Zidane in 2008
|Full name||Zinedine Yazid Zidane|
|Date of birth||23 June 1972|
|Place of birth||Marseille, France|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Real Madrid (assistant coach
and sporting director)
|2013–||Real Madrid (assistant)|
|* 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. Renowned for his elegance, vision and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years by UEFA, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
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 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.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Retirement
- 5 Coaching career
- 6 Assessment
- 7 In popular culture
- 8 Personal life
- 9 Career statistics
- 10 Awards and honours
- 11 Notes and references
- 12 External links
Early life and career
Zidane is of Kabyle Berber descent. 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 Castellane in the 6th 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. 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.
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. In July 2011, Zidane named former Olympique Marseille players Blaž Slišković, Enzo Francescoli and Jean-Pierre Papin as his idols while growing up.
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.
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.
Zidane made his professional debut with Cannes on 18 May 1989 at the age of sixteen in a Ligue 1 match against Nantes. He scored his first goal for the club on 10 February 1991 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. 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. In his first full season with Cannes, the club secured its first ever European football berth by qualifying for the UEFA Cup after finishing 4th 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.
Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1992–93 season, winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup, 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?" 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 First Division. In 1996, Zidane received the award for Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
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. Zidane's impact in Italy was immediate, and won the 1996–97 Serie A title and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup. 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. The following season, Zidane netted 7 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. In 2001, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second time.
In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for a world record fee of 150 billion Italian lire. (about €75 million) 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 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.
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. He ended the season for Real Madrid as their second highest goalscorer and assists provider behind team-mates Ronaldo and Beckham respectively, with 9 goals and 10 assists in 28 games. On 7 May 2006, Zidane, who had announced his plans to retire after the 2006 World Cup, 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 Santiago Bernabéu held up a banner reading: ‘Thanks for the magic’.
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".
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. 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.
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
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. 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".
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
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.
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.
2006 World Cup
With the mass retirement of veteran key players such as Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly, Claude Makélélé 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. Zidane, along with Thuram and Makélélé, 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. 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.
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. 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. 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, so he did not participate in the penalty shootout which Italy won 5–3. 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, 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.
Following his red card in the final, Zidane retired from professional football and confirmed that he would not go back on his decision. He was sentenced by FIFA to a lifetime ban for the red card and assault. He agreed to complete three days of community service with children in one of FIFA's humanitarian projects.
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.
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. 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.
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 FIFA announced on 2 December 2010 that Qatar had won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Zidane stated that he was "very pleased" with the outcome.
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.
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"
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 Liverpool and Celtic hero 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.
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. In July 2011 it was announced that he would become Real Madrid's new sporting director. In 2013, Zidane was appointed assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
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. German coach Franz Beckenbauer stated: "Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player." 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." 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". At the 1998 World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Maldini said: "I would give up five players to have Zidane in my squad."
Among his peers, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic commented; "Zidane was from another planet. When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the ten other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple". David Beckham has described Zidane as "the greatest of all time", FC Barcelona star Xavi has stated in a 2010 interview that Zidane was "the '90s and early 2000s best player" 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". 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." Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso opined; "What he could do with a football is a dream for most of us". 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".
In popular culture
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. In 2004, Forbes magazine named him the 42nd-highest paid athlete in the world, with earnings of US$15.8 million a year. 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.
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. In 2012 Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed unveiled a bronze sculpture depicting Zidane's headbutt of Marco Materazzi.
In 2010, Mackburn Rovers player Calum Mackintosh became known as the "lanky zidane" in reference to his skilful performance and long legs. The nickname is said to have been coined during childhood.
Zidane met his wife, Véronique Fernández, 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), Theo Zidane Fernández (born 18 May 2002), 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.
Zidane has described himself as "a non-practicing Muslim." He was voted one of the "Top 10 Greatest Muslim Athletes of All Time" by Complex. His name is of Arabic origin: Zīn ad-Dīn Yazīd Zīdān, Arabic: زين الدين يزيد زيدان, transliteration: Zayn-u-Dīn Yazīd Zaydān).
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|2001–02||Real Madrid||La Liga||31||7||9||2||9||3||49||12|
|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
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