Zidane y va marquer

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"Zidane y va marquer"
Zidane y va marquer.jpg
Single by Cauet
B-side Long version
Released July 2006
Format CD single
Digital download
Recorded France, 2006
Genre Parody
Length 2:34
Label Universal Music, Be Aware
Writer(s) Salif Keita
Martin Solveig
Jean-Pierre Dannic
Cauet singles chronology
"T'es radio star"
"Zidane y va marquer"

"Zidane y va marquer" is a song recorded by the French TV and radio host Sébastien Cauet and broadcast on radio from May 2006. Based on the music of Salif Keita and Martin Solveig's hit single "Madân", this parody refers to Zinedine Zidane and other players of the French football team competing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Background and writing[edit]

From May 2006, the song featured on the radio program hosted by Cauet every morning. The tone is humorous and refers to Zidane as a providential savior. The lyrics also mentioned the non-selection of Jérôme Rothen and Nicolas Anelka and the unexpected selection of Pascal Chimbonda. In the original version, Zidane was injured leaving the place to Claude Makélélé, but after the match France - China, the lyrics were changed to reflect Djibril Cissé's real life injury.

The song gained in popularity with the victories of the France national football team at the World Cup, being sung in the streets during the after games celebrations. Thereafter, Cauet decided to record the song as a single, which was published by Universal Music. The refrain featured in advertising jingles on TF1 before matches. The lyrics were changed in order to allow the release of the song (for example, the line mentioning Sony's PlayStation Portable was deleted).

The music video was shot only a few days before the final match of the World Cup: devoted to karaoke, it shows Cauet's entire team of hosts singing the song in the streets. Even though France didn't win, Zidane, after having rammed his head into Marco Materazzi's chest and his expulsion, revived the song. Therefore, "Zidane y va marquer" became a hit in France.

Cover versions[edit]

The same day, the group La Plage immediately covered the song re-entitled "Coup de Boule" and dealing with the aggression of Zidane. Composed in a few hours and quickly leaked on the Internet, it also became a hit and reached number 1 on the French and Belgian Singles Charts.

In 2007, Les Enfoirés recorded a medley of summer hits, including "Zidane y va marquer", performed by Jean-Baptiste Maunier and Pierre Palmade and available on the 2007 album La Caravane des Enfoirés.

At the Rugby World Cup of 2007, Cauet adapted and sang the song re-entitled "Chabal va les manger" by modifying the lyrics.

Footballers mentioned in the song[edit]

In order of mention:

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Zidane y va marquer" — 2:34
  2. "Zidane y va marquer" (long version) — 4:17
Digital download
  1. "Zidane y va marquer" — 2:34

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France Should be Silver 181,119[1]


Preceded by
"We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)"
by Crazy Frog
French SNEP number-one single
July 15, 2006 - July 22, 2006 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Coup de Boule" by La Plage


  1. ^ Best-selling singles of 2006 in France Fanofmusic.fr (Retrieved July 16, 2008)
  2. ^ "Zidane y va marquer", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be[permanent dead link] (Retrieved July 16, 2008)
  3. ^ French Digital Chart Ifop.com[permanent dead link] (Retrieved July 16, 2008)
  4. ^ "Zidane y va marquer", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com Archived November 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 16, 2008)
  5. ^ "Zidane y va marquer", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch[permanent dead link] (Retrieved July 16, 2008)
  6. ^ 2006 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived October 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 16, 2008)
  7. ^ 2006 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived July 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 16, 2008)

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