged him to channel his anger and focus on his own game. Zidane spent his first weeks at Cannes mainly on cleaning duty as a punishment for punching an opponent who mocked his ghetto origins.[20] The occasional violence that he would display throughout his career was shaped by an internal conflict of being an Algerian-Frenchman suspended between cultures, and surviving the tough streets of La Castellane where he grew up.[20]

Zidane made his professional debut with Cannes on 18 May 1989 at the age of sixteen in a French Division 1 match against Nantes.[21] He scored his first goal for the club on 10 February 1991[22] also against Nantes in a 2–1 win. After the match during a party for all the Cannes players, Zidane was given a car by Cannes chairman Alain Pedretti, who had promised him one the day he scored his first goal for the club.[23] On the pitch, Zidane displayed extraordinary technique on the ball, offering glimpses of the talent that would take him to the top of the world game.[4] In his first full season with Cannes, the club secured its first ever European football berth by qualifying for the UEFA Cup after finishing fourth in the league. This remains the club's highest finish in the top flight since getting relegated for the first time from the first division in the 1948–49 season.[24]


Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1992–93 season, winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup after beating Karlsruhe,[25] and finishing runner-up against Bayern Munich in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup,[26][27] in four years with the club. He played a set of midfield combinations with Bixente Lizarazu and Christophe Dugarry, which would become the trademark of both Bordeaux and the 1998 French national team. In 1995, Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish had expressed interest in signing both Zidane and Dugarry, to which team owner and chairman Jack Walker reportedly replied, "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?"[28] Also towards the beginning of the 1996 season, according to football agent Barry Silkman, Zidane was offered to Newcastle United for £1.2 million, but the club turned down the offer after watching him, claiming that he was not good enough for the English First Division.[29] In 1996, Zidane received the award for Ligue 1 Player of the Year.


"He is a special player. He creates space where there is none. No matter where he gets the ball or how it comes to him, he can get out of trouble. His imagination and his technique are amazing"

—Juventus teammate Edgar Davids.[30]

After a series of stand out performances for both Bordeaux and France, Zidane had offers to join Europe's top clubs in the spring of 1996, deciding on a move to UEFA Champions League winners Juventus during the close season.[31] Zidane's impact in Italy was immediate, winning the 1996–97 Serie A title and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup.[32] He lost in the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final 3–1 to Borussia Dortmund when he was unable to make an impression against the close marking of Paul Lambert.[33] The following season, Zidane scored seven goals in 32 matches in the league to help Juventus win the 1997–98 Serie A and thus retain the Scudetto. In Europe, Juventus made their third consecutive UEFA Champions League Final appearance, but lost the game 1–0 to Real Madrid. In 1998, Zidane was named FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the Ballon d'Or. Juventus finished second in the 2000–01 Serie A, but were eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League, after Zidane was banned for head-butting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz.[34] In 2001, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second time.

Real Madrid

With David Beckham at Real Madrid in 2003

In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for a world record fee of 150 billion Italian lire,[35] (about €75 million) and signed a four-year contract.[36] The latest addition to the Galácticos era of global stars signed by Real Madrid every year, in his first season at the club Zidane scored a famous match-winning goal, a volley hit with his weaker foot, in Madrid's 2–1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final completing his personal quadruple.[37] The goal has been cited as one of the greatest in Champions League history.[38][39][40]

"He dominates the ball, he is a walking spectacle and he plays as if he had silk gloves on each foot. He makes it worthwhile going to the stadium — he's one of the best I have ever seen."

Alfredo Di Stéfano on Zidane after he was named World Player of the Year in 2003.[9]

The next season, Zidane helped Real Madrid to win the 2002–03 La Liga and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time. In 2004, fans voted him as the best European footballer of the previous 50 years in UEFA's fiftieth-anniversary Golden Jubilee Poll.[6]

While Zidane's final season of club football ended without a trophy, he enjoyed success on a personal note by scoring his first hat-trick against Sevilla FC in a 4–2 win in January 2006.[41] He ended the season for Real Madrid as their second highest goalscorer and assists provider behind team-mates Ronaldo and David Beckham respectively, with nine goals and ten assists in 28 games.[42] On 7 May 2006, Zidane, who had announced his plans to retire after the 2006 World Cup,[43] played his farewell match and scored in a 3–3 draw with Villarreal. The squad wore commemorative shirts with ZIDANE 2001–2006 below the club logo. The 80,000 fans inside the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu held up a banner reading: ‘Thanks for the magic’.[4]

In 2012, Zidane featured for Madrid in an All Stars Match against Manchester United which resulted in a 3–2 win for Real. In April 2013, he was named by Marca as a member of the "Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid's history".[44]

International career

Both France and Algeria consider Zidane a citizen, but he was ineligible to play for the Algerian national team. It was rumoured that coach Abdelhamid Kermali denied Zidane a position for the Algerian squad because he felt the young midfielder was not fast enough.[45] However, Zidane dismissed the rumour in a 2005 interview, saying that he would have been ineligible to play for Algeria because he had already played for France.[46]

He earned his first cap with France as a substitute in a friendly against the Czech Republic on 17 August 1994, which ended in a 2–2 draw after Zidane scored twice to help France erase a 2–0 deficit. After Éric Cantona was handed a year-long suspension in January 1995 for assaulting a fan, Zidane took over the playmaker position.[47]

Euro 1996

Despite not being at his best during the tournament, France reached the last four. Zidane was not yet fully established in the French team and his level was quite average during the whole event, but he managed to score in the penalty shootout in both the quarter-final and semi-final. France was eliminated in the Euro 96 semi-finals in a penalty shootout against the Czech Republic.[48]

1998 World Cup

Zidane wore number 10 throughout his international career

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the first World Cup that Zidane participated in. It was held in his home country France. The French team won all three games in the group stage but Zidane was sent off in the second match against Saudi Arabia for a stamp on Fuad Anwar, becoming the first French player to receive a red card in a World Cup Finals. Without their playmaker France proceeded to win 1–0 in the last sixteen game against Paraguay and, on his return to the side, defeated Italy 4–3 on penalties after a goalless draw in the quarter-finals. France then defeated Croatia 2–1 in the semi-final. Zidane played a major role in the team's accomplishment, though he had yet to score a goal at the World Cup.

Zidane and France went on to play against defending champions and favourites Brazil at the Stade de France in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final. France dominated Brazil from the kick-off, with Zidane scoring two similar goals, both headers from corner kicks taken by Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. Courtesy of Zidane's two goals, France went into the half-time break 2-0 up with one hand already on the World Cup trophy.[4] Petit added a third goal deep in stoppage time to seal the 3–0 win and France's first ever World Cup. Zidane became an instant national hero, and over one million people celebrated the victory on the Champs-Élysées where a huge image of Zidane was projected on the Arc de Triomphe along with the words "Merci Zizou".[49][50][51]

Euro 2000

Two years later France won Euro 2000, becoming the first team to hold both the World Cup and the European Championship since West Germany in 1974. Zidane finished with two goals, a memorable bending free kick against Spain in the quarter-final and the golden goal in the semi-final against Portugal, and was named Player of the Tournament by UEFA.[52]

2002 World Cup

As reigning world and European champions, France entered the 2002 World Cup as favourites but a thigh injury prevented Zidane from playing in France's first two matches and without their talisman, the French team failed to score in either match. He was rushed back prematurely for the third game despite not being fully fit, but could not prevent France from being ignominiously eliminated in the group stage without scoring a single goal; the worst performance by a defending champion in the history of the competition.[53]

Euro 2004

At Euro 2004, France topped their group with wins over England and Switzerland, before being knocked out in the quarter finals by eventual champions Greece in a surprise 1–0 loss. In the opening match against England, Zidane scored a free kick and penalty in stoppage time to turn defeat into a 2–1 victory for France. After France's elimination Zidane announced his retirement from international football.[54]

2006 World Cup

Zidane during the 2006 World Cup Final

With the mass retirement of veteran key players such as Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly, Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram, France struggled to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. At the urging of coach Raymond Domenech, Zidane came out of retirement and was immediately reinstated as team captain.[55] Zidane, along with Thuram and Makelele, made his competitive return for France in a 3–0 win over the Faroe Islands on 3 September 2005. The trio helped France rise from fourth place to win their qualifying group.[56] On 27 May 2006, Zidane earned his hundredth cap for France in a 1–0 friendly win over Mexico, in what would also be his last match at the Stade de France. Zidane became France's fourth player to reach 100 caps, after Desailly, Thuram and Didier Deschamps.[57]

France had a slow start to the 2006 World Cup and, after being suspended for the final match of the group stage, Zidane returned to set up a goal for Patrick Vieira and score one himself in the second round match against Spain. In the quarter-final France held Brazil to just one shot on goal in the rematch of the 1998 final. Zidane assisted Thierry Henry's deciding goal and he was named Man of the Match by FIFA.[58] France faced Portugal in the semi final and, as in Brussels six years earlier, Zidane's penalty kick decided the contest and sent France to another major final.[59]

Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final in Berlin, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.[60] Having already announced he was to retire after the expiration of his Real Madrid contract at the end of the 2005–06 season, the world of football already knew Zidane's second World Cup final was to be the last match of his career. Seven minutes into the match Zidane put France ahead with a penalty kick and became only the fourth player in World Cup history to score in two different finals, along with Pelé, Paul Breitner, and Vavá, in addition to being tied for first place with Vavá, Pelé and Geoff Hurst with three World Cup final goals apiece. He almost scored a second goal during the first period of extra time but his header was saved by Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Zidane was then sent off in the 110th minute of the game after headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest,[61] so he did not participate in the penalty shootout which Italy won 5–3.[62] Zidane's actions made headlines all over the world, while in France Le Figaro called his head-butt "odious", and the front page of L'Equipe asked: "What should we tell our children, for whom you have become an example for ever? ... How could that happen to a man like you?".[59]

"The match you played last night was full of talent and professionalism. I know that you are sad and disappointed but what I want to tell you is that the whole country is extremely proud of you. You have honoured the country with your exceptional qualities and your fantastic fighting spirit, which was your strength in difficult times, but also in winning times."

—President of France, Jacques Chirac, pays tribute to Zidane in Paris after the 2006 World Cup.[59]

Upon his return to France, the

World Cup Finals
Preceded by
Pelé (1970)
Players scoring thrice
9 July 2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paul Breitner (1982)
Players scoring in two matches
9 July 2006
Preceded by
Andreas Brehme (1990)
Players scoring penalty
9 July 2006
Preceded by
Marcel Desailly (1998)
Players sent off
9 July 2006
Succeeded by
John Heitinga (2010)
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Notes and references

Real Madrid

Assistant Manager


  • Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998,[129][130] promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2009[131]



Real Madrid[4]








International goals[124]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 August 1994 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux, France  Czech Republic 1–2 2–2 Friendly Match
2 17 August 1994 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux, France  Czech Republic 2–2 2–2 Friendly Match
3 6 September 1995 Stade Abbe Deschamps, Auxerre, France  Azerbaijan 7–0 10–0 1996 UEFA Euro Qualifying
4 11 October 1995 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1–3 1–3 1996 UEFA Euro Qualifying
5 21 February 1996 Stade des Costières, Nîmes, France  Greece 3–1 3–1 Friendly Match
6 11 June 1997 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  Italy 1–0 2–2 Tournoi de France
7 28 January 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Spain 1–0 1–0 Friendly Match
8 25 February 1998 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  Norway 2–1 3–3 Friendly Match
9 27 May 1998 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Belgium 0–1 0–1 1998 Hassan II Trophy
10 12 July 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Brazil 1–0 3–0 Final, 1998 World Cup
11 12 July 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Brazil 2–0 3–0 Final, 1998 World Cup
12 8 September 1999 Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 1–2 2–3 2000 UEFA Euro Qualifying
13 23 February 2000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Poland 1–0 1–0 Friendly Match
14 4 June 2000 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Japan 1–1 2–2 2000 Hassan II Trophy
15 25 June 2000 Jan Breydel, Bruges, Belgium  Spain 0–1 1–2 Quarter-final, 2000 UEFA Euro
16 28 June 2000 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Portugal 1–2 1–2 Semi-final, 2000 UEFA Euro
17 27 February 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Germany 1–0 1–0 Friendly Match
18 24 March 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Japan 1–0 5–0 Friendly Match
19 27 February 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Scotland 1–0 5–0 Friendly Match
20 29 March 2003 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France  Malta 4–0 6–0 2004 UEFA Euro Qualifying
21 29 March 2003 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France  Malta 6–0 6–0 2004 UEFA Euro Qualifying
22 2 April 2003 Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy  Israel 0–2 1–2 2004 UEFA Euro Qualifying
23 6 June 2004 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Ukraine 1–0 1–0 Friendly Match
24 13 June 2004 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  England 1–1 2–1 Group Stage, 2004 UEFA Euro
25 13 June 2004 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  England 2–1 2–1 Group Stage, 2004 UEFA Euro
26 21 June 2004 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal   Switzerland 0–1 1–3 Group Stage, 2004 UEFA Euro
27 17 August 2005 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Ivory Coast 2–0 3–0 Friendly Match
28 12 October 2005 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus 1–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
29 27 June 2006 Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover, Germany  Spain 1–3 1–3 Round of 16, 2006 FIFA World Cup
30 5 July 2006 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Portugal 0–1 0–1 Semi-final, 2006 FIFA World Cup
31 9 July 2006 Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany  Italy 0–1 1–1 (aet), 5–3 (pen) Final, 2006 FIFA World Cup

International goals

A Includes one appearance from the match against FIFA XI on 16 August 2000 which FIFA and the French Football Federation count as an official friendly match.[124]

National Team Year Apps Goals
France 1994 2 2
1995 6 2
1996 12 1
1997 8 1
1998 15 5
1999 6 1
2000 13[A] 4
2001 8 2
2002 9 1
2003 7 3
2004 7 4
2005 5 2
2006 10 3
Total 108 31


Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1988–89 Cannes Division 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
1989–90 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990–91 28 1 3 0 31 1
1991–92 31 5 3 0 4 0 38 5
1992–93 Bordeaux 35 10 4 1 39 11
1993–94 34 6 3 0 6 2 43 8
1994–95 37 6 4 1 4 1 45 8
1995–96 33 6 1 0 15 6 49 12
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1996–97 Juventus Serie A 29 5 2 0 10 2 41 7
1997–98 32 7 5 1 11 3 48 11
1998–99 25 2 5 0 10 0 40 2
1999–2000 32 4 3 1 6 0 41 5
2000–01 33 6 2 0 4 0 39 6
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2001–02 Real Madrid La Liga 31 7 9 2 9 3 49 12
2002–03 33 9 1 0 14 3 48 12
2003–04 33 6 7 1 10 3 50 10
2004–05 29 6 1 0 10 0 40 6
2005–06 29 9 5 0 4 0 38 9
Country France 200 34 18 2 29 9 247 45
Italy 151 24 17 2 41 5 209 31
Spain 155 37 23 3 47 9 225 49
Total 506 95 58 7 117 23 681 125


Career statistics

Zidane has described himself as "a non-practicing Muslim."[13] He was voted one of the "Top 10 Greatest Muslim Athletes of All Time" by Complex.[121]

At the age of 17, Zidane met his future wife, Véronique Fernández (born in Aveyron of Spanish descent),[117] while playing for Cannes in the 1988–89 season. Married in 1994, they have four sons: Enzo Alan Zidane Fernández (born 24 March 1995), Luca Zinedine Zidane Fernández (born 13 May 1998),[118] Theo Zidane Fernández (born 18 May 2002),[119] and Elyaz Zidane Fernández (born 26 December 2005). Enzo, Luca, Theo and Elyaz are all members of the Real Madrid Academy. Enzo (midfielder) is a Real Madrid Castilla (Real Madrid B) player, Luca (goalkeeper) is in Juvenil A, Theo (midfielder) is in Infantil A and Elyaz (midfielder) in Alevin B.[120]

Zidane's parents' house in the village of Aguemoune Ath Slimane in Algeria.

Personal life

In 2010, footage of Zidane appeared in the "Waka Waka" music video by Shakira, which shows him celebrating France winning the 1998 World Cup.[114] In 2014, Australian sports presenter Les Murray collaborated with the band Vaudeville Smash and performed a Zidane tribute song, the accompanying video featuring four footballers performing ball tricks in Zidane masks, one of whom ends up headbutting a nightwatchman.[115][116]

On 5 November 2006, Zidane appeared in the American animated sitcom Family Guy, seen headbutting an old lady in the episode "Saving Private Brian" as a parody of his headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final.[113] The infamous headbutt has also been the subject of a lyrical essay by the Belgian novelist Jean-Philippe Toussaint entitled La Mélancolie de Zidane (2006).

In November 2006, Zidane toured Bangladesh as the guest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. He also visited the Algerian birthplace of his parents, and met personally with Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who gave him an official reception.[111] In 2012 Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed unveiled a bronze sculpture depicting Zidane's headbutt of Marco Materazzi.[112]

In 2005 filmmakers Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon filmed a documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which follows Zidane during an entire match, filmed with 17 cameras. Scottish post-rock band Mogwai provided the soundtrack. The documentary was part of the 2009 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.[110]

Zidane has had endorsements with many companies, including: Adidas, Lego, France Telecom, Orange, Audi, Volvic and Christian Dior. These sponsorship deals earned him €8.6 million on top of his €6.4 million Real Madrid salary in 2006, totalling €15 million ($20.4 million) making him the sixth-highest paid footballer.[106][107] In 2004, Forbes magazine listed his earnings of $15.8 million for the previous 12 months.[108] In May 2010 Zidane appeared in a commercial for Louis Vuitton, indulging in a game of table football with fellow legends Pelé and Diego Maradona.[109]

Zidane as he appears in the Family Guy episode "Saving Private Brian".

In popular culture

Zidane has been named FIFA World Player of the Year three times, a feat achieved only by Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.[101] In a 2002 FIFA poll, Zidane was selected in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.[102] In 2004 he was voted UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years, and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.[103] When asked players, journalists and their users to crown the best player in the UEFA Champions League of the past twenty years, in 2011, Zidane topped the poll ahead of Lionel Messi.[104] In 2014, in a poll carried out by French TV channel TF1, Zidane was voted as the best player in the history of the French league ahead of other French football legends such as Michel Platini and Raymond Kopa.[105]

Displaying skills with an array of moves such as his signature La Roulette pirouette, step overs and close ball control, former Brazilian international Rivaldo enjoyed watching Zidane more than any other player, stating; "His elegance of movement on the pitch and his skills are uncanny."[97] Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso opined, "What he could do with a football is a dream for most of us".[98] In 2005, upon Zidane's return to the French national team, his team mate Thierry Henry stated; "In France, everybody realized that God exists, and that he is back in the French international team. God is back, there is little left to say".[99] Zidane has also been lauded by sportsmen outside football; having witnessed Zidane's goal against Deportivo in January 2002 where he dragged the ball right then left, turning the defender inside out, before scoring with a left foot finish, basketball player Magic Johnson stated; "One of the most inspiring nights of my life. Zidane is a phenomenon."[100]

Zidane advertisement in Algeria. A French national hero of Berber descent, Zidane is an icon in North Africa.

Among his peers, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović commented; "Zidane was from another planet. When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the ten other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple".[91] David Beckham has described Zidane as "the greatest of all time",[92][93] FC Barcelona star Xavi has stated in a 2010 interview that Zidane was "the '90s and early 2000s best player"[94] while Brazilian defender and former Real Madrid teammate Roberto Carlos has said of Zidane, "He is the best player I've seen. Supporters arrived earlier at the Bernabeu just to see him warm-up".[95] Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho stated; "Zidane is one of the best footballers of all time, one of my idols. He had such elegance and grace, a wonderful touch and superb vision."[96]

Many authoritative voices have acclaimed Zidane's skills and importance in the history of football, such as Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who called Zidane "a monster" for his performance and abilities.[88] German coach Franz Beckenbauer stated: "Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player."[88] Italy's manager Marcello Lippi, who has also coached Zidane, opined "I think Zidane is the greatest talent we've known in football these last twenty years, yet he never played the prima donna. I am honoured to have been his manager."[88] Former England manager Kevin Keegan said; "You look at Zidane and think 'I've never seen a player quite like that'. Diego Maradona was a great player. Johan Cruyff was a great player. They were different — but with similarities. What sets Zidane apart is the way he manipulates a football, buying himself space that isn't there. Add his vision and it makes him very special".[89] At the 1998 World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Maldini said: "I would give up five players to have Zidane in my squad."[90]

"Zidane was football's answer to the Bolshoi Ballet. Zidane was elegance above all else."

Sid Lowe, football journalist.[87]

"Technically, I think he is the king of what's fundamental in the game — control and passing. I don't think anyone can match him when it comes to controlling or receiving the ball."

"Zidane is the master. Over the past ten years, there's been no one like him, he has been the best player in the world. "


Reception and legacy

In June 2014, Real Madrid announced that Zidane will be the coach of Real Madrid's B team, Real Madrid Castilla.[11] On 29 August, director of the Spanish National Football Coach Education Centre (CENAFE), Miguel Galán, reported Zidane for acting as Real Madrid Castilla's head coach without the necessary coaching badges.[84] According to Galán, "No one who has anything to do with the football world can be unaware that Zidane is acting as Real Madrid Castilla's head coach this season. It is a fait accompli that has been widely accepted, as shown by media reports, and Real Madrid do not deny it".[84] While the official match report for Castilla's opening game in the Segunda División B lists Santiago Sánchez as the 'Los Blancos' head coach and Zidane as his assistant, Galán states: "This hierarchy only exists on paper. The truth is the exact opposite: Zidane is acting as Real Madrid Castilla's head coach, while, with all due respect to him as a colleague, Mr Sánchez's role basically boils down to providing the badges".[84][85]

Real Madrid Castilla

In November 2010, Zidane was appointed as a special adviser to Real Madrid's first team in response to an appeal made by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for the former Real midfielder to work more closely with the team. In his new role, Zidane is expected to participate in Champions League events and functions. He is also to travel with the first team on a regular basis and participate in pre-match gatherings, training sessions and meetings with the head coach.[81] In July 2011 it was announced that he would become Real Madrid's new sporting director.[82] In 2013, Zidane was appointed assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.[83]

Coaching career

On 2 June 2013, Zidane took part in a charity match played at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United Legends vs Real Madrid Legends reverse Fixture. The first leg took place in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He was part of a team which included the likes of Figo, Fernando Redondo and Manolo Sanchis. This fixture raised funds for the Manchester United Foundation.[80]

On 6 June 2010, Zidane took part in the biennial charity event Soccer Aid. He played for the Rest of the World team, managed by former Liverpool and Celtic forward Kenny Dalglish against England alongside former Real Madrid teammate Luis Figo, and Celtic legend Henrik Larsson. He played against former players such as Teddy Sheringham and Alan Shearer, as well as celebrities such as Hollywood actors Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers, Michael Sheen, chef Gordon Ramsay and singer Robbie Williams.[79] The match took place at Old Trafford in Manchester and was won by The Rest of the World for the first time, the winning penalty scored by Harrelson, after a 2–2 draw.[79]

In June and July 2009, Zidane toured across Canada with stops in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Although billed as Zidane and "Friends", the likes of which included Unicef.

On 19 November 2008, Zidane took part in the fifth annual Match Against Poverty in Málaga, Spain, which also ended in a 2–2 draw; he went scoreless but set up his team's second goal. He and Ronaldo, who collaborated in conceiving the yearly event to benefit the United Nations Development Programme, regularly captain their respective teams consisting of active footballers, other professional athletes and celebrities.[77] Zidane, a UN Goodwill Ambassador since 2001, stated before the game that "everyone can do something to make the world a better place".[78]

On 24 February 2007, before a crowd of 10,000 fans at a match in northern Thailand for the Keuydaroon children's AIDS charity, Zidane scored the first goal and set up the second for a Malaysian teammate as the match ended 2–2. The event raised ฿260,000 ($7,750). This money paid for the building of two schools and 16 three-bedroom houses.[76]

Zidane in the Match Against Poverty in Bern, March 2014
Zidane during an appearance for the Danone Nations Cup, 2008

Charity activities

Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid committee announced in September 2010 that Zidane had been appointed as an ambassador for Qatar's attempt to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[73] After FIFA announced on 2 December 2010 that Qatar had won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup,[74] Zidane stated that he was "very pleased" with the outcome.[75] Zidane spoke of the message he was trying to convey in the campaign: "I was saying that football belonged to the whole world. I’m proud to have made my contribution to a new country getting the World Cup. Qatar and the entire Middle East as a whole deserves this event and that makes me happy. It's a victory for the Arab world."[12]

On 1 June 2009, Zidane was announced as the Advisor to the President after Miguel Pardeza, Sporting Director, were to be the key decision makers on the sporting side of the club.[71] After France's dismal campaign in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Zidane said that he did not plan to move into coaching any time soon.[72]

Since his retirement, Zidane has regularly played for the Real Madrid Veterans team. He has also made several futsal appearances. In an interview in June 2008, Zidane stated that he wanted to return to football, but that he had no immediate plans to do so.[70]


Following his red card in the final, Zidane retired from professional football and confirmed that he would not go back on his decision.[66] He was sentenced by FIFA to a three match suspension for the red card.[67] He agreed to complete three days of community service with children in one of FIFA's humanitarian projects.[68] Zidane ended up tying with Brazil's Cafu for the record for most cards given in World Cup matches, with 6.[69]

[65] He later said that "If you look at the fourteen red cards I had in my career, twelve of them were a result of provocation. This isn’t justification, this isn’t an excuse, but my passion, temper and blood made me react."[64] but also admitted that he "could never have lived with himself" had he been allowed to remain on the pitch and help France win the match.[63] had insulted Zidane's sister, which led to Zidane's heightened anger and reaction. In 2010, Zidane said that he would "rather die than apologize" to Materazzi for the headbutt in the final,Marco Materazzi It was later discovered through interviews that [59] Zidane remained an icon to the French public, and one French writer stated, "It's good for us to see our national hero is fallible."[59] stating; "For a month, France was dreaming with Zidane".Libération As the player of the tournament, Zidane had given the team hope, with the French daily newspaper [59] According to French journalist Philippe Auclair, Zidane's performances in the knock-out rounds were, "ranked among his finest in a blue shirt".[59]

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