Zinedine Zidane

French footballer Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane is a retired French footballer who is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time. Zidane played as an attacking midfielder, and was the leading figure of a generation of French players that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. After a brief international retirement, he returned to the national team in 2005 and captained France to the 2006 World Cup Final where he won the Golden Ball as the tournament's most outstanding player.
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Zinedine Zidane's personal information overview.
Birthday
24 June 1972
home town
France
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How well do you know El Clasico?
CNN - 2 months
If Real Madrid are to win La Liga this season, manager Zinedine Zidane needs to make history.
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'Sky's the limit' for Borussia Dortmund star Pulisic
CNN - 5 months
The number 10 shirt in football carries with it a special kind of significance. The greats of the game -- Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, and Lionel Messi to name but four -- have worn the iconic number and have literally carried their nations on their backs in the process.
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Is US tour key to Real Madrid's success?
CNN - 6 months
The first time Zinedine Zidane met Antonio Pintus, the Frenchman ended the day dry heaving at the side of the pitch.
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Zinedine Zidane looks to add to coaching success with Real Madrid
LATimes - 7 months
Less than three years ago, Zinedine Zidane was starting his coaching career after retiring as one of the most celebrated players in soccer history, taking over Real Madrid’s B team. Fast forward to 2017, and Zidane is on his way to becoming one of the most successful coaches in European soccer...
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Zidane back among the immortals - Sport24
Google News - 9 months
Sport24 Zidane back among the immortals Sport24 Cardiff - Feted as one of the finest talents of his generation, Zinedine Zidane has made the transition to management so smoothly that he has already eclipsed some of the game's most hallowed names just 17 months into his spell as Real Madrid boss. Two-goal Ronaldo fires Real to 12th European titleEyewitness News 'We were powerless to resist Real firepower'SuperSport Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus endure more regret as prize slips away againThe Guardian (blog) Financial Times -Firstpost -ESPN FC -New York Times all 4,085 news articles »
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Why Zinedine Zidane was the perfect man for Real Madrid
Fox News - 10 months
He's the ultimate blend of the traditional Galactico aesthetic and blunt practicality.
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Zinedine Zidane Understands James Rodriguez Anger After Real Madrid Beat Leganes - Bleacher Report
Google News - 11 months
Bleacher Report Zinedine Zidane Understands James Rodriguez Anger After Real Madrid Beat Leganes Bleacher Report Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane can "understand" James Rodriguez's angry reaction to being substituted during Los Blancos' 4-2 win over Leganes in La Liga on Wednesday, per Javier Martin for AS, and the Frenchman has shrugged off suggestions ... Daunting April could make or break Real Madridâs seasonFOXSports.com Real Madrid beat Leganes in Spanish league tieYahoo News Barca, Atletico in form, Zidane took risksESPN FC (blog) Daily Mail -Daily Star -beIN SPORTS USA -Metro all 312 news articles »
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Real return fires up Alonso, Ancelotti - SuperSport
Google News - 11 months
SuperSport Real return fires up Alonso, Ancelotti SuperSport Bayern Munich's Carlo Ancelotti and Xabi Alonso are relishing facing their former club, Real Madrid, when two of the favourites for the Champions League title clash in the quarterfinals. Holders Real play Bayern away on Wednesday, April 12 at Munich's ... Zinedine Zidane welcomes test against former mentor Carlo AncelottiKickOff.com Craig Shakespeare confident Leicester have what it takes to pull beat Atletico MadridMirror.co.uk Craig Shakespeare says Leicester will fight tooth and nail against Atletico MadridDaily Star The Guardian -TheChronicleHerald.ca -The Straits Times -Jacaranda FM all 462 news articles »
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Zidane dismisses Real criticism ahead of Cup clash at Celta
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rounded on his team's detractors on Tuesday ahead of the King's Cup quarter-final second leg at Celta Vigo, saying their recent blip in form has been exaggerated. Real set a Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten in all competitions earlier in January and remain top of the La Liga standings by a point with a game in hand on title rivals Barcelona and Sevilla. A first league defeat of the season by Sevilla and a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo in the Cup removed the team's veneer of invincibility, however, and Saturday's unconvincing 2-1 win over Malaga did little to stem the criticism, with Real's supporters booing their players during the game.
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Soccer-Resurgent Ramos sinks Malaga as Real increase lead at top
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Adds Valencia, Alaves results) By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Sergio Ramos made amends for his untimely own goal last week at Sevilla by scoring twice as Real Madrid bounced back from two successive defeats by beating Malaga 2-1 on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of La Liga. The Real Madrid captain headed his side in front in the 35th minute by powering Toni Kroos's outswinging corner beyond Carlos Kameni and struck again in the 43rd by sliding in a free kick from his German team mate from close range to net his third goal in four games. It was the perfect response from the Spain international six days after putting through his own net against Sevilla and inadvertently helping his former side win 2-1 to halt Zinedine Zidane's side's remarkable 40-game unbeaten run.
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Real must banish doubts after rediscovering defeat
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Real Madrid will be seeking to reassert an air of invincibility when they host Malaga on Saturday after their stunning 40-game unbeaten run was replaced by a two-match losing one with consecutive defeats to Sevilla and Celta Vigo. Zinedine Zidane's side still lead the standings by two points with a game in hand on nearest challengers Sevilla and third-placed Barcelona, who are a further point behind, but are facing fresh doubts following the two losses. Real conceded twice in the final 10 minutes to lose at Sevilla in their last league game and were undone twice in quick succession on the counterattack to lose 2-1 at home to Celta on Wednesday, leaving their King's Cup hopes hanging by a thread.
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Zidane plans to limit Ronaldo's minutes
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he will continue to periodically leave out four-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo to keep the Portuguese fresh for the business end of the season. Ronaldo has sat out Real's last two home games -- missing the visit of Deportivo la Coruna in December and a 3-0 Copa del Rey romp over Sevilla on Wednesday. Zidane confirmed in midweek that Ronaldo will return for lowly Granada's visit to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
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Zidane celebrates flawless year at Madrid
Yahoo News - about 1 year
The relentless demands for success at Real Madrid have cost many high-profile and heavily experienced coaches their jobs, but Zinedine Zidane has made the move into senior management look serene as he celebrates a year in charge as a European and world champion. Madrid was a club with a very different feel 12 months ago when Zidane was promoted from his post as coach of Real's youth team Castilla in a salvage operation from club president Florentino Perez to rescue a hitherto disastrous campaign as Rafael Benitez lasted just seven months in the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat. Zidane won everything from the Champions League to the World Cup as one of the greatest players of his generation.
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PHOTO: Ex-Italy Star Continues to Troll Real Madrid Boss Over Infamous 2006 World Cup Final Moment
Yahoo News - about 1 year
​For all of his world class ability as a footballer, one of the overriding memories of Zinedine Zidane, for many, will be his infamous 2006 World Cup final moment. The France legend headbutted Italy's Marco Materazzi in Les Bleus' eventual 5-3 penalty shootout defeat to the Azzurri after a 1-1 draw, in an incident that has gone down as one of the sport's most iconic events. Never one to shy away from controversy, Materazzi took to his official Instagram account to stoke the fires over the...
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Ronaldo hits 500th goal as Real reach world final
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 500th club goal Thursday as Real Madrid eased past Mexico's Club America 2-0 to reach the Club World Cup final in Japan. The Spanish giants will face shock finalists Kashima Antlers, the J-League champions, in Yokohama on Sunday as they look to capture their second world title in three years and fifth in total. "Our sole aim was to reach the final -- so it's job done," Real coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters after goals from Karim Benzema and Ronaldo extended his side's club record unbeaten run to 36 matches in all competitions.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Zinedine Zidane
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 43
    In 2016, in a study led by French newspaper Le Parisien, Zidane was named "best French player of all time".
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    On 4 May, Zidane led Real Madrid to a place in the 2016 UEFA Champions League final by beating Manchester City 1–0 on aggregate.
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    On 4 January 2016, Real Madrid announced the dismissal of manager Rafael Benítez and on the same day Zidane was appointed the new manager of the club on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
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    Zidane is currently the manager of Real Madrid, taking over the position in January 2016.
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  • 2014
    Age 41
    In June 2014, Real Madrid announced that Zidane will be the coach of Real Madrid's B team, Real Madrid Castilla.
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  • 2013
    Age 40
    In 2013, Zidane was appointed assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
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  • 2011
    Age 38
    When uefa.com asked players, journalists and their users to crown the best player in the UEFA Champions League of the past 20 years, in 2011, Zidane topped the poll ahead of Messi.
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    In July 2011, it was announced that he would become Real Madrid's new sporting director.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    In November 2010, Zidane was appointed as a special adviser to Real Madrid's first team in response to an appeal made by then-Real Madrid coach José Mourinho for the former Real midfielder to work more closely with the team.
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    On 6 June 2010, Zidane took part in the biennial charity event Soccer Aid.
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    After FIFA announced on 2 December 2010 that Qatar had won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Zidane stated that he was "very pleased" with the outcome.
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    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 World Cup.
    After France's dismal campaign in the 2010 World Cup, Zidane said that he did not plan to move into coaching any time soon.
    In 2010, Zidane said that he would "rather die than apologize" to Materazzi for the headbutt in the final, 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.
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  • 2009
    Age 36
    On 1 June 2009, Zidane was announced as the advisor to the president after Florentino Pérez was named president of Real Madrid for the second time.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    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.
  • 2006
    Age 33
    Before the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 31
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 29
    In a 2002 FIFA poll, Zidane was selected in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
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    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.
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    The next season, Zidane helped Real Madrid to win the 2002–03 La Liga, starring alongside Luís Figo in midfield, and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time.
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    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.
    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 28
    In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for a world record fee of 150 billion Italian lire, (about €77.5 million) and signed a four-year contract.
    In 2001, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second time.
  • 2000
    Age 27
    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.
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    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.
  • 1998
    Age 25
    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.
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    In 1998, Zidane was named FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the Ballon d'Or.
  • 1997
    Age 24
    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.
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    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.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    Zidane's impact in Italy was immediate, winning the 1996–97 Serie A title and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup.
    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.
    In 1996, Zidane received the award for Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
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  • 1995
    Age 22
    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?" 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.
  • 1994
    Age 21
    Married in 1994, they have four sons: Enzo Alan Zidane Fernández (born 24 March 1995), Luca Zinedine Zidane Fernández (born 13 May 1998), Theo Zidane Fernández (born 18 May 2002), and Elyaz Zidane Fernández (born 26 December 2005).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 19
    Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1992–93 season, winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup after beating Karlsruhe, and finishing runner-up against Bayern Munich in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup, in four years with the club.
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  • 1991
    Age 18
    He scored his first goal for the club on 10 February 1991 also against Nantes in a 2–1 win.
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  • 1989
    Age 16
    Zidane made his professional debut with Cannes on 18 May 1989 in a French Division 1 match against Nantes.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    In 1972, Zidane was born there as the youngest of five siblings.
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