Zinedine Zidane Bio

FULL NAMEZinedine Yazid Zidane
BORNJune 23, 1972
HEIGHT1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
NATIONALITYFrench
ROLEAttacking mid-fielder

Zinedine Yazid Zidane, also known as “Zizou,” is a former professional French footballer who played as an offensive midfielder in France’s youth teams and, later, in the core national team for a long time. He also played for clubs such as Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, and Real Madrid, winning trophies for each of them.

His grace, quickness, and excellent ball control made him one of the finest of his generation.

For his distinguished career, he has been awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government and the National Order of Merit by the Algerian government.

Background

Zidane, who was born on June 23, 1972, is of Algerian descent but was reared in Marseille, France. At the age of nine, he began playing for the local club, US Saint Henri. In 1983, he transferred to another club, SO Septemes-les-Vallons, where he played three years in their development system. He was then chosen for another three years by the Cannes Youth Academy.

Senior position

In 1989, Zizou signed his first professional deal with Cannes and made his debut against Nantes in the French first division. After finishing fourth in the league in his first full season with Cannes, the club earned its first ever European football spot by qualifying for the UEFA Cup. In his first three seasons with the club, he appeared in 61 games and scored six goals.

Zidane joined Bordeaux in 1992, and it was there that he first gained international acclaim. Some of his most memorable moments with the club were winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup after defeating Karlsruhe and becoming runner-up to Bayern Munich in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup. He scored 28 goals in 139 appearances for Bordeaux.

Juventus, the then-current UEFA champion, signed Zidane to a five-year contract in 1996. Zidane’s effect on Italian clubs was immediate, as he was frequently important in the club’s 1996 Serie A triumph and Intercontinental Cup victory. He scored seven goals in 32 games, and the team kept their Serie A championship even the following season. During his time with the club, he appeared in 151 games and scored 24 goals. He was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year twice.

In 2001, Zidane signed a four-year deal with Real Madrid for a world record fee of 150 billion Italian lire. In his debut season, Zidane scored the game-winning volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final. The journey to success continued the next season, when Madrid won La Liga in 2003.

In 2004, he was named the best European footballer in UEFA history. In 2006, he scored his first hat-trick against Sevilla and finished the season as the season’s second top goal scorer, trailing only Ronaldo.

International career opportunities

Zidane began his international career in 1988 as a member of France’s U17 team. He was a prolific scorer, tallying one goal in each of the four games he appeared in. He continued to play for the youth national teams until 1994, when he got his first cap for France in a friendly against the Czech Republic on August 17, 1994. In his debut, he scored two goals in a 2-2 tie.

Zidane has been outstanding since his debut. In the 1996 Euro Cup, he scored in both the quarterfinal and semifinal penalty shootouts. However, he finally became a recognised national hero after scoring two goals in a 3-2 triumph over then-champions Brazil in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

He made significant contributions to France’s Euro Cup win in 2000, and he was named Player of the Tournament. Zidane was also France’s backbone in the FIFA World Cups of 2002, 2006, and 2004.

Retirement

He played his final professional match for Real Madrid against Villarreal in 2006. In his final outing, he scored in a 3-3 tie.

His most recent international appearance came in the FIFA World Cup final in 2006. He scored in the seventh minute of the game, putting France in command. However, he was given a red card for his notorious headbutt on Marco Materazzi, and France lost the penalty shootout against Italy 5-3.

Following Retirement

Zidane was appointed coach of Real Madrid’s B club, Real Madrid Castilla, for a two-year contract in June 2014.

In 2016, he was given a more difficult task: managing Real Madrid. Madrid set a new record with 16 straight La Liga victories during his tenure. He also guided the squad to victories in the 2016 and 2017 UEFA Championships, the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, and the 2017 UEFA Super Cup. In 2017, he was named FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year.

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