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Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane 2008.jpg
Zidane in 2008
Personal information
Full name Zinedine Yazid Zidane[1][2]
Date of birth (1972-06-23) 23 June 1972 (age 41)[1]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Real Madrid (assistant coach
and sporting director)
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
1990–1994 France U21 20 (3)
1994–2006 France 108 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: [zinedin zidan] ( ), born 23 June 1972), nicknamed "Zizou", is an assistant coach and sporting director at Real Madrid, and a retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for the French national team, Juventus and Real Madrid.[3][4] Renowned for his elegance, vision and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years by UEFA,[5] and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.[6][7][8][9][10]

At the 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 sides. On the international stage, Zidane won 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 with France.

Amongst his personal accolades Zidane has won the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, 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. He was awarded the Euro 2000 Player of the tournament and the 2006 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball. He retired from professional football after the 2006 World Cup.

Early life and career[edit]

Zidane is of Kabyle Berber descent.[11][12] 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. On 23 June 1972, Zidane was born there as the youngest of five siblings. His father Smaïl worked as a warehouseman at a department store, often on the night shift, while his mother was a housewife.[11] The family live a reasonably comfortable life by the standards of the neighborhood, which was notorious throughout Marseille for its high crime and unemployment rates.[12]

It was in Castellane that Zidane had his earliest introduction to 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.[13] In July 2011, Zidane named former Olympique Marseille players Blaž Slišković, Enzo Francescoli and Jean-Pierre Papin as his idols while growing up.[14][15]

At the age of ten, Zidane got his first player's license after joining the junior team of a local club from Castellane by the name of US Saint-Henri. 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.

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 center director of the club.[16]

Club career[edit]

Cannes[edit]

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.[16]

Zidane went to 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 it was in living with the Elineaus that he found equilibrium.[11]

Zidane made his professional debut with Cannes on 18 May 1989 at the age of sixteen in a French Division 1 match against Nantes.[17] He scored his first goal for the club on 10 February 1991[18] 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.[19] 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.[16] 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.[20]

Bordeaux[edit]

Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1992–93 season, winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup,[21] and finishing runner-up in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup 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?"[22] 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.[23] In 1996, Zidane received the award for Ligue 1 Player of the Year.[24]

Juventus[edit]

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.[25]

After a series of consistently outstanding 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.[26] Zidane's impact in Italy was immediate, and won the 1996–97 Serie A title and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup.[27] 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.[28][29][30] 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, a club Zidane would later join. 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.[31] In 2001, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second time.

Real Madrid[edit]

With David Beckham at Real Madrid in 2003

In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for a world record fee of 150 billion Italian lire.[32] (about €75 million[33]) and signed a four-year contract. He 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. The goal has been cited as one of the greatest in Champions League history.[34][35][36]

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.[10]

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.[5]

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.[37] 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.[38] On 7 May 2006, Zidane, who had announced his plans to retire after the 2006 World Cup,[39] 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’.[16]

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".[40]

International career[edit]

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.[41] 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.[42]

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. France was eliminated in the Euro 96 semi-finals in a penalty shootout by the Czech Republic after the match ended 0–0 in extra time.

1998 World Cup[edit]

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 suspended 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.[16] 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".[43][44][45]

Euro 2000[edit]

Zidane portraited on stairs in Canary Wharf prior to Euro 2004

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 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.

2002 World Cup[edit]

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.[46]

Euro 2004[edit]

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.[47]

2006 World Cup[edit]

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.[48] 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.[49] 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.[50]

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.[51] 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.

Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final in Berlin, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition.[52] 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,[53] so he did not participate in the penalty shootout which Italy won 5–3.[54] It was later discovered through interviews that Marco Materazzi 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,[55] 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.[56]

Following his red card in the final, Zidane retired from professional football and confirmed that he would not go back on his decision.[57] He was sentenced by FIFA to a three match suspension for the red card.[58] He agreed to complete three days of community service with children in one of FIFA's humanitarian projects.

Retirement[edit]

Since his retirement, Zidane regularly plays 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.[59]

On 1 June 2009, Zidane was announced as the Advisor to the President after Florentino Perez was named President of Real Madrid for the second time.[60] He along with Jorge Valdano, General Director, and Miguel Pardeza, Sporting Director, were to be the key decision makers on the sporting side of the club.

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.[61]

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.[62] After FIFA announced on 2 December 2010 that Qatar had won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup,[63] Zidane stated that he was "very pleased" with the outcome.[64]

Charity activities[edit]

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

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.[65]

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. Zidane, a UN goodwill ambassador since 2001, stated before the game that "everyone can do something to make the world a better place"[66]

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 Fabien Barthez and Samuel Eto'o, the exhibition matches featured local players. Tournament organisers cited lack of sponsorship and support from the Canadian Soccer Association for the disorganized rosters. Some proceeds were given to Unicef.

On 6 June 2010, Zidane took part in the bi-annual 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, David Seaman and Alan Shearer, as well as celebrities such as Robbie Williams. The Match took place at Old Trafford in Manchester and was won by The Rest of the World for the first time, by penalties after a 2–2 draw.

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, Redondo and Sanchis. This fixture raised funds for the Manchester United Foundation.[67]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[68] In July 2011 it was announced that he would become Real Madrid's new sporting director.[69] In 2013, Zidane was appointed assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.[70]

Assessment[edit]

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.

Pelé[8]

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.

Michel Platini[9]

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

Sid Lowe, football journalist.[71]

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.[72] German coach Franz Beckenbauer stated: "Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player."[72] 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."[72] 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".[73] At the 1998 World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Maldini said: "I would give up five players to have Zidane in my squad."[74]

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".[75] David Beckham has described Zidane as "the greatest of all time",[76][77] FC Barcelona star Xavi has stated in a 2010 interview that Zidane was "the '90s and early 2000s best player"[78] while Brazilian defender and former Real Madrid teammate Roberto Carlos has said of Zidane, "He is the best player I've seen. Playing alongside him was a crazy thing! Supporters arrived earlier at the Bernabeu just to see him warm-up".[79] 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."[80] Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso opined; "What he could do with a football is a dream for most of us".[81] 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".[82]

When Uefa.com 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.[83] In 2014, in a poll carried out by French national TV channel TF1, Zidane was voted as the best player in the history of the French league ahead of other historical French football heroes such as Michel Platini and Raymond Kopa.[84]

In popular culture[edit]

Headbutt, statue of Materazzi being headbutted by Zidane in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final.

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 his final season, making him the sixth-highest paid footballer.[85][86] In 2004, Forbes magazine named him the 42nd-highest paid athlete in the world, with earnings of US$15.8 million a year.[87] In May 2010 he appeared in an ad for Louis Vuitton, alongside fellow legends Pelé and Diego Maradona.

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.[88]

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.[89] In 2012 Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed unveiled a bronze sculpture depicting Zidane's headbutt of Marco Materazzi.[90]

Personal life[edit]

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

Zidane met his wife, Véronique Fernández,[91] while playing for Cannes in the 1988–89 season. They have four sons: Enzo Alan Zidane Fernández (born 24 March 1995), Luca Zinedine Zidane Fernández (born 13 May 1998),[92] Theo Zidane Fernández (born 18 May 2002),[93] and Elyaz Zidane Fernández (born 26 December 2005). Enzo, Luca and Theo are all members of the Real Madrid Academy. Enzo (Midfielder) is a Juvenil A player, Luca (Goalkeeper) is in Cadete A and Theo (Striker) is in Alevín A.[94]

Zidane has described himself as "a non-practicing Muslim."[11] He was voted one of the "Top 10 Greatest Muslim Athletes of All Time" by Complex.[95] His name is of Arabic origin: Zīn ad-Dīn Yazīd Zīdān, Arabic: زين الدين يزيد زيدان‎, transliteration: Zayn-u-Dīn Yazīd Zaydān).

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[96]

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 12 247 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 26 681 125

International[edit]

[97][98][99]

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
Note

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.[98]

International goals[edit]

International goals[98]
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, Nimes, 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

Awards and honours[edit]

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